Looking for something fun to do this weekend? There are festivals all around the metro, featuring tons of food, music and fun.
The Louisiana Seafood Festival expects tens of thousands of people at City Park, which will for the first time be at City Park's new festival grounds. "It's new...so we're trying to help people know that we're on the Wizner side of City Park," says Event Coordinator Jennifer Kelley.
There will be 90 delectable seafood dishes from over 30 different local restaurants.
Musical highlights include Christian Serpas & Ghost Town, Royal Southern Brotherhood featuring Cyril Neville, Revival: An Allman Brothers Experience, Better Than Ezra, Sister Hazel, and more.
Some of the 2013 food items include: Crabmeat Ravioli, Fried Oyster or Shrimp Poboy, Shrimp Boudin Stuffed Chicken, Shrimp & Artichoke Dip, Shrimp & Crawfish Bread, Korean Shrimp Tacos, Fried Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich, Blackened Alligator Tacos, Bacon Wrapped Shrimp & Grits, Catfish Sliders w/ Green Tomato Chow Chow, Oyster Almondine, LA Blue Crab Crabcakes, Stuffed Crab & Baked Macaroni, Crawfish Nachos, Slow Roasted Duck Poboy, Cajun Shrimp Eggrolls, Shrimp Remoulade Soft Tacos, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Oyster Dressing Stuffed Mushrooms, Crawfish Bread, Alligator Sausage Kabob with Zydeco Sauce, Crawfish Beignets, Shrimp & Alligator Sausage Cheesecake, Mango Sorbet (with optional Rum Sauce), Baked Alaska with Chocolate Sauce, Chocolate Bread Pudding with Raspberry Caramel Sauce and much, much more!
And on Saturday it's Que Pasa Fest 2013. "It's our third, and it's probably the biggest one that we've had so far. And it's free for everybody," and spokeswoman Brenda Melara says everyone's welcome, and they'll have a large array of Latin food from around the globe.
Que Pasa Fest 2013 is actually a six day festival filled with music and dance and will be held at various locations throughout the metro area. The free outdoor fest on Saturday, October 12, at Lafreniere Park, is the main event for the whole family from noon- 9:00 with live music, 25 booths, children's activities, bring chairs and blankets, but coolers are not allowed.
This year Amanda Shaw joins the celebration to highlight her Latin roots.
Deutsches Haus' annual Oktoberfest, New Orleans' oldest Oktoberfest is bigger and better than ever before according to spokesman Ray Sutherlin. Oktoberfest at Kenner's Rivertown will run for three Fridays and Saturdays in October, starting Oct. 11th.
"Mayor Yenni will be doing the honorary tapping of the first keg at 6PM," this evening Sutherlin says, along with "lots of beer, lots of great food, lots of great local bands."
On the Northshore it's the 24th Annual Wooden Boat Festival on the banks of the scenic Tchefuncte River in Madisonville, located at Water Street at Highway 22. The fest starts at 10:00 am, Water Street closes at 6:00 pm, bands run Saturday night from 6:30 until 10:00 pm. Daily admission to the festival on October 12th and 13th is $10 per person, $5 for seniors over 65, and free for children under 12 and uniformed military personnel.