2019 New Orleans Fall Festivals & Major Events Schedule

It’s time to get your calendar ready for the slew of events coming this fall festival season.

Festivals dedicated to fried chicken, beignets, mac and cheese, po-boys and barbecue — that’s only a tiny fraction of what to expect. We found more than 50 festivals filling the massive lineup kicking off in September.

New Orleans and its surrounding areas can plan to gear up for another busy fall festival season, and we also found some few festivals added to the mix.

Here’s your guide to fall festivals and major events to mark on your calendar. Check back for updates as we get them.

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September 2019


2018 Fall Festival Schedule features fried chicken fest
Photo courtesy: National Fried Chicken Festival

 

Freedom Fest at the Lake

September 1

Laketown
Kenner, La.

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Country music fans can enjoy Labor Day weekend with a concert at Kenner’s Laketown for Freedom Fest at the Lake. The concert will feature performances by Clint Black, John Schneider, Jenna Hunts and High Valley. Festivities end with a fireworks finale closing out the night. Read more about this year’s lineup here. Admission is free.

Lil’ WeezyAna Fest 2019

September 7

UNO Lakefront Arena Festival Grounds
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Homegrown rapper Lil’ Wayne is set to bring his fifth annual artist-curated festival Lil’ WeezyAna Fest back to New Orleans. This year, the festival moves to a larger location, using the UNO Lakefront Arena Festival Grounds as its hub. The one-day event unites some of music’s hottest acts on two stages. The day includes performances from artists such as Travis Scott, Meek Mill, Trey Songz, Megan Thee Stallion, and more, plus a headlining set by Wayne himself with surprise guests. General admission tickets cost $72.

Downriver Festival

September 7

New Orleans Jazz Museum
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The Downriver Festival celebrates the environmental, cultural, and economic impact of the Mississippi River at the New Orleans Jazz Museum. Spend some time learning about the Mississippi at this free festival through walking tours, music and cooking demonstrations that explore this year’s theme “Southern Seafood.” Admission is free.

Who Dat Nation Rally and Music Festival

September 6 – 8

Jefferson Performing Arts Center/La Salle Park
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Saints fans can look forward to a new festival to get pumped for the start of football season. The new three-day festival is expected to bring thousands of fans together with music, food and family fun, while rallying the team for the 2019 season. Blood Sweat and Tears, the Guess Who, Atlanta Rhythm Section and The Family Stone headline the event. Entry on Friday is free. Single day tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for teens ages 13 to 18. Two-day passes are $45 for adults and $15 for teens ages 13 to 18. Children under 12 will be admitted free.

New Orleans Burlesque Festival

September 13 – 14

House of Blues
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The 11th annual festival features international burlesque dancers with the goal of being crowned the “Queen of Burlesque.” It’s two days of sultry and glamorous shows with the main event on Saturday night where a panel of judges crown the queen. Ticket prices vary per event. General admission starts at $22.

Irish Fest New Orleans

September 14

Kingsley House
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Irish Fest New Orleans aims to raise awareness of the Irish arts through a modern-day celebration of Irish music, food and cultural traditions.

Honey Island Swamp Fest

September 14

Pearl River Town Hall
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Head to the Northshore for this music festival in Pearl River featuring bands, children’s activities, hay rides and a car show. Admission is $5. Children ages 12 and under enter free.

St. Tammany Crab Festival

September 20 – 22

Heritage Park
Slidell, La.
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Crab lovers can get their fill when the St. Tammany Crab Festival returns to Slidell’s Heritage Park. The fest features three days live music, food and festival fun. Indulge in local cuisine centered around crab dishes and other indigenous foods from Southeast Louisiana. Festival-goers can also enjoy carnival rides, a vintage car show and a scenic boat tour of Bayou Bonfouca. One-day passes cost $20 in advance or for $25 at the gate. Three-day festival passes can be purchased online only, in advance, for $40. Kids ages 12 and under enter free.

