October 6, 2022

Festival Season in Bayou Country

When the temperature drops and that crisp Autumn air hits, locals know it’s time to dust off their flannels and prepare for the season we’ve all been waiting for: Festival Season!

If asked to describe Houma’s Rougarou Fest in one word, it would have to be “unique.” The legend of the Rougarou is a part of many francophone cultures. In English, it would be most closely described as a werewolf. In the Houma area, the locals hold a festival to pay homage to this creature, who’s legend has been handed down through the generations. The family-friendly festival with a spooky flair celebrates the rich folklore that exists along the bayous of Southeast Louisiana. It is also the primary fundraiser supporting the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center, a nonprofit organization charged with protecting Louisiana’s wetlands. Festival activities include mask making, folklore storytelling, costume contest, and a parade featuring homemade floats, costumed revelers, larger than life wildlife puppets and, of course, the Rougarou himself.”

Celebrate local tradition, culture and history as Terrebonne Parish marks its 200-year anniversary with the Terrebonne Bicentennial Festival and Parade. The festival will include various elements highlighting “the Good Earth,” including music on three stages, storytelling and performances by local cultural organizations.

The Bayou Regional Arts Council (BRAC) is excited to host their inaugural Bayou Arts Fest in Historic Downtown Houma! Start your day with beignets and coffee, sample Cultural Food Cook-Off entries, check out local craft vendors and shop for handmade artwork while listening to live music from some local favorites. All proceeds will benefit BRAC to support local artists and art organizations.

And, of course, you can also dive deep into bayou culture at Chauvin Heritage Festival or shop until you drop at Southdown Marketplace….and the list just goes on. For more information on Houma’s Fall Festival Season and traveling in Bayou Country, visit us at www.explorehouma.com.