Did you think the arrival of Fall meant packing away your festival gear? NOT! New Orleans has a plethora of smaller neighborhood events in the months ahead, and leading the pack is the Tremé Fall Festival.There’s so much fun going on and we don’t want you to miss any of it. Between mouth-watering, festivals, can’t miss music festivals, must see films, and of course – Halloween – October is sure to satisfy all of your interests.
1. Tremé Fall Fest
Sept. 30 – Oct. 1/ Tremé Fall Festival – Celebrating Faubourg Tremé, America’s oldest African American neighborhood, with live music, local food vendors and craft booths. Revel in the culture and spirit of New Orleans’ historic and beloved Treme- all for a cause. The event kicks off with a patron party on Friday and a full day of music on Saturday. An anniversary mass at St. Augustine Church will be on Sunday. The festival will take place near the church, at the intersection of Henriette Delille and Governor Nicholls Streets. Festival entry is donation-based, with proceeds going to support the many cultural destinations and organizations found in the historical community of Tremé.
2. Visit a Local Distillery
Oct. 4/National Vodka Day – What better way is there to celebrate than to visit a local vodka distillery? NOLA Distilling and Lula Restaurant Distillery both serve cocktails made with their vodka on site. If rum is more your thing, take a tour at Old New Orleans Rum.
3. Art for Art’s Sake
Oct. 7 / Hundreds of shops and galleries stay open late in the Warehouse Arts District for Art for Art’s Sake. Cash bars are located outside many of the galleries, so you can stroll with a cocktail in hand.
Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21/Celebrate Nola’s rich German history, with the city’s own version of Oktoberfest, which takes place three weekends in a row. At this Mid City celebration, you’ll find the best of German culture including rare beer, authentic cuisine, and live music.
5. Beignet Festival
Oct. 7 – Beignets, or French-style doughnuts, are one of those many, must-try New Orleans foods. Now you can try them all in one place at Beignet Festival at the New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds. Admission is free!
6. New Orleans Film Festival
Oct.11-19/Hosted by the New Orleans Film Society In various venues throughout the city. In addition to showcasing the work of local filmmakers, films shown at NOFF can qualify for the Oscars in all three Academy-accredited categories: Narrative Short, Documentary Short, and Animated Short.
7. Crescent City Blues and BBQ
Oct. 13-15/Local barbecue with a side of live blues anyone? Lafayette Square transforms into the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival, with live music, BBQ, and craft booths in the heart of the Central Business District.
8. Go on a Quest for the Tastiest Gumbo
Oct. 12/ National Gumbo Day, so go on a quest to find your favorite bowl of gumbo in New Orleans. This famous creole soup can be made many different ways, with seafood or chicken and sausage. We recommend starting your quest at The Gumbo Shop or Mr. B’s Bistro!
9. Catch a Saints game in the Superdome
Oct. 15/The Saints play at home against the Detroit Lions, and on October 29 against the Chicago Bears. Don’t miss your chance to see the Saints on their turf!
10. Mac n’ Cheese Fest
Oct. 21/Mac n’ Cheese anyone? This is the first annual Mac n’ Cheese Fest with more than a dozen local restaurants will compete for the best mac n’ cheese dish in Louis Armstrong Park, and you can taste them all while you listen to live music and visit the cash bar.
11. Praise Fest
Oct. 20-22/ New Orleans is home to some of the oldest and most historic churches and congregations in the country, so the city has a proud tradition of Gospel Jazz, Gospel music, and other types of Christian music. Experience the best local musicians.
12. Cochon De Lait Festival
Oct. 21 / In case you haven’t had enough to eat by now, Cochon De Lait Festival is happening at Palmer Park.. It will feature live music, local art, and of course all the pork dishes you can dream of, from po-boys to tacos.
13. Oak Street Po-Boy Festival
Po-Boys are another one of those must-try New Orleans foods. These sandwiches are made with crispy french bread and filled with anything from shrimp to roast beef to tofu. During Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, local chefs bring out their most creative (and delicious) po-boy creations.
14. Krewe of Boo Parade
The weekend before Halloween, Krewe of Boo, New Orleans’s official Halloween parade, marches through the French Quarter. Kids will have a blast as costumed float-riders throw candy, doubloons, toys, and other treats.
15. LGBT Halloween Celebration
Every year, the French Quarter puts on a special Halloween Celebration, LGBT style. Festivities include dance parties with DJs and live music, creative costumes, and a second line parade.
16. Louisiana Seafood Festival
Oct. 27-29 – Indulge in crawfish, oysters, shrimp, gulf fish, and more for three whole days over the weekend. Located in Woldenburg Park, the fest features live music, a host of food vendors, and local crafts.
17. WWII Air, Land & Sea Festival
Oct. 27 – 29, the WWII Air, Sea & Land Festival will take over the New Orleans Lakefront Airport. Adults and children alike can enjoy soaring aircraft, along with related food, drink, and entertainment.
18. Voodoo Music and Arts Experience
Oct. 27-29/Music Festival – Kendrick Lamar, The Killers, and Foo Fighters are headlining Voodoo Music and Arts Experience this year! The music festival takes place over three days in City Park and will feature plenty of colorful costumes and dance parties.
19. Indulge in Locally-Made Chocolates
Oct. 28/National Chocolate Day – Get an early start on Halloween indulgences.. New Orleans is home to several shops that make their own chocolate, so this is the perfect excuse to try them all. We recommend heading to Sucre and Bittersweet Confections.
Oct. 31/Street Parties – If you’re not beat by the end of October, there’s more. You know New Orleanians love to celebrate, especially when it involves dressing up. So naturally, Halloween is a local favorite. Leading up to the day, you’ll want to check out some costume shops to put together your prefect get up. On Halloween night, don’t miss one of the neighborhood street parties on Frenchmen Street or in front of Molly’s at the Market on Decatur Street.