Break out your calendars, folks, because October in New Orleans might just be the busiest time of the year. With endless celebrations all weekend long, it’s impossible not to have fun on this particular weekend. Looking for great food? Enjoy Beignet Fest or National Taco Day at the Pythian Market. Want to be spooked, you say? The most haunted attractions are open this weekend. There’s a lot going on, but we’ve got it all mapped out for you here.
Tremé Fall Festival – A festival rich with history, Tremé Fall Fest celebrates America’s oldest African-American neighborhood settled by free people of color. Come out to Tremé for a weekend of great music, food, crafts, and more. Check out the street festival on Saturday (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and the anniversary mass at St. Augustine Church on Sunday. The festival is free, but donations are encouraged as the festival serves as a fundraiser for the Tremé neighborhood.
Professional Fighters League Playoffs – The Professional Fighters League is the first global mixed martial arts league where individual athletes compete in a regular season, then advance to the playoffs resulting in a season-ending championship. The League comes to New Orleans this week for the first playoff game of the season on Friday, Oct. 5. Heavyweight and featherweight fighters will compete under the big lights of the Convention Center beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $25.
Beignet Festival – Soft, pillowy, and covered in powdered sugar, beignets are the quintessential New Orleans treat. Experience 18+ vendors put their spin on the classic beignet through dozens of innovative dishes at Beignet Fest. Bananas Foster beignets? Maple bacon beignets? The festival, held at New Orleans City Park from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., features a music lineup including the Imagination Movers and the Original Pinettes Brass Band, and admission to the festival is free.
Art for Art’s Sake – This annual art walk takes over New Orleans in this event that spans both uptown and downtown. Beginning at 5 p.m. along Magazine Street, you’ll find over 150 different businesses participating in Art for Art’s Sake, with special deals ranging from half-priced House Old Fashioneds at Barrel Proof to pet-friendly treats for Fido at Amis des Paux. Beginning at 6 p.m. downtown, you’ll find multiple galleries open along Julia Street as well as performances at the Contemporary Arts Center. Art for Art’s Sake is free and open to the public.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
City Park’s Fall Garden Festival – Calling all home gardeners! City Park’s Fall Garden Festival features plant & garden product exhibits, sales throughout the garden, a Children’s Fun Fest activities area, educational programs, music, arts & crafts, and more. The festival takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Botanical Garden in City Park, and admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12.
Celebración Latina – Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with this one-day festival at the Audubon Zoo. This authentic festival celebrating Latin American culture will feature live music, children’s activities, and Latin cuisine prepared by local restaurants. The event is free with Zoo admission or Audubon Nature Institute membership and takes place from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cirque de Cuisine: A Kitchen Tour – This Sunday from 1-5 p.m., join the Southern Food & Beverage Museum in the French Quarter for a kitchen tour of 10 beautiful French Quarter homes. The tour begins at the Bourbon O Jazz Bar (730 Bourbon St.) where guests obtain tickets, maps, and wristbands, and SoFAB Sangrias will be available for purchase ($7). At each home, one of the city’s finest restaurants will serve a one-bite serving of a tasty sweet or savory treat and a drink of your choice such as a cocktail, wine, beer, or soft drink. Tickets are $55 in advance here or $65 at the door.
National Taco Day at the Pythian – This Thursday, head to the Pythian Market to celebrate National Taco Day with $2 build-your-own street tacos from La Cocinita. Choose from chicken, pork, brisket, carne asada, roasted butternut squash, and roasted carrot, cauliflower, or corn sofrito as well as a variety of different toppings. This taco steal will be available all day long.
Roosevelt Hotel Rooftop Pop-Up Series – The Roosevelt Hotel will be hosting a chef pop-up series on their rooftop pool deck featuring new dishes every Thursday this fall. The series kicks off this Thursday with specialty menu items (including ice cream) from Just Delights’ Chef Erica Buher. The event is free and open to the public from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
NOLA Haunted Attractions – It’s officially October, which means there are four weekends to fit in all of NOLA’s haunted attractions. Luckily, we’ve made a list of all the creepiest, scariest events in town, many of which are already open. City Park’s brand new Halloween attraction Scout Island Scream Park opens this weekend and is a can’t-miss for anyone who enjoys a good thrill.
Oktoberfest – You don’t have to go abroad to experience great Oktoberfest events this month. This weekend, head to Port Orleans, Brieux Carré, or Deutsches Haus for their respective Oktoberfest celebrations. Be sure to check our Oktoberfest Roundup all month long for how to celebrate.
Live Music – If you haven’t checked out our Live Music roundup for the month of October, go ahead and do that right now. Mark your calendars for what’s shaping up to be another awesome month of music in New Orleans.