fall fest roundup: 47 events from September-December around New Orleans

 

Big, fat, fall fest roundup: 47 events from September-December around New Orleans

By Melinda Morris | Posted on August 21, 2018 11:29 AM | Updated August 23, 2018 10:24 AM

Who's ready for fall festival season?   

Whether you like oysters, dogs, movies, dancing, the outdoors, the indoors, airplanes, boats, gumbo, beignets, fried chicken, jambalaya, beer, po-boys, muffulettas, brass bands, yodeling or chicken dancing, we've got something for you.


Chris Granger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

SOUTHERN DECADENCE

Southern Decadence in the French Quarter is Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30-Sept. 3. The fest website says: "It is one of the largest annual celebrations and festivals in New Orleans, and has become known as the 'Gay Mardi Gras.'"

The big day is Sunday, Sept. 2, when the Grand Marshals lead the annual walking parade through the streets beginning at 2 p.m.The theme for 2018 is "House of Bourbon - Unleash Your Beast,'' and the official colors are royal blue and canary yellow,

Find details here.

FREEDOM FEST

As Doug MacCash reports for NOLA.com:

"The second annual Freedom Fest at the Lake concert is scheduled for Sept. 2 at the foot of Williams Boulevard on Lake Pontchartrain. The free country and western-style show starts at 4 p.m. and ends with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.  

"Without a doubt the most intriguing of the Freedom Fest 2018 performers is the opening act, 11-year-old Mason Ramsey, who rocketed to internet fame when a cellphone video captured his curiously compelling a cappella yodeling performance of Hank Williams 'Lovesick Blues' in the aisles of a Walmart.  More than 9 million viewers watched the YouTube video of Ramsey warbling as he tapped his western-wear boot on the linoleum. That was only the start."

Danielle Bradbery, the winner of Season 4 of NBC's "The Voice" talent contest, takes the stage at 5 p.m. Diamond Rio, the Grammy Award winning Christian-country band, follows at 6:30.

Kellie Pickler, whose album "100 Proof" was named the number one Country Album of The Year by Rolling Stone in 2011 tops the bill at 8:15 p.m.


(Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com |The Times-Picayune)

DOWNRIVER FESTIVAL

Downriver Festival at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint is Sept. 8 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and the winning theme is "Gumbo and Daiquiris." The free event features lectures, live music and culinary demonstrations. 

It kicks off with a second line at 10:30 a.m. from Jackson Square with Kinfolk Brass Band,arriving at the Jazz Museum at 11 a.m.

The fest celebrates the environmental, cultural, and economic impact of the Mississippi River and the land it built 


(Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

ARCHBISHOP SHAW SHRIMP AND JAMBALAYA FEST

This high school fundraiser will be Sept. 15 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on the campus of the school at 1000 Salesian Lane in Marrero. Bag of Donuts and Kayla Woodson will perform.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate.

NOLA HORROR FILM FESTIVAL

This film fest is Sept. 20-23 at the Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St., New Orleans. See the schedule here.


Paul O'Connell (POC Photo)

NEW ORLEANS BURLESQUE FESTIVAL

The Burlesque Fest is Sept. 20-23 at various locations in New Orleans. Find details here.


Photo by Chris Granger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

NATIONAL FRIED CHICKEN FESTIVAL

New Orleans area restaurants, along with fried-chicken-centric spots from around the state and country, will converge in September at Woldenberg Riverfront Park on the Mississippi for the third annual National Fried Chicken Festival.

Chicken dishes from more than 30 restaurants will be served Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the free festival.


Dinah L. Rogers

NOLA ON TAP

NOLA on Tap is Saturday, Sept. 22, from noon to 7 p.m. (VIP entry at 11 a.m.) at the City Park Festival Grounds. The dog-friendly festival, presented by the Louisiana SPCA, features music, food, hundreds of beers to sample and a homebrewers contest.Learn more here.


Brett Duke, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune

GRETNA HERITAGE FEST

The Village People, Foreigner and Montgomery Gentry will top the bill on Friday (Sept. 28), Saturday (Sept. 29) and Sunday (Sept. 30) at the annual Gretna Heritage Fest on the West Bank. 

