It’s true, no matter when you visit New Orleans you’re sure to have a good time. But an underrated hack to Crescent City travel is mid-week vacationing, and one of the best times to plan a weekday getaway to NOLA is in the fall.

Whether you’re kicking off one of the many fall festivals and events early or just taking advantage of the low rates and cool weather, there are plenty of reasons to visit NOLA on a weekday this fall, here are our favorites.

Paul Broussard
New Orleans Halloween Decorations

Halloween

There’s no better place to enjoy the annual celebration of all things spooky than New Orleans. During Halloween week, the city is filled with haunted houses, epic costume parties, frightening festivals and much more. Discover all the spooky ways to celebrate Halloween or head over to GoNOLA for an insider’s look at Halloween week in New Orleans.

Major Concerts

Not that you need one, but a mid-week concert is a perfect excuse for a weekday trip to New Orleans. In addition to local live music performances seven days of the week, some of the most recognized names in entertainment are touring in venues across the Crescent City. A handful of headliners to be on the lookout for are:

  • 10/04/2019 - Miranda Lambert: Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour
  • 10/29/2019 - The Chainsmokers: World War Joy Tour
  • 11/12/209 - The Jonas Brothers - Happiness Begins Tour
  • 11/17/2019 - BROCKHAMPTON - Heaven Belongs to You Tour
  • 12/13/2019 - Cher: Here We Go Again Tour 2019

And many more! For more info on upcoming live music in NOLA, check out our live music calendar.

Zack Smith
Bacchanal

Outdoor Activities

While most other cities are preparing scarves, boots and jackets for their pending cooler weather, New Orleanians are making their way to rooftop bars, restaurants with patios and other outdoor activities. With an average temperature of 72℉ from October - December, why not take advantage of all the great outdoors has to offer in New Orleans?

College Scouting Trips

Everyone knows we play hard in New Orleans, but we work just as hard too. Home to seven distinct colleges and universities, the Crescent City is the perfect place for students to live, learn and grow. Whether they're interested in pharmacy at Xavier, physics from Dillard, architecture at Tulane, or the arts at Loyola, there’s something for everyone in NOLA. With classes in session and campuses in their natural state, a mid-week college tour can double as a family-friendly fall getaway. 

Fall Festivals

While most fests are reserved for weekends, there’s a number of fall festivals and events that take place throughout the weekday.

New Orleans Film Festival - a weeklong festival highlighting a diverse range of local, national and international films and filmmakers.

Luna Fete - an illuminating experience unique to New Orleans emphasizing art, light and technology.

Fete des Fromages - the American South’s only cheese fest, Fete des Fromages features more than 150 different cheeses, two dozen international cheesemakers, live entertainment and exclusive seminars and classes by national cheese expert and author Liz Thorpe.

Paul Broussard
Smoothie King Center

New Orleans Pelicans

You can always expect a lively crowd and an exciting time when you make your way to the Smoothie King Center for a New Orleans Pelicans game. Some of the most anticipated games of the season take place during the week.

  • 10/25/2019 - Dallas Mavericks at New Orleans Pelicans
  • 11/17/2019 - Golden State Warriors at New Orleans Pelicans
  • 11/19/2019 - Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans
  • 11/27/2019 - Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans

Check out the full 2019-2020 season.

Seasonal Coffees + Cocktails

You know the saying, “coffee until cocktails.” Luckily, New Orleans is known for both. During the day, check out a few of the city’s abundant local coffee houses for seasonal twists like bananas foster iced coffees, pumpkin pie flavored frappuccinos, and even pumpkin praline lattes. CC’s Community Coffee House, PJ’s Coffee and Gracious Bakery are the perfect places to start.

At night, make your way to one (or a couple) of NOLA’s craft cocktail lounges. Stick with the classic, or switch it up and ask about their seasonal twists. Pro-tip: holiday cocktails in NOLA are undefeated, and typically roll out in November.

Rebecca Todd
Emeril's Restaurant- Reveillon Holiday Cocktail

Thanksgiving

Ditch the traditional turkey and fixings and spice up your Thanksgiving Thursday in New Orleans. Cajun fried turkey, seafood gumbo, BBQ Shrimp, corn maque choux, and crab bisque are among the many Thanksgiving delicacies unique to NOLA. Make your own version with family and friends, or simply make a reservation at one of New Orleans’ many restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day.