It’s hard to beat fall in New Orleans. The weather is gorgeous, the windows are open, and plenty of incredible festivals make their debut, offering a chance to soak up even more of the wonderful fall weather.

In order to help you plan your fall visit to the Big Easy, here is preview of the upcoming fall festivals in New Orleans set for autumn 2017:

Storyville Stompers at Po-Boy Festival in New Orleans

New Orleans brass bands like the Storyville Stompers play at fall festivals all over town, including the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival. (Photo courtesy Geoffrey Fairchild on Flickr)

Eat Up: New Orleans Festivals for Foodies

New Orleans is a mecca for food lovers, and there’s no better time to indulge and imbibe than in the fall.

Two food-themed festivals return to New Orleans in 2017 after making their debut last year: the Fried Chicken Festival (September 23-24) and Beignet Fest (October 7). Meanwhile, local favorite Oak Street Po-Boy Festival (October 22) moves a month earlier than its traditional date to take advantage of October’s beautiful weather. And there’s a new kid on the block yet again to kick things off: Burger Fest debuts in Crescent Park on September 8-9.

Just blocks away from the Hotel Monteleone, enjoy the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival (October 13-15) at Lafayette Square in the CBD. Featuring two stages of incredible live music, delicious barbecue, and an entry price of $0 – this is an event worth bookmarking! Also nearby and equally enjoyable is the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival (November 18-19), which takes place in Louis Armstrong Park.

The Louisiana Seafood Festival takes place later this year than in years past (October 27-29), but keeps its same family-friendly vibe, welcoming all to celebrate seafood, one of Louisiana’s favorite delicacies! The event is held in Woldenberg Park and features live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts and many more fun activities. If you are a lover of everything and anything seafood, whether it’s oysters, crawfish, or shrimp – this is the festival for you.

If beer is more your thing, you’ll want to book a visit for the NOLA on Tap Beer Fest (September 23) or Boudin, Bourbon & Beer (November 3).

Let Us Entertain You: Cultural Events

Food isn’t the only thing New Orleans has to offer. If you find yourself more interested in art and entertainment, there is plenty to do this fall.

New Orleans Burlesque Festival (September 14-17) harks back to the 1940s to 1960s when Bourbon Street featured the largest concentration of burlesque clubs in the United States.

October offers plenty of opportunities to get your culture on, starting with Art for Arts’ Sake (October 7). The 27th annual New Orleans Film Festival (October 11-19) features a diverse range of screenings, including shorts and features, local filmmakers and international films.

For something closer to our hotel doors, the Tremé Festival (September 29- October 1) and Carnaval Latino (September 30) both offer a festive way to celebrate. Toward the end of autumn, join us for the Words and Music Festival (December 6-10), a literary festival hosted here at Hotel Monteleone.

krewe of boo

Krewe of Boo parades in the French Quarter on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. (Photo courtesy Eddie Codel on Flickr)

Get Spooky: Celebrating Halloween in New Orleans

Halloween offers plenty of festivities during this popular time of year. The French Quarter and Frenchmen Street fill with costumed revelers each Halloween, and our historic hotel is at the heart of it all.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience (October 27-29) is one of New Orleans’ most popular festivals (second only to Jazz Fest). The 2017 lineup headliners include popular contemporary artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, The Killers, LCD Soundsystem, and many more. Held annually over Halloween weekend, the festival motto is “Worship the Music.”

Just blocks from our hotel, check out the Krewe of Boo (October 21), the official Halloween parade of New Orleans. This parade rolls through the French Quarter and downtown New Orleans and features beautifully horrific props and floats designed by the artists of Kern Studios.

If you’re traveling with little ones, Boo at the Zoo (October 20-21 and October 27-28) is a festive ways for families to celebrate the spookiest of holidays, with costumes and Halloween inspired activities for children under the age of 12.

Who Dat! Saints Football Home Game Schedule

Of course, it wouldn’t be fall in New Orleans if we didn’t mention the Saints. On any given Sunday you’ll likely find a group of local Saints fans gathered around a television or tailgating at Champions Square.

Planning a trip to New Orleans to watch a Saints home game? Hotel Monteleone offers the perfect location – close enough to the action to be convenient, but far enough from the Superdome to escape the crowds after the game. Join us for the following 2017 Saints regular season home games, listed in Central Time Zone:

Regular Season

  • September 17, 12 p.m., vs. New England Patriots
  • October 15, 12 p.m., vs. Detroit Lions
  • October 29, 12 p.m., vs. Chicago Bears
  • November 5, 12 p.m., vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • November 19, 12 p.m., vs. Washington Redskins
  • December 3, 12 p.m., vs. Carolina Panthers
  • December 17, 12 p.m., vs. New York Jets
  • December 24, 12 p.m., vs. Atlanta Falcons

Book Your New Orleans Vacation Today!

These are only just a few of our favorite things to do in New Orleans this fall. Looking to book your trip to New Orleans this fall? Make your reservations at the Hotel Monteleone today!