Every day in New Orleans seems like a celebration of music and food, but these fall festivals take it to a whole new level. From events honoring the beloved po-boy sandwich to epic lineups of musical artists, fall in New Orleans will have you celebrating to your heart's — and stomach's — content.
Louisiana Seafood Festival
October 27 – 29, 2017
Attention all seafood lovers: It's time to indulge in the bounty of Gulf Coast seafood. At the free Louisiana Seafood Festival you can sample a wide variety of local dishes, such as seafood gumbo, charbroiled oysters, Louisiana shrimp, soft-shell crab, varieties of Gulf fish, crawfish, alligator and other delicacies, from some of the best restaurants in town.
In 2016, renowned dining establishments such as Acme Oyster House, Café Giovanni, Drago's Seafood Restaurant, Ernst Café, Galatoire's, Jacques-Imo's, Red Fish Grill and more showed off their favorite seafood dishes. In between bites, enjoy the incredible music lineup of local and regional acts, culinary demonstrations, children's tent and arts village. View the list of 2017 food vendors.
Crescent City Blues and BBQ
October 13 – 15, 2017
Roll up your sleeves and get messy at this free annual festival celebrating two of the South's celebrated art forms: blues and barbecue. The Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival is a free event at Lafayette Square park and is produced by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. Hear live music on two stages, pig-out on a smorgasbord of barbecue (and lots of other delicious smoked treats) and stroll the art market. This year's music lineup includes legendary blues and soul musicians such as Little Freddie King, Robert Cray, Bobby Rush and many more. Get your groove on at the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Fest.
Oak Street Po-Boy Festival
October 22, 2017
It's practically unthinkable to visit New Orleans without ordering a po-boy: the delectable sandwich with humble beginnings, that grew into a culinary phenomenon and an edible icon of the city. Fortunately, the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival makes it easy to try this versatile lunch item. Restaurants from all over the city will bring their best versions of the sandwich, so you can sample more than 50 different varieties of po-boys! Think every possible combo from roast beef with debris (gravy), soft shell crab, alligator sausage, fried lobster to root beer-glazed ham and cheese.
Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
October 27 – 29, 2017
You don't have to know a thing about Voodoo to understand why this annual music festival is practically a magical event. Head to City Park to join crowds of ecstatic fans as they worship — ahem, enjoy the music of high-energy acts by Foo Fighters, The Killers, Kendrick Lamar, DJ Sanke, The Head and the Heart, Brand New, Dillon Francis and so many more. Just like everywhere else in New Orleans during Halloween, costumes are encouraged. Learn more about the Voodoo Music Experience.
Annual Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival
November 18 – 19, 2017
Discover the history and contributions of New Orleans' historic Tremé neighborhood with dozens of brass band performances, while the city's top restaurants serve up versions of New Orleans culinary treats. Held in Louis Armstrong Park, this free event is produced by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. Learn more about the Gumbo Festival.
Don't miss out on an incredible fall festival season packed with culinary must-tastes and dance-your-heart-out music lineups! View the entire New Orleans events calendar.
photo: Louisiana Seafood Festival and Oak Street Po-Boy Fest by Flickr/Nolamaven