Fall is one of the best times to live in New Orleans. The weather is getting cooler and more bareable after the long hot days of August and September. And the fall festival season starts ramping up with lots of family fun every weekend. Here’s a list of festivals in and around the New Orleans area for you to experience this year!
Oktoberfest – Every weekend in October at Deutsches Haus in mid-city. Enjoy live music, German Folk Dancing and German Cuisne.
Louisiana Seafood Festival – City Park Festival Grounds, 10/10 – 11a-9p; 10/11 – 11a-9p; 10/12 – 10a-7p; Live music, cooking demos, arts and crafts, kids tent, and of course seafood.
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival – Lafayette Square, 10/17 – 5:30p-8:30p; 10/18 and 10/19 – 11a-8:30p; Live music, crafts and some of the best BBQ in the south!
Voodoo Music and Arts Experience – City Park Festival Grounds; music from some of the top artist, food, artwork, and local crafts. Tickets can be purchased online.
Gretna Heritage Festival – Huey P Long Ave / Gretna Historic Distric, 10/3 – 4p-11p; 10/4 – 2p-11p; 10/5 2p-9p; Live music, carnival rides, Italian Village, German Beer Garden; $20/day | $50 for the whole weekend | 12 and under FREE.
Bucktown Seafood Festival – St. Louis King of France, Metairie, 10/10 – 6p-11p; 10/11 – 11a-11p; 10/12 – 12p-9p; Live music from local bands, Louisiana seafood, games and rides.
Bridge City Gumbo Festival – Holy Guardian Angels Church, Bridge City, 10/10 – 6p-11p; 10/11 – 10a-11p; 10/12- 11a-9p; Live music, pageants, games, rides and 2000 gallons of both seafood and chicken/sausage gumbo.
Cochon De Lait and Festival – St. Edward Church and School, Metaire, 10/17 – 6p-12a; 10/18 – 10a-11p; 10/19 – 11a-9p; Live music from local bands, games, ride and food at the regions oldest and largest cochon de lait.
Mandeville Octoberfest – 10/1-10/4; Four day celebration of wine, food and arts. Also the birthday of the city’s founder Bernard Xavier Philippe de Marigny de Mandeville; collection of food and wine dinners, art stroll, concert, and a tasting at the Trailhead.
Louisiana Waterfoul Festival – Pelican Park, Mandeville, 10/4 – 9a-9p; 10/5 – 9a-4p; Art competitions, food and live birds from the Audubon Zoo.
Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival – Mulberry and Water Streets along the Tchefuncte River, 19/11 and 10/12 – 10a-6p; See over 100 classic boats, enjoy food, live music, Children’s Village, crafts, classic cars, and the Quick ‘n Dirty Boat Building Contest. Tickets $9.50 for one day | $18 for a 2-day pass | $35 for a 2-day couples pass | $72 for a 2 day family pack
Abita Springs Water Festival -Abita Springs Tourist Park / Trailhead, 10/12 – 12p-5p; Native American performers, music, food, crafts, children’s activities, art show and parade! Decorate your bike and join the parade, also the first 30 children receive a free pumpkin.
Monster Mash Fun Fall Festival – Bouge Falaya Park, Covington, 10/18 – 10a-3p; Trick or Treat Village, pumpkin scavenger hunt, games, inflatables, second line parade, music and food. Tickets $15/child, $5/adult in advance | $20/child, $10/adult at the gate | 11 months and younger FREE
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