Fall in New Orleans has more events than any other season--especially food events. Whether you’re a self-proclaimed foodie or just have a craving for something tasty, October and November are prime times for delicious meals. We’ve rounded up the food festivals, special dinners and hot restaurants so you can eat your way through NOLA this fall.
No-matter the day of the week, oysters are a good idea in New Orleans. October and November are “R” months, which means the oysters are especially flavorful. Check out our top oyster happy hours and get slurping.
These beloved New Orleans treats, beignets, are served in a variety of forms at this delectable festival on October 5th. Sweet and savory twists on the classic dish are accompanied by local music. This is a uniquely New Orleans event!
Concert Series at Paradigm Gardens
This fall concert series showcases some of New Orleans’ favorite chefs and restaurants. October 8th and November 5th enjoy music and unlimited dinner from Coquette, Baru, Patois, Bacchanal, Boucherie, La Petite Grocery and Chef Susan Spicer.
Legs and Eggs Brunch
Every Sunday, SoBou offers a burlesque brunch to spice things up. Whether you’re recovering from a big day at a festival or pregaming for the Saints game, this brunch is sure to lift your spirits.
NOLA Mac'n'Cheese Fest
Give in to your carb cravings on October 12th. The third annual Mac’n’Cheese Fest returns to Armstrong Park and features a mac’n’cheese eating contest! Vendors include the Big Cheesy, Frey Smoked Meats, Oceana Grill, Superior Seafood and more.
Chef Isaac Toups’ Counter Club
Every third Thursday of the month, Top Chef’s Issac Toups offers an exclusive dinner at Toups South, and every second Sunday of the month you can find him back at the counter for brunch. It always sells out, but If you’re lucky enough to snag a seat, enjoy four inventive courses.
Wicked Dinner at Gabrielle
Broadway musical, Wicked, is is New Orleans October 2nd through 20th at the Saenger Theater. Treat yourself to a pre-theater bite at Gabrielle Restaurant in Treme--a short distance from the theater. The special Wicked themed dinner features dishes like “The Gizzard and I”, “What is this Veal-ing” and “Deep Frying Gravity.” Call the restaurant to reserve your spot.
Indulge all things German at Oktoberfest the first three weekends of October. Brats, sauerkraut, pretzels, and cheese can be found throughout the fest, as well as German beers, wine and schnapps.
Discover the best of barbecue in New Orleans, paired with some live blues and jazz performances October 18th-20th. You’ll be able to smell Lafayette Square Park, in the heart of the CBD, from a mile away!
Acorn After Hours Wine Dinner
On October 23rd, head to Acorn in City Park for a special dinner paired with Jean Luc Colombo wines. Chefs from Acorn and Palace Cafe will serve four courses as well as passed hors d'oeuvres that pair nicely with the French wines. Tickets are $85.
Have some mid-week fun and please your stomach. On October 23rd and November 20th, get out in the crisp air with warm pizzas and fresh pies. Cocktails and beer are included in the price of admission, but BYOB is also allowed.
Bloody Mary Fest
So tecniqually bloody marys are not food, but at this festival, they might as well be. Creative variations of the drink are served in hopes of winning the Best Bloody Mary in New Orleans on November 2nd and 3rd. Some are served topped with fried chicken, seafood, vegetables and more.
James Beard Award finalists Kristen Essig and Michael Slotzfus opened this casual, neighborhood eatery in August 2019. The menu has plenty of options but check out their specials: Tuesday Schnitzel Night and Saturday Steak Night. They do not take reservations.
Over 60 different poboys can be found at this ultimate foodie festival. A po-boy in New Orleans is a quintessential food, and there is no better place to try it than at this fest. Enjoy the coveted fried lobster po-boy, plus soft shell crab, cochon de lait, alligator sausage, oysters, roast beef, shrimp, meatballs, rabbit and more on November 3rd.
Get a taste of historic New Orleans while cruising along the Mississippi River. A Creole buffet is served nightly while jazz musicians add to the magic. The ride lasts two hours and is fun for all ages.
This Emeril Lagasse Foundation Festival returns to Champion Square on November 8th, and is one of the city’s favorite upscale food festivals. Here you’ll find 70 chefs, both local and national, preparing bite-sized snacks featuring boudin, a delicious Cajun sausage. Tickets are a little over $100 but include all you can eat and drink, as well as cigars and live music from entertainers such as Trombone Shorty and Grace Potter.
Mosquito Supper Club
This one-of-a-kind, sustainable New Orleans dining experience is a truly memorable experience. Enjoy a family-style dinner full of Cajun delicacies in an intimate setting. There is only one seating per night, which are offered Thursdays through Saturday. Family-style brunch is served on Sunday.
This cheese festival features more than 150 cheeses and two dozen international cheesemakers in November. The main event takes place on November 16th, but come early for the special cheese events on Wednesday, November 13th and Friday, November 15th.
There is no better time for gumbo than in the fall, which is why it is often found on Thanksgiving tables in New Orleans. Warm up with several bowls and discover some of the best recipes in the south on November 16th and 17th. A gumbo cook-off and several cooking demonstrations will take place as well.
Whether you’re landing in New Orleans late or craving something after a night out, there are several restaurants that stay open on the later side. Some of our favorite spots for a top meal after hours include Seaworthy and Justine.
Fall’s Hot Restaurants
Want some more? New Orleans is home to over 1,000 restaurants, with new ones opening constantly. Some of the current hotspots include Barracuda and Bonci for something quick. Gris-Gris and Luvi for something casual. Dian Xin and Saffron for something worldly. Gianna and Zasu for something buzzing. Be on the lookout for new openings such as Blue Giant, Belle Epoque and Nagomi.