Fall festivals

Oct. 26 & 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
St. FrancisvilleNosh on scrumptious sweet potato pies, sweet potato muffins and sweet potato cakes while browsing arts and crafts booths and enjoying live music. The nutritious root vegetable figures prominently in food offered at this 10th annual festival, which brings together artists, craftspeople, musicians and collectors. The beautiful Parker Park combines with St. Francisville’s small-town atmosphere to make for a friendly, laid-back event that has visitors returning year after year.

Nov. 8 & 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plaquemine
Launched to recognize the large, local fiber arts community, this unique festival is in its fourth year. Crafters of all kinds convene to knit, sew, quilt and spin for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy food and drink while watching and learning, and browsing artwork for sale. Demonstrations include lace making, rug hooking and more. The talent-filled weekend begins Friday at Plaquemine’s First United Methodist Church and continues Saturday at Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park Pavilion.

Oct. 18-20, various times?New Roads
For a weekend each October, the quiet town of New Roads brims with activity for its annual Harvest Festival. Venture downtown Friday to enjoy live music featuring Rockin’ Doopsie, carnival rides, the beer garden, and arts and crafts. Saturday starts with the Nut Run at 8:15 a.m. and culminates with a vibrant fireworks show, scheduled for 10 p.m.

Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Various locations downtown
Book lovers will revel in this day dedicated to the written word. Mingle with writers, poets, storytellers and other readers at this 10th annual free event, happening at various venues downtown. Panel discussions, presentations by local and national authors, cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment, exhibitions, and more round out the agenda.