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October 2017



  • The 37th annual Art for Arts’ Sake, hosted by the Contemporary Arts Center, will welcome more than 30,000 guests to stroll the Warehouse District art galleries, gift shops and exhibits along Julia Street, Magazine Street and the Contemporary Arts Center on the evening of October 7th.
  • Oktoberfest will take place on the site of the future Deutsches Haus “New Haus” at 1700 Moss St. along Bayou St. John.
    • The event, sponsored by the Deutsches Haus of New Orleans, will occur over three consecutive weekends in October – October 6th-7th, 13th-14th and 20th-21st.
    • The Deutsches Haus was established in 1928 to preserve and foster Germanic heritage and culture in the Gulf South.
  • The 2nd annual Beignet Fest will take place on October 7th at New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds. The festival will feature every kind of beignet you can imagine, including several savory variations.
    • This year’s festival will bring a fun music lineup throughout the day which includes the Hill Country Hounds, the Imagination Movers, One Love Brass Band, the Brass-a-holics and Eric Lindell.
    • All proceeds from the festival benefits the Tres Doux Foundation, which makes grants to local nonprofit organizations that provide accessible and quality programs for children with developmental delays.
  • The 28th annual New Orleans Film Festival, presented by the New Orleans Film Society, returns to the city October 11th-19th.
    • This year’s festival Centerpiece Film is the Louisiana-shot Mudbound, an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, set in the rural American South during World War II.
    • The New Orleans Film Festival is one of the few film festivals that is Oscar-qualifying in all three Academy-accredited categories: Narrative Short, Documentary Short and Animated Short.
  • The 12th annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival will bring local and regional art vendors, live music and lots of great barbecue with an emphasis on Louisiana cuisine to Lafayette Square October 13th-15th.
    • This year’s festival boasts an impressive musical lineup featuring Deacon John, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Little Freddie King and many more.
  • The 10th annual Krewe of Boo, the Crescent City’s official Halloween parade, will roll October 21st starting in the Marigny neighborhood, then rolling through the French Quarter and ending in the Warehouse District.
    • This year’s celebrity grand marshals are Saints Legend Bobby Hebert and WWE® Superstars The Miz® and Maryse™, an exciting beginning to WWE WrestleMania which will be held in New Orleans this upcoming April.
    • The Krewe of Boo will continue their tradition of primarily throwing locally-made edible items and collectables to parade goers in an effort to reduce waste.
    • This year the krewe will present the first ever New Orleans Zombie Run the morning of the parade. The 2-mile race will begin in the Warehouse District and ends on Frenchmen Street. Participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite monster.
  • The 33rd annual Halloween New Orleans event returns, October 20th-22nd, for a weekend of LGBT costume parties across the city.
    • Every year the event donates 100% of their proceeds to fund Project Lazarus, a home in New Orleans for men and women with AIDS, so that they can provide healthcare and support services to their residents.
  • The 11th annual Oak Street Po-Boy Festival is set to take place on October 22nd, with more than 40 food vendors serving their best po-boy alongside live music, the Where Y’Art Market, New Orleans merchants and dozens of local and regional breweries.
  • The 2017 Louisiana Seafood Festival, will be held October 27th-29th, at Woldenberg Park for a weekend full of seafood, chef cooking demonstrations, an arts village, family activities and more. Live music will be provided at the event by the Soul Rebels, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and many more.
  • The 18th annual Voodoo Music + Arts Experience will return to City Park Halloween Weekend, October 27th-29th, inviting attendees again to “Worship the Music.”
  • This year boasts an impressive lineup of artists including Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, The Killers, Foo Fighters and more.
  • The WWII Air, Sea & Land Festival 2017, will take place October 27th-29th at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport and will present the best of the 2016 AirPower Expo with a weekend of entertainment, food, drink and flying aircrafts.

For a full list of festivals, click here.


  • The New Orleans Museum of Art will unveil their newest exhibit, East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography, on view October 6th, 2017 – January 7th, 2018.
    • This landmark exhibition, co-organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, is the first to exclusively explore a vivid chapter of America’s photographic history – 19th century American landscape photography made east of the Mississippi River.
  • Prospect New Orleans will present their fourth installment and citywide art triennial, Prospect.4, which will take place in New Orleans this winter opening November 18, 2017 and set to run through February 25, 2018.
    • Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, is the fourth iteration of the citywide exhibition that finds inspiration from the lotus plant.
    • More than 70 artists from over 25 countries are set to participate in the contemporary art exhibition that takes place once every three years in New Orleans.
    • Prospect.3, was held in New Orleans in 2015, and engaged more than 100,000 visitors during its thirteen-week run.
    • The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) has announced a year of special programming commemorating New Orleans’ Tricentennial in 2018.
      • THNOC will open a special bilingual tricentennial exhibit New Orleans, the Founding Era, a multifaceted exploration of the city’s first few decades.
      • As part of the tricentennial exhibit, THNOC will join the City of New Orleans 2018 Commission’s Cultural and Historical Committee to present Making New Orleans Home: A Tricentennial Symposium, March 8-11, 2018.
        • The four-day event will explore how the 300-year history of how New Orleans came to be inhabited by diverse, vibrant people and how, in turn, the concept of home has been central to the life and culture of the city.
      • A third campus of the Historic New Orleans Collection, the renovated 19th century Seignouret-Brulatour Building, will open in the French Quarter in fall 2018.


