We as New Orleanians are a celebratory people, and this October we have so many events and cultures to celebrate! Let’s check out some of the highlights on New Orlean’s October 2017 social calendar:
Gentilly Fest, October 6th-8th
Gentilly Fest celebrates all things Gentill including live music, hot delicious food, and art from local merchants. Admission is FREE and proceeds provide support to the New Orleans Police and Fire Departments, Pontchartrain Park, Milne Playground, and The Roots of Music. Bring the little ones along and watch as they create memories in the kid’s village! This year is shaping up to be a special one as Gentilly Fest celebrates their tenth anniversary.
Oktoberfest, October 6th-7th, 13th-14th, 20th-21st
Come hear the ‘oom pah pah’, drink deeply of fine german beer, and strut your stuff in lederhosen at this year’s annual Oktoberfest! Deutsches Haus puts together a great festival every year that encapsulates the best of German culture; schnitzel, German folk music, and of course, BEER. After a couple rounds you’ll be sure to do the Chicken Dance! Finally, don’t miss the adorable Dachshund Dash on October 21st where over 60 wiener dogs are expected to race.
Beignet Festival, October 7th
Think long and hard: what single food best symbolizes New Orleans cuisine? Many dishes can lay a claim as iconic here in our fair city, but none have the simplicity and ability to satisfy quite like the humble beignet. Located at New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds, Beignet Festival will have you salivating until you inevitably overdo it and end up in a beignet coma! Proceeds from the festival benefit Tres Doux Foundation, an organization dedicated to celebrating and enhancing the lives of children with developmental disabilities.
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, October 13th-15th
New Orleans does two things better than anywhere else on earth: food and live music. These great human achievements come together for a delightful weekend in Lafayette Square where you’ll tast the city’s best BBQ and hear the soulful sounds of Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters and many more! Admission is FREE but you can purchase a VIP weekend pass for $250.
NOLA Mac n’ Cheese Fest, October 21st
Mac ‘n cheese: the ultimate comfort food. This year’s inaugural man n’ cheese fest will bring the cheesiest flavors from 15 local restaurants, live music, and drinks to Louis Armstrong Park. What more is there really to say, they have mac ‘n cheese!
Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, October 27th-29th
And finally we’ve arrived at the premier event of our New Orleans October social calendar: Voodoo fest. The biggest names in music come to New Orleans for Voodoo, and this year shapes up to be as amazing as any of years’ past. This year’s acts include Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, The Killers, and many many more. Join the thousand who will descend upon City Park to “Worship the Music”.
What are you excited to do in New Orleans this month? Let us know in the comments below!