National Fried Chicken Festival

September 20 – 22

Woldenberg Park
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The National Fried Chicken Festival features local and national food vendors frying traditional and creative dishes at Woldenberg Riverfront Park. Organizers announced plans to expand the fest to three days in 2019. The fest will also feature music from local artists including Choppa, DJ Jubilee and a first-ever “WhoDat Playlist” performance. Vendors will also battle to get crowned during the best fried chicken contest. Admission is free.

NOLA on Tap

September 21

City Park Festival Grounds
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Grab your canine companion, and head to City Park for the largest beer fest in the region. Sample more than 400 local, national and home-brewed beers all for a good cause. The pup-friendly festival also benefits the Louisiana SPCA. Hear live music and enjoy dog-friendly activities. General admission tickets start at $5. Drink tickets start at $30.

New Orleans Fashion Week

September 22 – 28

New Orleans Board of Trade
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Some of the regions’ most talented designers and fashion industry professionals flock to New Orleans for a week-long fashion experience. New Orleans Fashion Week features a number of events from a kickoff party to fashion panel discussions. Runway shows take place at the Board of trade. Single-day general admission tickets are $60.

A Taste of Olde Towne Slidell

September 26, 27 & 29

Various Venues
Olde Towne Slidell
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A Taste of Olde Towne Slidell brings three days of food, wine, music and art to historic Olde Towne Slidell. A Grand Tasting, a series of vintner dinners and a champagne jazz brunch make up some of the featured events. Ticket prices vary.

NOLA Horror Film Fest

September 26 – 29

Prytania Theatre
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Horror film fans can dive into gory, cinematic movie making at the annual NOLA Horror Film Fest. The annual event is “created by horror filmmakers for horror fans.” Horror, comedy and sci-fi genres are explored with feature films and shorts filling the lineup. Ticket prices vary and include a single film ticket, day passes and a weekend pass.

Gretna Heritage Festival

September 27 – 29

Downtown Gretna, La.
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Rick Springfield, KC and the Sunshine Band and Starship featuring Mickey Thomas will headline the 2019 Gretna Heritage Festival. More than 40 local and national acts are set to perform for the festival’s 25th anniversary. New this year, the festival adds a Latino Village. The popular West Bank festival will also feature dozens of food vendors, a beer garden, arts and crafts and carnival rides and games. Advance sale admission is $20 for single day tickets, $60 for weekend passes or a Saturday/Sunday pass for $40. Admission at gate is $25 for single day tickets, $60 for the three-day passes and $40 for the new Saturday/Sunday admission. General admission for children 12 and under is free.

Louisiana Redfish Festival

September 27 – 29

Sigur Civic Center
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The first-ever Louisiana Redfish Festival heads to St. Bernard Parish. The new fest is the first of its kind to celebrate the Redfish and its contribution to the economy of south Louisiana. Festival-goers can anticipate a carnival with rides, clowns and midway games, food and craft vendors. There is also a mini-expo of boats, ATVs and outdoor gear. Live music with local bands will be featured on the main stage.

Scout Island Scream Park

September 27 – November 2

Scout Island Scream Park
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This Halloween-themed fright festival turns City Park’s Scout Island into a land of terror. Thrill-seekers can explore haunted attractions and fright zones. Families with small children are invited to celebrate at the scare-free Kid Zone. The seasonal City Park event will also include live music, carnival rides and food and drinks available for purchase. The park opens weekends starting on Sept. 27 – Oct. 27, then on Oct. 29 – Nov. 2. Ticket prices vary, starting at $20.

Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival

September 27 – 28

Cassidy Park
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The Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival features a slate of blues entertainers each year. Performing in 2019 will be Paul Thorn, Mia Borders, the Honey Island Swamp Band, among others. Ticket prices vary.

Louisiana Food Truck Festival

September 28

The Harbor Center
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The Louisiana Food Truck Festival brings together food, live music, vendor booths and a kid zone area with activities. Some food trucks set to appear at the Northshore festival include creole Tomateaux, Old School East and Smoky D’s’ BBQ. Admission is free.

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October 2019


2018 Fall Festival Schedule features Beignet Fest
Photo courtesy: Beignet Fest via Facebook

St. Tammany Parish Fair

October 2 – 6

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, a rodeo, and a feel-good, family-friendly atmosphere.