In addition to the top acts, the 24th Gretna Fest presents: Night Ranger, Lee Ann Womack, Gin Blossoms, Color Me Badd, Tone Loc, Sister Sledge, Michael Ray, Paris Avenue, The Mulligan Brothers, MJ and the Redeemers, Mothership: A tribute to Led Zeppelin, Chee-Weez, Amanda Shaw, Greg Martinez and the Delta Kings, David Cook and The Yat Pack, Bro Vanity Project, The Fortifiers, Foret Tradition, Flipside, Them Ol' Ghosts, Al "Lil Fats" Jackson, Rockin' Dopsie Jr., Carlo Ditta, Uptown Funk, Louisiana Spice, The Boogie Men, Cowboy Mouth, Rock and Roll Circus: A tribute to the Rolling Stones, Paperchase, The New Orleans Beatles Festival featuring Chuck Credo and the Topcats, Rocket Man: An Elton John Tribute, Treces Del Sur and Bag of Donuts.  


KENNER HOT DIGGITY DOG FEST

This fest is Sept. 30 at 11:30 a.m. at Laketown Park in Kenner with live music, food vendors, a pet parade, pet adoptions, weenie dog races and a pet costume contest.

This is a family- and dog-friendly fest that supports the planning and building of a dog park in the City of Kenner. 


TANA R.H. STEVENSON

QUE PASA FEST

Cervantes Hispanic-American Arts Foundation and Hispanic Flavor Productions will present Que Pasa Fest, Oct. 4-7. Events take place at multiple venues, including the free family fest with food vendors, live music and dancing at Lafreniere Park. Click here for more details.


Peter Forest

ST. ANN FAMILY FEST

This fest is Oct. 5-6 at 4940 Meadowdale St., Metairie and features music, games, food and class performances. This year's theme is "St. Ann Celebrates New Orleans.''


Chris Granger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

OKTOBERFEST

The new Deutsches Haus under construction along Bayou St. John at 1700 Moss St. in New Orleans will host Oktoberfest 2018, Oct. 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20. "The traditional chicken dancing, dachshund racing, sausage and spaetzle consuming and beer stein-isometrics competition will be held at the new spot,'' Doug MacCash reports for NOLA.com. Oktoberfest hours will be Fridays, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission will be $8.


Brett Duke, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune

TREME FALL FEST

The Hot 8 Brass Band (above) is just one band scheduled to perform at the Treme Fall Fest, Oct. 5-7, at the intersection of Henriette Delille and Governor Nicholls Street, in the St. Augustine Church yard. The fest also features arts, crafts and food vendors. Find more details here.

The Treme Fall Festival is produced by the Historic Faubourg Treme Association to benefit the many cultural destinations found within historic Treme.


Photo by Frankie Prijatel, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

BEIGNET FEST

More than two dozen varieties of beignets will be fried and served up at the 2018 Beignet Festival, which is set for Oct. 6 at the Festival Grounds in New Orleans City Park.

The festival, which will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., will feature a menu that turns the traditional pillows of fried dough on their head. There will be vegan beignets, crawfish beignets, Oreo beignets, crab beignets and mac and cheese beignets. The festival offers free admission, and VIP tickets are available.


Chris Granger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

MUFFULETTA FESTIVAL

This fest is Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Nor-Joe Imports, 505 Frisco Ave. in Metairie. Enjoy food, live music and bocce ball. See the schedule here.


Daniel Erath

CELEBRACION LATINA

Celebracion Latina presented by Pan-American Life Insurance Group will be held at Audubon Zoo's Capital One Stage and Field on Oct. 7, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., featuring live music, children's activities, and authentic Latin cuisine prepared and sold by local restaurants. This event is free with zoo admission or Audubon Nature Institute membership. No outside food, beverages, or tents allowed. Portable chairs and blankets are welcomed.


Brian Kozak

CRESCENT CITY BLUES AND BBQ FESTIVAL

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival will be Oct. 12-14 at Lafayette Square Park, 540 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Admission is free. Expect plenty of live music and barbecue and sides for sale; visit the website for more details.


Chris Granger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

GENTILLY FEST

Rebirth Brass Band, above, is just one band you'll hear at Gentilly Fest, Oct. 12-14 at Pontchartrain Park Playground, 5701 Press Drive, New Orleans.

In addition to live music and food for sale, the fest includes a Kids' Village with pony rides, a kids' stage, a New Orleans Fire Department fire truck, face painting, an imagination playground, pottery making, garden crafts and much more.


