November is one of our all-time favorite times to be in New Orleans. The weather is cool, the humidity is low, and there's nothing better than lounging in courtyards or on balconies sipping cocktails or getting in some holiday shopping in the French Quarter, the Arts/Warehouse District and Magazine Street. Below are some of our favorite things to do in New Orleans in November. Check out our events calendar for more November fun.
Emeril Lagasse Foundation's Annual Boudin, Boubon & Beer will be held in Champion's Square on November 9th. Over 70 top local and national chefs will be there showing off their own creative interpretations of boudin sausage. Enjoy live music as you sip delicious beers and bourbon. See chef lineup. View entertainment lineup.
Come on, come y'all to the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival in Uptown New Orleans on November 11th. More than 60 vendors will be offering up their takes on New Orleans' favorite sandwich. Great food, great music, great art. Another great day in New Orleans.
The Hell Fest is five days of funny from dozens of comedians of all kinds. The event takes place in venues all over the city from November 14-18.
We'll be buckjumpin' and havin' fun at the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival held in Armstrong Park November 17-18. If you like gumbo and brass bands, (and c'mon, who doesn't?) then you cannot miss this festival! With 14 top New Orleans food vendors offering up their own interpretations of the signature dish, an arts market, kids area and live music all day, we think you will love this festival. There's even a gumbosium–a symposium on all things gumbo.
Prepare to say "cheese," this November 17th at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the U.S. Mint. Come nibble on more than 100 artisan cheeses from all over the world, while sipping on beer, cider and wine.
The race is on for Thanksgiving reservations at the Fair Grounds Race Course. Every year, more than 7,000 people participate in this New Orleans tradition. Come play the ponies and dine in style in the Clubhouse, the Black Gold Room or the Pan Zareta Room. Learn more.
Be sure and check out our annual light festival at Celebration in the Oaks in City Park. It is held nightly November 23-25 and November 30-January 1 (closed Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve). The park's gorgeous trees are covered in hundreds of thousands of lights and there are numerous other light displays throughout the 25 acres of City Park. Take a ride on the train to see all the glittering lights. This is a truly spectacular holiday event that you do not want to miss!
The Bayou Classic is not just a football game between Grambling State and Southern University. It is five days of competitions, parades and more, all leading up to the big game on November 24! There's a parade, fan festivals, a career fair and, one of our favorites, the battle of the bands.