With spooky season vibes and decidedly less humidity in the air, New Orleans is an ideal fall destination. From Halloween to Saints football, every weekend is a celebration in the Big Easy. Take a haunted tour. Enjoy a courtyard cocktail in the Quarter. Attend a fall fest or a football game. Get your autumn on the NOLA way!
- Tour the Swamp
There’s no better time of year to tour the iconic Louisiana swamp than in the fall. The temperature and humidity drop (and so does the mosquito count) making for perfect weather to take in the sights of alligators, cypress trees, and more. Take a leisurely covered boat tour or zoom through the swamps on a cajun airboat. If you’re looking for thrills, take a heart-racing tour on the only fully aquatic swamp zipline in the world at ZipNOLA! And have an up-close encounter with a rare baby albino alligator in their gift shop.
- Go to a Fall Festival
Music, culture, and food that will blow your mind, nobody does a fall fest like New Orleans! If you’re looking for a food fest, check out Beignet Fest, Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, and the National Fried Chicken Festival to name a few. If music is more your jam, experience music and culture festivals like Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, Tremé Fall Fest, and NOLAxNOLA.
- See a Saints Game
You don’t want to miss a taste of the Who Dat Nation on your New Orleans fall trip. Dress up in your black and gold, and stop in any sports bar on game day to have a beer and get rowdy with the locals. Head to Champion’s Square for a day of celebration with food, music, and all things Saints (no ticket required). Get the full fan experience and see the Saints play in the Superdome and experience the famous roar and rumble New Orleans fans are known for!
- Explore the Quarter
Haunted history, unique architecture, delicious cuisine- the French Quarter is a destination in and of itself, and the fall weather makes it the perfect time of year to experience all it has to offer. Enjoy famous New Orleans cuisine in the peak of oyster season with a fall cocktail in hand. Stroll the French Market and famous antique shops for one-of-a-kind treasures. Enjoy live music and street performances as you walk the historic streets or take a tour to learn the strange and gruesome past of New Orleans.
- Celebrate Halloween
With an extensive history of murder, voodoo, famous apparitions, and a reputation for throwing the best parties in America, it’s no wonder New Orleans is consistently named one of the top cities to spend Halloween. Considered the second biggest party in the city, next to Mardi Gras, Krewe of Boo is a weekend of events featuring a zombie run, Halloween parade, Monster Mash after party and more. In your spare time take a ghost or cemetery tour to experience the macabre history of New Orleans for yourself. And be on the lookout for Halloween events throughout the city such as Brews and Boos, an adult-only amusement park night in city park featuring plenty of beer and boos.
While the weather is mild, the city is anything but! From food and football to swamps and spooks, there’s so much to do on a fall getaway to New Orleans!