New Orleans is at her best in October. It’s perfect courtyard weather, plus we have a whole lineup of fun festivals planned, including the Krewe of Boo Parade from Kern Studios, the makers of Mardi Gras! Come celebrate everything from beignets to BBQ to Boo at the Zoo.
Krewe of Boo, Oct. 20
Trick or treat takes to the streets at New Orleans’ Official Halloween Parade. It’s no secret we love a parade in New Orleans and this Mardi Gras-style procession of ghouls and glitter is one of our favorites. Come catch a good time and some candy!
Scout Island: Scream Park, Oct, 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 25-31 & Nov. 2-3
City Park offers eight acres of creepy fun this October. Brace yourself for the Cirque du Fear Fright Zone, The Horseman's Fright Zone, and the Blood Bayou Fright Zone. Experience the Devil's Swamp Terror Tour, Zombie Outbreak Battlefield, The Scream Factory Haunted Fun House, thrilling carnival rides and more. Fear not: There’s also a scare-free zone for younger kids with hayrides, a pumpkin patch, face painting and other age-appropriate activities. Photo courtesy of Amanda Frenz.
Treme Fall Fest, Oct. 5-7
Join John Boutte, the Hot 8 Brass Band, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers and others at this popular fest in the Treme.
Oktoberfest, Oct. 5-6, 12-13 & 19-20
The Deutches Haus of New Orleans is sponsoring three weekends of beer and good cheer. Come see dogs in lederhosen, enjoy oompah music, and all your favorite German foods.
Africa Umoja: Spirit of Unity Tour, Oct. 9-14
Performed for kings, presidents and adoring audiences in over 50 countries around the globe, Umoja brings South Africa to North America and the Mahalia Jackson Theater with fabulous costumes, choreography and music. There will also be a special tribute to the late South African president Nelson Mandela.
Beignet Festival, Oct. 6
Donut miss this fabulous festival at the City Park Festival Grounds. If you can stop at just three (the traditional order size) than you’re a better person than we are.
Gentilly Fest, Oct. 12
Get your Gentilly on with great food, authentic New Orleans music, one-of-a-kind arts & crafts and fun Kids' Village activities, including pony rides.
WWII Air, Sea and Land Festival, Oct. 12-14
This high-flying event from the World War II Museum includes air shows, flight and vehicle demonstrations, and historical presentations.
Carnival Latino, Oct. 13
This celebration of National Hispanic Heritage month includes the colorful Parade of the Americas through the French Quarter. Come enjoy Latin music, food and art in Downtown New Orleans.
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, Oct. 12-14
It’s hard to get the blues when you’re filling up on BBQ in Lafayette Square Park! Headliners include Jimmie Vaughan, Samantha Fish, and Shemekia Copeland.
(A Little Passed) Half-Way to St. Patrick's Day March, Oct. 19
The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade Club will host its annual Halfway to St. Patrick's Day March from noon-4 p.m. The fun will begin on the steps in front of Jackson Square near 768 Decatur St. and follow with parading throughout the French Quarter.
Praise Fest, Oct. 19-21
This 10th annual gospel festival on Bayou St. John features soulful performances by Eric Waddell, Frank Thompson, Dewayne Woods, Drea Marie and others.
Country Smooth Fest, Oct. 20-21
New Orleans’ newest country music festival at the NOLA Motorsports Park features more than 20 local, regional and national acts including headliners Hunter Hayes and Justin Moore. Along with the music, you can drive a go-cart, ride a mechanical bull rides and more. See the musical lineup.
Mac n Cheese Fest, Oct. 20
Join us at Louis Armstrong Park for your fill of Mac N Cheese dishes from over a dozen local restaurants (along with other inviting menu items). Celebrity judges will pick the best.
Boo at the Zoo, Oct. 26, 27 & 28
Come ride Ghost Train, wind your way through a haunted house and go trick-or-treating. This fun Halloween party at the Audubon Zoo has been a family favorite for years.
Voodoo Music & Arts Experience, Oct. 26-28
Headliners this include Mumford and Sons, Marilyn Manson, Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys, Odesza, Modest Mouse, The Revivalists and more. Come “Worship the Music”in City Park.
Halloween, Oct. 31
Second only to Mardi Gras when it comes to costume creativity and fun, Halloween in the French Quarter is not to be missed. Come stroll the streets of the Vieux Carré for some out-of-this world partying and people watching.