It’s October, baby! That means it’s fall in New Orleans. (Or Summer Lite, as some may know it.) And fall in New Orleans means fall festivals, Halloween goodness and slightly less heat.
For this first week of October, here are our recommendations for your best bets.
The Beignet Fest will be celebrating its third year, and they have this festival thing down pat now. You’ll find the traditional sweet beignets of fried dough with powdered sugar, but expect some savory, cheesy and seafood-filled options as well. In addition to 30 various beignet dishes from different restaurants and food trucks, the fest features an Artists Market, Kid’s Village and VIP experience for those who like having upgraded mobile restrooms. (At festivals, this can be a serious perk!)
Where: Festival Grounds at City Park
When: Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The NOLA Girls Chorus launches the start of its fall session on Monday, Oct. 1. Anyone who identifies as female is welcome to join. All chorus girls have the chance to perform what they’ve learned in their session in a local jazz club! Here’s your chance to be a sultry, bluesy singer on stage in a local New Orleans live music venue. This session will have two options: slow, bluesy routine or a traditional upbeat chorus girl routine. Contact [email protected] with any questions!
Where: Rhythmic Arts Center – 2358 St Claude Ave.
When: See schedule for weekly class times
$150 for full session, due in advance
Just in time for Oktoberfest, this annual event at the Audubon Aquarium is one of the best ways to enjoy all the aquarium offers: with live music, food from area restaurants, Abita beer and wine from open bars, all among adults 21 and up. Who doesn’t love the aquarium?
Where: Audubon Aquairum
When: Friday, Oct. 5, 8-11 p.m.
This is THE Oktoberfest celebration in the city. If you want to celebrate beer and how much you love it, then you want to be at the Oktoberfest celebration at Deutsches Haus on Friday.
Where: Deutsches Haus, 1700 Moss St.
When: Every Friday and Saturday in October