7 Don't-Miss Fall Fests in NOLA

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

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Treme Gumbo Fest

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

Due to COVID restrictions, please visit individual event websites to confirm details.

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 and local cuisine to music and contemporary art.

A great 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.

 

Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival: October

Lafayette Square

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: October

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.

New Orleans Film Festival: November

Citywide

A testament to the growth of “Hollywood South,” the New Orleans Film Festival has been going strong since 1989.

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival: TBA

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.