TOUR BAYOU LAFOURCHE –
Oct. 2 through December
Cast off from Thibodaux and take a journey to one of two historic plantation homes adjacent to Bayou Lafourche. On the way, learn about the waterway’s storied history and evolving biology. On Mondays and Fridays (from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.), the 20-passenger aluminum boat travels to Madewood Plantation in Napoleonville; on Wednesdays, the trip ends at the E.D. White Plantation Home. Madewood tickets cost $28.25, which includes lunch. E.D. White trips cost $5. Reservations are required.
Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center, 314 St. Mary St., Thibodaux. (985) 448-1375.
BARNSTORMING TO SAVE OUR COAST –
The annual fundraiser for the coastal restoration advocacy group Restore or Retreat includes a silent auction, live music by Justin Rodrigue, a buffet by Cashio’s Catering and beverages donated by Buquet Distributing. Tickets are $50.
6-9 p.m. Home of Charlotte Bollinger, La. Highway 308, Lockport. (985) 448-4485.
FISHING FOR A NEW HOME RODEO –
The Golden Meadow and Grand Isle United Methodist churches host a two-day fishing rodeo with proceeds benefiting the Methodist Children Home, which serves abused and neglected children from the Greater New Orleans area. Categories include speckled trout, red fish, flounder, drum and sheephead, with awards given to first- through third-place winners.
Grand Isle Methodist Church, 100 Oak St., Grand Isle. (504) 915-0382.
T-CAILLOU LIONS CLUB FAIR –
Cajun food is served, and rides, games, music and prizes are featured at the annual family event. Junior LaCrosse, Ryan Foret and the Foret Tradition and Tet’ Dur’ are scheduled to perform. Festival times are 5-11 p.m., Friday, noon to 11 p.m., Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday.
Lions Club Fair Grounds, 176 La. Highway 56. (985) 876-1444.
TOUR DU TECHE –
The 135-mile race along Bayou Teche is back for its fourth year. More than $20,000 in prize money and dozens of trophies are awarded at the conclusion of the staged marathon. Spectators can indulge in music and festivities at various locations along the journey. Registration is $60 per leg or $80-$125 for the entire trip.
Bayou Teche. (337) 394-6232 or www.tourduteche.com.
JUNK IN YOUR TRUNK RUMMAGE SALE –
Oct. 5 FREE
Items ranging from clothes to household goods are available at this rummage sale and annual fundraiser for MAX Charter School.
7-11 a.m. MAX Charter School parking lot, Nicholls State University, 100 Afton Drive. (985) 227-9500.
TOWN-WIDE GARAGE SALE –
Oct. 5 FREE
Shoppers are invited to the fifth-annual Lockport-wide garage sale. Maps with a listing of sellers and addresses can be picked up at the Bayou Lafourche Folklife and Heritage Museum, 110 Main St., Lockport.
7:30 a.m. Lockport. (985) 532-5909 or email: email@example.com.
FISH THE BAYOU –
The rodeo is “Go Anywhere, Anything Goes” and features kayak and boat divisions. Registration is $25. An optional $5 side-bet is offered, with the catcher of the redfish with the most spots winning the pot. Scales are open from 3-6 p.m. Raffles, awards, an auction and a performance by Southern Cross follows. Shrimp fettuccine, jambalaya and white beans are served.
Larose Regional Park and Civic Center, 307 E. Fifth St. (985) 628-0639 or www.drmemorial.org.
More than 100 vendors exhibit and sell a variety of arts and crafts, including jewelry, decorations, picture frames, wine racks, stained glass windows and more. Raffle tickets, food and drinks are sold. Admission is $5 and includes a tour of the Shadows.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shadows-on-the-Teche, 317 E. Main St., New Iberia. www.shadowsontheteche.org.
CHILI COOK-OFF –
Each contestant prepares 2 gallons of traditional or nontraditional chili for the second-annual event benefiting the beautification of downtown Houma. Admission is $5 and includes all-you-can eat chili.
