As September ends, it brings along cooler temps and higher energy. This is the time when locals celebrate the end of a long, hot summer, and more importantly the end of hurricane season. People from around the world flock to New Orleans year round to experience the variety of events and festivals taking place. But Autumn is really one of the best times of year to visit New Orleans!

Oktoberfest

New Orleans has had an influential German presence for over 90 years. To celebrate this, New Orleans hosts Oktoberfest every fall, presented by Deutsches Haus.

This annual German festival celebrates culture and cuisine for three weekends in October, with classic German food and beer. The event should be extra special this year as the Deutsches Haus celebrates its 90th anniversary! It also has a new home on the banks of Bayou St. John near New Orleans City Park, a prime location for a citywide favorite celebration.

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Carnaval Latino

This year marks the 29th annual Carnaval Latino celebration and parade presented by the Hispanic American Musicians and Artists Cultural Association. This is a day-long event, held on October 13th, 2018, celebrating Hispanic culture, cuisine, and music.

There is a pre parade event open to the public where you can enjoy some of the best in Latin food, drinks, music, and art. The Desfile de las Americas parade begins at Washington Square and is open to all fest goers. The festival concludes with a special edition of House of Blues’ Bamboleo.

New Orleans Film Festival

The New Orleans Film Society presents The New Orleans film festival, now in its 29th year. This much anticipated Autumn event will take place October 17th-25th. The festival is held at various locations across New Orleans and includes full-length feature films, short films, documentaries, animation, and music videos.

Tickets can be bought online and range from $9 dollars to $35, depending upon the event. Various famous faces attend the festival featuring new filmmakers including women and those of color. Inclusivity is one of the reasons why the New Orleans film festival is recognized around the country. Click here for more info.

Halloween Parade

If you like a good fright, then the annual Halloween parade by the Krewe of Boo should definitely be on your list. The parade passes through the French Quarter (Vieux Carre) and turns it into Boo Carre! Usually held on October 20th, this is the only parade that travels through the French Quarter with full sized floats. The parade is free and open to all, but if you want to ride on a float, you have to register in advance.

Beignet Festival

The beignet is a classic French treat, and New Orleans has a whole festival dedicated to it! This year, the event will take place on Saturday, October 6th at New Orleans City Park. At this free-to-enter festival, you get to try various kinds of beignet, from savory and innovative to sweet and traditional.

There will also be live music and awards for the best vendors and dishes. Food tickets are sold at the venue for $1 each, and the proceeds go to Tres Doux Foundation, an organization for children with disabilities.

Gentilly Fest

For a weekend of food, music, and family fun, head to Gentilly’s Pontchartrain Park and try the best in cuisine, music, art and jewelry, and fun activities like rock climbing, horseback riding, and storytelling. The festival is completely free and open to all, so if you’re in NOLA this fall (October 12th-14th), make sure to drop by for a grand ol’ time!