We love being on the Northshore, especially for the fall festival season! Here are three fests to enjoy during the cooler weather.

Blueberries abound at the Fourth Annual Bluesberry Festival!

A “Berry” Cool Day

Back for its fourth year, the Annual Bluesberry Festival is set for Saturday, October 7, 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., at Bogue Falaya Wayside Park. This family friendly fest boasts live music, art, food and culture, all with the added “flavor” of blueberry. Blues music from regional and local artists will be performed throughout the day, including bands from Austin, Nashville and New Orleans. In addition to the live entertainment, you will enjoy works from talented artisans; kids’ activities; variety of food trucks; wine tent; and beer garden. Of course, there will be lots of blueberry delicacies! For additional details and tickets, click here.

A Waterside Treat

The following weekend, October 14 – 15, starting at 10 a.m., set your sights on the charming town of Madisonville. The town is the site for the Annual Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival along the Tchefuncte River. You will experience up-close dozens of hand-crafted, classic wooden vessels, from cruisers to sailboats, from skiffs to luggers. In addition to the boats, you will enjoy music, food, beverages and activities. The event benefits educational programs at the Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum and lighthouse restoration. Adding more fun is the Quick ‘n’ Dirty Boat Building Competition, with participants building a boat from provided materials in a short time period, then trying to complete a 100-yard water course. It is a hoot just to see which vessels simply make it past the start line! Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for 65+ and free for kids and active-duty military. For tickets, click here.

An Artsy Time

In November, art comes to town! The Annual Three River Arts Festival takes place November 11 – 12, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., all along Columbia Street in Downtown Covington. Artists from all over the country participate in this festival. Whether you prefer ceramics, paintings, photography, woodworking, metal work, sculptures or jewelry, you will find it here. Plus, there will be art demonstrations including pottery and glass blowing. The children’s discovery area, music, food and beverages will keep the entire family happy. Better yet, Admission is free!

St. Tammany Parish has many annual festivals. Check out the entire list at louisiananorthshore.com.