Oct. 1-2: Leeville Redfish & Speckled Trout Fishing Rodeo (Leeville) at Griffin’s Marina, La. Highway 1, with weigh-in beginning at 10 a.m. each day. (225) 413-4414 or email@example.com.
Oct. 1-2: Bayou Music Festival (Golden Meadow) at Oakridge Park, La. Highway 3235, from 10 to 2 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Live zydeco, country, rock pop and more. Also features Cajun and fair foods, a supervised pay-one-prize Kid’s Zone and a variety of inflatables. Sponsored by the Golden Meadow Rotary Club. (985) 632-4247 or (985) 696-4642.
Oct. 2: Horse Show (Houma) at the Houma Air Base Arena, 121 Moffett Road, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Concessions are sold. Sponsored by the Terrebonne Livestock Association, the event includes judged and speed events. (985) 665-1005.
Oct. 5: Thibodaux Main Street Wine & Art Gala (Thibodaux) at the Dansereau House, 506 St. Philip St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $50 and include food, music and wine. (985) 413-9886 or www.downtownthibodaux.org.
Oct. 6: International Observe the Moon Night (Houma) at Terrebonne Parish Main Library, 151 Library Drive, at 6:30 p.m. Open to children ages 8 and older and their parents. Includes a 30-minute presentation about the moon by Gene Dalton. (985) 876-5158.
Oct. 7-9: 8th Annual Voice of the Wetlands (VOW) Festival 2011 (Houma) at Southdown Plantation House/The Terrebonne Museum, 1208 Museum Drive. Musical lineup features Tab Benoit and the Voice of the Wetlands Band and a host of others, as well as a variety of Cajun food. Open Friday from 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (985) 226-1004.
Oct. 7-9: Tour du Teche (St. Mary Parish) (337) 394-6323 or www.techeproject.com/tour-du-teche.html.
Oct. 8: 3rd Annual Race for the Wetlands (Houma) at Southdown Plantation House, 1208 Museum Drive, with registration at 2 p.m. and the 5K and 10K races beginning at 4 p.m. Race day, T-shirt sizes are not guaranteed. (985) 688-5582.
Oct. 8: 3rd Annual Townwide Garage Sale (Lockport) at the Bayou Lafourche Folklife and Heritage Museum, 110 Main St., beginning at 7:30 a.m. Sponsored by the museum and Holy Savior KC Auxiliary, maps of various garage sales are available at the museum. (985) 532-3582 or (985) 532-5909.
Oct. 8-9: Morgan City Power Boat Association Races (Morgan City) Also includes kid’s activities, arts and crafts, music by the Crappell Brothers. Concessions sold. Tickets $8 in advance or $10 at the door. (800) 256-2931 or www.cajuncoast.com.
Oct. 8-31: 15th Annual Pumpkin Patch (Thibodaux) at the First United Methodist Church of Thibodaux, 1255 Canal Blvd., Mondays through Saturdays, from 10 a.m. until dark. Includes more than 2,000 pumpkins, games, arts and crafts and food. Benefits various charities. (985) 447-4287.
Oct. 13: Academic Excellence Teacher Awards (Houma) at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd., from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event honors Terrebonne Parish School District’s excellence in education, including recognizing the Teacher of the Year and TFAE Inspirational Teacher of the Year. (985) 868-5881 or www.tfae.org.
Oct. 14-16: Cut Off Youth Center Fair (Cut Off) at the Cut Off Youth Center. Includes food, rides and music for all ages. (985) 632-7616.
Oct. 15: Just Kids at Art (Houma) at St. Matthews Episcopal School, 234 Barrow St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Family-oriented event features artists and performers on the grounds, along with hands-on activities for children. (985) 872-5573.
Oct. 15-16: Chauvin Culture and Heritage Festival (Chauvin) at the Little Caillou Fire Station, 5610 Highway 56, beginning at 10 a.m. The festival features a jambalaya cookoff, music, games, food and arts and crafts, including basket weaving. Bayou Eagles & H3 Studio and the South Terrebonne Drum Line perform Sunday. (985) 594-5000 or (985) 856-5268.
Oct. 15-16: Cajun Heritage Festival (Larose) at the Larose Civic Center, 307 E. 5th St. Admission is $2, adults; $1, children. Includes Cajun crafts, decoy auction, duck calling and head whittling competition, miniature boat building contest. Food, souvenirs sold. (985) 532-8008 or www.cajunheritagefestival.com.
Oct. 15: Sweet Remembrances – A Historic Cemetery Tour (Franklin) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Highlights more than 25 graves including 1926 carnival monarchs, Teddy Roosevelt’s old hunting buddy, participants in a 1927 murder trial, which resulted in the first woman’s execution in Louisiana. www.cajuncoast.com.
