22 of The Most Fun Things You Can Do In New Orleans This October

 

 

Welcome to spooky season – and Oktoberfest season, concert season, football season, and so much more.

Needless to say, it’s a busy time, so we curated a list of our top picks to check out around NOLA this month.

Tuesday, October 1

Rick Ross

Who said Tuesdays had to be boring? Start your October off on a high note as iconic rapper Rick Ross takes the stage in Nola. (Fillmore // 7 p.m. // $43+)

 

Wednesday, October 2

Wicked

Are Wicked Wednesdays a thing? Well, they can be now, because you won’t want to miss this classic play live in New Orleans. (Saenger Theatre // 7:30 p.m. // $49)

 

Thursday, October 3

Cuco

Viral lo-fi pop star Cuco brings his sound to Nola on his “Para Mi” tour. He’s gained plenty of momentum since starting out and is bound for great things, so don’t miss this chance to catch him live. (Republic NOLA // 8 p.m. // $20+)

 

Friday, October 4

Oktoberfest

Don’t miss this authentic celebration of German culture, presented by Deutsches Haus, kicking off this weekend but spanning through October 19. Plenty of Bavarian food and drink delicacies will be available, plus games and activities galore. (Moss St. // 4-11 p.m. // $8)

Scales and Ales 

Celebrate the beauty and mystery of sharks in this after-hours aquarium celebration. You’ll enjoy open bars, local food, entertainment and more. (Audubon Aquarium of the Americas // 8 p.m. // $75)

 

Saturday, October 5 

Beignet Festival

Celebrate the most New Orleans treat of all with this sweet festival. Local beignet vendors include Loretta’s Authentic Pralines, Sno-La Snoballs, Luca Eats, Diva Dawg, Ruby Slipper Cafe, Afrodisiac Food Truck, Girls Gone Vegan and more. (New Orleans City Park // 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. // $5+)

 

Sunday, October 6

Goat Yoga

Relax with a simple yoga flow as adorable Cameroonian pygmy goats frolick about (and maybe even on you) to add even more bliss to your practice. A healthy breakfast by Gracious Bakery will also be provided. (Paradigm Gardens // 9-10:30 a.m. // $30)

 

Monday, October 7

Game Night

Learn and play classic games like Settlers of Catan, Splendor, Azul and more as you sip on happy hour specials from The Mayhaw and stroll through the market. (St. Roch Market New Orleans // 6-10 p.m. // FREE)

 

Tuesday, October 8

MLB American League Division Series New Orleans Watch Party

Baseball fans can link up and enjoy the big game on big screens with enhanced sound while sipping on beer and eating great food. You can even enjoy the game outside on the French Quarter balcony. (The American Sports Saloon // 5 p.m. // FREE)

 

Thursday, October 10

Stuff You Should Know

Come hear a live taping of the incredibly popular Stuff You Should Know podcast as they talk through, uh, stuff you should know, in this fun and informative evening. (Civic Theatre // 7 p.m. // $29.50)

 

Vans Presents ‘Color and Line: An Introduction to Weaving with Lena Kolb’

Interested in learning the art of weaving? Come to this class where you’ll explore lines, shapes and color to craft your own geometric art. (The Art Garage // 6-8:30 p.m. // The Art Garage)

 

Saturday, October 12

Drake on Cake at The Bakehouse

Turn your birthday (or Drake’s birthday) into a lifestyle as you celebrate Drake’s birthday month by baking beautiful cakes emblazoned with his best lyrics. Joy the Baker walks you through the skills you need to get creative, and 20% of proceeds will go to the Louisiana Parole Project, making this class even sweeter. (The Bakehouse // 11 a.m. // $155)

 

Tuesday, October 15

Cheese Beyond the Basics

Everyone loves cheese. But do you love cheese enough to deep dive into the intricacies of this delicious and versatile food? If the answer is yes, spend your evening with an expert, and you’ll even get the chance to ask your questions about all things cheesy. (NOCHI // 6-8 p.m. // $65)

 

Wednesday, October 16

Danny Brown

This smart and talented Detroit rapper has been on a lengthy hiatus and re-emerged recently with the announcement of a new album and tour. Celebrate his new music and return to the well-deserved spotlight by catching him live. (Republic NOLA // 7 p.m. // $25+)

 

Friday, October 18

Return to the 90s Sip and Paint ft DJ Jubilee

DJ Jubilee will spin the best rap and r&b tunes as you paint and enjoy sips and bites from a food vendor. Don’t miss this fun and creative spin on a paint night! (Gather Gallery // 8-11 p.m. // $5+)

 

Saturday, October 19

Asian Pacific Foodie Night

Come enjoy Asian Pacific favorites and try new dishes at this night market/foodie paradise. You’ll also enjoy live music and entertainment, and proceeds will benefit the Westbank Unit of the Boys and Girls Club of Gretna and the Responsibility House. (Gretna Farmer’s Marketplace // 5-10 p.m. // FREE to attend)

 

Wednesday, October 23

Pizza & Pies

Partake in specialty treats from Ancora Pizzeria, The Pupusa Lady, Windowsill Pies alongside sips from Roulaison Distilling and Miel Brewery at this delectable dinner. While the event is also BYOB, you must be 21+ to drink. (Paradigm Gardens // 6:30-9 p.m. // $50)

Speed Dating at Pythian Market

Put down your phone and look up! The love of your life (or maybe your new BFF) could be right in front of you at Fray’s latest speed dating event. Plus, enjoy raffle prizes and exclusive food and drink specials. This is a 21+ event. (Pythian Market // 6 p.m. // $15)

 

Thursday, October 24

Punch Needle

Learn the creative, relaxing art of punch needling at this interactive workshop. Your ticket includes a pre-stretched frame with monks cloth, yarn, punch needles and designs. Use your new skills to create wall hangings, rugs, pillows, bags and more. (New Orleans Weaving Studio // 6-8 p.m. // $60)

 

Friday, October 25

Leyla McCalla’s “The Capitalist Blues”

Musician Leyla McCalla, alongside Jimmy Horn and surprise guests, uses her talents to explore the intricacies and challenges of living in a sometimes modern, sometimes outdated society and the emotions that come along with it. (Music Box Village // 6-8 p.m. // $20+)

 

Tuesday, October 29

Fabulous Five Course Fall Wine Dinner

Looking to indulge and get in the fall foodie spirit? Look no further than this wine dinner. Offerings include delicious items like crab beignets, octopus terrine, barbeque lamb sirloin and more. (The Country Club // 7-10 p.m. // $115)

 

Thursday, October 31

Halloween Costume Contest & Party

Think you’ve got the best costume in town? Come prove it for the chance to win Saints tickets. Plus, enjoy $3 well drinks starting at 7 p.m. and other spooky specials. (The Country Club // 5-10 p.m. // FREE)

Do you know of an awesome event or activity that belongs on our list? Share us in all the exciting things you do this month by tagging #FrayLife #NOLAFray in all of your October fun!

Looking for even more fun ideas for your fall calendar? Here are 10 festivals you don’t want to miss!

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