Pumpkin fields, haunted houses, festivals and more are here to bring you fall. Whether you’re hoping to take the family on an adventure or want to have fun with friends, this list has something for everyone.
boo at the zoo
Every day until October 31. See Zoosiana transformed into a spooky experience for the whole family. Admission includes all regular zoo features and a free bag of goodies for children 12 and under. Zoosiana members are admitted free of charge. For daily opening hours and current exhibits, visit zoosiana.com
October 7. Take part in the first annual Jambalaya Cook-Off of the Chamber of Commerce of Broussard at the Parc des Arceneaux. This event is free to the public but the organizers ask you not to bring any outside food to the event. There will be local vendors with food to buy. Doors open at 3 p.m. Attractions include live music, kids’ zone, face painting, cookie decorating, and jambalaya tasting with purchase of wristband. Arceneaux Park is located at 835 E. Main St., Broussard
Trails of Fear
Fridays and Saturdays until October 31. One of the state’s most popular haunted attractions is back for the 11th year. This immersive walk through Scott’s Haunted Woods is sure to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. For the first time, Fright Trails presents “Fright without Lights”. On October 30 and 31, the trails will be completely dark and only lit by a headlamp. Fright Trails is not recommended for children under the age of eight and all children under the age of 11 must be accompanied by an adult. For ticket prices, visit frighttrail.com/tickets. Fright Trails is located at 5305 Cameron Rd.
Pumpkin Patch at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
October 7-31. Looking for the Halloween spirit without the scares? Try this local pumpkin patch. Open daily, it offers photo booths and pumpkins for purchase throughout the week with concessions, makeup, professional photographers and weekend vendors. Pumpkins cost between $1 and $50 depending on the size. Carts are recommended for large purchases. St. Barnabas Episcopal Church is located at 400 Camellia Blvd. For hours of operation, visit www.saintbarnabas.us/pumpkin-patch
Acadian and Creole Festival
From October 14 to 16. One of the oldest and most popular music festivals returns to Parc Girard this fall. Complete with local food, art and culture, the Festival Acadiens et Créole is a treat for locals and tourists alike. See the full list of performances here
Gulf Beer Festival
October 22, 1-5 p.m. The annual celebration of all things beer in downtown Lafayette features over 200 different craft beers from local breweries and some from across the country. This outdoor adventure is complete with live music and food for purchase. There is an afterparty at downtown Rock-n-Bowl after the event. Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased at acadianacenterforthearts.org/event/gulf-brew-2022
15th Annual Boudin Cookoff and Acadiana Bacon Fest
October 22, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Did someone say bacon? This event brings together two of the region’s festivals to celebrate the love of pork. Free entry. Tickets are required for the blood sausage tasting. This year’s competitors come from across the state and Texas. There will be live music, eating contests, fun jumps, games and free desserts. This event will take place at Parc International Centre-ville.
Boo Bayou Fall Festival
On October 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Vermillionville is hosting a family Halloween event with games, face painting, balloon animals, movies, trick or treats, and more. Children and adults are invited to dress up. There will be plenty of photo opportunities. Admission is $5 for anyone over the age of two.
October 28-29 This 16th annual celebration of southern cuisine will take place in Vermillionville. The weekend will be filled with music, dancing, camping and food. Overnight camping is available with the purchase of a weekend pass. Daily passes are also an option and allow access until midnight. To purchase tickets, visit www.blackpotfestival.com.
Autumn in the Oaks
October 29, 5-8 p.m. Enjoy hay rides, mazes, food and fun for all at Moncus Park. Kick off your Halloween weekend with a fall fair for all ages. Admission to this event is free.
- October 7-30 Frightmare on Main Street, New Iberia frightmareonmainstreet.com
- October 8-9 Gumbo cookoff Bouligny Plaza 102 W. Main St. New Iberia
- October 20-23 Downtown Crowley International Rice Festival
- October 22 St. Julien Park Trunk or Treat
- October 29 Crow Fest: Downtown Carencro Fall Festival
- October 29 Sweet Dough Pie Festival Grand Coteau Town Park
- October 31 Heyman Park Trunk or Treat