We, in the South, LOVE the idea of Fall season. Unfortunately, it seems to skip us every year. We enjoy either Summer or Winter…mostly Summer. Winter if we are lucky. I never owned a snow jacket until I married my husband, when we would go to visit his family in North Carolina.
Fall is a magical time of year. The leaves are changing, everyone is getting ready for dating season. I am personally ready to take on everything pumpkin (except the latte, sorry guys). I love decorating my home with burnt orange and yellow. The smell of vanilla and pumpkin spice. Mmm warms the soul.
Well, in South Louisiana if we don’t FEEL Fall, do we still embrace it? Damn right we do! Luckily for us we don’t have to suffer from frostbite on our hay-rides and going trick-or-treating for Halloween. I am sure if crawfish were still in season that is what you would find us doing on our weekends. Otherwise, here are some ways we love to celebrate the Fall season (2018):
Ghosts in the Oaks
Located in New Orleans City Park, the whole family can enjoy this festive event. There is everything from amazing food, trick-or-treating, face painting, arts & crafts a pumpkin patch and rides! Probably perfect for a first date!
Boo at the Zoo
This annual Audubon Zoo extravaganza is a safe, fun-filled Halloween event for children up to age 12, featuring trick-or-treat houses with candy, Ghost Train, a haunted house, games, toddler area, live entertainment and more. All games and treats, except concessions, are free with admission. If you are not local, check with your local zoo to see if they host a similar event.
Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
Enjoy this well known music festival held every year in New Orleans on Halloween weekend. Embrace the spookiness. They will be celebrating 20 years! Enjoy meeting tons of local artists, amazing food and great line-ups! Located in New Orleans City Park, so bring a blanket and dress to impress.
Louisiana Renaissance Festival
My favorite fest here in the South. It is like a festival, theme park, theatre, shopping destination, and educational experience, all rolled into one great adventure.
Beginning the first November of every year, and lasting six weekends, the Louisiana Renaissance Festival hosts more than 600 artisans, entertainers and educational demonstrators welcoming you to the best parts of the 16th century. Very family friendly, I love taking my son.
This one is new to me. I do plan to attend! This is their 3rd annual fest. “From traditional sweet treats covered in powdered sugar to savory options bursting with seafood, cheese and more, Beignet Fest will feature different beignet dishes from some of New Orleans best restaurants and food trucks. In true NOLA style, the free festival also features live, local music performances, a Kid’s Village, Artist Market and VIP Experience. Proceeds from Beignet Fest benefit the Tres Doux Foundation, which makes grants to nonprofits serving children with developmental delays” (Quoted from the Beignet Fest about on the event page). Sounds like it is going to be a great time!
The National Fried Chicken Festival
Who doesn’t like fried chicken?! This is a free family friendly event. Bring your family and enjoy different types of fried chicken from around the country! Enjoy the Riverwalk and go shopping too!