7 Don't Miss Fall Fests in NOLA

Seven fall events celebrating great food, music and the arts in New Orleans

Vicki Bristol
Vicki Bristol is an eighth-generation New Orleanian. She can often be found between Napoleon and Louisiana Avenues and along Magazine Street popping into boutiques and bars with her dog Abita Amber. Bristol is always up for a good New Orleans story (and the occasional Cajun Boudreaux and Thibodeaux joke). 
Treme Gumbo Fest

The Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival also features neighborhood musicians and artists.

As the weather cools and the humidity drops, New Orleans comes alive with festival season. Festivals take place throughout the city celebrating everything from Gulf Coast seafood to contemporary art.

My favorite way to travel between fests is to rent a bicycle and take advantage of the cooler weather. Below are seven fabulous festivals worth a trip with a few bike tips for a more active experience.

New Orleans Film Festival: Oct. 12 - 20


A testament to the growth of “Hollywood South,” the New Orleans Film Festival is returning for its 27th year, with more than 22,000 film lovers expected.

Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival: Oct. 14 – 16

Lafayette Square

In its 11th year, the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival is free to the public, and has featured a variety of performers including Los Lobos, Mel Waiters and Bobby Rush.

Voodoo Music + Art Experience: Oct. 28 - 30

City Park Festival Grounds

Second only to Jazz Fest in attendance, Voodoo brings today’s top music acts to the Crescent City during Halloween weekend. For the full experience, festivalgoers can camp on site.

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival: Nov. 12 - 13

Louis Armstrong Park, adjacent to the French Quarter

The Treme neighborhood has long been an incubator for some of the city’s best musicians and artists. The festival features the city’s top brass bands and dozens of restaurants serving up savory gumbo recipes.

Bike Tip: After the festival, bike through the French Quarter or explore historic Treme.

Oak Street Po’Boy Festival: TBA

Oak Street

From humble beginnings to newfound cult status, the po’boy festival showcases the city’s best po’boys. From fried shrimp to roast beef, dressed to undressed, upscale to down-home—you can have it all.

Bike tip: The po’boy festival offers ample racks for locking up your bicycle.