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.
You don’t have to be a complete nerd to want to nerd out for three days at Big Easy Con at the New Orleans Convention Center, November 1-3. Come take selfies with comic book and science fiction icons stars. Fun for the whole family.
This USA Today Top 10 Specialty Food Festival at the Howlin’ Wolf on November 2 & 3 is the largest event of its kind. Enjoy bloodys from popular local restaurants and bars, including Oceana Grill and Bobby Hebert's Cajun Cannon.
Come on, come y'all to the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival in Uptown New Orleans on November 3rd. 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 7-11.
Emeril Lagasse Foundation's Annual Boudin, Boubon & Beer will be held in Champion's Square on November 8th. 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.
Prepare to say "cheese," this November 13, 15 & 16 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.
We'll be buckjumpin' and havin' fun at these two festivals from the people who bring you Jazz Fest, held simultaneously in Armstrong Park November 16-17. If you like great music, gumbo, and art markets (and c'mon, who doesn't?) then you cannot miss these festivals!
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.
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 30! There's a parade, fan festivals, a career fair and, one of our favorites, the battle of the bands.
From November 29-December 30. families all over the region will be flocking to the Audubon Zoo to see light displays featuring alligators, elephants, flamingos, lions and more. Santa's Arctic Wildland showcases animals from freezing climates. Don't miss it!
Be sure and check out our annual light festival at Celebration in the Oaks in City Park. It is held nightly November 29-January 1 (closed Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve nights). 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!