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.
At 7 p.m. on November 2, head to the parade route for the annual Mexican Day of the Dead procession, always one of the most beautiful events of the year. Learn more.
On November 5th, head to Crescent Park for Bayou Bacchanal, the original Caribbean Carnival of New Orleans. Spend the day celebrating Caribbean cuisine, dance and music in the Bywater.
Come on, come y'all to the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival in Uptown New Orleans on November 6th. Vendors from all around the city 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 seven days of silly from dozens of comedians of all kinds. The event takes place in venues all over the city from November 8-14.
Destrehan Plantation, the closest plantation home to New Orleans, is celebrating their annual Fall Festival on November 12 & 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be music by Les Bons-Riens, Ryan Foret and Foret Tradition, Kayla Woodson and Bad Habit, as well as Cajun and Creole cuisine, arts & crafts, antiques in the mule barn, and kids activities. Did someone say pony rides?
The Bayou Classic is not just a football game between Grambling State and Southern University. There's a parade, fan festivals, a career fair and, one of our favorites, the battle of the bands, all leading up to the big game on November 26!
Be sure and check out our annual light festival at Celebration in the Oaks in City Park. It is held nightly November 24-January 1. 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!