As summer winds down, fall festival season kicks off, featuring lots of delicious food, local live music, and most importantly, cool weather. This year, you can experience everything from food and music fests to multicultural and art fests. Use our guide to figure out which festivals you’d like to visit for–or better yet, come for them all.
September 22-25, 2022
Experience all the glitz, glamor, and artistry of burlesque at the 2022 Burlesque Festival. Join in on all the events, including parties, showcases, discussion panels, workshops, and more, all leading up to the festival’s famous event: crowning the Queen of Burlesque.
Ticket pricing varies per event. See website for details.
September 23 – October 9, 2022
This New Orleans festival celebrates not just the local musicians of the city but also the storied and unique venues that host them. From the French Quarter and the Warehouse District to Mid-City and Treme, you can explore the many eclectic neighborhoods of NOLA while you jam out to some incredible live music.
Ticket prices vary per venue.
September 24, 2022 , 10:00 - 6:00 PM
Are you looking to get your hands on something classic? How about something sweet? Well, Beignet Fest is the place for you! The festival is centered around celebrating this New Orleans staple with appearances from delights bursting with seafood, cheese, and more. Held in the City Park Festival Grounds with live music and fun for the whole family, you are destined to have a sugary sweet Saturday in the park.
Admission is $20 for adults, and children 12 and under get in for FREE!
Celebrate all things German with beer, brats, oompah music, and more at the annual Deutsches Haus Oktoberfest celebration. This year’s event, which takes place along the banks of Mid-City’s Bayou St. John, will also feature a Dachshund race, dance competitions, a children’s corner, more than 20 different German beers, a variety of German wines, and over 20 types of schnapps.
Admission for 2022 is $10 and free for children under 12 years old.
October 1, 2022
Art for Art’s Sake returns on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 6-9 p.m. along Magazine Street. Enjoy browsing the over 100 shops, stores, restaurants, and galleries participating along the six-mile stretch. Enjoy complimentary wine samples provided by Breaux Mart, special deals, and extended hours at a variety of participating Magazine Street businesses as well as live music throughout the evening. Find more information here.
Free to attend.
October 1-2, 2022
Friend chicken lovers, this is the festival for you! Enjoy all the crispy, crunchy (and of course spicy) goodness from local and regional cooks and venues. This year’s festival takes place on the scenic New Orleans lakefront and will feature live music performances and fun for the whole family.
Daily tickets are $15 and weekend passes are $20.
October 14-16, 2022
New Orleans is known worldwide for its great music and delicious food, and you can get a taste of both at the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival. Sample delicious barbecue from vendors across the city, explore the market filled with local artists and hear some world-class live blues and jazz music at Lafayette Square Park in Downtown NOLA. The best part?
Entry to the festival is totally FREE!
October 22, 2022
Krewe of Boo is the annual, spooky Halloween parade in New Orleans, because no major holiday here is complete without a parade. The parade rolls through the French Quarter and passes landmarks like Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral. The floats are scary works of art, and many who attend will dress in costume in celebration of Halloween weekend.
Free to attend.
October 22 – 23, 2022
Celebrate the rich history and vibrant culture of this famous neighborhood at the Tremé Fall Fest! This day of festivities includes an incredible line-up of local musicians, local vendors serving all the of the classics of New Orleans cuisine, arts and culture displays, and much more. Be sure to join in on the second line as they parade through the neighborhood.
The festival is FREE to attend, but donations to Friends of Treme Culture and its mission to revitalize and preserve the neighborhood are appreciated!
November 3-13, 2022
Each year New Orleans is home to some of the best in the film business. Actors, actresses, directors, producers, writers, and of course fans of film flock to the Crescent City every fall to showcase their works and participate in exclusive viewings. Everything from full-length features, documentaries, shorts, animations and even music videos can be expected at this weeklong fest. With so many genres and so much to choose from, you can customize your New Orleans Film Fest Experience. Early bird tickets are on sale until August 31, 2022.
Early bird tickets are on sale until August 31, 2022.
November 27, 2021
In many cities, Thanksgiving is simply Thanksgiving - one day of thankfulness, family and lots of food. But here in New Orleans, there’s always an extra party to accompany a holiday. Bayou Classic is an annual football game between Grambling and Southern universities, but it’s also so much more than that. The weekend is filled with other special events like a school vs. school Battle of the Bands and a Greek Show. Ticket prices vary.
*Please note that admission prices on all festivals were correct at press time, but are subject to change. Please double check with the individual events as they get closer to make sure they haven’t increased.