We’re getting back into festival season, which means plenty for us to do here in New Orleans. Now that everyone is accustomed to their school routines again, we can make time for some much needed fun and get ready for fall. Check out these 30 awesome things to do in September with kids around New Orleans.

The number correlates with the date, and * denotes the event is FREE.

  1. Join the dance party at the Back to School EXPO,Center Court in Clearview Mall from 10am-6pm.*
  2. Get out to Laketown in Kenner for FREE live music and fun featuring Kelly Pickler as well as Diamond Rio at Freedom fest starting at 3pm.*
  4. Bring your nonperishable food items and your fun to the EATmoor! Food Truck Festival for 5pm at the Rosa F. Keller Library. Enjoy vendors, entertainment and plenty of food trucks!*
  5. Become part of the After School Krewe at Lil’ Yats Art & Play Studio.
  6. Come play and meet new friends at the library from 10am-12pm.*
  7. Don’t miss Gleason Gras & the New Orleans Saints Pep Rally with Live Music, a Team Spirit wardrobe contest and fun to raise money for Team Gleason. Also, admission is FREE, but a $10 donation is suggested, and a limited number of VIP tickets with awesome perks are for sale. All the fun happens in Champions Square from 5pm-10:30pm.*
  8. Live out your fairytale with an interactive Princess Story Time including plenty of magical treats as well as enchanting fun at Little Bookworm.
  9. Reserve your seats to attend Princess Tiana’s Tea Party for 12:30pm at La Petite Tea Room.
  10. Goat yoga with NOLA Tribe Yoga is back at the Paradigm Gardens starting at 6pm on Mondays.
  11. You can never have enough Mornings with Mommy story time for 11am at Barnes & Noble in Metairie.*
  12. Discover resources designed to make homework and projects easier, get info on after school activities, have some fun and get in some raffles at the Back to School Fair at the East Regional Library.*
  13. Join the Little Learners Club for ages 2-6 at We Rock the Spectrum from 10:30am-12pm and participate in story time, play, crafts and music.
  14. September is National Library Sign Up Month. Teens who renew their cards or sign up will receive a prize!*
  15. Enjoy everything that makes being Irish brilliant at Irish Fest. They’ll have a feis, kids play area, cooking contest, music, kilt wearing contest and more.*
  16. Dine at one of your favorites, or try somewhere new during NOLA’s legendary Restaurant Week. The city will showcase it’s best with competitive prices.
  17. Join Keith O’Brien at his reading and signing of Fly Girls at Octavia Books.*
  18. Get ready to be amazed during the UniverSoul Circus at the old Lake Forest Plaza. A party 25 years in the making!
  19. Learn to Play Dungeons & Dragons at the Barnes & Noble in Harvey from 6pm-8pm.*
  20. Taste chef Nino’s Crispy Crunchy Oven Wings & Bacon Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce at the Rouses on Power Blvd. from 10am-11am.*
  21. Join St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church for a Fish Fry and Family Fun Night from 4:30pm-7:30pm.
  22. Support the Louisiana SPCA at the awesome kid friendly, as well as  dog friendly NOLA on Tap Beer Fest. In addition, kids 12 and under are FREE.
  23. What’s the best way to eat fried chicken? At the Fried Chicken Fest of course from 11am-8pm.*
  24. Kids 11-17 can make DIY Duct Tape School Supplies at the East New Orleans Regional Library from 5pm-6pm on Maker Monday.*
  25. Find out where NOLA’s buried treasure is when you take a tour with the comical, and entertaining, Captain and his crew at Pirates of the Quarter. Also, kids 11½ and under are FREE.
  26. Step into a Whole New World at the Saenger Theater with Aladdin the musical at 7:30pm.
  27. See the talented Maguire Twins perform at the New Orleans Jazz Museum.
  28. Jam out, enjoy carnival rides, vendors, a car show and even donate to toys for tots at the annual Gretna Heritage Festival!
  29. Get your tickets and tiara ready for Princess for a Day 5K.
  30. Play with some gators, enjoy live music, local food, carnival rides and fun at the Alligator Festival.

Have a great month! Looking for more fun? Check out our New Orleans Event Calendar and our weekly FREE fun post. 

30 Things To Do In September In New Orleans With Kids