Noon to 6 p.m. Downtown Courthouse Square, Houma. (985) 873-6408
FRANKLIN HARVEST MOON FESTIVAL –
Oct. 5 FREE
The 14th-annual festival celebrates the sugarcane harvest and return of the fall season. Festivities include children’s activities, a classic car show, a 5K run/walk, arts and crafts and a barbecue cook-off. 5 O’Clock Shadeaux, Steven Breaux and Friends and the Mike Dean Band are scheduled to perform. For the first time it is held in conjunction with Tour du Teche IV.
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Main Street, Franklin. (337) 578-1505 or www.facebook.com/franklinharvestmoonfest.
WRITER LECTURE –
Oct. 5 FREE
The writer Shane Bernard discusses south Louisiana culture and history, focusing on boats and waterways.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shadowlawn, 906 Main St., Franklin. (337) 828-4654 or (337) 828-2092.
LEEVILLE FISHING RODEO –
Divisions include redfish, bull red and speckled trout. Registration is $15. Prizes are awarded for first-, second- and third-place in each category. Door prizes are available. A meal of white beans and fried fish is included with the ticket price.
Griffin’s Marina, 24215 La. Highway 1, Leeville. (985) 396-2415 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
HORSE SHOW –
Oct. 6 FREE
The Terrebonne Livestock Association hosts judged and speed events.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Houma Airbase Arena, 121 Moffet Road, Houma, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (985) 232-5141. www.terrebonne-livestock.org.
BERWICK LIGHTHOUSE FESTIVAL –
Oct. 6 FREE
The third-annual festival features more than 40 food, game and arts and crafts booths. The volunteer fire department serves a $7 jambalaya dinner. The band La South and a disc jockey perform. A car show, with free admission to all makes and models, is introduced. The event is held in conjunction with Tour du Teche IV.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Front Street, Berwick. (985) 384-8858.
SOUTH CENTRAL INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATION GOLF TOURNAMENT –
8 a.m. and 1 p.m., Atchafalaya Golf Course at Idlewild, Patterson. (985) 395-4653.
FOR THE KIDS MUSIC FEST –
Sammy Kershaw headlines the festival, which also features local music. All profits go to the Lafourche Parish Library System and the Cut Off Youth Center. Tickets, which cost $15, are available in advance; children 12 and younger get in free with a paying adult.
5 p.m. Cut Off Youth Center, 205 W. 79th St. (985) 632-7616.
BAYOU BEER SOCIETY BEER PAIRING DINNER –
A five-course meal is served with six beers, each paired to the tastes of the food. Tickets are $75; reservations are required.
6 p.m. Ellendale Country Club, 3319 La. Highway 311, Houma. (985) 872-9924.
PUMPKIN PATCH FUMC THIBODAUX –
Pumpkins are sold from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., daily. Crafts and baked and canned goods are sold in the Country Store. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 12 and Oct. 19, the Children’s Playland featuring games, crafts, face and pumpkin painting is made available.
First United Methodist Church of Thibodaux, 1255 Canal Blvd. (985) 447-4287.
ST. MARY CHAMBER GOLF TOURNAMENT –
8 a.m. Atchafalaya Golf Course at Idlewild, Patterson. (985) 395-4653.
LADIES FISHING RODEO –
The seventh-annual fishing tournament also features a fishing fashion award competition. Tickets are $20. Last year the event raised $20,000 to support breast cancer awareness.
Bridge Side Marina, 1618 La. Highway 1, Grand Isle. (985) 787-2997 or www.grandisleladiesfishingrodeo.com.
VOICE OF THE WETLANDS FESTIVAL –
Oct. 11-13 FREE
The ninth-annual festival introduces a second stage for a more-intimate look at some musicians in the lineup, which includes Houma’s Tab Benoit, the Voice of the Wetlands Allstars, Mia Borders, Dash Rip Rock, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Louisiana’s LeRoux and many more. Adjoining 5K and 10K races begin at 4 p.m., Saturday. The festival also features regional cuisine and artwork. Festival times are 5-10 p.m., Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday.
Southdown Plantation House, 1208 Museum Drive, Houma. (985) 226-5762 or www.voiceofthewetlands.org.
