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15 Things to Do in September

Feel the fall with fests, football, and more.

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Fried Chicken Festival. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

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

Bananas Foster French Toast, Breakfast Seafood Platter, and Bloody Mary at Stanley. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

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.

Southern Decadence Parade. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

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 Orchestra inside The Orpheum. (Photo courtesy Zack Smith Photography)

Go classical

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.

The 2014 Queen of Burlesque. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

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.

A cheeseburger from Company Burger. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

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.

This sculpture comprises a small portion of the expansive sculpture garden in City Park. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

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.

Beer abounds at NOLA on Tap. (Photo via NOLA on Tap on Facebook)

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.

Fried Chicken Festival. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

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.

Take in the wonders at the Audubon Aquarium. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

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

The Grand Marshall leads the Treme Brass Band. (Photo: Treme Brass Band)

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.