  • The Jung Hotel and Residences, a New Orleans Hotel Collection Property, is set to open this winter on December 1st.
    • Located at 1500 Canal St, adjacent to the city’s medical corridor, the Jung will feature 207 luxury guest rooms, 113 one and two-bedroom apartments, more than 15 meeting rooms and a 12,000-square foot exhibit hall.
    • The Jung is a $140 million re-imagination and rebirth of the historic Jung Hotel, incorporating residences, retail, hotel, parking and other amenities.
  • The Degas House celebrates the 100th anniversary of Edgar Degas death with a bronzed statue of his most popular sculpture, Little Dancer of Fourteen Years, to honor the artists’ life and accomplishments.
    • The statue was made in a foundry in Europe, author unknown. It’s an “After Degas” which is an artists’ copy including their own interpretations.


  • Curio, an eclectic bistro offering American Creole cuisine, has opened its doors for business at the corner of Royal and Bienville streets in the French Quarter. The new restaurant is supported by Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts restaurant group.
    • Executive Chef Hayley Vanvleet is set to lead the kitchen while General Manager Landon Labor oversees the operations.
  • Ted Brennan’s on Decatur has officially opened in the French Quarter, serving French and Creole cuisine by Executive Chef Lazone Randolph.
  • Herbsaint has been awarded the prestigious Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator for its outstanding wine program. Herbsaint was recognized among more than 3,000 other winners from all over the world as a top destination for wine lovers by Wine Spectator.


New Orleans continues to garner national and international attention as a world-class destination. Recent honors include:

  • Food & Wine named New Orleans one of the Best Food Cities in the World in their August 2017 issue.
    • The list featured six international cities including Florence, London, Toronto, Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong.
    • New Orleans was in good company as one of only four U.S. cities included: Los Angeles, New York City and Charleston, S.C. 
  • New Orleans was named the No. 4 city in the United States in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2017, that was released in their July 2017 issue. This is the fourth consecutive year that New Orleans has been featured in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards.
    • New Orleans ranked ahead of Nashville, Tenn., Chicago, Boston and Portland Ore. In the list of Best U.S. Cities and ranked in the top four along with Charleston, S.C., Savannah, Ga. and Santa Fe, N.M.
    • Readers ranked cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping and overall value.
    • The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery was also recognized as the No. 13 City Hotel in the continental United States.


  • The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport has announced an expansion to the plans for the new terminal, currently under construction, bringing the total number of gates from 30 to 35. The plans include a 2,190-car parking garage, a central utility plan and a ground transportation area.
    • The new terminal is now set to open February 2019.
    • The five-gate expansion and new opening date comes as the airport has exceeded all passenger enplanement targets and added new international airlift to Europe and South America.

The airport has added new direct flights:

  • Frontier Airlines announced four new nonstop flights out of New Orleans.
    • Austin, Texas. Flights depart and return to New Orleans Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, beginning October 5th, 2017.
    • Islip, NY. Flights depart New Orleans Tuesday and Thursday and return Sunday and Tuesday,. beginning October 6th, 2017.
    • Providence, R.I. Flights depart and return to New Orleans Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, beginning October 5th, 2017.
    • San Antonio, Texas. Flights depart Wednesday and Friday. Flights return to New Orleans Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, beginning October 6th, 2017.
  • Delta Airlines announced a seasonal, twice weekly, nonstop flight from Boston to New Orleans beginning February 10th, 2018 and running through April 1, 2018.
  • Alaska Airlines announced a daily, nonstop flight from San Francisco to New Orleans beginning September 21st, 2017.
  • Spirit Airlines announced four new nonstop flights to New Orleans, all beginning November 9th.
    • Boston – departs daily
    • Newark, N.J. – departs daily
    • Tampa, Fla. – departs daily
    • Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. – departs four times per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
  • Southwest Airlines announced a new nonstop flight from Sacramento, Calif. to New Orleans beginning March 10th, 2018. The flight will only be available on Saturdays.


Meetings (3,000 or more in attendance) include:

  • Data and Marketing Association (DMA) Annual Marketing Conference | October 8-10
    • DMA’s Annual Marketing Conference brings together leading innovators and visionaries to network and discuss the data and marketing industry. The conference will feature more than 100 educational sessions and incredible keynote speakers.
    • Projected attendance: 8,000
  • Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) Expo | October 10-12
    • SGIA’s Expo is the premier imaging event in North America with more than 500+ exhibitors, 40 conference sessions and top-notch educational events.
    • The event showcases the latest innovations in everything from garment decoration to wide-form graphics and package print. 
    • Projected attendance: 16,000
  • Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit Convention & Expo | October 19-21
    • Fresh Summit connects more than 1,000 experts and industry leaders from more than 60 countries in every link of the supply chain in the floral and produce industry.
    • Retail buyers, food safety experts and importers/exporters showcase their latest innovations in all aspects of the business.
    • Projected attendance: 18,118
  • LeadingAge Annual Meeting & Expo | October 29–November 1
    • The LeadingAge Annual Meeting & Expo is the largest annual event in the nation for the not-for-profit aging services field, where attendees come together to learn and share the mission of helping older adults thrive.
    • Projected attendance: 10,000
  • American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Kidney Week | October 31–November 5
    • ASN Kidney Week serves as a major forum for the dissemination of advances in basic, clinical and translational research as well as advances in clinical practices for the scientific and medical community.
    • Projected attendance: 13,000


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