Editor’s Picks for October

Donna Ruth Duggan Lile
October 2, 2012
Chabert hit with added cuts and job losses
October 5, 2012
Donna Ruth Duggan Lile
October 2, 2012
Chabert hit with added cuts and job losses
October 5, 2012

Baby & Child Fest

Oct. 6

More than 100 exhibitors and sponsors set up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 6 at The Pontchartrain Center for the third annual Baby and Child Fest.

From utility items like diapers, nutrition and books to tips for hosting a gender reveal party and health and fitness, the festival has a wide range.

Pediatricians, photographers, clothing and jewelry vendors and dentists are among those who provide a service to expecting parents and those with young children.

The pregnancy and parenting expo features music by Paillion, a Cat in the Hat sighting, face painting and a kids’ area furnished with Le Jouet Toys. There’s also a kid-sized fire truck and a family lounge flush with big-screen TVs and gaming systems.

The young ones are invited to a tea party. Tea party tickets cost $8, which includes food, apple juice, tea, crafts and costumes and photo opportunities with Alice and The Mad Hatter.

Admission is $8 at the door. For more information, visit www.neworleansbabyfest.com.

Festivals Acadiens et Créoles

Oct. 12-14

The roots of south Louisiana culture – and the products they’ve sprouted – are on full display at Festivals Acadiens et Créoles’ annual festival in Lafayette.

The free, three-day festival commences this year on Oct. 12 in Girard Park. Four stages and a folk roots jam tent are spread throughout the park, as are crafts and good eats.

Stage headliners are: Feufollet; Wayne Toups & ZydeCajun; Bonsoir, Catin; BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet; Lawrence Adrion & Traditional Créole; Kevin Naquin & The Ossun Playboys; Sheryl Cormier & Cajun Sounds; and Hadley J. Castille Family & Friends.

The Bayou Food Festival features more than 50 edible options ranging from snowballs to gator on a stick to smoked brisket.

Fused glass, jewelry, paintings, woodworks, furniture and leather masks are among the items for purview at the crafts festival.

For more information, visit www.festivalsacadiens.com.

Cajun Fly-In 2012

Oct. 20

Join aircraft enthusiasts at the Houma-Terrebonne Airport as aircrafts are exhibited and fly in to the facility

Static aircraft displays include an ERA, Air Log, PHI, Air Med Helicopter, home-built, vintage and factory-built aircrafts and Darryl Christen’s L-39 Albatross USSR jet trainer.

The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, Houma Police Department and Houma Fire Department will have equipment and personnel.

The Regional Military Museum sets up World War II exhibits, and LUMCON hosts an interactive children’s exhibit.

Door prizes include a free L-39 Albatross ride and one case of aircraft engine oil.

Burgers, hot dogs and drinks are available, as are jambalaya, snowballs and ice cream.

Admission and parking are free. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at Hangar No. 1.

For more information, call (985) 872-6732 or email newton.boudreax@att.net.

The Voodoo Experience

Oct. 26-28

Halloween means Voodoo in New Orleans.

For the first time the three-day music and arts festival allows revelers to camp overnight, and considering the musicians involved in the 14th edition, it may be worth it.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse take Le Ritual stage at 9 p.m. on Friday to close down the first day with a two-hour set. They follow The Avett Brothers.

Green Day follows Silversun Pickups with a set that begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the same stage. Other headline acts include Srillex, Nas, Coheed and Cambria and Gary Clark Jr.

But it’s not all about the national acts: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Big Al Carson, Irma Thomas, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and The Lost Bayou Ramblers are among the local acts.

Campground wristbands range from $150 to $215. All include a 12-feet by 12-feet space and are BYOT.

General admission is $90 per day, or $175 for all three days.

For more information, visit www.thevoodooexperience.com.

The Voodoo Experience brings an assortment of national, regional and local acts – this year including Green Day and Neil Young – for one of New Orleans’ most anticipated annual parties.