Oktoberfest

October 4-5, 11-12, 18-19

Deutsches Haus
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Beer and brats dominate as New Orleans’ largest 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, the beer stein holding contest, special dancing performances tons of German food and German beer. Admission is $8. Children age 12 and under get in free.

Beignet Fest

October 5

City Park Festival Grounds
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How many different ways can you eat a beignet? Beignet Fest will feature more than 30 beignet creations from Louisiana food vendors and some of the area’s favorite bands. Vendors include local favorites like Cafe du Monde, Loretta’s Authentic Pralines, New Orleans Coffee & Beignet Company and The Ruby Slipper Cafe. See the complete Beignet Fest menu before you go.

Treme Fall Festival

October 5

St. Augustine Catholic Church
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Celebrate the historic Treme neighborhood and its many cultural destinations at this annual festival. The Historic Faubourg Treme Association produces this fest featuring music, street vendors, food and arts and crafts. The goal is to support the architecture, culture and history of Treme.

Art for Art’s Sake

October 5

Magazine Street
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Each fall, businesses along Magazine Street start season a night of gallery hopping and shopping. Guests can enjoy wine, gallery openings, music and shopping.

Que Pasa Fest

October 5 – 6

Lafreniere Park
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The ninth annual Que Pasa Fest celebrates the Hispanic influence and contributions to New Orleans during Hispanic Heritage month. The outdoor fest features live music, dancing, food booths, business booths, arts and crafts booths, community outreach and a children’s area. Admission is free.

Westbank Heritage Festival

October 5 – 6

Alario Center
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Now in its fifth year, the Westbank Heritage Festival returns for a celebration of the vibrant area. Big Freedia, Juvenile, Ginuwine, Choppa and Mannie Fresh are among the performers ranging different music genres. the event also feature local arts and crafts vendors and food. Admission is free.

Fall Garden Festival

October 5 – 6

New Orleans Botanical Garden
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Garden lovers can explore dozens of horticulture exhibits, educational programs, a marketplace, arts and crafts and a children’s activities area. Patrons can enjoy live music each day. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Free admission for children under age 4 and Friends of City Park members.

Angola Prison Fall Rodeo

October 6, 13, 20, 27

Louisiana State Penitentiary
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Thousands of visitors flock to the longest-running prison rodeo in the nation. In addition to the various rodeo events, many visitors look forward to the arts and crafts show including the intricate, handmade works from inmates. Tickets are $20.

Bridge City Gumbo Festival

October 11 – 13

Holy Guardian Angles Church
Bridge City, La.
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Bridge City’s gumbo will be on full display during this weekend festival. More than 2,000 gallons of gumbo will get prepped and ready for festival-goers to dive in. Festival-goers can also enjoy 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 $5.

Gentilly Fest

October 11 – 13

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. Proceeds benefit New Orleans first responders, children’s music camps and other area organizations.

NOLA Mac N’ Cheese Fest

October 12

Armstrong Park
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Who doesn’t love some delicious mac n’ cheese? The fest returns for its third year at Armstrong Park. Local restaurants will serve their best mac n’ cheese recipes to the public, professional judges and celebrity judges. There will be tons of mac n’ cheese, live music and drinks and an artist market. Admission is free.

Old Arabi Sugar Fest

October 12

Aycock Barn
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Celebrate the history and culture of Old Arabi at the Sugar Fest. Find food, live music, kid’s activities, a cooking contest, crafts, and more. Admission is free.

Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival

October 12 – 13

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. Other highlights include kids’ activities in the children’s village, fine arts and crafts booths, a classic car and motorcycle cruise-in, a beer garden with flat screen TV’s and seating for football enthusiasts. There’s also a Quick ‘n Dirty Boat Building Contest and Parade at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Single day tickets are $10. Senior tickets are $5. Active duty military (with ID) and children ages 12 and under enter free.

