New Orleans is a great place to visit almost any time of year. During the summer months, the party hits the streets. In the winter, celebrations head inside but often still spread out onto the streets. Visiting New Orleans in Fall is a perfect mixture of the two with events going in just about every part of NOLA. Carnivals and multicultural celebrations can be found every weekend and different forms of arts are scattered about for people to enjoy.
Make sure you do things right with the best tips for visiting New Orleans in fall and you won’t regret it for one second.
Mardis Gras 2.0
Mardis Gras is one of the biggest celebrations that takes over New Orleans every year. However, there is another celebration that is just as big but not as well known as Mardis Gras, Halloween. Halloween celebrations in New Orleans don’t just take place on October 30th instead, they last all month long. New Orleans is known as one of the haunted places in the country and everyone who lives there knows it. You will not have trouble finding a celebration during October, just get ready to be a little scared.
Football season starts in the fall and New Orleans is a place that loves their football team. The Saints will be kicking off during the fall and team pride isn’t scarce. The Superdome is a great place to watch the game and if you’re lucky, be in the bleachers but there are more things to do in New Orleans. Even if you just walked into a pub in New Orleans during a Saints game, you will have a great time.
One may think that New Orleans was the birthplace of the idea of the festival. There are so many fall festivals that celebrate the change of the seasons and music, food, and culture all play a starring role. Oktoberfest, New Orleans Film Festival, Words, and Music Festival, Oak Street Po’Boy Festival, Boudin, Bourbon and Beer and more are all different festivals you can enjoy. In fact, in 2016, there were over 133 registered festivals on the New Orleans community calendar.
The weather in New Orleans in the fall is usually cool and sunny. This weather brings in a food season that NOLA natives wait all year long for, oyster season. Almost every restaurant in the area starts offering oyster happy hours. During these happy hours, people can go into a restaurant and enjoy lower priced oysters, fresh from the source. Tourists get in on the fun just as much as locals and some people plan their trip to New Orleans around oyster season.
One of the most important tips for visiting New Orleans involves the weather. New Orleans during the summer is hot and wet and not very fun for all tourists. Winter time could mean flooding and is scary. Fall, on the other hand, is just right. There is a mixture of sun and cool breezes that make for a perfect day out and a nice evening with friends and family. There are even things to do that take advantage of the weather like two-wheel tours or Jazz in the park.