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Holiday Trips around Louisiana

Take the family out for some fun at one or all of these festivals and events happening around the state from Mid-October through December.


October 26 – November 12

Louisiana State Fair

Shreveport, LA

The State Fair of Louisiana will be held at the State Fairgrounds in Shreveport. Gates open at 10 a.m. Admission is $12 and up. The State Fair features unique fair foods, live music, Louisiana’s largest display of carnival rides, free shows and attractions. 


November 3 – 5

Harvest Festival on False River

New Roads, LA

The Harvest Festival on False River is an annual festival held in the heart of New Roads, Louisiana. Its main purpose is to bring together the community in a way that celebrates one of the many things they’re known for- agriculture! They’ve been planning a spectacular 2023 festival and can’t wait to see you there.


November 4

BBQ, Bourbon & Blues Festival

Thibodaux, LA

Join Lafourche ARC for the first ever BBQ, Bourbon & Blues Festival! Enjoy a selection of over 30 brands of whiskey, live soulful music, and the best BBQ from across the region! If you’ve got a grillmaster in the family, enter the BBQ competition! Tickets are $10 with proceeds benefiting Lafourche ARC. 


November 10 – 12

St. Francisville Food & Wine Festival

St. Francisville, LA

At the height of fall, the St. Francisville Food & Wine Festival welcomes bright lights in the region’s culinary, cultural, and musical scenes back to the beautiful grounds of The Myrtles Historic Inn & Restaurant 1796. The St. Francisville Food & Wine Festival Grand Tastings  showcase the culinary culture of Mississippi and Louisiana with celebrated chefs serving delicious dishes alongside creative wine pairings, cocktails, craft beers, and live entertainment. Tickets start at $125. 



November 11 – 12

Covington Three Rivers Art Festival

Covington, LA

Three Rivers Art Festival features colorful tents arranged along Columbia Street in historic downtown Covington, where the fun starts with arts and crafts demonstrations, a juried art show, music, food, and lots of activities just for kids. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day. Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Covington Trailhead. FREE. 



November 18 – January 6

97th Annual Nachitoches Christmas Festival

Nachitoches, LA

Nachitoches is home to one of the oldest community-based holiday celebrations in the country. The Natchitoches Christmas Festival is a six-week long Christmas celebration beginning  the Saturday before Thanksgiving and ending on January the 6th, the Epiphany. View over 300,000 lights and 100 plus set pieces on display every night at dusk. Armbands are $10. Children 6 and under are free and 

do not require an armband.



November 23 (Thanksgiving Day)

Baton Rouge Turkey Trot

Baton Rouge, LA

Bring the family out for the annual 5K Walk/Run or 1 Mile Fun Run on Thanksgiving Day. Registration fees vary, with price increases on October 30.



December 1 – 23

Noel Acadien au Village

Lafayette, LA

Noel Acadien au Village features half-a-million lights, including the fully lit Chapel, animations, lighted displays, live entertainment, carnival rides, local cuisine, photos with Santa, and holiday shopping. Open 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. weather permitting. Proceeds benefit LARC Developmental Disabilities Services, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


December 1 – 3

Christmas in the Country

St. Francisville, LA

Come experience a small town Christmas in the hills of St. Francisville with Christmas in the Country! A weekend full of holiday themed activities, including a Christmas themed parade with a special appearance from Santa Claus! Full schedule pending.

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December 24 (Christmas Eve)

Lighting the Way for Papa Noel

St. James, LA

The levees bordering the Mississippi River lay claim to one of the most unique December lighting holiday displays in Louisiana. From New Orleans to Baton Rouge, this bonfire tradition dates back to the earliest Cajun settlers and has grown bigger and bigger each year, lighting the way for Papa Noel on Christmas Eve. Go early to see the 20-30 foot structures that are truly works of art.


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