When fall arrives in New Orleans, the city comes alive with cool breezes and seasonal celebrations. Whether you’re a foodie hoping to try the best of New Orleans cuisine or a football fan hoping to experience the spirit of a Saints game at a local watch party, autumn in the Crescent City is non-stop fun. Use our travel guide to figure out the best ways for you to take advantage of all the season has to offer.
If you’re coming to New Orleans and hoping to experience the city’s outdoor activities, autumn is most certainly the perfect time to visit. Spend a day kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding or relaxing by Bayou St. John, or have a picnic in one of New Orleans’ lush green parks. Travelers hoping to get active outdoors may be interested in grabbing a rental bike and riding around charming neighborhoods like Esplanade Ridge or the Bywater.
Al fresco dining in New Orleans is especially pleasant in the fall, with lush patios offering the perfect backdrop for autumnal breezes. Pair that with seasonal menus and specialty cocktails, and you’re bound for a picturesque NOLA dining experience. Check out our roundup of outdoor dining here.
New Orleans’ music scene thrives all year round, but there’s something special about hearing live local music in a beautiful outdoor space. Longue Vue House & Gardens hosts a twilight concert series every Wednesday evening with new musicians each week. Guests are encouraged to bring snacks and picnic seating to enjoy the show. The New Orleans Jazz Museum is currently hosting Live from the Jazz Museum Balcony every Tuesday, where guests can come and observe the music from a distance. The Steamboat Natchez offers a handful of daily jazz cruises perfect for sightseeing on the Mississippi River and taking in all those fall breezes.
Being in New Orleans for a Saints game is an experience in itself. Though we can’t be in the Dome right now, fans are flocking to socially-distant watch parties at restaurants and other venues. Make a reservation in advance and get ready to start a new game day tradition while cheering on the Black & Gold. Takeout, including wings, are also a great option for getting the party started.
The city with the most vibrant costume culture, dare we say, in the world… does Halloween better than anywhere else. Costumes and decorations range from hilarious to downright scary, so be sure that you prepare a memorable costume no matter how you choose to celebrate. A ghost or haunted history tour is the perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit, and spooky stories abound in tales of New Orleans’ past. Check out this year’s newest attractions, including a special family-friendly Halloween pop-up at Mardi Gras World. Even simply driving around the city beginning in October, you’re bound to see more than a few houses all dressed up for the occasion.