This weekend in New Orleans, you’ll be bouncing from one festival to the next. Sample gumbo at Tremé Creole Gumbo Fest. Indulge in a slice of pie at the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center Fall Festival. Attend a literary discussion at Words & Music Fest. Enjoy international cheese and wine at Fête des Fromages. Make it a great weekend in NOLA with our picks below!
Celebration in the Oaks – Celebration in the Oaks, the annual holiday lights display in City Park, may not officially open until next weekend, but you have the chance to preview it before anyone else this weekend with three events. Friday is the Preview Party, where guests dressed in cocktail attire can enjoy the lights display along with food, drink, and music for a $100 ticket in advance. On Saturday night, head out for the less formal Jingle Bells & Beer, featuring unlimited amusement park rides, beer, and snacks for $40 in advance. Finally, Sunday is the Family Party which features unlimited amusement park rides and kid-friendly food and entertainment for $30 in advance.
Words & Music Festival – Words & Music Fest is a four-day festival that brings hundreds of authors, poets, writers, commentators, musicians, and word lovers to New Orleans for a series of fun literary events. Choose from various panel discussions on topics ranging from the tradition of food and foodways to literacy as a tool to combat incarceration. The festival is held across the city Nov. 15-18, and tickets for the panel discussions start at $10. Find more information on tickets and scheduling here.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
NOLA Nerdlesque – Nerd culture meets burlesque at NOLA Nerdlesque this weekend, Nov. 16-17. This year’s festival will include four shows, three workshops at the New Orleans School of Burlesque, a closing party at the International House Hotel’s Loa Bar (221 Camp St.), and a nerd market during performances. Tickets for the performances are $15, the workshops are $10, and the closing party and nerd market are free to attend.
Fête des Fromages – You don’t have to travel to France to have the ultimate cheese and wine experience this fall. This Saturday, you’ll be able to sample them all at the inaugural Fête des Fromages in the French Quarter. Head to the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint where you’ll find over 100 artisan cheeses from all over the world all while listening to great music in the heart of the city. Tickets for Fête des Fromages are $30 for adults and $12 for children under 16.
Audubon Louisiana Nature Center Fall Festival – Celebrate fall at the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center this Saturday. The festival will feature a bounce house, face painting, a pie eating contest, crafts and games, and a “Sustainable Pie Baking Contest.” Tickets for the festival are $12 in advance and the festival is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival – This festival pairs some of the city’s best brass bands with a wide variety of gumbos from local vendors in Armstrong Park. The festival will also feature an arts market and cooking demonstrations where you can learn to make gumbo and sample some as well. The 2018 Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival is dedicated to the memory of Travis “Trumpet Black” Hill, a beloved New Orleans musician who passed away in 2015. The festival is free to attend and is open 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
“Shuck Cancer” at Superior Seafood – This Thursday, Nov. 15, the Junior Executive Board of the American Cancer Society will host “Shuck Cancer,” a block party-style event held outside Superior Seafood. At the event, you’ll be able to sample 20 different types of oysters from around the country along with 36 wines and other food and drink all for a great cause. The funds raised by Shuck Cancer will benefit local organizations dedicated to providing assistance to cancer patients and their families. The event will also feature a silent auction and live entertainment from T-Ray the Violinist, Salmon of Capistrano, Motel Radio, and others. A single ticket for Shuck Cancer is $85.