Oct. 16: Tour of Homes (Franklin) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Includes visits to Allain House, Bocage-On-The-Teche, Gates House, Grevemberg House, Trowbridge House, Oaklawn Manor and Shadowlawn. www.cajuncoast.com.
Oct. 16: Laurel Valley Fall Festival (Thibodaux) at La. Highway 308, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Includes arts and crafts, cultural demonstrations, Cajun lunch and sweets. Admission is free. (985) 446-7456.
Oct. 16: Saints Sunday & 5K (Houma) at Southdown Plantation and Museum, 1208 Museum Drive, beginning at noon. Event includes a kids’ half-mile fun run at 1:30 p.m., 5K for walkers and runners at 2 p.m., music by Sheauxdown, food and beverages and Saints vs. Tampa Bay game shown under pavilion on 73-inch TVs at 3 p.m. (985) 851-0154 or www.southdownmuseum.org/events.
Oct. 17-31: Pumpkin Patch Time (Houma) at the First United Methodist Church, 6109 Hwy. 311, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays. Tickets are $5 and include storytellers, music, art projects and snacks. Each child receives a pumpkin. (985) 868-7793.
Oct. 19: 10th Annual Taste of South Louisiana (Houma) at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd., from 6 to 9 p.m. Includes music and dishes by some of the region’s finest chefs. Tickets are $20. (985) 851-1020.
Oct. 21-23: Bayou Dularge Knights of Columbus Cajun Fair and Fishing Rodeo (Houma) at the KC Hall. Open to adults and children, the rodeo has freshwater, saltwater and youth divisions. Tickets are $15 and include a jambalaya meal. Fair includes rides (session or weekend bracelets sold), live auctions, Cajun food and more and, on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Joe Lafont and Tommy Chauvin of “Swamp People.” (985) 223-3861 for rodeo info; (985) 868-8646 or (985) 855-2858 for fair.
Oct. 21-23: 40th Annual Louisiana Gumbo Festival (Chackbay) at the Chackbay/Choupic Fair Grounds, 346 La. Highway 304, just north of Thibodaux. Includes Cajun food, music and dancing, a carnival midway with pay-one-price rides and, on Sunday, firemen’s parade and live auction. Free parking and no gate fee. (985) 633-7789 or www.lagumbofest.com.
Oct. 22: Lewis & Clark Circus (Patterson) at Kemper Williams Park. Children under 14 admitted free with website pass. Tickets $15 at the door. $5 camel and pony rides. (800) 795-1484 or www.lewisandclarkcircus.com.
Oct. 24-25: Lewis & Clark Circus (Houma) at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd. (985) 850-4657.
Oct. 28: Downtown Live After 5 (Houma) at the Courthouse, from 5 to 10 p.m. Errol and the Blues Boys perform free from 7 to 10 p.m. Concessions sold. (985) 873-6408 or www.houmamainstreet.org.
Oct. 28: SoLA Halloween Parade (Houma) beginning at Town Hall on Barrow Street at 7 p.m. Travels to Main Street and disbands at Courthouse Square. Groups of two to 50 people invited to participate. Fee is $35. (985) 876-2222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 28-30: French Food Festival (Larose) at the Larose Regional Park & Civic Center, 307 E. 5th St. A celebration of Cajun French heritage, the event features food, music and dancing, a carnival midway, art show, folk life demonstrations and more. (985) 693-7355 or email@example.com.
Oct. 29: Grace Lutheran Fall Festival 2011 (Houma) at 422 Valhi Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The family event features food games, children’s activities, a silent auction, country store, pony rides, bouncers, raffle, bingo and Christian music. Proceeds benefit local charities. (985) 879-1865.
Oct. 29: 12th Annual Franklin Harvest Moon Festival (Franklin) in downtown, from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Includes music, arts and crafts, food, live music and more. Admission is free. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 29: 6th Annual Fall Festival (Thibodaux) at Peltier Park, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Includes petting zoo, pony and hay rides, pumpkin patch, face painting and more. Proceeds benefit the Shriever Lions Club, Louisiana Lions Camp, Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation and the community. (985) 447-6962 or www.shrieverlions.org.
Oct. 29: Cajun Fais Do-Do (Houma) at Bayou Black Recreation Center, 3688 Southdown Mandalay. Face and pumpkin painting, live music, bounce houses, raffles and more. Food is sold. Benefits Adore Ministries. Tickets are $20 adults, $5 children. (985) 876-4132 or www.adoreministries.com.