2018 New Orleans Fall Festivals Guide
Nov 02 2018

2018 New Orleans Fall Festivals Guide

By: Staff

Greater Baton Rouge State Fair
Oct. 25 - Nov. 4 | 16072 Airline Hwy., Baton Rouge


Begun in 1965, this sprawling fair includes classic 4-H livestock events, midway rides, and multiple stages of music and entertainment. Indulge in fried foods or experiment with eating anything on a stick. Admission is free for children.

2018 New Orleans Fall Festivals Guide

State Fair of Louisiana
Oct. 25 - Nov. 11 | Louisiana State Fairgrounds, 3701 Hudson Ave., Shreveport


Head to Shreveport for Louisiana’s biggest state fair. The State Fair of Louisiana features daily free music, classic fair food, tons of livestock, and carnival rides. Visit the fair’s website for information on other daily events.

Yellow Rails and Rice Festival
Oct. 31 - Nov. 4 | Hampton Inn & Suites, 310 W Fred & Ruth Zigler Memorial Dr., Jennings


This festival educates attendees about the importance of wetlands, with local farmers holding informational workshops to promote the conservation of these unique ecosystems. The fest also provides bird-lovers with the perfect venue to observe Yellow Rails.

NOMAD Food Truck Fest
Nov. 2 | Champions Square


NOMAD Food Truck Fest celebrates the launch of the new NOMAD mobile app, which connects customers to local food trucks. Customers can find the real-time location of participating food trucks, order ahead, pre-pay, and skip the line. 

2018 New Orleans Fall Festivals Guide

Bucktown Seafood Festival
Nov. 2-4 | St. Louis King of France School, Metairie


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.

NOLA Reggae Fest
Nov. 3 | Louis Armstrong Park


Come out to the NOLA Reggae Fest at Louis Armstrong Park, with plenty of live reggae music, authentic food and drinks, local vendors selling items like art and jewelry, and, of course, tons of positive vibes. 

Bikes, Brews, & Omelettes Two
Nov. 3 & 4 | Lafayette


Join Acadiana Parish for back-to-back bike rides: The Bayou Teche Brewing Bike Bash and the Giant Omelette Celebration Ride combined under one name to form one great weekend of craft beer, live music, a GIANT omelette, and 200 miles of the best cycling Acadiana has to offer.

Algiers Folk Art Festival  
Nov. 3 | Folk Art Zone and Blues Museum, Algiers


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.

2018 New Orleans Fall Festivals Guide

Boudin, Bourbon & Beer
Nov. 9 | Champions Square


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.

Bayou Road Balloon Festival
Nov. 9-11 | Sidney D Torres Memorial Park, Chalmette


The second annual Bayou Road Balloon Festival will take place over Veterans Day weekend once again, following the success of the inaugural event last year. Hot air balloons, food, music, and local brews will all be there to enjoy. Don’t miss the nighttime balloon show!

Westwego Cypress Swamp Festival
Nov. 9-11 | Westwego Farmers & Fisheries Market


Bring out the entire family and celebrate at the Westwego Cypress Swamp Festival, featuring music from Aaron Foret, Tet Dur, Ross Grisham, Brad Sapia, Danny Alexander, Junior & Sumtin Sneaky, and Ryan Foret & Foret Tradition. There will also be arts and crafts vendors, kids' activities, delicious food, and more.

Bayou Beer Fest
Nov. 10 | Southdown Plantation, 1208 Museum Dr., Houma


The 6th Annual Bayou Beer Fest showcases an assortment of craft beers from around the world combined with great food and stellar musical entertainment, all while raising funds for the brave men and women of our armed forces.

Louisiana Book Festival
Nov. 11 | State Library of Louisiana, 701 N. 4th St., Baton Rouge


Writers from around the state and country congregate at the State Library and surrounding areas for various events centered around literature. Download the Louisiana Book Festival app for an on-the-go schedule and author bios.

2018 New Orleans Fall Festivals Guide

Oak Street Po-Boy Festival
Nov. 11 | Oak Street and S. Carrollton Avenue


Chefs and food enthusiasts gather at Oak Street and Carrollton Avenue to feast on this signature New Orleans sandwich. Though po-boys have been around for many years, the sandwiches at Po-Boy Festival still have a way of presenting something fun and new.

2018 New Orleans Fall Festivals Guide

NOLA Wing Wars
Nov. 17 | Crescent City BBQ


The first annual Wing Wars, a new festival dedicated exclusively to everyone’s favorite appetizer, takes flight at Central City BBQ. You’ll find more than 20 restaurants smoking, basting, saucing, and frying over 40,000 chicken wings, with one winner to be crowned the inaugural “King or Queen of the Wing.”

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival
Nov. 17-18 | 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 kinds of gumbo. Stop by Louis Armstrong Park on November 17 or 18 for gumbo, music, and arts and crafts vendors.

Natchitoches Christmas Festival
Nov. 17 - Jan. 6 | Downtown Natchitoches


From November thru January, special events take place almost daily around Natchitoches to celebrate the holiday season and get people in a Christmas mood. Through December, Santa will be in town taking photos with good boys and girls.

2018 New Orleans Fall Festivals Guide

Pet Fest
Nov. 25 | Lafreniere Park, Metairie


This festival, where “pets bring their people,” is run by the Jefferson Parish SPCA and is centered around pet adoption. Last year, 82 pets found homes. Pets can also enter a costume contest to win some amazing prizes. 

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