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15 Things to Do This November

Get ready for Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival, New Orleans Book Festival, Boudin, Bourbon & Beer and more.

St. Ann Street Home in the French Quarter. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

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 15 of our top things to do in November.

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Celebrate Dia de los Muertos, New Orleans style. (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

1. Celebrate Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday born of Pre-Hispanic rituals and the Catholicism of Spanish conquistadors. Celebrated on Nov. 1, people visit the graves of their ancestors, much like the Catholic holiday of All Saint’s Day. Far from a day of mourning, this is a time to enjoy life. Celebrations are taking place all around town; learn more about them here.

2. Peruse hand-made crafts at Algiers Folk Art Festival

Take a trip across the river to historic Algiers Point for this charming festival. The Algiers Folk Art Festival returns on Saturday, Nov. 3 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.

3. Sample wines judged at the International Wine Awards

The first ever New Orleans International Wine Awards, a professional competition judging wines from around the world, takes place from November 6-8. The Grand Tasting after party on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. features wines entered into the competition, including winners. Attendees will enjoy sampling wines at the old-line restaurants Antoine’s, Arnaud’s, Brennan’s, and Galatoire’s.

Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s Boudin, Bourbon & Beer Festival (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

4. Eat and drink well at Boudin, Bourbon & Beer

Nov. 9 brings back Boudin, Bourbon & Beer, held in Champions Square and produced by the Emeril Lagasse Foundation. The night will feature over 70 of the country’s best chefs, as well as a cigar bar, a silent auction, drinks, and live music.

5. Connect with nature at FORESTival

Hosted by A Studio in the Woods, the 8th annual FORESTival provides nature lovers an opportunity to commune with nature in a beautiful location. The family-friendly celebration takes place on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes guided nature walks, live music, a silent auction, and food and beverage.

Oak Street Po-Boy Festival (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

6. Come hungry for Po-Boy Festival

The world’s largest concentration of po-boy sandwiches (anecdotally) takes place every November on Oak Street during the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival. The festival is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Come try all types of po-boys from traditional shrimp or fried oyster to cochon de lait (suckling pig), and more.

Festival headliner Dangrrr Doll was named one of the top 50 global figures in the burlesque industry in both 2014 and 2015 (Photo courtesy of NOLA Nerdlesque)
Festival headliner Dangrrr Doll was named one of the top 50 global figures in the burlesque industry in both 2014 and 2015 (Photo courtesy of NOLA Nerdlesque)

7. Experience the nerdiest of burlesque

Now in its fourth year, NOLA Nerdlesque returns for a weekend of the nerdiest burlesque performances you have ever seen (think Game of Thrones, Jurassic Park, and other nerdy parodies). Catch performances at the Contemporary Arts Center on Nov. 16 and 17 as well as workshops (and parties for lucky VIPs).

8. Test your grandmother’s gumbo at Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival

Get ready to eat gumbo, and a lot of it! Nov. 17 and 18 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 11th year. Admission to the fest, happening from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m at Armstrong Park, is free.

9. Fall into a cheese coma at Fête des Fromages

Fête des Fromages, a cheese lovers’ dream, debuts at the Old U.S. Mint on Nov. 17 for a daylong celebration of fromage (cheese in French). Sample numerous cheeses while simultaneously enjoying wine, cider, or beer. The music lineup includes the Merry Antoinettes and DJ Raj Smoove while chef demonstrations and seminars are also planned. VIP ticket holders can attend an exclusive talk featuring leading cheese expert Liz Thorpe. The fest runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The race will take place in New Orleans City Park (Photo: Paul Broussard)

10. Run in the 111th annual Turkey Day Race

The New Orleans Athletic Club hosts its 111th annual Turkey Day Race on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22 from 7-11 a.m. Wake up early for a pre-meal workout and get home with plenty of time to spare to spend with family or friends. The race follows a five mile path through City Park. Register today!

11. Give thanks at a local restaurant 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 Lil Dizzy’s, Ralph’s on the Park, or check back here in November for our list of restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving Day.

12. Watch a game at your favorite sports bar

Going to a game can be fun, but kicking back at a sports bar with friends, neighborhood regulars, and everyone in between is the next best way to watch the game. Catch a Saints or Pelicans game from one of our favorite spots this November. Go, team, go!

The Outlet Collection at the Riverwalk (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

13. 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 Outlet Collection at Riverwalk or the Shops at Canal Place and let the shopping frenzy begin!

14. Support the ultimate football rivalry at Bayou Classic

It’s where Southern University and Grambling State collide. The 45th annual Bayou Classic keeps the football tradition alive on Saturday, Nov. 24. 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 big show at the Battle of the Bands the night before.

The Poinsettia Tree at Celebration in the Oaks (Photo: Paul Broussard)

15. Get into the holiday spirit with Celebration in 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 Nov. 23 and will run until Jan. 1, 2019. Beat the holiday rush and take part in this New Orleans tradition early by seeing it in November

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