As the seemingly unrelenting heat of summer comes to an end, the people of Louisiana venture out of the air conditioning and into the ever-beautiful Southern autumn to check out the many festivals, concerts, and fairs. Here’s a guide to everything happening this year, from the "piggy" Cochon de Lait Festival to a killer lineup at the Acadia Music Fest.
Yellow Rails and Rice Festival
Nov. 1-5 | Hampton Inn & Suites, Jennings
This festival educates all comers about the importance of wetlands, with local farmers holding information workshops to promote conservation of these unique ecosystems. The fest’s goal is to provide bird-lovers with the perfect venue to observe Yellow Rails.
This great one-day festival brings together food, alcohol, and live music. Co-chairs of the fest include Emeril Lagasse, Donald Link, John Currence, and Stephen Stryjewski. This year’s headliners are Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and Langhorne Slim & the Law.
St. Louis King of France Catholic School is celebrating its 20th annual Bucktown Seafood Festival. In addition to delicious seafood, this fest features an auction and carnival attractions, including rides and games.
This free-admission festival celebrates the rich, historic culture of the Algiers neighborhood. It features tons of folk art and live music from the area, as well as plenty of food trucks to enjoy.
Central City Festival
Nov. 4 | 1600-1800 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Celebrate Central City with its annual block party! This free fest features plenty of live music, a food court, and activities for all ages, all along two city blocks in the heart of Central City.
The first-ever hot air balloon fest in the New Orleans area will have exciting activities over Veterans Day weekend. In conjunction with the St. Bernard Veterans Day Parade, they will have tethered balloon rides, a midway, and local food.
The New Orleans Book Festival brings together authors, performers, and book vendors from around New Orleans. Listen to authors read their writing, watch performances for the whole family by acting troupes and musicians, or visit the bookstore tent.
Hell Yes Fest provides plenty of laughs as local and national comedy acts perform in various venues around New Orleans. This year’s comedians include Black History Monthly, Stoned vs. Drunk vs. Sober, and Crapfunding.
Treme Creole Gumbo Festival
Nov. 18-19 | Louis Armstrong Park
The Treme Creole Gumbo Festival is the primary showcase of brass bands in New Orleans and the perfect place to sample all different gumbos. Stop by Louis Armstrong Park November 18 or 19 for gumbo, music, and arts and crafts vendors.
Events around Natchitoches take place almost daily from November 2017 to January 2018 to celebrate the holiday season and get people in a Christmas mood. Through December, Santa will be in Natchitoches taking photos of good boys and girls!
Come get your fill of New Orleans’s favorite sweet treat at Beignet Fest. This one-day festival brings together food, music, and entertainment from around the city. All proceeds go to the Tres Doux Foundation, benefiting children with disabilities.
Christmas in New Orleans is a special time. Celebrate the season at NOLA Christmas Fest. The fest has an ice skating rink, ice slides, and other carnival rides, as well as gingerbread houses, Christmas goodies, and many festively decorated trees.