2017 New Orleans Fall Festivals & Major Events Schedule

Now that summer comes to an end, New Orleans and its surrounding areas gear up for a busy fall festival season. This year, there are lots of new festivals added to the mix, so don’t expect things to slow down anytime soon. Here’s your guide to fall festivals and major events to mark on your calendar. Check back for updates as we get them.

September 2017


Jazz in the Park Burger Fest

September 8 – 9

Crescent Park
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Jazz in the Park organizers cook up something new this year: Burger Fest. The two-day festival takes place in Crescent Park with Grammy Award-winning artist Stephanie Mills headlining the Friday night festivities. Friday night is a ticketed event, while Saturday is free entry. Both days will feature live music and food. Saturday also features a “Burger Battle” where festival-goers can purchase and taste food from competing vendors. Can’t wait until the fest to bite into burgers? Check out our list of great options around the city.

Farm & Table Jamboree

September 9

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
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Cajun rocker Marc Broussard headlines the inaugural Farm and Table Jamboree at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The free festival is part of the larger Farm & Table NOLA conference highlighting locally-sourced food. The family-friendly event also features a roster of other down-home musicians, nationally-recognized chefs, cooking demos, food and beverage vendors, a pie eating contest, and an interactive kids zone featuring live farm animals.

Downriver Festival

September 9

Old U.S. Mint
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The Downriver Festival celebrates the environmental, cultural, and economic impact of the Mississippi River at 11 a.m. at the New Orleans Jazz Museum, formally known as the Old U.S. Mint. Spend some time learning about the Mississippi at this free festival through walking tours, music and cooking demonstrations that explore this year’s theme “Shrimp and Sno-balls.”

St. Tammany Crab Festival

September 9 – 10

Heritage Park
Slidell, La.
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It’s all crab everything when the St. Tammany Crab Festival returns to Slidell’s Heritage Park. Several great local music acts fill the lineup including legendary Meters guitarist Leo Nocentelli, Cyril Neville, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr., Amanda Shaw, Al B. Sure and Category 6, among others. This year’s festival adds the breathtaking BMX Stunt Bike Show and horse and buggy rides around the festival grounds. The fest also features plenty of other family-friendly activities including a vintage car show and a scenic boat tour of Bayou Bonfouca. Festival-goers can buy a $20 one-day pass for Saturday and Sunday. Kids ages 12 and under enter free.

Muffuletta Festival

September 10

Nor-Joe Imports
Metairie, La.
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The first-ever Muffuletta Festival makes the iconic sandwich the star of the show this Sunday. The fest hits Metairie from noon to 9 p.m. at Nor-Joe Imports, rain or shine. The free festival will feature traditional Muffuletta sandwiches and other Italian dishes plus music, Bocce ball, cooking demonstrations, history and video presentations, dance performances and more.

Livewell Fest 2017

September 10

Lafreniere Park
Metairie, La.
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Head to Lafreniere Park in Jefferson Parish for this festival celebrating healthy and active lifestyles. Livewell Fest is the festival surrounding Tour de Jefferson, a family-friendly social ride for cycling enthusiasts of all levels. The festival features live music by Bag of Donuts, food vendors, craft vendors, massages and an athlete-exclusive Flex Zone and Kids Zone. The fest hits Metairie from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free entry.

Jazz in the Park

September 14 – November 2

Armstrong Park
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Dance your heart out at this free concert series each Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Armstrong Park presented by People United for Armstrong Park. Jam with local favorites such as Rebirth Brass Band, John Boutte, Partners-N-Crime and more. Admission is free and open to the public.

New Orleans Burlesque Festival

September 14 – 17

Various locations
The annual festival brings in burlesque dancers from all over the world with the goal of being crowned the “Queen of Burlesque”.  It’s three days of sexy, funny, rowdy and glamorous shows with the main event being Saturday night where a panel of celebrity judges crown the queen.  60’s Bourbon Street burlesque legend Rita Alexander will help judge the competition.