Dinah Rogers

BRIDGE CITY GUMBO FEST

Bridge City Gumbo Festival is Oct. 12-14 at Holy Guardian Angels Church, 1701 Bridge City Ave. Expect lots of gumbo, a beauty pageant, child's pageant, cooking contest and more.


Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

WWII AIR, SEA AND LAND FEST

The National WWII Museum, The Commemorative Air Force and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation will host the WWII Air, Sea & Land Festival Oct. 12-14 at New Orleans Lakefront Airport.

The event includes WWII warbirds overhead, PT-305 in the water, 1940s-era entertainment and WWII veteran interviews on the main stage, and activities for the whole family throughout the grounds. Admission is free to kids 12 and under all weekend.


Dinah Rogers

CARNAVAL LATINO

Carnaval Latino includes a festival and a parade on Oct. 13. The parade starts at 6 p.m. in the French Quarter; the main venue for the festival is to be announced. Check here for more information.


DYLAN SLAGLE

MADISONVILLE WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL

The fest is Oct. 13 and 14, featuring boat building, live music, food, arts and crafts and kids' activities.  Learn more here.


Dinah L. Rogers

SNOUT BY SNOUTWEST MUSIC AND PUPPY FEST

This new pet fest will be Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Noah's Park behind the new Jefferson Parish West Bank Animal Shelter, 2701 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero.

"This fun-for-all-ages event will include fun activities, agility demonstrations, games, delicious local cuisine. Enjoy brews from our sponsors Abita Brewing Company, live music by Soul Brass Band and Dave Jordan and The NIA. Find your new best friend at the Pet Adoption area will include adoptable pets from various area welfare organizations and adoption groups."


Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

OLD ARABI SUGAR FEST

Old Arabi Sugar Festival is Oct. 13 from 1-9 p.m. at Aycock Barn, 409 Aycock St. There will be food, live music, children's activities, a cooking contest, crafts, and historic tours of Old Arabi.

NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL

The fest is Oct. 17-25 at various venues. Click here for prices, schedule and locations.

As part of the festival, "The Children of Central City" is headed to the big screen. The 18-minute documentary short, directed by video journalist Emma Scott as a complement to NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune's multi-part series on the long-term effects of violence on New Orleans children, has been accepted into the 29th New Orleans Film Festival.

As Mike Scott reports for NOLA.com:

"Like the print series of the same name, "The Children of Central City" film -- which was shot and edited over the course of nearly 10 months -- focuses on players, coaches and families involved in the A.L. Davis Park Panthers youth football program for 9- and 10-year-old boys. They serve as de facto tour guides as the film takes a look into New Orleans' violence-marred Central City neighborhood."


ST. EDWARD COCHON DE LAIT

St. Edward the Confessor Church and School in Metairie will present its annual Cochon de Lait festival Oct. 19-21 at 4921 West Metairie Ave. Expect plenty of pork dishes -- including cracklin -- beer, wine, soft drinks, live music, rides and games.


VIOLET OYSTER FEST

The Violet Oyster Festival held on the grounds of Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Church will be Oct. 19-21 at 2621 Colonial Blvd.

Sample oysters freshly shucked from the waters of St. Bernard.  In addition to oysters on the half shell, you can get them just about any way you like -- fried, grilled, in gumbo, on a po-boy or in a fritter. If oysters aren't your thing, you can sample many other oyster-free local favorites. Enjoy live music, rides, games, and more in a family friendly festive atmosphere.

PRAISE FEST ON THE BAYOU

This Gospel music fest is Oct. 19-21 at Bayou St. John, corner of Orleans Avenue and Jefferson Davis Parkway. Admission is free. Eric Waddell, above, is just one of the featured performers. Click here for more information.


Brianna Paciorka

COUNTRY SMOOTH FESTIVAL

New Orleans has a new country music festival, brought to you by a whiskey brand. Country Smooth Fest will be Oct. 20-21 at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, and headliners include Justin Moore and Louisiana's own Hunter Hayes, of Breaux Bridge (above).

Locating the festival at NOLA Motorsports means attendees can take advantage of the fun activities available at the track, including go-karts, said Country Smooth founder and CEO Lori Carcich. And yes, Country Smooth whiskey will be sold at the fest, but we all know drinking and driving don't mix, so get your thrill on before you start sipping.


Dinah L. Rogers

KREWE OF BOO

The Krewe of Boo parade is Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m., starting on Elysian Fields Avenue, rolling through the French Quarter and ending in the Warehouse District.

