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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.