November brings some of the best events New Orleans has to offer. Whether you’re all for autumn, or ready for the holidays, there’s so much to do in the Crescent City this month. We’re making it a little easier for you to enjoy with 12 of our top things to do in November.
1. Celebrate Dia de los Muertos
Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday where people visit the graves of their ancestors, much like the Catholic holiday of All Saint’s Day. Celebrate Day of the Dead in New Orleans from October 31-November 2 at any one of these celebrations.
2. Boudin, Bourbon & Beer
November 3 brings back Boudin, Bourbon & Beer, held in Champions Square and produced by the Emeril Lagasse Foundation. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats headline this year’s fest and the night will feature 60 of the nation’s best chefs and top-notch food and drinks.
3. Algiers Folk Art Festival
Take a trip across the river to Algiers Point for this festival. The Algiers Folk Art Festival is back on November 4 for a showcase of regional folk art. The free event features art, music and food trucks, and all proceeds go towards the Algiers Folk Art Zone.
4. Test your grandmother’s gumbo at Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival
Get ready to eat gumbo, a lot of it! November 18 and 19 brings us the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival. If you love brass bands and a good pot of gumbo, you’ll love this festival, back for its 10th year. Admission to the fest, happening from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m at Armstrong Park is free.
5. Get your read on at New Orleans Book Festival
Reading, panels, local and national authors – this festival is a book-lover’s dream! The New Orleans Book Festival is a fun, free festival that encourages literacy and reading among all ages. There’s more to the fest than just books. The nearby New Orleans Museum of Art will be offering half-price admission during the festival, which is held in City Park on Saturday, November 12. The festival spans two days, kicking off at the St. Charles Ave. Latter Branch Library on Friday, November 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
6. Experience the ultimate football rivalry at Bayou Classic
It’s where Southern University and Grambling State collide. The 44th annual Bayou Classic keeps the football tradition alive on November 25. If you’re familiar with the match, you know it’s more than just a football game. Get your tickets for the game, but don’t forget about the real show at the Battle of the Bands the night before.
7. Get into the holiday spirit at Celebration of the Oaks
What better way to get into the holiday spirit than with City Park’s Celebration in the Oaks? This year’s light festival opens November 24 and will run until January 1, 2018. Beat the holiday rush and take part in this New Orleans tradition early by seeing it in November.
8. See the new Audubon Nature Center
The Audubon Louisiana Nature Center reopened to the public in October after being closed for over a decade following Hurricane Katrina. Now back and better than ever, the Nature Center is home to 86 acres of hardwood bottomland forest. Located in New Orleans East adjacent to Joe Brown Park, the center is hosting a Fall Festival on November 18 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The festival will feature live music, healthy cooking demonstrations, and admittance to the Nature Center with advance registration for $8.
9. Stuff yourself New Orleans style on turkey day
In town for Thanksgiving, but don’t know where to go for the classic meal? Luckily, New Orleans has lots of options if you choose to dine out. Call and make a reservation at Borgne, Ralph’s on the Park, or one of the spots on our “Where to Eat Out for Thanksgiving” list.
10. Go Black Friday shopping at the Riverwalk
Can’t wait to get ahead of your holiday shopping list? Or maybe you just want to find all the deals and be a part of the shopping madness? Even if you wait until after Black Friday to go shopping, there will still be deals! No need to camp out at the stores at 4 a.m. Treat yourself with a trip to the Riverwalk or the Shops at Canal Place and let the shopping frenzy begin!
11. Enjoy a game from your favorite sports bar
Going to a game can be fun, but kicking back with friends at a sports bar is where it’s at this fall. Catch a Saints or Pelicans game from one of our favorite spots this November. Go team, go!
12. Keep an eye out for Prospect.4
Prospect New Orleans is back with its fourth installation, Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp. Running from November 18, 2017 to February 25, 2018, this year’s citywide exhibition draws inspiration from the lotus flower and overlaps with New Orleans’ tricentennial celebration.