October weather in New Orleans is usually awesome so there are lots of outdoor festivals and events this month. That includes, but is certainly not limited to, Halloween events and Oktobefest celebrations.
One of the big art events of the year in New Orleans has art shows and activities are held in various locations across the city. The major venues are located in the Warehouse District (aka Arts District) downtown and along Magazine Street uptown. Art for Art's Sake art walk is always on the the first Saturday of the great month of October in New Orleans - The best month to be outside.(This year the event is on Oct. 6, 2012.)
A great music festival on the westbank with at least seven stages, lots of restaurant food & drink, shopping. And it's all on the atmospheric and historic streets of Old Gretna, which is closed off for the the event. Headliners play on a riverfront stage with a beautiful view of New Orleans and the river as a backdrop. Reasonable prices on passes too. Free parking is available but consider taking the ferry from Canal Street -just make sure you get on the one going to Gretna and not Algiers. The Gretna ferry landing is inside the festival area, so step off the boat and you are there.
It's the first weekend in October - October 5-6, 2012.
The New Orleans biggest Oktoberfest is no long held at the traditional Deutsch Haus building on Galvez St. It "ain't der no more" since being torn down in the medical center grand plan for mid-city.
But, the Haus Oktoberfest goes on for multiple weekends at Rivertown in Kenner. There' all kinds of German beer on tap and in bottles, an extensive schnapps menu, home-made German meals,those big soft pretzels and decadent desserts. Plus live music and chicken dancing by all ages, and much more. It's family-friendly fun with a bit of German culture. Rivertown is located at Williams Blvd. and the Mississippi River in Kenner.
Check out this list of area Oktoberfests including events in the French Quarter, at the Gretna Fest, in Mid-city, Jefferson Parish, and across the lake on the northshore - and see below the scoop on the dog-friendly Bark-toberfest!
How can you resist a Dog Oktoberfest party? And it benefits the shelter pets at the Louisiana SPCA. Wear your lederhosen and bring your dog - and your dog's lederhosen or a costume for the dog costume contest. The annual event is held at Canine Connection's riverfront party site, 4920 Tchoupitoulas St. Music, food, activities, and more, sometime in October. Adoptable dogs will also be there too if you want a new pet.
Bridge City Gumbo FestFood is the focus of the Bridge City Gumbo Festival, especially - duh! - gumbo. Try both kinds if you go - seafood gumbo and chicken/sausage gumbo. There will also be other Louisiana dishes like jambalaya, New Orleans red beans and rice, and much more. Oct. 12 - 14, 20123 on the Holy Guardian Angels Church grounds in Bridge City
The very popular garden show at New Orleans City Park's Botanical Gardens is held every year in beautiful October. It's such a nice day in the Gardens, you should go even if you don't have a garden to buy for.
Old Arabi Sugar FestThe Old Arabi Sugar Festival in New Orleans includes competitions for cookies,cakes and pies, as well as live music, historic Old Arabi tours and lots of sweet stuff. S It's on the grounds of Lebeau, an old sugar plantation, Friscoville Ave at Bienvenue St., on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
You can't beat the combination of Blues and Barbecue at this free New Orleans festival held by the Jazz Fest organization. It's held at Lafayette Square, right across from the federal courthouses, between Camp St. and St. Charles Avenue, right off of Poydras St. at the perfect time of year for an outdoor event in New Orleans - Mid October. Free to attend, but you buy your own BBQ, other food & drink.
The New Orleans Film Society typically hosts this Film and Video Fest in various locations throughout New Orleans in October.