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New Orleans’ Best Things to Do This October

Published On 10/01/2015 Published On 10/01/2015

October might just be the most pleasant time of the year to be in New Orleans, mostly because summer has released us from its vice-like grip. And, in true NOLA fashion, there’s plenty going on in the Big Easy this month, so if you’re going to be in town, here are the top things you should mark off on your calendar before we go into full “holiday” mode.

Pendarosa Stomp

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Event

Location

Oct 1 Thu

Do the Ponderosa Stomp It wouldn’t be a month in New Orleans without some kind of music festival, right? Well, this one also happens to be one of our favorites, featuring three days of “music you’ve never heard of.” Except for Irma Thomas, of course.

Mid City Lanes

Do the Ponderosa Stomp Mid City Lanes It wouldn’t be a month in New Orleans without some kind of music festival, right? Well, this one also happens to be one of our favorites, featuring three days of “music you’ve never heard of.” Except for Irma Thomas, of course.

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Location

Oct 3 Sat

See Art for Arts' Sake White Linen Night and Dirty Linen Night were clearly not enough to satisfy NOLA art lovers, who get another night of gallery hopping in October with Art for Art’s Sake in both the Warehouse District and all down Magazine St.

Various locations

See Art for Arts' Sake Various locations White Linen Night and Dirty Linen Night were clearly not enough to satisfy NOLA art lovers, who get another night of gallery hopping in October with Art for Art’s Sake in both the Warehouse District and all down Magazine St.

Gleason Gras

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Event

Location

Oct 3 Sat

Endure the Gleason Gras Steve Gleason is a hero to many for a number of reasons (that blocked kick!!!), not the least of which is his heroic struggle with ALS and role as an outspoken advocate for those suffering from it. Bucket challenges are cool, but Gleason Gras is just plain amazing, with a great music lineup (Big Sam! Flow Tribe!) and “the world’s longest 5K race.”

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Endure the Gleason Gras Various locations Steve Gleason is a hero to many for a number of reasons (that blocked kick!!!), not the least of which is his heroic struggle with ALS and role as an outspoken advocate for those suffering from it. Bucket challenges are cool, but Gleason Gras is just plain amazing, with a great music lineup (Big Sam! Flow Tribe!) and “the world’s longest 5K race.”

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Event

Location

Oct 9 Fri

Drink in Oktoberfest BEER, BEER, AND MORE BEER. For three whole weekends, no less! What more would you expect at Oktoberfest in NOLA? Well, there’s also the dancing, lederhosen, and sausages. Always sausages. Weekends only.

Various locations, Kenner

Drink in Oktoberfest Various locations, Kenner BEER, BEER, AND MORE BEER. For three whole weekends, no less! What more would you expect at Oktoberfest in NOLA? Well, there’s also the dancing, lederhosen, and sausages. Always sausages. Weekends only.

Carnaval Latino

Date

Event

Location

Oct 10-11

Celebrate Carnaval Latino Ay, papi, it’s that time again to celebrate Latin culture in NOLA, which dates back to the days the Spaniards ruled town in the late 18th century and has been going strong since. Naturally, there will be a killer parade, live music, and tons of food and art and stuff. And dancing!

Various locations, French Quarter

Celebrate Carnaval Latino Various locations, French Quarter Ay, papi, it’s that time again to celebrate Latin culture in NOLA, which dates back to the days the Spaniards ruled town in the late 18th century and has been going strong since. Naturally, there will be a killer parade, live music, and tons of food and art and stuff. And dancing!

Wooden Boat Festival

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Event

Location

Oct 10 Sat

Float away at the Wooden Boat Festival You can see a whole ton of tree-based boats in their full splendor out in Madisonville, LA, not to mention buy or sell one if the spirit (or the wind) moves you. Oh, and did we mention the 14-hour boat-building contest? Craziness!

Madisonville

Float away at the Wooden Boat Festival Madisonville You can see a whole ton of tree-based boats in their full splendor out in Madisonville, LA, not to mention buy or sell one if the spirit (or the wind) moves you. Oh, and did we mention the 14-hour boat-building contest? Craziness!

