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Weekend Picks: Air, Sea & Land Festival, Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, & Halloween

The National WWII Museum 2016 AirPower Expo

Halloween weekend is finally here, and we are ready to celebrate. All weekend long, there are fun festivals that’ll take you to some of the best spots in the city. Head to the Lakefront for Air, Land & Sea Festival, then Woldenberg Park for Louisiana Seafood Festival. Voodoo Music + Arts Experience will bring you to New Orleans City Park, and the Vampire Ball will take you to the House of Blues. If you’re looking for something spooky to do, check out our recommendations for how to spend Halloween weekend in NOLA. We’re ready to welcome the ghouls and goblins for Halloween 2017. Are you?


Air, Sea & Land Festival – Formerly known as the AirPower Expo, the WWII Air, Sea & Land Festival brings history to the New Orleans Lakefront Airport this weekend. PT-305 Dockside Tours, a Kid’s Zone, and the Victory Parade on Saturday are just a few things to check out at this fest. If you’re brave enough, sign up for a ride on some of the rarest WWII aircraft that still exist. General admission is $21, with discounts available for military, children/ students, seniors, and museum members. The festival begins at 9 a.m. at 6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd #219, New Orleans, LA 70126.

Louisiana Seafood Festival – Come for the food, stay for the music. Louisiana Seafood Fest heads to Woldenberg Park this year for all things seafood. Along with a long, delicious list of seafood options that the fest is known for, the music lineup is just as exciting. After you get your seafood fill, learn how to cook seafood yourself at the cooking demos, or wander through the arts market. The festival runs rain or shine on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience – The 2017 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience is finally here. The three-day festival that will bring over 60 artists to New Orleans’ City Park. In addition to the music, don’t miss the interactive art exhibits and activities, and enjoy food from local vendors. The party doesn’t stop there. Take it to the official aftershows known as the Deja Voodoo Shows. Stop by and see us at the GoNOLA Information Tower for all your festival needs. General admission tickets start at $70 for Friday and Sunday admission and $80 for Saturday admission.

Vampire Ball – Looking for something festive to do this Halloween weekend in NOLA? The Endless Night Vampire Ball at The House of Blues features three nights of partying including a masquerade ball, a banquet, and a costume contest. Dance the night away with multiple DJs and bands on All Hallow’s Eve. But this is serious costuming, y’all. Be sure to see the strict dress code that adheres to vampire subculture. Tickets start at $85. The party goes on and on at 225 Decatur Street.


New Canal Haunted Lighthouse – If you’re looking for a haunted house to bring the kids to, the New Canal Haunted Lighthouse is perfect for you. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, head to the New Canal Lighthouse on Lake Pontchartrain for games and activities, candy and treats, a spider web maze, and, of course, a costume contest. Tickets are $5 and this event is ideal for kids ages 12 and under.

Berger Residence (Photo: Paul Broussard)


The Ethereal Engagement; Drinks and Divinations – Looking to solve a mystery this Halloween? Escape My Room, located at 633 Constance Street, is hosting a special murder mystery party that will have you channeling Nancy Drew (or, you know, Sherlock Holmes). At 9 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25, get into character and join your fellow detectives in solving the mystery. Tickets are $60.

Celebrate Halloween in New Orleans! – And if that’s not enough, there’s still lots going on this weekend in NOLA that’ll get you in the Halloween spirit. Get your last-minute costume at one of New Orlean’s famous costume shops, or get your socks scared off at one of these haunted houses. Rather stay in? We feel that. Carve a pumpkin at home with these spooky NOLA cutouts, and show us your skills. (Post your pumpkin on social media and don’t forget to tag us @gonola504 with #HollowYourNOLA). Happy Halloween, y’all!

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