OCTOBER 2008

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Tangipahoa Parish Free Fair Oct. 2-8, Amite, Tangipahoa Parish Fairgrounds. Agricultural events, crafts, entertainment, rides, parade and rodeo. (800) 542-7520

Fanfare Oct. 1-Oct. 31, Hammond, Southeastern Louisiana University. Dance, films, music, theater, lectures and performing arts. (985) 543-4366.

Oktoberfest Oct. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25. New Orleans, Deutsches Haus, 200 S. Galvez St. Traditional German music, dancing, food and drink. 522-8014.

Gretna Heritage Festival Oct. 3-5, Gretna Market, Huey P. Long Avenue. Music, crafts, rides and games, German Beer Garden, Italian Village with St. Joseph's altar, food court. 361-7748.

New Orleans Seafood Festival Oct. 3-5, Fulton Squaure, New Orleans, La. Barreca's, Mr. B's, Drago's and many more local restaurants celebrate seafood.

Ozone Film Festival Oct. 3-5, Covington. Screenings, film industry workshops and musical performances at several venues. (985) 893-2050

St. Mary Magdalen Seafood Festival Oct. 3-5, Metairie, 6425 West Metairie Ave. Rides, games, food and music. 733-0922.

CongoSquare Rhythms Festival Oct. 4-5, New Orleans, Congo Square/ Armstrong Park, 718 N. Rampart St. African art market, crafts, food, cultural activities and music. 558-6100

Steam Fest III Oct. 4-5, New Orleans, Audubon Park, The Fly (behind the zoo.) Model train layout, kiddy train, antique car show, food, historic Southern Pacific steam locomotive No. 745 (under steam) and exhibit train, plus bluegrass music. 897-2464

Angola Prison Rodeo Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Louisiana State Penitentiary. Inmate rodeo dubbed "The Wildest Show in the South," music, crafts, food. (225) 655-4411.Louisiana Cotton Festival Oct. 9-14, Ville Platte, Civic Center, North City Park. Cajun contradanse, fais do-do, food and the ancient game of Le Tournoi. (337) 363-6367.

SugarFest Oct. 5, Port Allen, West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave. Food, music, crafts, historic building tours, children's activities, hay rides and hands-on sugar experiments. (225) 336-2422.

New Orleans Film Festival Oct. 9-16, Canal Place Cinema and Contemporary Arts Center. Local, national and international film and video screenings, workshops, seminars and social events. 309-6633, neworleansfilmfest.com.

St. Matthew's United Methodist Church Fall Craft Fair Oct. 10-11, Metairie, 6017 Camphor St. Crafts, food, antiques and evening dinner with live entertainment. 888-1155

Festivals Acadiens Oct. 10-12, Girard Park and downtown Lafayette. A combination of festivals includes Downtown Alive!, the Louisiana Craft Fair, the Bayou Food Festival and Festival de Musique Acadienne. Zydeco and Cajun music, Cajun and Creole food, native crafts, special events, folk-life exhibits. (800) 346-1958, www.FestivalsAcadiens.com.

Carnaval Latino Oct. 10-12, New Orleans, New Mardi Gras World Location, Eastbank/Riverside at Henderson Street. Outdoor concerts, food, crafts, children's entertainment, a parade, dance, and street entertainers. 581-2000

St. Matthew the Apostle Family Festival Oct. 10-12, 10021 Jefferson Highway, River Ridge. Food, music and games. 737-4604

Voice of the Wetlands Festival Oct. 10-12, Houma Southdown Plantation House, 1208 Museum Drive. Coastal education, with displays, food and music. (985)790-0682

Ponchatoula Quilt & Art Expo October 11, 1008, Ponchatoula, 154 W. Pine Street. 200 quilts in outdoor display, raffle quilt, fat quarter stroll, Hoffman challenge, merchants mall, exhibits, demonstrations, children's activities by the alligator cage, oral quilt appraisals, free parking, handicap accessible. 9 am to 4 pm. (225) 667-5634, www.berrypatchpreservation.org.

