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October in New Orleans

New Orleans in October is prime for beautiful weather, outdoor activities and plenty of eating

Planning your October visit to New Orleans

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 the month that we start feeling those cool fall breezes. Here’s how to prepare for and navigate this October in New Orleans. 

What to do in October in New Orleans?

Food, music, culture and seasonal festivals take place throughout the month of October. With 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. 

Oktoberfest

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 the 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. 

Cheryl Gerber
Saints Fans inside the Superdome

Saints Games

Around the country, fall means football to a lot of people. But in New Orleans, being a Who Dat is a way of life. Whether you're hanging out at a local sports bar, tailgating in Champions Square or watching the game in the Caesars Superdome, game day in New Orleans is an experience in itself. See our itinerary here.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in New Orleans from September 15-October 15. Enjoy dining at a Hispanic-owned restaurant or shopping at a Hispanic-owned business. Keep an eye on our event calendar for specific celebrations once the month begins. 

Wednesday at the Square

Held in Lafayette Square, Wednesday at the Square is the perfect midweek music event. Locals stake out their chairs in front of the stage while enjoying food, drinks and art. The series benefits the Young Leadership Council, which invests in various community projects aimed at bettering the life of residents. Admission is free and the series kicks off on October 20.

New Orleans Book Festival

Literary lovers will find joy this October at the New Orleans Book Festival. Enjoy readings, panels, book signings and keynote speakers all held on the campus of Tulane University. Family day is a free, all-day event with book readings and distributions. The New Orleans Book Festival is October 21-23. 

How to Celebrate Halloween in New Orleans

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 Halloween Night. Check out the annual LGBT celebration Halloween New Orleans, which benefits Project Lazarus. Looking for even more spooky celebrations? See our full guide to Halloween here.

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Halloween Decorations - St. Charles Avenue

What is the weather in October in New Orleans?

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. 

What foods should I try in October in New Orleans?

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. 

Additional October Resources

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.