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New Orleans in October – Things to Do While We’re There

September 08, 2016 7:49 PM | Anonymous

New Orleans is a city of music, art, entertainment, and good times. While we anxiously wait for the ACHE 2016 Conference & Meeting, why don’t you plan to round out your trip with some cultural festivities? Whether you’re planning on staying just for the conference, or have already made plans to spend an extra day or two in NOLA, there are plenty of things to do in New Orleans this October!

October 14-16 – Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

Take advantage of the cool weather while enjoying live music and authentic New Orleans BBQ at the 11th annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ festival. Taj Mahal, Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentleman, The Suffers, Tab Benoit, and Nikki will headline the event this year.

The festival will take place in Lafayette Square Park, where various food and craft vendors will line the park alongside 24 of the best local handcraft and home furnishing artists. Admission is free and open to the public. No outside food and drink are permitted.

Where: Lafayette Square Park


  • Friday, October 14 from 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

For the festival’s full schedule, please visit the Jazz and Heritage Foundation website.

October 12-20 – New Orleans Film Festival

The annual New Orleans Film Festival is an Oscar-qualifying event that has become one of the nation’s top-ranked film festivals, attracting thousands of producers, directors, writers, actors, and actresses each year. The festival is best known for its commitment to discovering new voices in the film industry; according to the festival website, more than 90% of the event lineup comes directly from submissions. The festival is also committed to spotlighting work by diverse of filmmaking voices, promoting inclusivity, and promoting many different types of stories.

In addition to esteemed film screenings that allow new and established filmmakers to premiere their latest works, the festival also presents a series of mentor sessions, workshops, and panel discussions featuring industry leaders. Opportunities for guests to connect with industry professionals, meet with companies like Paramount, The Weinstein Company, FilmBuff, and the Orchard, as well as funders and broadcasters are a major draw of the event. Cinema fans, established filmmakers, and aspiring professionals alike can delight this unique creative outlet in a city well known for letting the good times roll.

Where: Venues throughout New Orleans

When: October 12-20

More information about tickets and line up can be found on the New Orleans Film Festival website.

October 21-22 – Oktoberfest

Enjoy a piece of Germany at Oktoberfest in the Rivertown section of Kenner. Live traditional music, traditional German folk dancing, beer, authentic German cuisine, German wines and liquors, and an Oktoberfest parade will all be cause to celebrate at the Deutsches Haus in New Orleans!

Attracting up to 15,000 visitors every year, Oktoberfest in New Orleans includes a courtyard and Biergarten from which to enjoy live music from German bands. Many traditional dances include knee-slapping, twisting, and chanting. 

Where: Deutsches Haus in the Rivertown section of Kenner


  • Friday, October 21 from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 22 from 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

More information can be found on the Oktoberfest NOLA website.

October 22 – Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade

Participate in the official Halloween Parade of New Orleans by attending the annual Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade. Featuring 3-dimensional fiberglass and papier mache floats constructed by Kern Studios, the parade frightens and excites the crowd it draws.

Parade riders will throw various items to onlookers as they pass by, including candy, chee wees, pralinettes, light-up medallion beads, voodoo doll pins and magnets, doubloons, and children’s toys. Krewe of Boo also accepts new members for each year’s event, so you can even ride in the parade yourself! Visit their membership page to register.

Where: The parade will begin at Elysian Fields in the Marigny and progress through the French Quarter

When: Saturday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Find the parade route, schedule, and more information on the Krewe of Boo website.

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