2017 Northshore on Tap Beer Experience

September 16

Northshore Harbor Center
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The Hospice of the South’s annual Beer Fest has officially been rebranded to “Northshore on Tap” where the focus this year will be home brewers. Admission into the event includes all you can drink beer with food available for purchase. General Admission tickets are $25. Proceeds benefit the Hospice Foundation of the South’s only Hospice House in St. Tammany Parish.

Ponchatoula Art & Wine Stroll

September 16

Downtown Ponchatoula, La.
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Head to downtown Pontchatoula for art, wine and shopping all taking place at this special stroll from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Local businesses will also be open late and serving wine samples. Purchase an arm band and wine glass for $20 for the Pontchatoula Chamber of Commerce the night of the stroll.

Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival

September 22 – 23

Lamar Dixon Expo Center
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Organizers say they are excited to bring back the Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival to Gonzales this year after the devastating August flooding cancelled last year’s event. The two-day festival will have the popular hot air balloon glows, live entertainment, food, nightly fireworks shows and carnival rides. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children ages 6 and under.

Best of the Bayou Festival

September 22 – 23

Downtown Houma
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Nationally-known rockers 38 Special and Cowboy Mouth head to downtown Houma for this two-day music and heritage festival. Other acts include local favorites like LeRoux, Flow Tribe and Robin Barnes. Cajun cuisine, classic car show, arts and crafts and kids activities ensure fun for the entire family. Pre-sale tickets are $10 for the whole weekend. If you wait to buy at the gate, tickets will be $10 per day.

NOLA On Tap

September 23

City Park Festival Grounds
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Grab your canine companion, and head to City Park where you can sample more than 400 local, national and home-brewed beers all for a good cause. As the Louisiana SPCA’s largest fundraising event, the pup-friendly festival enters its eighth season. The largest beer fest in the region features live music and dog-friendly activities such as costume contests, games and speed dating for dogs. Tickets start at $5.

National Fried Chicken Festival

September 23 – 24

Woldenberg Park
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After much success at last year’s inaugural festival, the National Fried Chicken Festival has moved to a larger location at Woldenberg Park. The festival will feature local and national food vendors, two music stages, a fried chicken tenders eating contest and the best fried chicken contest. Willie Mae’s Scotch House, McHardy’s and Dat Dog are among the restaurants set to participate.

Treme Fall Festival

September 29 – October 1

St. Augustine Church Yard
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Celebrate the historic Treme neighborhood at this three-day festival. Festivites kick off with a patron party on Friday night. Saturday brings in a street festival with music by Kermit Ruffins, Little Freddie King and Tank and the Bangas. Sunday celebrates St. Augustine Church’s 175th anniversary with a jazz mass followed by a reception. The goal is to support the architecture, culture and history of Treme.

Gretna Heritage Festival

September 29 – October 1

Downtown Gretna, La.
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If you want to “rock and roll all night and party every day,” then head to Gretna Heritage Fest. Hard rock legends KISS headline the three-day festival, hitting the main stage on Saturday night. Four stages along with local food vendors, craft vendors, a German beer garden and carnival rides take over 25 city blocks. Huey Lewis and the News headline Friday night while the B-52’s close out the festivities on Sunday night. Check out the full schedule here. Tickets start at $20 for advance purchase and $25 at the gate. You can also buy a weekend pass, VIP package or premium pit pass. Children under 12 get in for free.

Carnaval Latino

September 30

Generations Hall
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Celebrate everything Latin with music, food, art and culture at the 17th annual festival.  This year’s festival will include a Mardi Gras-style parade done with a Latin twist.

October 2017


 

St. Tammany Parish Fair

October 4 – 7

St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds
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This annual tradition for North Shore residents brings an old-school celebration to St. Tammany Parish. It’s fun for all ages at this parish fair that includes every fair food imaginable, live music, rides, pageants and a feel-good, family-friendly atmosphere.

