The locals in New Orleans love October, and if you’re visiting us this weekend, we’re sure you’ll agree! And beyond enjoying the excitement and cool weather, there are all sorts of fun things to do. Have a look at our list of top things going on in town this weekend–whether you’re a visitor or a local, you’re sure to find something that’s right up your alley! And check back on Monday for more of GoNOLA’s suggestions for next week!
Thursday, October 21
Jonny Lang at the House of Blues: A Benefit for St. Bernard Project and Military Families
Don’t miss your chance to catch Grammy Award-winning singer Jonny Lang, and give to a good cause at the same time! In this concert, Lang–known for his vocal and guitar prowess and blues-rock style–teams up with the U.S. Development Group to present a fantastic show at the House of Blues. All ticket sales will go directly to the St. Bernard Project, which creates housing opportunities for Katrina survivors. $35, doors open at 7:30 pm. 18 + Tickets may be purchased at the door or online here.
House of Blues
225 Decatur St.
Reds Whites and the Blues
Enjoy an evening out in the park with style, and benefit the Big Easy Awards Foundation while you’re at it! Reds Whites and the Blues will feature more than 200 wines from various distributors, and gourmet food from such fantastic restaurants as Domenica, Nonna Mia, and Ralph’s on the Park. And don’t forget the live music, featuring international guitarist Javier Olondo! The event takes place at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters in City Park. Purchase tickets ($60-$100) at the event or online. 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
Friday, October 22
Slow Burn Burlesque Presents: Show Ghouls!
Prepare to be simultaneously terrified and titillated as the spooky showgirls of Slow Burn Burlesque present their Halloween extravaganza at Howlin’ Wolf! Expect acts both humorous and horrific, with the dancers portraying vampires, zombies, sirens, and maybe even Death herself. With appearances by some of the city’s best burlesque dancers, you really can’t go wrong. Tickets are $15, VIP $20. Doors at 10pm, show at 11pm.
907 South Peters
Saturday, October 23
6 t’ 9 Social Aid and Pleasure Club Halloween Parade
It wouldn’t be New Orleans without parades for every holiday! Get a taste of how locals and their families revel and catch the 6 t’ 9 Social Aid and Pleasure Club somewhere along their route. This year’s parade theme is “Plan 6 t’ 9 From Outer Space,” and the route winds through the French Quarter, Treme, and Marigny–from the 6th Ward to the 9th Ward. There’s something for everyone, from grown-ups in wild costume, to marching and brass bands, to candy for the kids. Free, starting at 6:00pm.
6 t’ 9 Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Route begins at the intersection of St. Claude and Ursulines
Sunday, October 24
Historic Haunts: The Myths and Legends of the Vieux Carré
Throughout the month of October, the Historic New Orleans Collection will present Halloween-themed tours of its Louisiana History Galleries. Learn the truth about the city’s seedier legends and most famous (and infamous) personalities, from the sadistic society lady Madame LaLaurie, to pirate Jean Lafitte, to Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. The tour explores the history behind ten such legends. What is myth, and what is horrifying truth? It’s up to you to decide! Admission is $5, but free for THNOC members. Tours run Tues-Sun at 2:00pm.
The Historic New Orleans Collection
533 Royal St