There’s always a good time to be had in New Orleans, and the fall season is no exception. With a slew of music and culinary festivals, there’s sure to be something for every taste.

Read on for our top 5 fall festivals in New Orleans:

National Fried Chicken Festival meal in New Orleans

A delicious meal at the National Fried Chicken Festival. Credit: Instagram user @kennylopez_tv

National Fried Chicken Festival (September 20-22)

Presented by local restaurant chain Raising Cane’s, the National Fried Chicken Festival features traditional and innovative dishes from both local and national vendors (as well as non-chicken options).

This year’s festival is expected to draw over 200,000 visitors and has been extended an extra day to meet popular demand. The fest is free to enter and will be at Woldenberg Riverfront Park, a 10-minute walk from Hotel Monteleone.

NOLA on Tap festival

NOLA on Tap offers hundreds of beers to sample from. Credit: IG user paulostevendiniz

NOLA on Tap (September 21)

Sample from 400+ local, national, and homebrewed beers at the 10th annual NOLA on Tap festival.

This event benefits the Louisiana SPCA animal shelter, and is expected to draw over 20,000 beer aficionados. There will also be games, prizes, and plenty of food. NOLA on Tap is dog-friendly, so feel free to bring your pet.

Beignet Fest New Orleans

Enjoy this classic New Orleans dessert at Beignet Fest. Credit: IG user henryhowardhotel

Beignet Fest (October 5)

New Orleans’ one-of-a-kind pastry gets the star treatment at the beloved Beignet Fest. Over 30 beignet styles will be represented, from classic confections topped with powdered sugar to bold savory reimaginings that could count as a full meal.

The fest will also have live music, a kids’ village, and an art market. Proceeds benefit the Tres Doux Foundation, which helps local nonprofits provide quality programs for kids with developmental delays.

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival New Orleans

Samantha Fish headlining the 2018 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival. Credit: John Sanpietro Photos

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival (October 18-20)

Enjoy homegrown blues and delicious barbecue at the free Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival.

Located in Lafayette Square Park, a 15-minute walk from the hotel, the festival will have two stages, local artisan vendors, and all the best barbecue in the city.

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival New Orleans

Listening to music at the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival. Credit: IG user bensmith1984

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival (November 16-17)

Held in New Orleans’ famed Congo Square, the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival promises two days of hearty food and soul-stirring music.

Enjoy all the best gumbo Louisiana has to offer while listening to local masters of jazz, funk, gospel, and R&B.

This year the festival will join forces with the Congo Square Rhythms Festival for even more music and fun. Entry is free to both.

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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? Make your reservations at the Hotel Monteleone today!


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