New Orleans Festivals kick off Fall season

Fall New Orleans Festivals FEATURE new NOLA events

Now that the cooler weather is starting to roll in, it’s time to gear up for fall New Orleans festivals!  Festival season in the Crescent City includes old standbys such as the 24th Annual New Orleans Film Festival plus several newcomers celebrating Southern cuisine. The highly anticipated New Orleans festivals schedule features what this community does best: live music, food, and fun.

In a city known for art and expression, one of the longest-running and favorite festivals among locals is the New Orleans Film Festival.  This globally recognized festival showcases a variety of local, regional, national, and international films at select venues around the city, from indoor to outdoor screenings and events.  Many projects are highlighted, including short films and films solely produced in Louisiana, and while many are ticketed events, there are also some free screenings as well.


Lafayette Square on the edge of the Central Business District in the New Orleans Arts District is host to two new festivals celebrating your guilty pleasures… Beignets heaped with powdered sugar and Fried Chicken!

The Fried Chicken Festival takes place Sun., Sept. 25, and don’t miss Beignet Fest on Sat., Oct. 8, which benefits the Tres Doux Foundation’s autism awareness efforts and programs. This fall, there are a handful of other events in Lafayette Square as well, including the popular Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival from Oct. 14-16.


Another one of our favorites is Thursdays at Twilight at New Orleans City Park.  This weekly concert runs from September through November, and it’s a wonderful event for adults and families. You can check out even more New Orleans festivals listed by the week, as well as other citywide happenings. There are also a handful of free things to do in New Orleans on any given day.  The full list can be overwhelming at times, so download Deanie’s Guide to Fall NOLA Events for our top picks!

Deanie’s Seafood was recently voted one of the top Best Seafood Restaurants in New Orleans again this year by several local publications.  

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