Wild Things 2008 Oct. 12-18. Lacombe, Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. Wildlife festival during National Wildlife Refuge week with exhibits, games, boat and canoe tours, food, contests, a youth wildlife art contest and show. (985) 882-2000.

Washington Parish Free Fair Oct. 15-18, Franklinton. Horticultural and livestocl exhibits, carnvial rides, food, a rodeo and music. (985) 839-7840

Reds, Whites and the Blues, October 16, City Park, New Orleans, La. Wine, food and music. More info.

International Acadian Festival Oct. 17-19, Plaquemine. Cajun and country music, food and a festival parade. (225) 687-6549.

New Orleans Bikefest Motorcycle Rally & Music Festival Oct. 17-19, Westwego, Bayou Segnette State Park, 7777 West Bank Expressway. This new festival plans to showcase a bike show, games, stunt riders, food, poker run, camping and music. 274-0226, www.neworleansbikefest.com

St. John Parish Andouille Festival Oct. 17-19. LaPlace, Percy Hebert Building. Food, crafts, rides and continuous entertainment. (985) 652-9569.

Grand Bois Swamp Pop/Cajun/Zydeco Fest Oct. 17-19, Bourg, Grand Bois Park, 470 Bourg-Larose Highway. Three-day fest with music and food. (985) 594-7410.

Oak Alley Plantation Fall Arts & Crafts Festival Oct. 18-19, Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie, LA. Call 1 (800) 44ALLEY for more information.

Cresccent City Blues & BBQ Festival Oct. 18-19, New Orleans, Lafayette Square Park. Art market, food, music and vendors.

Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival Oct. 18-19, Water Street along the Tchefuncte River. Boat-building demonstration and contests, marine auction, entertainment, flea market, food, crafts and music. (985) 845-9200 or (985) 892-0520.

St. Anthony of Padua Oktoberfest Oct. 18-19, New Orleans, 4640 Canal St. Food, music, student dances and games. 488-2651

St. Martinville Pepper Festival Oct. 19, downtown. Pepper-eating contest, music, crafts, games and food. www.stmartinkiwanis.org

Greater Baton Rouge State Fair Oct. 23-Nov. 2, Airline Highway Park/Fairgrounds. Rides, food, music, children's activities, animal shows, games, exhibits. (225) 755-FAIR or (800) LA-ROUGE.

35th Annual French Food Festival October 24-26, Larose Regional Park, LA Hwy. 308, Larose. Cajun food, music & dancing. For more information, call (985) 693-7355 or visit their website.

VooDoo Music Experience Oct. 24-26, New Orleans, City Park, behind New Orleans Museum of Art. The 10th anniversary of the huge music festival with seven stages, more than 150 bands, the Preservation Hall Tent and bingo! Parlor, food booths, interactive games andd crafts. www.voodoomusicfest.com.

Olde Towne Slidell Fall Antique Street Fair Oct. 25-26, Slidell, Olde Towne. October 25 & 26 from 10am-5pm. The event takes place in the heart of Olde Towne Slidell with 100+ vendors with antique furniture, glass, jewelery, dolls, collectibles, home decor, crafts and plenty of food. Admission is free. Contact number is 985-641-6316.

Halloween, Fri, Oct. 31, for complete Haunted New Orleans coverage, visit our Haunted section.

6t'9 Halloween parade, Fri. Oct. 31, Frenchmen/Marigny, Starts at 1020 St. Claude St.

Krewe of Boo Parade, Fri, Oct 31, New Orleans, La. Parade follows traditional Uptown Mardi Gras route.

Coven Ball (Rosie's): Fri, Oct. 31, Rosy's Jazz Hall, New Orleans, La. Anne Rice's annual gathering of the coven. http://www.myspace.com/lestempsdesvampires

Shrimp and Petroleum Festivals, October 31 - November 2, Morgan City, La. Food, music and rides. Festival's September date was cancelled due to weather. http://www.shrimp-petrofest.org/

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