Can you believe this is the 20th Voodoo? The music festival has come such a long way since 1999 -- the former one-day event now sprawls across City Park for an entire weekend and has become a major Halloween weekend tradition. This year, Childish Gambino, Marilyn Manson, Mumford & Sons, Janelle Monae, Arctic Monkeys, Odesza, and The Revivalists are among the 65 bands playing on four stages. Carnival rides, a beer hall, and a haunted mortuary are just some of the attractions. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes -- and a costume.
Cost: $140 for a three-day general admission pass
Downtown New Orleans
InFringe Festival is back for its third year, with 30-plus acts popping up in more than 10 venues across Bywater, Arabi, St. Roch, and the Marigny. Performances run the gamut from musicals and burlesque to multimedia exhibits and puppet shows. New this year: a focus on kids’ shows, thanks to new director of children’s programming Cammie West.
Cost: Ticket prices TBA
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Thanks to its status as a major port city and destination for sailors, pirates, and privateers, New Orleans has always been a big tattoo town. The first New Orleans Tattoo Convention celebrates ink culture with a bevy of talented artists, sideshow performances, and suspensions. Ink Masters alums including Carlos Rojas, James Vaughn, and April Nicole are among the attending artists. Hit one of them up in advance to schedule as session, or follow your instincts and get tattooed on a whim during the convention.
Cost: $20 per day, $40 for a three-day pass; kids 12 and under get in free