LOUISIANA GUMBO FESTIVAL –
Oct. 11-13 FREE
The Grammy Award-winning band Shenandoah, from Muscle Shoals, Ala., headlines the 42nd-annual festival. Other activities include pay-one-price carnival rides, a 5K run/walk, a live auction, a TaeKwonDo demonstration and a cooking demonstration by Chef Brandon Pitre. Aaron Foret, Tet’ Dur’ and Chubby Carrier are also among those slated to perform.
Chackbay Choupic Fair Grounds, 345 La. Highway 304. www.lagumbofest.com or email: email@example.com.
BRIDGE CITY GUMBO FESTIVAL –
Epic, Bobby Cure and the Summertimes Blues and 90 Degrees West are among the scheduled bands. The three-day event features pay-one-price carnival rides, beauty pageants and south Louisiana dishes. More than 2,000 gallons of seafood and sausage gumbo are expected to be prepared.
Angel Square, 2701 Bridge City Ave., Westwego. www.bridgecitygumbofestival.org.
RUN WITH THE FUZZ 5K RUN/WALK –
Sponsored by the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Department Benevolent Association, the event features a 5K and one-mile fun run. Registration is $20 and $15, respectively.
8 a.m. Bayou Vista Community Center, 1333 Belleview St., Bayou Vista. (985) 384-1622 ext. 28
LAFOURCHE 4-H/FFA FALL CLASSIC LIVESTOCK SHOW –
Oct. 12 FREE
Sheep, lambs, goats, beef, dairy and hogs are exhibited. Concessions are sold.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Agriculture Building, 115 Texas St., Raceland. (985) 446-1316.
Oct. 12 FREE
The third-annual event brings elected officials, guest speakers, poets and musicians to an outdoor audience in attempt to increase political, social and cultural awareness. Children’s games, such as a rock wall, space jump and mechanical bull, are also available. Food and drinks are sold.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Coal Chute, 11th Street, Morgan City. (985) 255-0896.
CAJUN RODEO ASSOCIATION RODEO –
Bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing and ranch-style bronc riding are among the events on tap. A free barn dance is held after the rodeo. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and younger.
7 p.m. Raceland Rodeo Arena, 101 Senior Citizen Drive. (985) 209-7919 or www.lafourcheropingclub.com
BAYOU MUSIC FESTIVAL AND SHRIMP COOKOFF –
Six bands perform over the course of the event, which also features a shrimp boil-off, other food, crafts, an auction, door prizes and a kids’ zone. Admission is $15 and includes all-you-can eat shrimp, or it is $5 per person once the shrimp runs out. Kids’ zone admission is $5.
Oak Ridge Park, La. Highway 3235, Golden Meadow. (985) 632-4247 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
BAYOU DULARGE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FISHING RODEO –
Headquarters for the 28th-annual fishing tournament are in Theriot.
Bayou Dularge Marina, 1868 Dr. Beatrous Road, Theriot. (985) 991-0183.
CHAUVIN CULTURE AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL –
Oct. 12-13 FREE
The fourth-annual festival features a jambalaya cook-off, a fun run, school essay and coloring contests and entertainment by Voodoo Bayou, Autumn High, Bruce Daigrepont and others. A pre-teen dance is scheduled for Saturday night.
Ward 7 Citizens Club, 5006 La. Highway 56, Chauvin. www.terrebonneadvocatesforpossibility.org.
CAJUN HERITAGE FESTIVAL –
The annual event celebrates duck-hunting decoys and the art of making them. A decoy show and auction, carving demonstration and duck-call contest are also scheduled. Food is sold, and raffles are held. General admission is $5.
Larose Civic Center and Regional Park, 307 E. Fifth St. (985) 228-0845 or www.cajunheritagefestival.com.
SOUTH LOUISIANA FALL BRIDAL EXPO –
The annual event geared toward brides- and grooms-to-be exhibits dozens of booths replete with photographers, caterers, wedding planners, decorators and more. Admission is $5 per person, with children 12 years old or younger getting in free.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd. (985) 851-1020.
FUMC OF HOUMA PUMPKIN PATCH –
A field full of select pumpkins for autumn festivities and family-friendly activities are offered from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. To schedule school field trips call (985) 868-7793.
First United Methodist Church of Houma, 6109 La. Highway 311. (985) 870-5976.
