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November Events, Festivals, and Things to Do in New Orleans

Mirleton, Faulkner, Po-Boy, Swamp Fest, Veterans, Fringe, Renaissance...


Food is very big in November in New Orleans. Aside from Thanksgiving, there are New Orleans Festivals celebrating the Po-boy, the Mirleton, and Coffee. Those events are just a few of the things to do in New Orleans in November.

Thanksgiving in New Orleans

All About Thanksgiving options, events, plans and preparations in New Orleans including a morning foot race, a downtown parade, dinner at the Fair Grounds racetrack, Pre-Thanksgiving fests at the Children's Museum, a Turkey Tea and more.

Veterans Day Events

Veterans Day events and celebrations often go beyond the Nov. 11th, the holiday's actual date. Click above to see the scheduled events, which include World War II Museum activities.

Mirleton - Bywater Festival

The Bywater Mirleton Fest is at Markey Park on Piety Streets in the Bywater neighborhood. If you can recognize a mirleton, you are a proven New Orleanian. It you are a newcomer, go try some mireleton dishes at this November festival. Whether you go to the festival or not, click to learn more about this native and possibly endangered Louisiana food favoraite and its New Orleans festival that also celebrates the Bywater neighborhood.

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival

Another New Orleans festival celebrating a food (Gumbo) and a neighborhood, Treme. It's a free festival put on by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Foundation - the Jazz Fest organization. It's in Armstrong Park and features Gumbo and other food as well as live music, particular a slew of New Orleans brass bands.

Swamp Festival at the Zoo

The popular fall Swamp Festival with music and much more is included with regular admission to the Audubon Zoo on Magazine Street in Uptown New Orleans. Try the alligator on a stick.

Louisiana Renaissance Fest

The Louisiana Renaissance Fest is a short day trip to Hammond across Lake Pontchatrain but way way back in time. Entertainment includes period music,jousts, sword fights, fire swallowers, comedy, bawdy plays, hawk stunts, royal processions, wooden non-electric rides, boats, archery, ax throwing, village idiots, and much more. Also food, drink, and unique shopping. Wear a costume if you like - you'll fit right in. Lots of fun and a nice change for the electronic generation. In fact it might be an important outing for today's kids as well as lots of fun. Weekends in November and early December as well as select other dates, like the Friday after Thanksgiving. By admission.

Words & Music: A Literary Feast

The Faulkner Society's literary fall festival in New Orleans is all about words and music! Great for writers as well as lovers of books, music, culture, Faulkner, food and New Orelans fun.

Oak Street Po-Boy Fest - The Po-Boy Preservation Festival

Although I don't believe the po-boy is in danger of extinction any time soon, the preservation of New Orleans iconic sandwich is a noble cause and a great reason for a festival. Enjoy traditional, exotic, and creative po-boys at this very popular event centered on Oak Street in the Carrollton neighborhood. The green streetcar will take you there.

Celebration in the Oaks

The Celebration in the Oaks Christmas holiday light display kicks off Thanksgiving week. The beautiful display amidst the City Park Oaks includes entry to decorated Botanical Gardens, Storyland, and Carousel Gardens amusement park, as well as live holiday musical entertainment and a cafe with food and drink including hot buttered rum or hot chocolate.

6-10 Stompers Party

The All-Male Dance Team of New Orleans - which appeared in Macy's New York Parade in New York City in 2011 - hold a Calendar Release Party in November.
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