It’s October, which means pumpkins, Halloween, fall, festivals and more. In fact October is so full of things to do it was hard to narrow it down to just thirty-one. Somehow, we managed to do just that. Here are the thirty-one things we think you should do in October in New Orleans. Sponsored by our friends at Rapid Urgent Care.

NOTE: the number corresponds with the day of the month and * denotes free admission/event. 

  1. KID FEST! Join us at the Esplanade Mall from 11 am -3pm  for Kid Fest. We’ll have local schools and businesses, tunes by DJ Strategy, a kid’s fashion show, performances by Project 42 Performing Arts. It’s going to be a great day. *
  2. Chick Fil A Kenner Princess Night from 6-8 pm with the princesses from NOLA Pixie Dust Princesses.
  3. Yoga With Ms Michelle for kids ages 3-6 from 11-11:30 am at the West Bank Regional Library. *
  4. NOMA is free to Louisiana residents on Wednesday. *
  5. Glowing Lights Story Time for kids ages 4-11 from 3:30-4:30 pm at the Harahan Library. Book: THE VERY LONELY FIREFLY by Eric Carle | Craft: Glowing Lanterns *
  6. Movies In the Park: Pete’s Dragon at the Latter Branch Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave, NOLA from 6-9 pm.
  7. Beignet Fest in New Orleans City Park from 10 am – 6 pm. 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!
  8. Parenting Teens Workshop at Vineyard Church, Kenner from 12:30-2:30 pm.
  9. Teen DIY Craft for teens at the JPL West Bank Regional Library Teen Center from 3-9 pm. Craft: Spider Candy Caddy *
  10. Teen Screen:Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at the JPL East Bank Regional Library Teen Center from 4:30-6:30 pm *
  11. Infant and Child CPR Classes with Nurse Nikki at Zuka Baby from 12-1pm, $20 per person.
  12. Ogden Museum of Southern Art admission is free for Louisiana Residents on Thursdays. *
  13.  Friday Night EZ Bike Ride, ride along the levee in the City of Gretna. Starts at Riverfront and Huey P. Long Ave at 8pm. *
  14. Confetti Kids Spooktacular Halloween Party at Delcazal Park from 3-7pm. *
  15. National Night Out Against Crime KickOff Party at Lafreniere Park from 3-7 pm.  Children’s activities, various displays and demonstrations by law enforcement professionals, live music by “Karma” and great food. *
  16. Story Time and Craft for ages 5 and under at the Children’s Resource Center Library, 913 Napoleon Ave, NOLA from *
  17. Reading with Rover at the JPL East Bank Regional Library from 6:30-7:30 pm. Beginning and reluctant readers read to therapy dogs.*
  18. New Orleans City Park Botanical Gardens are free for Louisiana residents on Wednesday, so go enjoy! *
  19. Friends of Jefferson Parish Library BIG BOOK SALE from 10 am – 8 pm at the Ponchartrain Center in Kenner. 
  20. St. Edward the Confessor Cochon de Lait 6pm at St. Edward School and Church. Games, food, live music and fun.
  21. Boo Carre Halloween and Harvest Festival 10 am – 3 pm at the French Market. One-day kid-centric event begins in Dutch Alley, between Dumaine and St. Phillip Streets, with trick-or-treating throughout the French Market District.
  22. Oak St. Po-Boy Fest 10 am – 8 pm on Oak Street in New Orleans. Event features some of the finest restaurants, artists and musicians in the Crescent City.
  23. Maker Mondays: Pin Back Button, teens can design their own buttons at 5pm at the East New Orleans Regional Library, 5641 Read Blvd, NOLA *
  24. Craft Night: Halloween Necklace from 5:30-6:30 pm at the JPL West Bank Regional Library. *
  25. Kids Cooking Class with Chef Sally from 6 PM – 7:30 pm at the Rouses on Power Blvd. Kids will be making Pumpkin Mac & Cheese, Ghoulishly Green Muffins, and Bat Bites.
  26. Just For Kids Fall Celebration from 3-5 pm at Just For Kids Dental Kenner. Games and healthy treats, along with answers for all your dental questions!*
  27. WWII Air Sea and Land Festival from 9 am – 5 pm at theNew Orleans Lakefront Airport. Kids area, planes, live entertainment and more.
  28. We Rock the Spectrum Playdate with Pint-Sized NOLA – details coming soon.
  29. New Canal Haunted Lighthouse from 4-6 pm at the New Canal Lighthouse. Spiderweb maze, games, storytelling, arts and crafts, music, costumes and candy. Ideal for ages 12 and under (must be accompanied by an adult) – $5 per person.
  30. New Parent Meet Up: Halloween Edition from 10:30-11:30 am at ZukaBaby. Weekly parent meet up with a haunted twist! Join us for spooky storytime, ghoulish treats, and open play. Costumes encouraged. Open to all parents and parents-to-be, from pregnancy to babies aged 0-24 months.
  31. Happy Halloween! Have fun Trick or Treating!

What are you doing this October? Share with us in the comments.


Located at 3908 Veterans Memorial Blvd which is on the corner of Vets and Cleary in the same shopping center as Regions Bank. Rapid Urgent Care is open every single day of the year including holidays and has a physician on site to access, diagnose, and treat your concern.  Rapid Urgent Care commonly treats aliments such as the flu and flu-like illnesses. These include colds, sore throats, bronchitis, asthma, and strep throat. We also treat sprains, minor trauma, and fractures. Our on site X-Ray facility can help to determine if have a broken bone or perhaps just a sprained muscle. Learn more by visiting their website and liking them on Facebook.