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Event

Location

Oct 10 Sat

Sweeten up at the Old Arabi Sugar Festival “First you get the sugar, then you get the power, then you get the women.” Or so thought Homer Simpson, anyhow. If sweetness is your bag, this festival has your name on it, with sugar-related games, music, and, of course, a dessert competition.

Aycock Barn

Sweeten up at the Old Arabi Sugar Festival Aycock Barn “First you get the sugar, then you get the power, then you get the women.” Or so thought Homer Simpson, anyhow. If sweetness is your bag, this festival has your name on it, with sugar-related games, music, and, of course, a dessert competition.

New Orleans Film Festival

Date

Event

Location

Oct 14-22

See celebs at the New Orleans Film Festival The fest is back, and looks to support local flicks and those who make them (not to be biased, but we’re really looking forward to The King of New Orleans, which has been tearing it up on the festival circuit).

Various locations

See celebs at the New Orleans Film Festival Various locations The fest is back, and looks to support local flicks and those who make them (not to be biased, but we’re really looking forward to The King of New Orleans, which has been tearing it up on the festival circuit).

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

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Event

Location

Oct 16-18

Take in the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival Could you get a more perfect combo than blues and barbecue? We’re going to say “no” here, only because we’re keenly aware of how perfectly awesome (and free!) this festival is. This is what those expensive Jazz Fest tickets pay for, folks. Never forget.

Lafayette Square Park

Take in the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival Lafayette Square Park Could you get a more perfect combo than blues and barbecue? We’re going to say “no” here, only because we’re keenly aware of how perfectly awesome (and free!) this festival is. This is what those expensive Jazz Fest tickets pay for, folks. Never forget.

Bucktown Seafood Festival

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Event

Location

Oct 23-25

Catch the Bucktown Seafood Festival Seafood on the lakefront is a New Orleans institution, and has been for decades, so it’s only appropriate that we celebrate our favorite fruits of the sea -- or the Gulf, rather -- in Bucktown. Of course, Deanie’s Seafood will be sponsoring, which makes things even better.

Bucktown

Catch the Bucktown Seafood Festival Bucktown Seafood on the lakefront is a New Orleans institution, and has been for decades, so it’s only appropriate that we celebrate our favorite fruits of the sea -- or the Gulf, rather -- in Bucktown. Of course, Deanie’s Seafood will be sponsoring, which makes things even better.

Krewe of Boo

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Event

Location

Oct 24 Sat

Get terrified at the Krewe of Boo! Halloween parade All Hallows' Eve gets its kickoff in pure NOLA style at this parade, which is second only to Mardi Gras Day when it comes to elaborate costumery, something that residents of the Crescent City take a sort of pride in that can be called “pathological.” There will be glitter. EVERYWHERE.

Various locations

Get terrified at the Krewe of Boo! Halloween parade Various locations All Hallows' Eve gets its kickoff in pure NOLA style at this parade, which is second only to Mardi Gras Day when it comes to elaborate costumery, something that residents of the Crescent City take a sort of pride in that can be called “pathological.” There will be glitter. EVERYWHERE.

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Event

Location

Oct 28-Nov 2

Get a read on the Words and Music Festival A literary festival is all well and good in this town (a certain guy named William Faulkner lived in NOLA, you know), but you know what makes one even better? Live local music! Plenty of agents and editors to meet with you too.

Various locations

Get a read on the Words and Music Festival Various locations A literary festival is all well and good in this town (a certain guy named William Faulkner lived in NOLA, you know), but you know what makes one even better? Live local music! Plenty of agents and editors to meet with you too.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

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Event

Location

Oct 30 Fri

Peep the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Dude: VOODOO FEST!!! It’s hard to think of a time in NOLA that has a better lineup of stunning international music acts outside of Jazz Fest. This year we have everyone from Deadmaus to Ozzy Osbourne, Modest Mouse, Florence AND her machine, Girl Talk, and even Jane’s Addiction!

City Park

Peep the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience City Park Dude: VOODOO FEST!!! It’s hard to think of a time in NOLA that has a better lineup of stunning international music acts outside of Jazz Fest. This year we have everyone from Deadmaus to Ozzy Osbourne, Modest Mouse, Florence AND her machine, Girl Talk, and even Jane’s Addiction!

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