Destination Spotlight | New Orleans, Louisiana

Greetings, Festiva travelers. Are you going to New Orleans soon? Let’s take a look at all the wonderful festivals in store for this month and beyond at this festive destination.

HALLOWEEN October 31
Halloween, Crescent City-style, is second only to Mardi Gras for wild and crazy, dressing-up-in-costume kind of fun and it isn’t just for kids, either. Adults get to join the fun and craziness as well. In fact, there are a few events that are much more fun for the grown-ups than for the little ones!

Bayou Bacchanal, the original Caribbean Carnival of New Orleans, is back for its 16th annual celebration of Caribbean culture and heritage that include two days of Caribbean cuisine, dance, music and celebration.

Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s Annual Boudin, Bourbon & Beer November 9
Over 70 top local and national chefs will show off their own creative interpretations of boudin sausage. Enjoy live music as you sip delicious beers and bourbon.

Oak Street Po-Boy Festival November 11
Come on, come y’all to the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival. More than 60 vendors will be offering up their takes on New Orleans’ favorite sandwich. Great food, great music, great art., another great day in New Orleans.

Hell Yes Fest November 14-18
The Hell Fest is five days of funny from dozens of comedians of all kinds. The event takes place in venues all over the city.

Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival November 17-18
If you like gumbo and brass bands, (and c’mon, who doesn’t?) then you cannot miss this festival! With 14 top New Orleans food vendors offering up their own interpretations of the signature dish, an arts market, kids area and live music all day, we think you will love this festival. There’s even a gumbosium–a symposium on all things gumbo.

Fête des Fromages November 17
Prepare to say “cheese,” at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the U.S. Mint. Come nibble on more than 100 artisan cheeses from all over the world, while sipping on beer, cider and wine.

Thanksgiving at the Fair Grounds Race Course November 22
The race is on for Thanksgiving reservations at the Fair Grounds Race Course. Every year, more than 7,000 people participate in this New Orleans tradition. Come play the ponies and dine in style in the Clubhouse, the Black Gold Room or the Pan Zareta Room.

Celebration in the Oaks November 23-25 and November 30-January 1 (closed Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve)
Be sure and check out our annual light festival at Celebration in the Oaks in City Park. The park’s gorgeous trees are covered in hundreds of thousands of lights and there are numerous other light displays throughout the 25 acres of City Park.

The Bayou Classic
This is not just a football game between Grambling State and Southern University. It is five days of competitions, parades and more, all leading up to the big game on November 24! There’s a parade, fan festivals, a career fair and, one of our favorites, the battle of the bands.

Pat Barcas

Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for Festiva, based in Asheville, NC. In his spare time he enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking, hanging out with his family, and of course, traveling!

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