The weather is finally turning cooler and festival season is kicking into high gear in Jefferson Parish. From delicious food to family-friendly fun, our social calendar is jam-packed with fairs and festivals this fall!
Tour de Jefferson & LiveWell Fest 2017
When: September 10
Where: Lafreniere Park, Metairie
Tour de Jefferson has become one of the premier cycling events in the region, bringing riders from around the country to Jefferson Parish each year. This year it will be held on the East Bank for the first time and will offer cyclists of all experience levels the chance to ride a 42-mile, 28-mile, or 13-mile route. The ride will start in Lafreniere Park and will end back at the Al Copeland Concert Meadow for LiveWell Fest.
Livewell Fest will feature live music by Bag of Donuts, food & drink, craft vendors, massages, an athlete-exclusive Flex Zone, Kids Zone, and so much more! It will bring together local restaurants, community members, and health organizations to highlight the availability of healthy options, and the importance of healthy initiatives in the Greater New Orleans Area. Entry to the fest is FREE, 10am-3pm.
When: September 10
Where: Nor-Joe Imports, Metairie
The Muffuletta Festival was founded to celebrate a uniquely New Orleans food tradition and the people who created it. See dance perfromances by the Muff-A-Lotta's. Learn about the history of the Muffuletta and of course, enjoy delicious muffuletta sandwiches! There will be vendor booths, live music and Bocce Ball!
Jambalaya & Shrimp Festival
When: September 16
Where: Archbishop Shaw High School, Marrero
Archbishop Shaw’s annual Jambalaya & Shrimp Festival will feature live music by The Bucktown All Stars, Joey Thomas Band & The Strays, the LSU game on the big screen, food, drinks, a car show and a cook-off! The swimming pool will be open with a life guard on duty.
Celebrate mid-autumn with the Asian/Pacific American Society! There will be live entertainment, food, arts, crafts & more!
Bring the whole family out and enjoy a 3-day music festival with performances by national artists and Louisiana favorites. The food dished out from the local vendors will be exceptional with just about every culture represented. A large selection of arts & crafts will be available along with rides, entertainment, & activities for the kids. Get a taste of culture by visiting the Italian Village & the German Beer Garden. Voted Top 20 Events in the Southeast by Southeast Tourism Society. Don’t miss out!
The Second Annual Hot Diggity Dog fest in Kenner's Laketown will feature live music, hot dog food vendors, pet adoptions, weiner dog races, a dog costume contest and more! All proceeds benefit the planning and building of a dog park at Kenner City Park.
St. Ann Family Fest
When: October 6-7
Where: St. Ann Church & School, Metairie
Blast Off into Space with St. Ann is the theme of this year's family fest, featuring delicious food, crafts, live music and a whole lot of fun!
Que Pasa Fest 2017 is a FREE festival that celebrates the Latino arts and culture in Louisiana during Hispanic Heritage month, featuring delicious Latino food, crafts and live music. This year's headliner is Grammy award winning Salsa artist, Luis Enrique, known as "El Principe de la Salsa." He will be performing a full-length concert!
Bridge City's "world famous" gumbo is cooked daily at the festival grounds and over 2000 gallons of both seafood and chicken/sausage gumbo will be prepared for visitors during the festival. Amusement rides, games, activities, pageants, and live music! A variety of other native Louisiana cooking such as jambalaya, New Orleans style red beans and rice with sausage as well as hamburgers, hot dogs, onion mums, homemade cakes and candies, funnel cakes and many delicious surprises will also be available.
West Jeff Family Fest 2017
When: October 13-14
Where: West Jefferson Medical Center, Marrero
This local, family-friendly festival will feature live music, carnival rides and games, a car & bike show, kids zone, and delicious food!
When: October 14-15
Where: Mel Ott Park, Gretna
Live Vietnamese-American music performances, booths and lots of delicious Pho!
When: October 14
Where: German-American Cultural Center, Gretna
Enjoy brats, live German music and authentic German beer in historic Gretna!
Cochon de Lait Festival
When: October 20-22
Where: St. Edward the Confessor School, Metairie
The St. Edward Cochon De Lait Fair features delicious local cuisine, including roast pork dinners, fried catfish and shrimp dinners, crawfish pies, jambalaya, hamburgers, pizza, hot dogs, nachos and more! With live music, arts and crafts and family-friendly fun, you do not want to miss this festival!
The party "Where Pets Bring their People" features a Pet Adopt-A-Thon with 40 Shelter/Rescue groups offering over 400 adoptable pets, a Pet Health Watch area, FREE pet costume contest with amazing prizes, Pet Marketplace, delicious local cuisine, great music and much more. Hundreds of adoptive pets have found homes at Pet Fest! This year's theme is Barks and Recreation!
The Big Teasy will feature fun for the whole family with food, music, and artists that celebrate the tea and coffee lifestyle. High Tea service in the beautiful JPAC lobby will highlight the day. Outside, taste tea and coffee samples - hot and cold - with sweet and savory small plate offerings. Parents are encouraged to bring children in Halloween costumes to have tea – and photos - with Alice and The White Rabbit! Some fifty artists will offer opportunities to shop for that perfect item. The Gentlemen’s Corner welcomes gentlemen (and ladies) to taste featured premium whiskeys while savoring a hand-rolled cigar on the outdoor, second level balcony. There will be live music featuring, The New Leviathon Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra, Tim Laughlin Jazz Trio, and The Last Straws.
20th Annual Bucktown Seafood Festival
When: November 3-5
Where: St. Louis King of France Catholic School, Metairie
The Bucktown Seafood Festival will again serve the most delicious New Orleans cuisine and seafood and Contraflow and The Bucktown All-Stars will perform! They will have rides for children of all ages, games for kids and adults, auctions, gift baskets, amazing raffle prizes, and much more!
Saint Basil's International Food Festival
When: November 3-5
Where: St Basil Orthodox Church, Metairie
Across Europe, the Middle East, Russia, and in many other countries, having a meal is an event filled with family, great food and wonderful conversation. St. Basil Antiochian Orthodox Church is bringing back the tradition of breaking bread together. But instead of the traditional three-hour meal, they want to break bread for three days with music, dancing, and a celebration of cultures from around the world!
When: November 10-12
Where: St. Rita School, Harahan
Local parish fair with live music, games, great local foods and plenty of pecan dishes! Fun for the whole family!
SCR Oyster Festival
When: November 10-12
Where: St. Clement of Rome, Metairie
Join in the fun for this family-friendly local oyster festival featuring live music by Bag of Donuts, Bench Warmers, Top Cats and Groovy 7 as well as delicious food!
Mark your calendars, because almost every weekend in Jefferson Parish features a festival or event! Did I miss any? Comment below and see all of our events in Jefferson Parish here!