New Orleans October 2021 Events

New Orleans October 2021 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

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Head out to Mid City to celebrate New Orleans’ German history at Oktoberfest. For four weekends, you can experience and enjoy authentic German food, rare beer, and live music. Admission is $10 and can only be purchased at the gate, free for children under 11.

National Fried Chicken Fest

National Fried Chicken Fest

Try fried chicken in more ways than you can imagine at the National Fried Chicken Fest. This an outdoor, 2-day festival with over 35 restaurants participating. There will be live music, cooking competitions, and a chicken eating contest. Entrance is free to the festival.

Krewe of Boo Parade

Krewe of Boo Parade

Every year, the Krewe of Boo marches through the French Quarter for the city’s official Halloween parade. Get in the holiday spirit by watching costumed float-riders throw candy, doubloons, toys, and other treats.

Whitney Zoo-To-Do

Whitney Zoo-To-Do

The annual Whitney Zoo-to-Do fundraising gala will feature mouth-watering food from about numerous restaurants, live performances, beverages from New Orleans locals, and a lot of entertainment. Ticket prices rand more details are available online. Attending is a great and fun way to support the city zoo's conservation efforts. 

Mac N Cheese Fest

Mac N Cheese Fest

Don’t miss out on the one-day, Mac N Cheese Fest at the Louis Armstrong Park. There will be a lot of cheesy and creamy dishes (a variety of man n cheeses beyond your imagination), and live music will be playing as well. The 2021 fest has been cancelled but will return next year. 

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience is a popular fest that brings huge music names and thousands of visitors to the Big Easy. Takes place over 3 days at the end of October, festival goers are in the Halloween spirit, so expect to see lots of costumes. In addition to live music, the festival will feature food, art instillation, a ferris wheel, and dance parties. The 2021 fest is cancelled due to COVID-19, but expect a 2022 return. 

NOLA Caribbean Experience

NOLA Caribbean Experience

NOLA Caribbean Experience is the perfect way to celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month, and this year, it has expanded from one weekend to two. The festival will include live music, authentic food from vendors, and lots of dancing. In addition to the fest, days are jam-packed with activities throughout the city. There’s the Kiddie Carnival Costume Workshop, the Tropical Pool Party, SOCAChella, Rum Punch Brunch, and much more.

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New Orleans Events in October

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Sat, Oct 02 at Republic NOLA Boogie T
Wed, Oct 06 at Republic NOLA The HU
Fri, Oct 08 at Metropolitan NGHTMRE - Live at The Metropolitan - Friday, October 8, 2021
Sat, Oct 16 at Republic NOLA Big Freedia
Sat, Oct 16 at Metropolitan ADVENTURE CLUB - Live at the Metropolitan - Saturday, October 16, 2021
Fri, Oct 22 at Metropolitan DILLON FRANCIS Live at the Metropolitan - Friday, October 22, 2021
Wed, Oct 27 at Republic NOLA black midi
Sat, Oct 30 at Metropolitan FRIGHT NIGHT ft DIPLO Live at The Metropolitan-Saturday, October 30, 2021 !