Oktoberfest

October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21

Deutsches Haus
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Beer and brats dominate as the ultimate Oktoberfest celebration gets underway at Deutsches Haus. Get your fill of German culture with plenty of beer, food and music to last three weekends. Other festival highlights include the Dachshund Dash and more than 15 featured beers. Friday hours are 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is $8. Children 12 years old and under get in free. And don’t forget, it’s at a new location this year in Mid-City.

Gentilly Fest

October 6 – 8

Pontchartrain Park
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Bring the family out to Gentilly for this family-friendly neighborhood festival. Gentilly Fest has something for everyone including music, food, arts, crafts and a kids village with pony rides, a fire truck and face painting.  The purpose of this festival is to support the New Orleans Police, Fire, EMS, children’s music camps and other New Orleans organizations.

Beignet Fest

*Rescheduled to Dec. 2 due to Hurricane Nate

City Park Festival Grounds
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How many different ways can you eat a beignet?  If you want to find out, head over to the Beignet festival to try everything from traditional beignets to seafood stuffed beignets. The musical line-up consists of Brass-a-holics, Eric Lindell and a few others. Entry to the festival is free, or you can upgrade to the VIP experience, which includes a private viewing area, dedicated restrooms, complimentary coffee, free Abita beer and mimosas.

Flambeau Fest

October 7 – 8

Lamar Dixo Expo Center
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In its inaugural year, the Flambeau Fest scored headliners like Lynard Skynyrd, Hank Williams, Jr. and Sam Hunt with the goal of “rocking your socks off.” The new country and Southern rock music festival takes place in Gonzales, La., with the goal of bringing more festivals to places other than New Orleans. Hear what festival organizers had to say about this new location.

New Orleans Film Festival

October 11 – 19

Various locations
Now in its 28th year, the New Orleans Film Festival has become one of the premier festivals in the country. MovieMaker magazine ranks it the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” and the “Top 50 Film Festival Worth the Entry Fee.”  More than 200 films are screened over the nine-day period, and the parties are some of the best the film festival world has ever witnessed.

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

October 13 – 15

Lafayette Square
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It’s the perfect marriage, blues plus barbecue and it’s happening at Lafayette Square. This year’s festival features Grammy winners Robert Cray and Bobby Rush as well as local favorites Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Little Freddie King.

Bridge City Gumbo Festival

October 13 – 15

Gumbo Festival Park
Bridge City, La.
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Bridge City’s gumbo will be on full display during this weekend festival. Over 2000 gallons of gumbo will be prepped and ready for festival-goers to dive in. There will also be live music, amusement rides, games and more. Aside from gumbo dishes, you can also sample a variety of carnival-style food and other Cajun delicacies. Admission is $3.

Andouille Festival

October 13 – 15

St. John Community Center/Thomas F. Daley Park
LaPlace, La.
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It’s a three-day celebration of the delicious Cajun meat at the St. John the Baptist Parish Andouille Festival. The fest will also have carnival rides, live music and even a cooking contest featuring the sausage in different dishes. Admission varies by day.

Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival

October 14 – 15

Tchefuncte River
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The Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival celebrates the rich maritime history of the town each year in October. The festival attracts hand-crafted wooden boats from across the Gulf Coast for two days of activities. Single day tickets are $10. Children ages 12 and under enter free.

Praise Fest

October 20 – 22

Bayou St. John
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A gospel music festival descends upon Bayou St. John with performances by some of the best in the gospel community including DeWayne Woods, Jermaine Dolly and Maurette Brown Clark. Friday is senior day while Saturday includes a career and health fair. The festival is free and open to the public.

Boo at the Zoo

October 20 – 28

Audubon Zoo
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Bring your little goblins to Audubon Zoo for a kid-friendly Halloween. This annual Halloween event for children up to age 12 features trick-or-treat houses, a Ghost train, a haunted house, games and entertainment.

NOLA Mac n’ Cheese Fest

October 21

Armstrong Park
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This is the first year of what is sure to be a hit because who doesn’t love some delicious mac n’ cheese. More than a dozen restaurants will serve their best mac n’ cheese recipes to the public, professional judges and celebrity judges. There will be live music from George Porter, Jr. and other local favorites. Free admission.

