We finally had our first cool front (YAY) and fall is just around the corner. Now that the weather is cooling down, it’s time for Fall Festival Season here in New Orleans. Check this list and mark your calendars for all these fun events in New Orleans.
Fall Fairs and Festivals In New Orleans
NOLA on Tap Beer Fest: September 23rd General Admission $5. Features music, 400+ beers, food, contests, art, and more at City Park.
Fried Chicken Festival: September 23rd and 24th Free. Fried Chicken Fest will be jam-packed with food, music, family, and friends throughout the day. The festival will also feature events including the Fried Chicken Tenders Eating Contest and the Best Fried Chicken Contest, judged by local and national food writers, bloggers and critics. Woldenburg Park.
Tremé Fall Fest: September 30th -October 1st Free. Including Some of the most famous musicians and artists from Tremé along with several local restaurants and food trucks. Also including various arts and crafts booth, this event is fun for all ages! St. Augustine Catholic Church
BEIGNET FEST: October 6th FREE admission for the entire family at New Orleans City Park and a chance to try Beignets of all types and shapes! There will also be Kid Village will be on site for the kiddos too!
Deutsches Haus Oktoberfest: October 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, and 21st $8 and children under 12 are free. German food and drinks, music, historical exhibit, and dachshund dash the 21st. There will also be a 5k run on the 13th — 1700 Moss St., New Orleans.
Gentilly Fest: October 6th-8th Free. The fest has live music, food from a variety of local restaurants & caterers, fine arts and crafts and family friendly fun! They will also have activities for children in the Kids’ Village including pony rides, a kids’ stage, a New Orleans Fire Department fire truck, face painting, an imagination playground, pottery making, garden crafts and much more.
Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival: October 13th-15th Free. Grammy winners Robert Cray and Bobby Rush will top the bill. There will be an assemblage of regional meat smokers to be found anywhere – including some of the hot new barbecue restaurants that have lit up the New Orleans culinary scene. They will also have a great art market full of one-of-a-kind crafts. Lafayette Square
Mac N Cheese Fest: October 22nd Not to be left out, NOLA now has a festival to celebrate everything MAC N CHEESE! Located at Louis Armstrong Park, admission is FREE for all, however, you must purchase tickets to try all the amazing mac n cheese options though.
Oak Street PoBoy Festival: October 22nd $5 in order to purchase food. This event features some of the finest restaurants, artists and musicians in the Crescent City. In addition to great food and music, the New Orleans Saints game will be played at a football zone set-up at Oak & Eagle. Try over 50 different variations of the classic sandwich while some of the best local bands in town provide the soundtrack. On top of all the fantastic food and music, Po-Boy Fest is also excited to add the return of the Where Y’Arts Market!
Louisiana Seafood Festival: October 27th-29th $10 Single Day Pass. Festival offers Celebrity Chef Cooking Demonstrations, Dozens of Louisiana seafood dishes for sale. There will also be a kid’s area featuring fun, seafood-themed activities. Along with an arts village showcasing gifts, décor and more. Woldenberg Park
Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival: November 18th-19th Free. The world-famous, Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band will headline the festival. Also performing are the Hot 8, the To Be Continued, the Pinettes, the Original Pinstripe and many more. Food, cooking demonstrations, art market, kids activities and more Louis Armstrong Park
Fall Fairs and Festivals in East Jefferson
OLDP Craft Fair: September 16th Free. Selling art pieces, books, clothing, bath products, and much more.
19th Annual Craft Fair: September 23rd Free with over 200 booths featuring local craft vendors. There will also be food and fun.
HOT DIGGITY DOG FEST: September 30th A fun festival for the family and pets. Including live Music, Weenie Dog races, and more! There will also be a doggie costume contest. FREE – Kenner’s Laketown
Que Pasa Fest : October 6 & 7 at Lafreniere Park.
National Night Out Against Crime KickOff Party: October 15th Although many local areas/neighborhoods will also have Night Out Against Crime events, the Kickoff Party is at Lafreniere Park. FREE
Pet Fest : October 22nd Free. The Party “Where Pets Bring their People” features a Pet Adopt-A-Thon including 40 Shelter/Rescue groups offering over 400 adoptable pets. There will also a Pet Health Watch area, FREE Pet Costume Contest with amazing prizes, Pet Marketplace, food Music and more. Lafreniere Park
Fall Fairs and Festivals In West Jefferson
Shrimp & Jamalaya Festival: September 16th Music, cook-off, and craft fair at Archbishop Shaw.
Gretna Heritage Festival: September 29th – October 1st $20 Single Day Pass. Live Entertainment by KISS, Huey Lewis & the News, The B-52s, Pat Benatar and more. There will also be carnival rides, Italian Village, German Beer Garden, food, arts and crafts, and craft beer crossing.
Bridge City Gumbo Festival: October 13th-15th Admission $3. Fresh seafood and chicken and sausage gumbo prepared daily during the festivals. The Gumbo Festival will also include a Gumbo Cooking Contest, food, live entertainment, a fais-do-do, and more. Gumbo Festival Park, 1701 Bridge City Avenue
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