New Orleans Film Festival

October 16 – 23

Various Venue
Now in its 30th year, the New Orleans Film Festival has become one of the premier festivals in the country. The 2019 lineup boasts a curated slate of visionary, thought-provoking films representing a wealth of perspectives. More than 200 films are screened over the eight-day period along with some killer parties. Ticket prices vary.

Northshore on Tap

October 18

Slidell Municipal Auditorium
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The Hospice of the South’s annual beer fest rounds up craft breweries and home brewers. Admission into the event includes all you can drink beer with food available for purchase. Must be 21 years or older to attend. Proceeds benefit the Hospice Foundation of the South’s only Hospice House in St. Tammany Parish. General admission tickets are $25.

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

October 18 – 20

Lafayette Square
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It’s the perfect marriage of blues and barbecue at Lafayette Square. Houma guitar hero Tab Benoit, R&B “swing” singer Tucka, gospel legends the Zion Harmonizers and New Orleans blues favorite Little Freddie King are just a few of the artists performing. A dozen barbecue vendors will serve up some smoking dishes, and there’s a huge arts market. Admission is free.

Andouille Festival

October 18 – 20

St. John Community Center
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. More than 20 food vendors will serve up dishes. The fest will also have carnival rides, live music, pageants and a second-line parade. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children ages 3 to 12.

Praise Fest

October 18 – 20

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. The three-day outdoor event brings different cultures together for praise and worship. Admission is free.

Violet Oyster Fest

October 18 – 20

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
Violet, La.

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From oysters on the half shell to chargrilled, you’ll get to sample several varieties of oysters at this St. Bernard Parish festival. The family-friendly festival also features live music, rides, games and more.

Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade

October 19

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. Visit the website for full details and the complete parade route.

Boo at the Zoo

October 25 – 27

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. Tickets are $20 per person.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience 

October 25 – 27

City Park
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Guns N’ Roses, Post Malone, and Beck are among the big names set to hit the stages for this Halloween weekend tradition. Nearly 70 bands will rock four stages over a three day period in City Park. Three-day advance general admission to Voodoo Fest is $140, plus taxes and fees. VIP tickets are available at higher prices.

LGBT Halloween New Orleans (HNO)

October 25 – 27

Fillmore New Orleans
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For more than 30 years, Halloween New Orleans has raised money for Project Lazarus, an assisted-living home for those with HIV/AIDS in New Orleans. This year’s theme is Hallowdays and features events during Halloween weekend — The Lazarus Ball, Main Event Costume Party and Sunday Tea Dance. Ticket prices vary.

Rougarou Fest

October 26 – 27

Downtown Houma, La.
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Do you know the legend of the Rougarou? The family-friendly Rougarou Fest celebrates the rich folklore that exists along the bayous of Southeast Louisiana with a spooky flair. The fest also features a parade, a costume contest, live music and cultural activities. Admission is free.

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November 2019


 

 

Bayou Road Balloon Festival

November 1 – 3

Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center
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The Bayou Road Balloon Festival returns for its third year. The festival features multiple hot air balloons creating a spectacular “night glow” each evening. The stage and festival grounds will be packed with local musicians and artists showcasing the vibrant communities of St. Bernard Parish. Tethered balloon rides, carnival rides, a midway, and local food & beer booths make this a can’t-miss event.

Big Easy Con

November 1 – 3

Morial Convention Center
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This pop culture convention celebrates the art of gaming, sci-fi, cosplay, anime and fantasy. Several television and film stars are slated to attend. Fans can also explore programming like panel discussions, exhibits, vendors and other activities for fans of all ages. Ticket prices vary, ranging from $7.50 to $149.99.

Bayou Bacchanal

November 2

Warehouse District
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The celebration of Caribbean culture highlights Soca music and dances of the region. Adult advance tickets cost $10. Admission at the gate costs $15. General admission for kids ages 6 to 12 is $5.

Algiers Folk Art Festival

November 2

Folk Art Zone & Blues Museum
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Head to Algiers Point for a showcase of regional folk art. The Algiers Folk Art Festival features artists’ tents, live musical entertainment and food-truck concessions.

Slidell Jazz and Blues Festival

November 2

Heritage Park Slidell
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Groove to performances by local jazz and blues acts while benefiting a good cause. A portion of proceeds from the Slidell Jazz and Blues Festival support local young musicians and music education.

