Our top picks for this month’s events
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
October is a fine month to be outside in New Orleans, and what better way to spend your time outdoors than with music and BBQ? The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival is in Lafayette Square Park from Oct. 13-15. A highlight of this year’s fest will be the Como Mamas, three renowned gospel singers from Mississippi. Information, CrescentCityBluesFest.com.
Art for Art’s Sake
If the heat and the crowds of White Linen Night make you stay home, try Art for Art’s Sake. There’s good art, good music and good beverages around the Julia St. and Magazine St. galleries on Saturday, Oct. 7. There’s also an after-party at the Contemporary Arts Center. It’s free and open to the public except for the after-party. Information, cacno.org/afas.
New Orleans Film Festival
Rub elbows with actors and filmmakers at locations throughout the city from Oct. 11-19 for the New Orleans Film Festival. The festival highlights a variety of local, Hollywood, and international films. Some of last year’s selections included Oscar winners Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea. Information, NewOrleansFilmFestival.org.
Day of the Dead/Fet Gede
Spirits and celebrations don’t stop at Halloween. On Nov. 1, the New Orleans Healing Center will host the Day of the Dead/Fet Gede. There will be a parade of the dead and ancestor altars by various artists. Attendees are encouraged to bring photos of their deceased loved ones for the main altar. It is also a potluck supper, so please bring a dish. Information, NewOrleansHealingCenter.org.
Events, Exhibits & Performances
Sept. 29-Oct. 1
Treme Fall Fest, St. Augustine Church. TremeFest.com.
Sept. 30-Jan. 21
Solidary and Solitary: The Joyner and Giuffrida Collection, Ogden Museum of Southern Art. OgdenMuseum.org.
Ponderosa Stomp 13, Orpheum Theater. OrpheumNOLA.com.
Gentilly Fest, Pontchartrain Park. GentillyFest.com.
Oktoberfest, Deutsches Haus. DeutschesHaus.org.
The Comedy Get Down, Smoothie King Center. SmoothieKingCenter.com.
Beignet Fest, City Park Festival Grounds. BeignetFest.com.
Champions of Magic, Orpheum Theater. OrpheumNOLA.com.
Dylan Moran, Joy Theater. TheJoyTheater.com.
In this Moment: HALF GOD/HALF DEVIL TOUR, Orpheum Theater. OrpheumNOLA.com
Herbie Hancock, Orpheum Theater. OrpheumNOLA.com.
Roadcase Royale - Featuring Nancy Wilson of Heart and Liv Warfield, Joy Theater. TheJoyTheater.com.
Lil Yachty Teenage Tour, Joy Theater. TheJoyTheater.com.
Beethoven Violin Concerto with Mendelssohn’s “Reformation”, Orpheum Theater. OrpheumNOLA.com.
Praise Fest, Bayou St. John. PraiseFestNOLA.com.
LGBT Halloween in New Orleans, French Quarter. HalloweenNewOrleans.com.
Escape to Margaritaville, Saenger Theater. SaengerNOLA.com.
Gogol Bordello + Lucky Chops, Joy Theater. TheJoyTheater.com.
Cochon de Lait Festival, Palmer Park. NOLAPorkFest.com.
Mac ’n’ Cheese Fest, Armstrong Park. NOLAmacNcheeseFest.com.
Bruno Mars: 24K Magic World Tour, Smoothie King Center. SmoothieKingCenter.com.
Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade, French Quarter. KreweOfBoo.com.
Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, Oak Street. PoBoyFest.com.
Prieto Conducts Dvorak 7, Orpheum Theater. OrpheumNOLA.com.
Louisiana Seafood Festival, Woldenberg Park. LouisianaSeafoodFestival.com.
WWII Air, Sea, & Land Festival, New Orleans Lakefront Airport. AirSeaLandFest.com.
Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, City Park. VoodooFestival.com.