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15 Things to Do in November

From cultural arts fests to food celebrations and everything in between, November’s calendar is jam-packed with autumnal activities.

Boudin, Bourbon, and Beer. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

New Orleans sweater weather has finally arrived.

From cultural arts festivals to one-of-a-kind food celebrations and everything in between, November’s calendar is jam-packed with autumnal activities for everyone. See what we mean below!

15 THINGS TO DO IN NOVEMBER

Live on the fringe at Faux/Real Festival

From Nov. 3 – 13, catch a performance or party at this multifaceted arts fest. Creative minds in theatre, visual arts, cooking, mixology, and more will showcase their skills in venues throughout the city.

Come hungry for Boudin, Bourbon, & Beer

On Nov. 4 head to Champions Square for a night filled with live music, spirits, and decadent boudin prepared by NOLA’s most legendary chefs. The event starts at 6 p.m. and benefits the Emeril Lagasse Foundation.

Boudin, Bourbon, and Beer. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

Fly over to the National WWII Museum Airpower Expo

From Nov. 4 – 6, experience an interactive airpower display at the Lakefront Airport. Climb into a cockpit, see WWII veteran interviews, and even ride an aircraft! Info and tickets available here.

Have the purrrfect yoga class at Meowmasté

On Nov. 5, NOLA Tribe Yoga and the Louisiana SPCA will be hosting a one-of-a-kind yoga class – with adoptable kittens! Find your zen, play with a kitten, and maybe even take one home. Info and registration available on the event’s Facebook page.

Honor Tennessee Williams at Words & Music Fest

Hosted by the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, this cultural fest (Nov. 9-13) promotes up-and-coming writers, celebrates literary initiatives, and cultivates a love of reading for everyone. This year’s theme is “The Dark Side of Literature & Life.” Details and programs available here.

Embrace the melting pot that is New Orleans at Treme Creole Gumbo Festival

On the weekend of Nov. 12-13, head to Armstrong Park in Treme for two days of tasty gumbo and live brass bands. The fest pays tribute to NOLA’s signature dish with local takes on the traditional recipe, and features Rebirth Brass Band as the headliner. More info here.

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Watch the city light up at the annual French Market Tree Lighting

Kick off the holiday season with this special holiday event at Washington Artillery Park, across from Jackson Square. The spectacular 27-foot, fleur-de-lis topped tree will light up on Nov. 17 at 5 p.m., featuring a performance from the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park band.

Sip on fine wine at the Lower Coast Music & Wine Festival

Treat yo’self to a leisurely afternoon of wine, St. James Cheese Company cheese, and Sucré chocolate tastings at this outdoor fest on Nov. 19. Tickets and packages available here.

LOL with Jeff Dunham

On Nov. 20, stand-up comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham takes the stage at the Smoothie King Center. Tickets here.

See “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” at the Saenger

Relive the classic Christmas tale of how the scheming Grinch steals Christmas away from the beloved Whos of Whoville. Tickets available here with shows running Nov. 22-27.

The Saenger Theater. (Photo by Rebecca Ratliff)

Thank our food scene on Thanksgiving

There’s so much to be thankful for here in New Orleans, and one thing we’re eternally grateful for is our incredible food scene. On Nov. 24, indulge in everything from cornbread to Creole pork to oysters at a local restaurant for your annual feast.

Shop local on Black Friday

Black Friday means one thing across the nation – shopping. But only in New Orleans can you spend your day perusing antique shops, local art stores, boutiques, bookstores, and more. See our guide for how to shop local in NOLA here for some Black Friday (Nov. 25) inspiration.

The mod and vintage-inspired clothing and shoes of Trashy Diva on Magazine Street and in the French Quarter has everything a gal would need to be hip and retro-styled: 40s style dresses, rockabilly baby clothes, bridal wear, shoes, accessories and a whole store of gorgeous lingerie. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Celebrate in the Oaks

Starting Nov. 25, stroll through City Park for the annual Celebration in the Oaks. This holiday tradition transforms the park’s beautiful oak trees and lagoons into a spectacular light show with trains, carousels, and iconic New Orleanian characters. Tickets are $9.

Celebration in the Oaks lights up New Orleans City Park. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Battle it out at Bayou Classic

Kick off your Thanksgiving weekend and embrace the rivalry between the Tigers of Grambling State and the Jaguars of Southern University on Nov. 26. This 43-year-old tradition continues once again at the ‘dome.

Members of the Grambling State University band at the Bayou Classic. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

See Dolly Parton at the Smoothie King Center

Country fans rejoice, because Dolly Parton is coming to New Orleans! Snag tickets to her Pure & Simple Tour concert at the Smoothie King Center on Nov. 30.

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