Click here for more details and map.


Ann Maloney

NOLA MAC 'N' CHEESE FEST

The fest is Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Louis Armstrong Park on Rampart Street in New Orleans. Click here for details.


Peter Forest

TOUR DE JEFFERSON AND LIVE WELL FEST

The ride is Oct. 21, with check-in at 7 a.m. and ride beginning at 8:30 a.m., followed by the festival from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Al Copeland Concert Meadow in Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie. Click here for details.


Chris Granger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

VOODOO FEST

As Doug MacCash writes for NOLA.com:

"Shock rocker Marilyn Manson during Halloween? Yahoo! The 20th Voodoo Music and Arts Experience, that will pop up in City Park on Halloween weekend (Oct. 26-28), features performances by Mumford and Sons, Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys, and, yes, Marilyn Manson, to name just a few."

Buy tickets on the Voodoo Fest website.


Chris Granger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

BUCKTOWN SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

The Bucktown Seafood Festival at St. Louis King of France School in Metairie will be Nov. 2-4 at 1600 Lake Ave. This big fest has plenty of seafood, live music, rides and games. Entertainment includes Contraflow, Chee Weez and Rockin Dopsie Jr.


Todd A. Price / NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

INTERNATIONAL FOOD FEST

This fest is Nov. 2-3 is at St. Basil Orthodox Church, 3916 Hudson St., Metairie. Dishes will showcase Middle Eastern staples like shish kabab, kibbe, baklawa, grape leaves, vegetarian cabbage rolls, spinach pies, saj cheese and fresh bread baking demonstrations. Learn more here.


Kari Eve Valence

ALGIERS FOLK ART FESTIVAL

The Folk Art Zone will host the fest at 207 Leboeuf St. in Algiers on Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The museum is filled with art honoring New Orleans' culture and many of the pieces contain reclaimed elements. Expect live music, art and food for sale.


John McCusker

BAYOU BACCHANAL

The Caribbean festival is Nov. 3 at Crescent Park, 2300 N. Peters St., New Orleans. Expect music, food and dancing.


Dinah Rogers

BOUDIN, BOURBON AND BEER

This fundraiser presented by the Emeril Lagasse FoundationÂ’ will be Nov. 9 from 6-10:30 p.m. at Champions Square. You must be at least 21. Buy tickets here.


(Photo by Brett Duke, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

ST. CLEMENT OF ROME OYSTER FESTIVAL

St. Clement's Oyster Fest is Nov. 9-11 at 4317 Richland Ave., Metairie. The theme this year is "The World is our Oyster(fest)." Expect lots of oyster dishes, of course, and family fun.


Photo by Chris Granger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

OAK STREET PO-BOY FESTIVAL

The 12th Annual Oak Street Po-Boy Festival will be Nov. 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oak Street in the Carrollton neighborhood of Uptown. The annual festival celebrates New Orleans' favorite sandwich (sorry, muffaletta) with four stages of music and more than 35 local po-boy vendors.


NOLA Nerdlesque

NOLA NERDLESQUE

This burlesque fest for nerds is Nov. 16 and 17 at the Contemporary Arts Center. Click here for details.

FETE DES FROMAGES

This cheese festival is Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint on Esplanade Avenue.


Brett Duke, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune

TREME CREOLE GUMBO FESTIVAL

This fest celebrates gumbo and also brass band music. It's held Nov. 17-18 at Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. Admission is free.


Brian Kozak

PET FEST

Jefferson SPCA's Pet Fest is Nov. 25 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd. in Metairie.

Featuring Louisiana's largest Mega Adopt-A-Thon you can meet hundreds of adoptable rescue pets up for adoption from shelters and rescue groups from all over Louisiana. Pet Fest has local cuisine, a petting zoo perfect for the little one's, a market with 75 local business. Meet many local veterinarians and pick up samples for your pet during the largest pet event in the south. Admission is free.


DINAH ROGERS

CELEBRATION IN THE OAKS

The annual celebration of holiday lights is Nov. 23-Jan. 1 at City Park. Click here for details.


Photo by Chris Granger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

LUNA FETE

This groovy lights and technology festival is Dec. 6-9 nightly at Lafayette Square in New Orleans. Click here for details.

Did we leave out a great fall festival? Tell us about it in the comments section.

By Melinda Morris, entertainment editor. Email me at mmorris@nola.com and follow me on Twitter at @MelindaLMorris.

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