Visiting New Orleans in October

October may not be what most people think of as the prime time to visit New Orleans, but with the autumn comes a welcomed reprieve from the usual New Orleans heat, resulting in pleasant temperatures perfect for exploring and adventuring in the city.

Looking for things to see and do in New Orleans this month? Look no further!

Oktoberfest.

Serving up three weekends full of German food, music, and – of course – German beer, Oktoberfest in New Orleans shouldn’t be missed. Beer enthusiasts will enjoy a lineup of impressive brews, including well-known Becks and Spaten, as well as less common varieties like Köstritzer’s Köstritzer gibt Momenten Seele – a centuries old black beer, known for its unique taste and slightly sparkling character.

New Orleans Film Festival.

With a history spanning almost 30 years, the New Orleans Film Festival is one of the most reputable in the country. The festival screens several hundred films and in recent years has welcomed over 25,000 guests, including Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar nominees Patricia Clarkson, Alfre Woodard, and Steve McQueen, and Golden Globe nominees Faith Ford and Sarah Paulson.

Bike & Walking tours.

With comfortable temperatures, and fewer tourists milling about, there really isn’t a better time to hop on two wheels, or lace up the walking shoes for an educational jaunt through the city. Marvel at ancient architecture, discover culturally important landmarks, and learn something about the history of New Orleans. Try tour providers like Buzz Nola Bike Tours, FreeWheelin’ Bike Tours, or check out Frommer’s Walking Tours guide for more information.

Saenger Theatre.

On the National Register of Historic Places, the Saenger Theatre is a stunning place to visit – and on an evening in October, it’s the perfect time to tuck in and enjoy a show. Take your pick from childhood and seasonal favorites, live musical performances, and more, like Josh Groban, Cinderella, So You Think You Can Dance, and much more! 

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival.

Home of the Blues, New Orleans offers up this perfectly paired festival each year, showcasing two stages of live entertainment, and of course, lots of barbecued goodies to eat. Find the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival – a free event – in New Orleans’ Lafayette Square.

Cooking Classes.

While you’re here, you must indulge in authentic Creole and Cajun style cuisine – and what better way to do just that than join in a local cooking class? Try the Mardis Gras School of Cooking for classes with Chef Richard Bond, or one of the many cooking classes available at the New Orleans School of Cooking. You’ll be happy you did!

Looking to explore New Orleans and the surrounding area this autumn? Find cost-effective accommodation options from InTown Suites in New Orleans Metro, in Harvey and Metairie.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About El Paso

As with most cities and regions, there is certainly more to El Paso than perhaps meets the eye. From its history as the original Sin City, the birthplace of the margarita, and home to the largest urban park in the nation, there’s plenty to know about this Texan hot spot.

Discover 10 things you probably didn’t know El Paso!

1. El Paso is the birthplace of the margarita.

Said to be the birthplace of margaritas, El Paso’s Tommy’s Place Bar allegedly invented this iconic (and well loved) tequila mixed drink. You’re welcome, margarita lovers!

2. El Paso: the land of spittoons.

Even today, El Paso, like many other cities, has a whole host of laws that some would consider antiquated. One such law requires churches, hotels, stores, markets, banks, and more to provide spittoons!

3. It’s home to the largest man-made star.

We’ve all heard the saying, “Everything’s bigger in Texas” – and this is apparently true when it comes to the city’s man made star attraction. At 459 feet tall and consisting of 459 light bulbs, El Pasoans claim this is the world’s largest man-made star, easily lighting up the sky from the side of the Franklin Mountains.

4. El Paso was the original “Sin City.”

Long before El Paso became well known as the “Sun City,” it was widely known as the “Six Shooter Capital” – a reference to the area’s lawlessness during the late 1800s when saloons and gambling halls lined the streets of El Paso.

5. When it rains, it pours.

Though El Paso doesn’t see very much rain (the city only gets about 9 inches of rain, per year), when it does rain, it absolutely pours, resulting in street flooding, traffic issues, and general pandamonium.

6. Name-the-team contest named the El Paso Chihuahuas.

The El Paso Chihuahuas got their name from a name-the-team contest, during which the winning name was a finalist contending against names like the Buckaroos, Desert Gators, and the Sun Dogs. The Chihuahuas won, and the team’s name was officially announced on October 22, 2013.

7. At The Drive-In was formed in El Paso.

The alt-rock band At The Drive-In got their start in El Paso, where they played their very first live show on October 15, 1994, at the Loretto High School Fair.

8. El Paso is home to one of the best air shows in the world.

Held each year, the Amigo Air Show has come to be known as one of the best air shows in the world, hosting an impressive display of aerial performances.

9. El Paso is home to the largest urban park in the nation.

The Franklin Mountains State Park – including it’s own ‘A’ Mountain – is well known as the largest urban park in the nation lying completely within city limits, covering over 24,000 acres.

10. El Paso is the backdrop to several well-known movies.

Filmed in full or in part, El Paso has provided the backdrop to several well known movies, including Lolita, Wild At Heart, Courage Under Fire, and several others.

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