Fall doesn’t technically start until the equinox on Sept. 22, but we’re jumping into the season early with characteristically fall activities like football and festivals. Ready to get started? Us, too.
15 Things to Do in September
Eat a better breakfast
September is “Eat a Better Breakfast” month, and while that might mean choosing healthier options, we choose to believe it means going all out on delicious breakfasts all month long. We’ve got a few spots in mind, too.
Celebrate Labor Day Weekend
This big weekend (culminating Monday, Sept. 4) is the perfect way to say farewell to summer with a festival (Southern Decadence) and so much more.
Revel in Southern Decadence
Coinciding with Labor Day Weekend, this LGBT festival runs Aug. 30 through Sept. 4 and features a variety of partying and programming, including a free parade on Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Louisiana Philharmonic’s 2017 season kicks off on Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. with Gershwin’s “Bolero” piano concerto. Check them out in their stunning home, the recently restored (and acoustically magnificent) Orpheum Theater.
See a soulful takeover
DJ Soul Sister takes the stage at One Eyed Jacks on Friday, Sept. 15, spinning soulful sounds you can’t help but dance to. Doors are at 10 p.m., and tickets are $10.
Watch the Saints at home
The regular season starts Sept. 17 vs. the New England Patriots in New Orleans — and it’s definitely worth seeing the boys in action at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Get the full schedule here; prices vary. Who dat!
Savor Restaurant Week
Sept. 11 – 17, the city continues its love affair with fine dining. Restaurant Week features tasty deals from even tastier establishments (previous years have included the likes of Avo, Bayona, Shaya, Tujague’s, and many others). Prices vary.
Behold Burlesque Fest
From Sept. 14-17, New Orleans Burlesque Festival celebrates the city’s inherent connection with this alluring artform: though New Orleans didn’t invent burlesque, it certainly helped solidify its staying power. Ticket prices vary.
Go ham for a cheeseburger
Sept. 18 is National Cheeseburger Day. Might we suggest ordering one from these spots?
Toast Martini Madness
Spanning the classics to modern riffs, more than 30 specialty martinis are part of Martini Madness, a fundraiser for City Park on Sept. 15. Pair your drink with small bites and live music, and all for a good cause: proceeds benefit specific projects at the park like purchasing paddle boats for Big Lake. Tickets from $45.
Honor local artists at the Besthoff Sculpture Garden
Celebrating artists including Anita Cooke, Simon Gunning, Karoline Schleh, and Bob Snead, LOVE in the Garden melds dining and dancing under the stars and amid striking sculptures. The soiree takes place on Friday, Sept. 22 starting at 7 p.m. Tickets from $50.
Tap into some beer
On Saturday, Sept. 23, NOLA on Tap returns to City Park as a way to help kick off Oktoberfest. The largest beer fest in the region (and also the largest fundraiser for the Louisiana SPCA), NOLA on Tap features more than 400 different tasting options. General admission is $5.
Eat fried chicken
The Fried Chicken Festival happens Sept. 23 and Sept. 24, so bring your appetite. More than 20 local restaurants will offer up their version of fried chicken at Woldenberg Park. While admission is free, plan to get tastings from returning favorites from last year as well as new additions, including the world-famous Hattie’s Restaurant.
Support the Audubon Aquarium
Ever wanted to see the Audubon Aquarium after hours? Scales and Ales on Friday, Sept. 29 benefits the Audubon Aquarium and its commitment to education and conservation. The beer, wine, food, and live entertainment are just a bonus. Party starts at 7 p.m. with tickets from $60.
Attend Treme Fall Fest
Support one of New Orleans’ historic neighborhoods, Treme, during the Treme Fall Fest, a three-day music and cultural event that begins Sept. 29. The fest revolves around beautiful St. Augustine Church; proceeds from vendor sales benefit church repairs and restorations.