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5 Things To Look Forward to This Fall

See what an LGBTQ Fall looks like in New Orleans.

Downtown New Orleans from the rooftop of the Pontchartrain Hotel Hot Tin Bar. (Photo Paul Broussard)

Every season in New Orleans brings new excitement. With fall here, the weather is prime for anything outdoors: dining, festivals, rooftop bars – you name it, we’ve got it. We took the liberty to jot down a few things we’re looking forward to this fall, with a little something extra too.

LGBTQ Fall Guide

1. Perfect Weather Activities

New Orleans levees, which are large embankments along the Mississippi River, provide locals and visitors with ample entertainment. Have a picnic at The Fly and then jog or ride your bike along The Mississippi River Trail which begins at Audubon Park and runs 60 miles westwards.

There are tons of rooftop bars that provide spectacular views of the city. A couple of our favorites include Hot Tin (top of the Pontchartrain Hotel) and Monkey Board (top of the Troubadour Hotel) with an amazing 360-degree view of downtown.

This is also the perfect time of year for a walking tour. There are lots to choose from including haunted tours, gay history tours, and architecture tours. The Twirl Gay Walking Tour is a must-do. For something a little different, take the ferry to Algiers for some incredible views of the French Quarter from across the river.

Last year’s LGBT Halloween party stage was a giant sunken pirate ship. (Photo courtesy Roy Guste)

2. LGBTQ Halloween Weekend

One of the 5 major gay holidays in the city, this year’s “gay Halloween” is taking place a week earlier than normal. These events raise money for a local HIV/AIDS assisted-living home and take place October 21-22. Expect a fun crowd of locals and visitors from all over the country all dressed up and ready to play. More information about the events and costume theme can be found here. Find other Halloween-related events here.

Stages and art exhibits spread throughout City Park during VooDoo Festival. (Photo Paul Broussard)

3. Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

Typically the LGBT Halloween events conflict with this weekend, but not this year! Music, costumes, rides, art exhibits, and more create the closest thing New Orleans has to Burning Man (sans the dust). Expect to find a fun, mixed crowd of music and culture lovers from all over the world. Outside of the festival, there will be events happening all over the city. Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, October 27-29 in City Park

Varla Jean Merman and Deven Green team up at Cafe Istanbul. (Photo courtesy Varla and Deven)

4. Varla Jean & Deven Green

The combination of Varla Jean Merman, our local “sweet” heart known for her fast-changing of wigs, is teaming up with Deven Green, satirical advice columnist and comedian who plays Mrs. Betty Bowers, “America’s Best Christian.” Together they will definitely get into some trouble and the laughs will probably get you through the next week. Varla Jean & Deven Green on November 9th and 10th at Cafe Istanbul

Chromogenic print by Genevieve Gaignard entitled “White Rain”, 2017 (Image courtesy of the artist and Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles)

5. Art and the City

Prospect.4, the art biennial returning to New Orleans November 18th, promises amazing art scattered throughout the city. Spend your days checking out the galleries and installations (note that it runs through February). In the evenings, be sure to check out Allways Lounge for fun, interesting events such as New Orleans Drag Workshop, Jockstrap Cabaret, and Bella Blue’s burlesque shows.

Lagniappe: New Years Eve

This is a special year for us because in 2018, New Orleans turns 300! Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve will bring thousands of people to see the fireworks along the Mississippi River. Look for events at the Ace Hotel, the EVE party, and every gay-ish bar in the city will have special events to kick off the tricentennial! While many of these LGBTQ events have not been officially announced, join our monthly newsletter and we’ll keep you up to date!

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