When fall arrives in New Orleans, the city comes alive with cool breezes and seasonal celebrations. Whether you’re a foodie looking forward to trying 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. New Orleans is open and ready to host you this fall. Consider visiting on a weekday, or for any of the reasons below. Use our travel guide to figure out the best ways for you to take advantage of all the season has to offer, and please follow all safety guidelines so you can make the most of your trip!
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.
The fun doesn’t end with the outdoors—New Orleans is full of world-class attractions that every traveler will enjoy. History buffs could spend days inside the National WWII Museum, and children will adore the Louisiana Children’s Museum. Mardi Gras World offers a look at float-building, and art lovers have a plethora of options to choose from between Studio BE, the New Orleans Museum of Art and others. Check out our attractions page here and book your ticket online.
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 the fall. Cool breezes make outdoor live music a wonderful experience, and our legendary music venues are open and operating. Check out our live music calendar for the latest shows, and see here for where to find live music seven nights a week in New Orleans.
Fall is the ideal time to enjoy New Orleans by foot, bus, carriage, bike or even boat. Book a tour with one of these companies to get exploring with an expert - you can find companies that tour by neighborhood, companies that focus on food and drink, or companies that will even take you out to the swamps of Louisiana.
Being in New Orleans for a Saints game is an experience in itself. The fall is prime time for home games, with many scheduled for September thru December at the Superdome. You can find official Saints game travel packages here and game day tickets here. If you’d rather watch from a sports bar, check out our list here.
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. Krewe of Boo, New Orleans’ spookiest parade, returns on October 23 just in time for Halloween. Haunted houses and other spooky-themed attractions make October the perfect time to visit.