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New Orleans in October: The festivals are back

September 18 2013 | News

Halloween parade in New OrleansIt’s been a hot and steamy past few months here in New Orleans. The kind of hot where you break a sweat just stepping out the front door. There is always lots to do in New Orleans, including some great festivals during the summer months, but they’re few and far behind.  

Luckily, the oppressive heat is coming to an end. The cooler weather of October signals the return of festival season and much more. There are many great reasons to come to visit New Orleans in October.

Ponderosa Stomp

Break out your dancing shoes for this celebration of American music. Ponderosa Stomp traces the roots of America back to the garages where rock and roll bands started, soul music that can only be found on dusty vinyl, hefty doses of jazz and even a little bit of punk influence.


It’s no secret that a lot of cities celebrate Oktoberfest. However, what city celebrates it better than New Orleans? I’m willing to guess that our festival is one of the best this side of Germany.

Art for Arts Sake

A one night party centering around chic art galleries in the Arts and Warehouse District. Browse through the galleries, enjoy the food and dance away the night with other art fans. Art for Arts Sake is considered the kickoff party for the New Orleans art season.

New Orleans Film Festival

With all of the television shows and movies being shot around town, the Film Festival fits in perfectly. Last year, more than 200 award winning films were shown on screens around the town. This year promises to have even more.

Louisiana Seafood Festival

Seafood lovers and chefs come together for this celebration of Louisiana’s favorite food group at City Park. During the Louisiana Seafood Festival, celebrity chefs will share their cooking secrets, music will be playing (no word on whether there will be seafood themed songs), and, of course, there will be lots to eat.

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

Two festivals in one. Whether you’re a fan of good ol’ blues music or savory BBQ, the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival has something for you. Mississippi blues legend James Cotton headlines this year’s music side of the festival. When you get hungry, there will be plenty of mouthwatering barbecue, as well as traditional festival food and even options for the vegetarians among us.


New Orleans is filled with ghost stories and legends from yesteryear. Learn about these stories on one the many ghost or cemetery tours. The weekend before, the Krewe of Boo will parade through the French Quarter, showing off their spooky themed floats and showering the crowds with naughty treats.


Hotel Provincial still has rooms available on most dates in October. However, you’ll want to hurry up and make your reservations soon. There is no other place like New Orleans in October and you don’t want to miss the festive atmosphere that surrounds Halloween down here.

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