Best Things to Do in New Orleans in the Fall

••• Monkey Hill in Audubon Park Zoo. Sharon Keating

Fall is an ideal time to visit New Orleans. The Crescent City's weather is cool, humidity is low, skies are blue, and many fragrant flowers are in bloom. It's time for celebrations, festivals, sports events, and, of course, Halloween. To help plan your fall trip to New Orleans, check out these highlights and add them to your list of things to do.

Halloween in New Orleans

New Orleans loves Halloween (and has a long history of spooky stories), so don't forget to pack a costume to get in the spirit.

One of the biggest events is Molly's at the Market Halloween Parade, a walking parade that winds through the city's famous French Quarter. Another big draw is the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, a multi-day festival held in City Park, where you can see big-name musicians. Check out more Halloween events in New Orleans.

Fall Music in New Orleans

Music plays a big part in the city's culture and you can see some of the country's best musicians year-round here, particularly in fall. On Thursdays in mid-September to early November (and in the spring), check out Jazz in the Park, a series of free concerts taking place in Louis Armstrong Park. In mid-October, head to Lafayette Square Park for the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival where you can hear all types of blues music and treat yourself with some mouthwatering barbecue.

Fall Festivals in New Orleans

If you love festivals, fall in New Orleans is the place to be.

Every fall, Carnaval Latino celebrates Hispanic heritage with music, food, and a parade. In October, there's the Louisiana Seafood Festival featuring cooking demonstrations and live music as well as Art for Art's Sake featuring music, wine, shopping, and gallery openings along Magazine Street. Film lovers can catch some independent films at the New Orleans Film Festival in mid-October.

Oktoberfest, held on weekends in October, features beer, brats, and all things German. Also, October has the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, a celebration of the New Orleans' distinct and delicious sandwich. In November, kids (and parents) will have fun meeting and feeding some of Louisiana's swamp animals during Swamp Fest at Audubon Zoo.

Sports in New Orleans

New Orleans' temperatures start cooling down in the fall just as sports start heating up. You'll find both professional and college football games here. Take in an NFL game when the New Orleans Saints go marching into the Superdome. College football fans won't want to miss the popular Bayou Classic. This high-spirited game pits the Grambling State University Tigers against the Southern University Jaguars in a big annual event on Thanksgiving weekend. If basketball is your favorite, be sure to check out a New Orleans Pelicans game on their home court by the Superdome.

Fall Calendar of New Orleans Events

For information on these and other events in fall in New Orleans, check out the calendars for September, October, and November.