Louisiana Renaissance Festival

November 2 -3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 29-30, December 1, 7-8

Louisiana Renaissance Festival
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Harken back to the 16th century at the Louisiana Renaissance Festival in Hammond. Visitors can visit the “Village of Albright” and experience an adventure full of  entertainment, theatre, rides, educational demonstrations, holiday shopping and food.

Bloody Mary Festival

November 2 – 3

The Howlin’ Wolf
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The largest event of its kind, the Bloody Mary Festival brings together the most innovative and crafty Bloody Mary mixes. Guests will have the opportunity to taste them all before voting for their favorite via the “People’s Choice Award.” Tickets for the event cost $45. Tickets to the Festival include all participating Bloody Marys, tastes of local food and beverage products, temp tattoos, photo ops and more!

Oak Street Po-Boy Festival

November 3

Oak Street
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Oak Street Po-Boy Fest celebrates New Orleans’ beloved sandwich. Festival-goers can expect to try more than 50 delicious varieties of po-boys from some of the best sandwich makers in town. The festival takes over Oak Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. While admission to the fest is free, a $5 wristband is required for the purchase of po-boys.

Pet Fest

November 3

Lafreniere Park
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The party “where pets bring their people” is Jefferson Parish’ mega pet adoption event. The festival also features a free pet costume contest with amazing prizes, a pet marketplace, food, music and more. Admission is free.

Boudin, Bourbon & Beer

November 8

Champions Square
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Chef Emeril Lagasse and friends sure know how to throw a party. The annual outdoor fundraiser features more than 70 award-winning local and regional chefs. The big boudin bash also raises money for a good cause. Live music and great beverages, featuring all things bourbon, also pave the way for a great night. Tickets are $135 in advance and include all food, beverage and entertainment.

Covington Three Rivers Art Festival

November 9 – 10

Downtown Covington, La.
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Downtown Covington becomes vibrant with this two-day celebration of art, music and culture. The 23rd annual event plans to draw more than 60,000 people for one of the most popular events on the Northshore. The fest features more than 200 tents featuring artists from around the country, along with music and food. Admission is free.

Fete Des Fromages

November 16

New Orleans Jazz Museum
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The largest cheese festival in the U.S. returns for a second year. More than 150 artisan cheeses from all over the world will land at the grounds of the New Orleans Jazz Museum. Guests can sample cheese, wine, beer and cocktails.

NOLA Wing Wars

November 16

Central City BBQ
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Chicken wings anyone? Festival-goers can flock to the second annual NOLA Wing Wars festival at Central City BBQ. More than 20 local and regional restaurants will serve up more than 40,000 chicken wings in every way. General admission to is $10 for early bird tickets and $75 early bird VIP. Wings will cost just $1 each.

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival/Congo Square Rhythms Festival

November 16 – 17

Armstrong Park
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You’re in for a smoking combo. This year, the Treme Gumbo Fest and Congo Square Rhythms Fest will combine forces together on one weekend. Two stages of music celebrates New Orleans traditions that spring from the African diaspora. Two food courts offer a mix of classic New Orleans dishes and other signature dishes. Plus, two art markets feature local handmade items and imported items from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. Admission is free.

Celebration in the Oaks

November 29 – January 1

New Orleans City Park
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Breathtaking light displays adorn New Orleans City Park for the annual holiday festival Celebration in the Oaks. The Botanical Gardens, Storyland and Carousel Gardens come alive with festive holiday lights. Admission starts at $10 per person.

Audubon Zoo Lights

November 29 – 30, December 1 – 30 (select dates)

Audubon Zoo
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This holiday lights attraction at Audubon Zoo transforms the destination into a wild, glowing wonderland. Signature attractions features life-sized, silk-lighted replicas of some of the Zoo’s most popular animals. Online tickets are $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Admission at the gate is $13 for members, $18 for non-members.

Bayou Classic & Bayou Classic Parade

November 29

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 parade, fan festival and Friday’s Battle of the Bands.

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