TASTE OF SOUTH LOUISIANA –
The 10th-annual event serves up food samples from area restaurants. Tickets are $20.
Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd. (985) 851-1020.
JOE HARRISON GOLF TOURNAMENT –
7 a.m. and 1 p.m. Atchafalaya Golf Course at Idlewild, Patterson. (985) 395-4653.
BAYOU GARDENS FELLOWSHIP GOLF TOURNAMENT –
The 10th-annual tournament is a four-person scramble. Registration is $400 per team.
1 p.m. Sugarland Country Club, 812 Forty Arpent Road, Raceland. (985) 852-6405.
OUTDOOR MOVIE SERIES –
Oct. 18 FREE
The Houma Regional Arts Council shows Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” at twilight.
Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum, 7910 W. Park Ave., Houma. (985) 873-6367 or www.houmaterrebonne.org.
KC COUNCIL 8779 CAJUN FAIR AND FESTIVAL –
The annual event features local food and homemade sweets, rides and music. Many items, such as homemade quilts, are donated for live auctions at 5 p.m., Saturday, and 2 p.m., Sunday. Fishing rodeo prizes from the week prior are awarded.
KC Hall, 1331 Dr. Beatrous Road, Theriot. (985) 855-2858.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FAIS DO-DO –
Join the Fourth-Degree Knights of Columbus in Dulac for French, country and Cajun music and dancing. Jean Callahan performs. The smoke- and alcohol-free event includes a $5 meal of chicken stew. Door prizes are given and 50-50 tickets cost $1 each. $2 entry fee. Doors open at 4 p.m.
6-9 p.m., Knights of Columbus Home, 5396 Shrimpers Row, Dulac. (985) 851-4519.
JUST KIDS AT ART –
Oct. 19 FREE
The annual fall fundraiser for St. Matthews Episcopal School provides children and their families the chance to explore their creativity. Performers are also in attendance to complement the children’s activities.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. St. Matthews Episcopal School, 243 Barrow St. (985) 873-5573.
SOLE SURVIVORS 5K –
Runners must avoid costumed zombies, whose goal is to snatch flags from participants’ belts during the 5K race. Prizes are given to “survivors” and the best zombie costume. Registration is $30 to run or $25 to be a zombie. Food, drinks and merchandise are sold after the race until 2 p.m.
8-10 a.m. Cut Off Youth Center, 205 W. 79th St. (985) 693-7229 or email: email@example.com
LA FETE d’ECOLOGIE –
Oct. 19 FREE
In celebration of coastal culture, the Barataria-Terrebonne Natural Estuary Program features the Cast Net King and his net-tossing competition, food, music and arts and crafts, as well as other interactive exhibits and games.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lake End Park, 2300 La. Highway 70, Morgan City. (985) 447-0871 or www.btnep.org.
ROLLER DERBY –
The Cajun Rollergirls (2-4) compete against Southern Misfits. Tickets are $15.
7 p.m. Warren Harang Jr. Auditorium, 310 N. Canal Blvd., Thibodaux. www.cajunrollergirls.com.
ATCHAFALAYA CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF TOURNAMENT –
8 a.m. Atchafalaya Golf Course at Idlewild, Patterson. (985) 395-4653.
TERRETRI DUATHLON AND 2-MILE RUN –
The duathlon features a 2-mile run, 12-mile bike and a second 2-mile run, with a separate 2-mile run available for those who don’t wish to participate in duathlon. The duathlon is open to individuals and relay teams. Registration is $40 for an individual, $60 for a relay team. The 2-mile run only is $25.
7:30 a.m. Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd., Houma. (985) 860-9060. www.active.com.
DOG DAY AFTERNOON –
Oct. 20 FREE
Sponsored by HOPE for Animals, the annual event features multiple dog contests and shows, the opportunity for pet photos with Santa Claus, raffles and more. Local rescue groups provide avenues for adoption. Dog contest registration is $3 per category and $5 for best in show.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Peltier Park, Thibodaux. (985) 446-3532 or www.hopeforanimals.com.
