Welcome to November in New Orleans when we say goodbye to hurricane season and hello to gumbo season. With an average high of 71 °F and an average low of 55 °F, November is great festival weather. Here’s what up down here.
Help the Emeril Lagasse Foundation raise money for good causes at Boudin, Bourbon & Beer (or as we like to call it, Boudin, Bourbon, Beer & Bam!). Enjoy sumptuous cuisine from over 60 top local and national chefs as well as great live music. This 7th annual festival will take place in Champion Square, next to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
This Uptown festival in honor of the beloved po-boy has the feel of a small town celebration. More than 50 vendors will be there along with great local musicians and artists. All your favorite po-boys will be present as well. Come hungry
This annual free celebration of New Orleans African-American culture takes place in Armstrong Park down in the Tremé. Come taste all kinds of gumbo and other great Louisiana cuisine, shop for artsy Christmas gifts and dance to the music.
Every year, more than 7,000 people make it a tradition to come to the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on Thanksgiving. Come make a day of it or stop by for a race or two on the way to Thanksgiving dinner with the family. If you can get a reservation, you can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner in the Clubhouse or the Black Gold Room. The Pan Zareta Room will also host a first-come, first-served buffet. Learn more.
The legendary rivalry between Grambling State and Southern University has been taking place since the 1930s. Nowadays, it's held the Saturday after Thanksgiving in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and includes a parade, golf tournament, fan festivals, a career fair and a not-to-be-missed battle of the bands.
More than 165,000 visitors make their way to historic City Park every year for Celebration in the Oaks, a magical winter spectacle. Nothing says it’s holiday time in New Orleans like centuries-old live oaks swathed in hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights. Light displays of all kinds are scattered throughout 25 acres of the City Park, including the Botanical Garden, Storyland, and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park.