In most cities, Halloween is the only highlight of October - not in New Orleans! In addition to a number of annual spooky celebrations, October is jam-packed with unique festivals and events that go beyond simple costumes and candy. Here’s how to prepare for and navigate Octobers in New Orleans.
Food, music, culture and seasonal festivals take place every weekend throughout the month of October. With 15+ uniquely local events in addition to other citywide performances and happenings, there’s no time to waste in October. Here’s how to make the most out of the month.
In October, Munich meets Mid-City New Orleans at the annual Oktoberfest. Presented by and hosted at Deutsches Haus of New Orleans, Oktoberfest pays homage to German presence and culture in the Crescent City. Enjoy German classics like sauerbraten, cabbage, Bavarian pretzels and more than 20 different brews to wash it down with.
Around the country, fall means football to a lot of people. But in New Orleans, being a Who Dat is a way of life. Wether you're hanging out at a local sports bar, tailgating in Champion Square or watching the game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, game day in New Orleans is an experience in itself. See our itinerary here.
Memphis isn’t the only place that offers some of the best in blues and BBQ. Presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the annual Crescent City Blues + BBQ Festival includes 20+ local food vendors who either specialize in BBQ or have added BBQ twists to their specialty menus, as well as a lineup of live brass bands, blues and gospel musicians.
Voodoo Arts + Music Experience is the ultimate Halloween weekend must. Some of the best in hip-hop, rock and pop hit the stages over the course of the three-day fest. In addition to an all-star lineup, Voodoo features large-scale interactive and immersive art installations, fest foods and a Voodoo marketplace.
Some say New Orleans is the Hollywood of the South. With over 200 films and entries from nearly 120 countries, the New Orleans Film Festival lives up to the city’s acclaim. The weeklong festival invites directors, actors, set designers and film enthusiasts alike to come together to celebrate and preview a number of up-and-coming and established filmmakers from across the world. In addition to the showings, the NO Film Fest features a number of exclusive events, panels and parties.
For more on what to do and where to go in October in New Orleans, browse our event calendar below or check out GoNOLA’s insider’s guide to October.
New Orleans has a reputation for being one of the most haunted cities in America, so there’s no better place to celebrate Halloween. Best of all, the Halloween celebrations tend to be spread out throughout the last two weekends of the month, beginning with the Krewe of Boo Parade and ending with the aforementioned Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, as well as the annual LGBT celebration Halloween New Orleans, which benefits Project Lazarus. Looking for even more spooky celebrations? Check out our full guide to Halloween.
The saying “day and night,” was made for October in New Orleans. Typically warm and sunny during the day and breezy with a chill at night, it’s best to carry along a light jacket if you’re planning to attend any October festivals.
Tricks and treats are abundant in the Crescent City! This October, enjoy sweet delicacies like pralines and beignets that can only be found in New Orleans. They’re unlike any Halloween candy you’ve ever tried. If you’re looking for something more savory, browse our listing of Hispanic-Owned restaurants to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at. Spanish, Colombian, El Salvadoran, Mexican and more can be found at these eateries across the city.
New Orleans in October pretty much plans itself. If you happen to have any additional time left between food, music and neighborhood festivals, get in the Halloween spirit by checking out some of our haunted tours across the city.