October is really rolling in with a bang, with lots of events, festivals and fun things to do around almost every curve of the Crescent City.

In the heart of Mid-City, the Friends of Bayou St. John recently announced the creating of “Bayou Backyard,” a community gathering space located at 725 N. Rendon St. The organization’s fall line-up of events kicks off on Saturday, October 1 with an art market and bagel pop-up with Bayou Bagel Company, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check back for more events to follow in October and November.

Uptown, the wildly popular Freret Street Art Market returns, also on October 1, near the corner of Freret and Napoleon, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The market, held the first Saturday of each month (except the summer months from June to August), features more than 70 art, craft, farmer, food and vintage vendors, along with live music and plenty of refreshments, plus pet adoption opportunities.

Saturday night also features the Uptown return of Art for Art’s Sake along Magazine Street, 6 to 9 p.m. There will be after-hour special sales, refreshments, music, food and much more. Put on your walking shoes and take a stroll to catch it all. From fine art to fashion, eyewear, jewelry, gifts and dining, there’s lots to see and take in, as usual. We like to start our stroll at the event’s wine sponsor Breaux Mart and then return at the end of the evening to pick up some to-go nosh to bring home.

Broadway in New Orleans kicks off its 2022-2023 season at the Seanger on October 4 with “Pretty Woman: The Musical” inspired by the classic 1990 rom-com starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. This season has a full line-up of plays, with something for everyone, including Disney’s “The Lion King,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” and “To Kill A Mockingbird,” just to name a few highlights.

New Orleans restaurants are getting some well-deserved spotlight attention nationally, with Brennan’s and Chicken’s Kitchen making the New York Times list of top 50 restaurants in America for 2022 and Lengua Madre, Mister Mao and Seafood Sally’s all getting nods for Bon Appetite’s annual top 50 restaurants. Huge congratulations to all! Stay tuned for New Orleans Magazine’s Best of Dining this December. Will your favorites make the cut?

 

Lastly, be sure to catch the premier of New Orleans Magazine’s latest limited podcast series, “Beyond the Grave,” just in time for spooky season, and find out about the haunted places, people and past that may linger on.