This month there are almost more festivals than days, say whaaa….. I believe bigger problems have arisen, lol. Forget deciding who to go with, I’m pretty sure you’ll see everyone along the way. I hope you saved your money because this month is gonna be fun. Let’s let the list “speak” for itself. Here are 34 October Festivals in New Orleans.   

Que Pasa Fest

Thursday, Oct.4th- Sunday, Oct.7th at Lafreniere Park. Come celebrate the influences Latinos have had on New Orleans with live music, dancing, food, vendors and fun.  Learn More 


Friday, Oct.5th- Saturday, Oct.6th; Friday, Oct.12th- Saturday, Oct.13th; Friday, Oct.19th- Saturday, Oct.20th on Bayou St. John in NOLA. When on the Bayou do what the Germans do. They’ll have Dachshund races, German food, Oompah music, Schnauzer costume contests, performances, and Dancing Chicken. In addition, they’ll have a  Masskrugstemmen, and of course beer. Learn More 

Treme Fall Festival

Friday, Oct.5th- Sunday, Oct.7th at St. Augustine Church. The proceeds from the festival benefit projects that benefit the revitalization of the Tremé and its culture. Come out for a patron party, and then a Street Festival with an all day music line up on Saturday. Learn More 

Beignet Fest

Saturday, Oct.6th from 10am-6pm at the New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds. Experience Beignets like never before, served over 30 different ways, from food trucks, restaurants and more. Have fun with the entire family while enjoying live entertainment, kids activities as well as an Artists Market. All Proceeds are donated to the Tres Doux Foundation. Learn More 

Japan Fest

Saturday, Oct.6th from 10am-4pm at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Celebrate Japanese culture with Japanese cuisine, traditional dances, martial arts demonstrations, fashion shows and tours of NOMA’s Japanese art collection. Most notably, this is the largest celebration of Japanese culture in the Gulf South. Learn More 

Algiers Fest

Saturday, Oct.6th from 11am-7pm at 2500 General Meyer Ave. Come celebrate the military and our community with food, music, kids activities and fun. Learn More 

Art for Art’s Sake

Saturday, Oct.6th from 5pm-9pm on Magazine Street in New Orleans. Kick off NOLA Arts Season with shopping, wine, gallery openings, music, fun and friends. Learn More 

NODRFT Fall Fest

Saturday, Oct.6th- Sunday, Oct.7th at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale. Get ready to burn up the KART Track! Bring your family, friends and all the tires you can afford for a weekend of fun in the sun. You must pre-register and read all rules. Learn More 

Fall Garden Festival

Saturday, Oct.6th- Sunday, Oct.7th at New Orleans City Park Botanical Garden. Not only do you get to take in the beauty of the plants for sale, but also participate in programs, studies and shows. You can also take a walk down the Scarecrow Trail or dance to live music while the children play in the Fun Fest activities area. If that’s not not enough, you can even have a taste from the cooking demos. Learn More 

Muffuletta Festival

Sunday, Oct.7th from 10am-8pm at Nor-Joe Imports in Metairie. Celebrate Italian culture in its rarest form with the best food. Enjoy music from this year’s headliners Benny Grunch and the Bunch, as well as experience fun for the littlest meatballs. You can even learn to play Bocce Ball with the Italian-American team. Learn More 

Celebración Latina

Sunday, Oct.7th from 10am-5pm at the Audubon Zoo. Have a true taste of Latin American culture with live music, children’s activities, food and fun. Learn More

WWII Air, Sea & Land Festival 2018

Friday, Oct.12th -Sunday, Oct.14th at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Re-live the 1940’s with entertainment from the era, the PT-305 in the water and the WWII birds overhead. Join us for interactive activities for the entire family as well as meet honorable veterans. Children 12 and under are free. Learn More

Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival

Friday, Oct.12th- Sunday, Oct.14th at Lafayette Square Park in NOLA. Get ready to have some good ole NOLA fun! The world renowned Jimmy Vaughn tops the lineup, but local favorite Walter “Wolfman” Washington will also perform. As well as the hot to trot Samantha Fish and many more. Of course there will be more than enough food in addition to a local Arts Market, T-Shirt Design Contest, autographs, posters and awesome VIP Passes. Remember to keep it clean and keep it green!Learn More

Gentilly Fest

Friday, Oct.12th-Sunday, Oct.14th at Pontchartrain Park Playground. Give back to the community by having a great time! Come celebrate all things New Orleans with family friendly fun. Bring ya mom n dem, build relationships with neighbors, dance with the police and get resourceful with the firefighters. Enjoy food, fun and bonding NOLA style. Learn More

New Orleans Film Fest 2018

Oct.17th- Friday, Oct.25th. Mix and mingle every night at various locations around New Orleans for events and parties during Film Fest with an all access pass. Plan your schedule and book films such as Green Book and A Tuba to CubaLearn More

NOLA Mac N Cheese Fest

Saturday, Oct.20th from 11am-6pm in Armstrong Park. Celebrate everyone’s favorite comfort food with all of your closest friends and family. Some of NOLA’s best restaurants will be dishing up their version of this feel good classic. Learn More 

Country Smooth Fest

Saturday, Oct.20th- Sunday, Oct.21st at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale. Dust off your boots and cowboy hats because it’s time for live country music. 2 days and 3 stages featuring Hunter Hayes, Justin Moore, Joe Nichols, and many more will keep you satisfied. Learn More 


Sunday, Oct.21st from 10am-4pm at the Al Copeland Concert Meadow in Lafreniere Park. Following Tour de Jefferson, celebrate healthy lifestyles at LIVEWELL Fest. Enjoy Live Music, vendors, a Kids Zone, the Jefferson Marketplace and the LIVEWELL Eatery. In addition we will have all ages drop in workout classes! Learn More 

Crescent City Chamber Music Festival

Monday, Oct.22nd- Sunday, Oct.28th Committed to bringing world class chamber music to NOLA, artists visit over 20 organizations in the city providing exciting and interactive musical performances. CCCMF will also present five free public concerts. Learn More 

VOODOO Music + Arts Experience

Friday, Oct.26th- Sunday, Oct. 28th at New Orleans City Park. Voodoo is in its 20th year, and there is no wonder why. It mixes music, friends, art, food and fun with a high level of happiness and intensity, found in no other place, on no other weekend. With over 65 bands, local cuisine, and it’s own Arts Market, Voodoo isn’t just a festival, it’s an Experience.  Learn More 

HNO: Halloween New Orleans

Friday, Oct.26th-Sunday, Oct.28th with three different locations in the French Quarter hosting the main events. Celebrate love, community, family and the unique culture of the New Orleans gay community. Three exciting events raise money directly for Project Lazarus, and tickets are available for presale. Learn More 

Bat Festival

Saturday, Oct.27th from 10am-4pm at the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center.  Enjoy crafts, activities, a presentation and even a bat hike. It’s all for free, however if you would like to stay for a super extended night bat hike, you can reserve tickets for blah blah blah as well. Learn More 


HAPPY FESTING!!! And for more fun in October check out our 31 Things To Do In October and Halloween Events for New Orleans Kids posts.