NOLA Cochon de Lait Festival

October 21

Palmer Park
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After you had enough mac n ‘cheese, head over to Palmer Park and get yourself some delicious pork. This new festival will feature local restaurants serving up savory pork delicacies, as well as other food vendors serving New Orleans classics. Music will be provided by Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Soul Rebels, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and others. Free admission.

Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade

October 21

Parade Route
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Celebrate the countdown to Halloween with the Krewe of Boo parade this weekend. The spooky-themed parade rolls at 6:30 p.m., starting on Elysian Fields Avenue in the Marigny. A “Monster Mash” after party happens on Saturday at the Generations Hall. Visit the website for full details and the complete parade route.

Oak Street Po-Boy Festival

*Rescheduled for Nov. 12

Oak Street
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For the 11th year in a row, po-boys dominate Oak St. for one day in October. You’ll have the chance to try more than 50 different types of po-boys from some of the best sandwich makers in town.  This year you must purchase a $5 wristband in order to buy a po-boy.  The $5 donation will help keep the festival free. Here’s a taste of po-boy history to catch you up.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience 

October 27 – 29

City Park
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Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, The Killers, LCD Soundsystem and DJ Snake are but a few of the big names set to hit the stages for this Halloween weekend tradition.  More than 70 bands will rock four stages over a three day period in City Park.

Louisiana Seafood Festival

October 27 – 29

Woldenberg Park
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Celebrate the fresh and flavorful seafood that makes Louisiana great. The three-day festival at Woldenberg Park includes live music, cooking demos, all of your favorite seafood dishes, kids activities, arts, crafts and more.

WWII Air, Sea & Land Festival 2017

October 27 – 29

New Orleans Lakefront Airport
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Honor the legacy of the WWII generation while taking in some exciting views. This three-day festival, formerly known as the WWII AirPower Expo, bring new experiences along with a new name. WWII Air, Sea & Land Festival presents the best of past AirPower Expo celebrations along with an expanded roster of entertainment, food, drink, and soaring aircraft.

November 2017


 

Boudin, Bourbon and Beer

November 3

Champions Square
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Chef Emeril Lagasse and friends sure know how to throw a party. Boudin, Bourbon and Beer proves that these chefs are some of the best in the business. Sixty of the nation’s best chefs come to Champions Square to serve their best version of the Cajun delicacy to raise money for a good cause. Live music and great beverages, featuring all things Bourbon, also pave the way for a great night.

New Orleans Book Festival

November 11 – 12

New Orleans City Park
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From little readers to literary scholars, this two-day, family-friendly event offers book lovers plenty of activities. Festivities start Friday with a night of song and dance at the Latter Branch Library. Then, on Saturday, the daytime fest packs a full day of readings, panel discussions and kids activities at New Orleans City Park.

Covington Three Rivers Art Festival

November 11 – 12

Downtown Covington, La.
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Downtown Covington becomes vibrant with this two-day art festival. The fest features more than 200 tents featuring artists from around the country. Several artists are set to perform at the music tent. An artist’s party closes out festivities on Saturday at the Covington Trailhead from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Free admission.

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival

November 18 – 19

Armstrong Park
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You’re in for a smoking combo of brass bands and gumbo. Celebrate one of New Orleans’ favorite foods at the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival. There will be 14 different types of gumbo to try along with cooking demonstrations, a food court, live music and a gumbo symposium. Admission is free.

Bayou Classic

November 25

Mercedes-Benz Superdome
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The annual showdown between the Southern University Jaguars and the Grambling State University Tigers gives fans plenty of festivities surrounding Thanksgiving weekend. The tradition culminates with the Bayou Classic football matchup Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Other notable events include the Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Battle of the Bands & Greek Show and the Bayou Classic Fan Fest.

 *All dates and information are subject to change.

Contact us if there are changes in schedule.

See also:

Oak Street Po-Boy Festival Set for Oct. 22

Another New Festival: NOLA Cochon de Lait Fest debuts in October