New Orleans October 2023

New Orleans October 2023 Events

New Orleans October 2023 Events

Visit New Orleans this October for the Kick-Off of Fall Festival Season

Average temperature low and high: 62°-81°
Following the sweltering summer months, New Orleans finally cools down a bit in October. Days are pleasant and sunny, just in time for all of the unique fests, like Oktoberfest and Voodoo Arts + Music Experience, that happen throughout the city. Since many say New Orleans is one of the most haunted cities in America, it’s also the perfect place to visit for Halloween.

October Event Calendar


NOLA x NOLA is two straight weekends of local music at venues all over New Orleans. From ragtime to Dixieland and other forms of jazz, all the bases are covered. Visit clubs, theaters and performance halls to see the best performers in the city play the music that helped shape the history of the Big Easy. Soak in the music and legacy at venues like Fritzel's Jazz Club, Café Negril, the Spotted Cat Music Club, and more. The full schedule is here

National Fried Chicken Fest

National Fried Chicken Fest

Presented by Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, The National Fried Chicken Fest is an event worth celebrating. Over 40 restaurants & chefs from throughout the country join together to cook up innovative fried chicken meals. In addition, there will be three stages for live entertainment, a car show, games, photo installation, and plenty more activities to experience all while enjoying waterfront views of Lake Pontchartrain. There will even be a children's area for the little ones. Be sure to check back soon for updates on this year's lineup and additional details. Tickets are on sale today, ranging from $15 to $25 - children under 12 are free with purchase of an adult ticket.

Gretna Heritage Festival

Head down to Gretna, just about 15 minutes outside of New Orleans, for their 26th annual Heritage Festival - taking place over 25 city blocks. This event features five stages for live performances and will have food & craft vendors representing various cultures, rides, and entertainment. The festival will offer a free shuttle with free parking from Oakwood Center. Be sure to check back for additional details on the 2023 lineup and ticket information. 

The 1975

The 1975 are a British pop band who've found success on the charts and are touring throughout the United States. Singer and guitarist Matty Healy, lead guitarist Adam Hann, bassist Ross MacDonald and drummer George Daniel are earning rave reviews for their shows. It's no wonder this act has thousands of fans and a Grammy to their name. The tour is named "Still…at their very best" to promote new album Being Funny in a Foreign Language.

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Oktoberfest New Orleans

Oktoberfest New Orleans

Head out to Mid City to celebrate New Orleans’ German history at Oktoberfest. For three weekends, you can experience and enjoy authentic German food, over 20 different German beers, nine different wines and over 20 different schnapps, as well as live music. Be sure to check out the Masskrugstemmen, a beer stein-holding contest that happens multiple times a day and the Schnauzer Strut dog parade benefiting New Orleans Schnauzer Rescue (All breeds welcome). Admission is $10 and can only be purchased at the gate, free for children under 11.

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation will host the 16th Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival this October at Lafayette Square Park. Attendees will have the opportunity to pick from a diverse and mouthwatering selection of BBQ vendors and explore an expansive local arts market. Some gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options will be available. A few of this year’s lineup includes local musicians such as The Lilli Lewis Project, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Samantha Fish, Lil Jimmy Reed & lots more. Admission to the event is free - However, limited VIP tickets are available to purchase.

New Orleans Events in October


Theater & Headliners



Upcoming Events

Wed, Oct 04 at Republic NOLA PBE PLUTO
Thu, Oct 05 at Foundation Room Foundation Room Lounge Open
Thu, Oct 05 at Republic NOLA blurrd vzn
Fri, Oct 06 at Republic NOLA Riot Ten
Fri, Oct 06 at Foundation Room Sean Riley in the Foundation Room
Fri, Oct 06 at Foundation Room Throwback with DJ Fayard Lindsey
Sat, Oct 07 at Foundation Room Shawan Rice in the Foundation Room Lounge
Thu, Oct 12 at Foundation Room Foundation Room CLOSED
Fri, Oct 13 at Foundation Room Jake Landry in the Foundation Room
Sat, Oct 14 at Foundation Room Ben Fox Quartet in the Foundation Room Lounge
Sat, Oct 14 at Foundation Room DJ Kelly Green in The Foundation Room Lounge
Sat, Oct 14 at Metropolitan ADVENTURE CLUB- Live at the Metropolitan New Orleans