November in New Orleans is the best of both worlds – the weather is cool but the sun is out, and holiday festivities are just getting started. This month, indulge in decadent dining deals with COOLinary Encore, eat in or order out on Thanksgiving Day, attend a socially distant outdoor concert or film screening, and mark your calendars for the beginning of Holidays New Orleans Style. Here are our top 10 things to do this November in New Orleans.

Ellyn Davis

Dining deals continue into November with COOLinary Encore. Over 50 participating restaurants are serving up specially priced, multi-course lunch, brunch and dinner options available for dine in or takeout. Each week brings new menu items following a different theme, which include seafood, po-boys and sandwiches, and gumbos and soups. COOLinary Encore runs October 19-November 22.

This year, the New Orleans Film Festival is being held over a longer period of time with a mix of virtual and outdoor screenings. From November 6-22, enjoy various feature films, documentaries and animated shorts either online or at the open-air cinema at the Lafitte Greenway. This year, films made in the American South represent 45%, and Louisiana-made films represent 26% of the lineup. Book tickets online and watch the festival trailer here.

Justen Williams

Enjoy the beautiful fall weather

November in New Orleans is prime for enjoying the gorgeous fall weather. Take advantage of outdoor dining or visit one of our local parks or greenspaces for a picnic. With the forecast mostly 60 degrees and sunny, you can’t go wrong when visiting New Orleans in November.

Justen Williams

Words & Literary Music Festival will take place virtually from November 19-22. The lineup of presenters and discussions offer something for everyone, from literature to theater to music to photography. For more information on tickets and schedules, see here.

Justen Williams

As the weather cools, our desire for comfort food only grows stronger. Lucky for us, a warm bowl of gumbo hits the spot. Gumbo is a traditional Creole New Orleans dish, made of various vegetables, spices, herbs and proteins. Many local restaurants take pride in the gumbo they serve. Check out the variations here and plan to eat some gumbo this November. 

Paul Broussard

With five Saints games planned for the month of November, we’ll be cheering on the Black & Gold nonstop. Watch the game from home and order in or make a reservation at a local restaurant set up with big screens. Don’t forget to wear your mask and remember to practice social distancing.

Zack Smith

This November, the beloved Music Box Village reopens to the public for a fall concert series. The open-air space is as magical as it sounds – patrons are invited to experience live music with “Sonic Remedies,” a show that will feature music made during quarantine. Read more here, and book your tickets today.

Paul Broussard

Dine in, or order takeout from a restaurant on Thanksgiving Day

Take the week off from cooking and plan to order in or dine out on Thanksgiving Day. Plenty of New Orleans restaurants will be open, offering takeout packages or reservations for however you choose to celebrate. You can’t go wrong with a meal from one of our many restaurants.

Justen Williams

Returning for the 2020 holiday season as a driving tour, Celebration in the Oaks is among the most beloved seasonal traditions in New Orleans. Hop in the car and work your way through the 2.25-mile loop in the park, seeing displays from years past as well as new exhibits, including a salute to medical personnel. Book your timed entry tickets online in advance – Celebration in the Oaks opens November 26 and closes on January 3.

Devonte Williford

The day after Thanksgiving kicks off Holidays New Orleans style, an over-month-long celebration that brings the season to life. This holiday season, enjoy a mix of virtual and in-person events, including virtual holiday concerts, holiday lights displays, shopping, dining and more. Learn more here and experience the magic of New Orleans.