As summer winds down, fall festival season kicks off, featuring lots of delicious food, local live music, and most importantly, cool weather. 2021 is a special year with a handful of springtime festivals now scheduled for fall. This year, you can experience everything from food and music fests to multicultural and art fests. Use our guide to figure out which festivals you’d like to visit for. Or better yet, come for them all.

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Cheryl Gerber

Oktoberfest

October and November​

Celebrate all things German with beer, brats, oompah music and more at the 91st annual Deutsches Haus Oktoberfest celebration. This year’s event, which takes place along the banks of Mid-City’s Bayou St. John, will also feature a Dachshund race, dance competitions, more than 20 different German beers, a variety of German wines and over 20 types of schnapps. Admission is TBD.

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Paul Broussard

October 23, 2021

Krewe of Boo is the annual, spooky Halloween parade in New Orleans, because no major holiday here is complete without a parade. The parade rolls through the French Quarter and passes landmarks like Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral. The floats are scary works of art, and many who attend will dress in costume in celebration of Halloween weekend. Free to attend.

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Rebecca Todd

New Orleans Film Festival

November 5-21, 2021

Each year New Orleans is home to some of the best in the film business. Actors, actresses, directors, producers, writers and of course fans of film flock to the Crescent City to showcase works and participate in exclusive viewings. Anything from full-length features, documentaries, shorts, animations and even music videos can be expected at this weeklong fest. With so many genres and so much to choose from, you can customize your New Orleans Film Fest Experience. VIP passes are now on sale; individual tickets go on sale to the general public on October 26.

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Cheryl Gerber

November 27, 2021

In many cities, Thanksgiving is simply Thanksgiving - one day of thankfulness, family and lots of food. But here in New Orleans, there’s always an extra party to accompany a holiday. Bayou Classic is an annual football game between Grambling and Southern universities, but it’s also so much more than that. The weekend is filled with other special events like a school vs. school Battle of the Bands and a Greek Show. Ticket prices vary. 

*Please note that admission prices on all festivals were correct at press time, but are subject to change. Please double check with the individual events as they get closer to make sure they haven’t increased.