Whether your favorite fall activity is a leisurely stroll through the garden, a game-day tailgate, or an annual festival that celebrates your favorite harvest, there’s no lack of activities during the months of October and November. Opportunities to experience arts and culture are the perfect complement to a decadent meal or a happy hour cocktail in a brand new outfit. Whether you’re vacationing or staycationing, the following restaurants, organizations, and travel destinations are here to help you relax in style with friends and family. Mark your calendar and make your fall weekend getaway plans now—the holidays will be here before you know it.

 


 

Food & Drink 

New Orleans Creole Cookery 

Celebrate the arrival of fall and football season this year with a return to New Orleans’ favorite traditions: weekend brunch and a new-and-improved Scotch whiskey and oyster happy hour at New Orleans Creole Cookery’s newly renovated oyster bar. Join friends and family in the heart of the French Quarter and enjoy the beautiful fall breezes from the restaurant’s charming courtyard or settle into its traditional dining room. On Saturdays and Sundays in October, the restaurant hosts a Botanist Gin Brunch with refreshing eye openers to accompany dishes like shrimp and grits, crispy chicken and waffles, and signature Gator Hash.

New Orleans Creole Cookery is everything you love about New Orleans in a setting to fit every occasion. Famous for its authentic Creole fare and the time-honored classics such as Gumbo, Shrimp Creole, Crawfish Etouffee, and Snapper Pontchartrain, the restaurant is also perfect for a quick snack or a leisurely weekend feast.

Learn more at NewOrleansCreoleCookery.com. Call 504-524-9632 for reservations.

Briquette

Welcome the fall season with delicious food and wine shared together at Briquette, the celebrated seafood destination from restaurateur Anna Tusa, Owner of New Orleans Creole Cookery. With Briquette, Tusa puts seafood and contemporary coastal cuisine at the center of the dining experience. Briquette is also known locally for its enthusiasm for high quality, often hard-to-find wines and spirits and recently won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its discerning, expansive wine list. Stay tuned for Briquette’s November Spirited Dinner featuring Remy Martin.

With space for hundreds of guests, Briquette is well suited to host your fall or winter event, whether a corporate dinner, reception, rehearsal dinner, or a cocktail party. Every menu is hand-crafted to suit your needs. Briquette is currently open for dinner daily from 5 – 10 p.m. Briquette is located at 701 S. Peters Street in the Warehouse District.

Arts & Culture

New Orleans Opera Association

Fasten your seat belts for a powerful journey through the human experience with New Orleans Opera Association’s (NOOA) 2023-2024 season. From The Marriage of Fiagro, a dark comedy surrounding infidelity, to a familial tragedy brought on by police violence in the award-winning production of Blue, a family feud triggered by politics in Lucia di Lammermoor, and a one-night-only concert by New Orleanian and global operatic sensation Lisette Oropesa, this season offers relatable experiences for everyone. 

Off the stage, NOOA shares fun and thought-provoking musical experiences across the community through its popular Opera on Tap series and Community Conversations. Upcoming events include Opera on Tap at The Abita Brew Pub (Oct. 25) and The Domino (Nov.1), The Opera Ball (Oct. 7) and Community Conversations at the New Orleans Opera Guild Home (Oct. 5).

For tickets or additional information about these and other programs, visit the New Orleans Opera online at neworleansopera.org. 

Evenings With Enrique – The Helis Foundation

Enjoy the cool, breezy evenings of fall with extended hours at the New Orleans Botanical Garden, which hosts Evenings with Enrique presented by The Helis Foundation every Wednesday in October. Stroll through the Garden’s 2,000 blooming flowers and plants from around the world while listening to live music, enjoying food and drink, and taking in the works of Enrique Alférez. Launched in 2016, Evenings with Enrique pays homage to this renowned artist, who has over 20 sculptures featured in the The Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden set within sweeping footpaths surrounded by lush, tropical flowers and shrubs.

Alférez was a Mexican American artist who lived in New Orleans for almost 70 years. He was active during the Works Progress Administration (WPA), and his sculptures can be found throughout New Orleans, including Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition, and throughout City Park. For more information on Evenings with Enrique and other events supported by The Helis Foundation, visit thehelisfoundation.org.

Arts & Culture

Perlis Clothing

From classes to games to parties, your one-stop clothing store is PERLIS in Uptown New Orleans, French Quarter, Mandeville, and Baton Rouge. Complement your activewear, casual, and dress casual wardrobe with the latest selections from top quality labels: Barbour, Bonobos, Duck Head, Johnnie O, Patagonia, Peter Millar, Queen of Sparkles, Smathers & Branson, Sparkle City, Southern Marsh, Southern Tide, Tasc, Vineyard Vines, Vuori, 34 Heritage, and more.

“We are continuously adding to our iconic crawfish logo collection of polos, tees, sun shirts, sport shirts, and other items that are recognizable not only locally but around the country,” says David W. Perlis, President. “We constantly seek the best quality clothing and fashion for our customers.”

For 85 years, PERLIS has been committed to complete customer satisfaction and unparalleled service including complimentary lifetime alterations. Stop by any PERLIS location, call 800 725-6070, or shop online at perlis.com.

Vacation & Staycation

Ace Hotel New Orleans

The Ace Hotel New Orleans and its restaurants, lounges, and music venue—Josephine Estelle, Seaworthy, Alto and Three Keys—offer the best in cuisine, cocktails, and culture for discerning locals and visitors who want to relax with good company and great ambiance. Fall is prime pool time at Alto, where the heated water, glowing fire pits, and winter cocktails make for unforgettable afternoons and evenings. Cool down on Sundays with Easy at Alto’s chill DJ sets from 3 – 7 p.m. and turn Monday into the ultimate fun-day with Service Industry Night deals starting at 11 a.m. and music at sunset. The Kitchen at Alto’s elevated snacks, sandwiches, and pizzas—and boozy weekly frozens—are available daily.

Ace Hotel New Orleans offers cheat codes and charm spells that’ll unlock the fun. From wedding weekend discounts, breakfast credits, poolside feasts, and weekday deals, find your perfect way to vacay or stay-cay at acehotel.com/new-orleans/offers. Plan your fall weekends and book your dinner or room reservations at 
acehotel.com/new-orleans

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Fall is full of events along Alabama’s beaches in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Get ready for fresh seafood, live music, craft beer, and exciting races across November. The month kicks off with the Oyster Seafood Festival at The Hangout, November 3-4, featuring demonstrations, an oyster shucking competition, college football, and tons of fresh seafood and live music. From November 9-19, the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival takes over the Alabama Gulf Coast with 11 days of music and over 200 nationally acclaimed songwriters sharing the stories behind their songs. 

The Coastal Alabama Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival on November 11-12 features all varieties of cuisine, craft beer from local and regional brewers, live music, lawn games, and an art market. Finally, on November 25, the Coastal Half Marathon & 5 K takes place at Gulf State Park, offering a scenic racecourse for half-marathon and 5K runners as well as a one-mile fun run. With paved trails, the race welcomes runners, walkers, and wheelers. 

Plan your trip to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach now at gulfshores.com. •