LAUREL VALLEY FALL FESTIVAL –
Oct. 20 FREE
Arts and crafts, Cajun food and cultural demonstrations are scheduled.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Laurel Valley Plantation, 595 La. Highway 308, Thibodaux. (985) 446-7456.
COLE BROTHERS CIRCUS OF THE STARS –
Princess Vicenta presents an assemblage of white tigers, the Kazakhstani Lana presents Grand Scale Illusions and the daredevil takes a whirl in the ThunderDrome. Adult general admission tickets are $16, with VIP seating available for an additional $4. Free tickets are available through www.gotothecircus.com for children 12 and younger. Shows begin at 4:30 and 7:30 each day.
Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd. (985) 850-4657.
MORGAN CITY CONCERT SERIES –
Pavlo, a Mediterranean guitarist backed by percussion, piano and bass, performs at Morgan City Concert Series. Pavlo has sold a half a million records worldwide. Season and single-show tickets are $45.
7:30 p.m. Morgan City Municipal Auditorium, 728 Myrtle St. (985) 385-2307 or www.morgancitycca.com.
FRENCH FOOD FESTIVAL –
Oct. 24-27 FREE
French Food Rocks on Thursday features Journey’s former lead singer Steve Augeri, the Allison Collins Band and Zebra. Bands and auctions are scheduled throughout the next three days, and food is sold. The festival’s inaugural “Glow in the Dark” bridge run is held Saturday night.
Larose Regional Park and Civic Center, 307 E. Fifth St. (985) 693-7355.
DOWNTOWN LIVE AFTER FIVE –
Oct. 25 FREE
The headliner band Blue Eyed Soul Revue take the stage at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair.
5:30-10 p.m. Courthouse Square, 7856 W. Main St., Houma. (985) 873-6408.
NIGHT AT THE BOO-SEUM –
At the Bayou Country Children’s Museum’s fifth-annual event, children dress up in costume to trick or treat from area businesses, play games, sing karaoke and partake in a sugarcane maze and slime station, among other festivities. Scary and gory costumes are discouraged. Tickets are $5 in advance, or $7 at the door.
5:30-8:30 p.m. Town Center of Acadia Plantation, 110 Rue Angelique Road, Thibodaux. (985) 446-2200 or www.bccm.info.
GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH ANNUAL FALL FEST –
A variety of food, games and children’s activities are slated for the 14th-annual alcohol-free event, also featuring a silent auction, rummage sale, hayride, climbing wall and live music by local Christian bands. Proceeds are distributed to local charities.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Grace Lutheran Church, 422 Valhi Blvd., Houma. (985) 879-1865.
ROUGAROU FEST –
Oct. 26 FREE
The second-annual festival, hosted by the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center, showcases the Cajun folklore of Terrebonne Parish. Activities include a hamburger grill-off, the zombie-themed Rougarou Run and live music by Chaos of the Cosmos, Autumn High, Josh Garrett and Rebirth Brass Band. Keeping with the Halloween theme, cartoons are shown, a costume contest is waged and the annual parade rolls, beginning at 7 p.m.
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Courthouse Square, Main Street, Houma. (985) 580-7289 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY –
Senior citizens gather at the costume party and dance open to anyone 50 and older. Costumes are encouraged and a prize is awarded to the best one, but they are not required. Food, ice and water are supplied, but attendees are invited to bring their snacks and drinks of choice. The 5 O’Clock Shadeaux Band performs. Tickets are $6.
2-6 p.m. Franklin Recreation Club, 500 Shine Forquier Drive. Email: email@example.com
PLAYING FOR PURPOSE CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT –
In addition to the tournament, tickets and parking passes to LSU versus Texas A&M and New Orleans versus San Francisco are raffled. All proceeds benefit T. Baker Smith’s Social Purpose And Responsibility Krewe, a nonprofit foundation.
Ellendale Country Club, 3319 La. Highway 311, Houma. (985) 223-9274 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 135-mile Tour du Teche runs from Oct. 4-6. Various events in St. Mary Parish are coordinated with stops along the journey.
A field full of select pumpkins for autumn festivities and family-friendly activities are offered from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Houma, beginning Oct. 14. FUMC of Thibodaux also makes available its pumpkin patch beginning Oct. 10.