In New Orleans, fall is the favorite time of year for many locals and visitors alike. The sweltering heat and humidity of the summer gradually, and then suddenly, give way to the crisp air and cool breezes of the autumn months. Muggy evenings turn into ideal walking weather, and the welcomed cool of the early mornings lingers a bit longer with each passing day.
We don’t have quite the vibrancy of the changing leaves as other parts of the country might. But what we lack in leaves, we make up for in sumptuous blooms of fragrant fall flowers and the sky’s lovely hue—a bright blue you have to see to believe.
Because of the magnificent weather, locals and tourists both love to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Rides on the streetcar, walks through the French Quarter, and strolls through picturesque City Park and Audubon Park become part of regular routine. Visits to the Audubon Zoo also top fall to-do lists, along with long walks along the Mississippi River, the Riverwalk, and Woldenberg Park.
Another fall tradition is weekend after weekend chock full of food and music festivals. While the weather is so lovely, music lovers and foodies flock front tent to stage to stand admiring musicians, artwork, and the edible fare of local festival contributors. From Seafood Fest to Crescent City Blues & BBQ Fest to Voodoo Music Experience, every week provides a new reason to get out in the cool, breezy New Orleans sunshine.
As if we needed any more ways to enjoy fall weather, it’s safe to say that Halloween and All Saints’ Day are more celebrated in this city than most others across the country. Costumed kiddies walk door to door fiending for neighbor’s treats, while the adults prepare costumes of all shapes, sizes, and degrees of absurdity to walk the streets of Frenchmen and the French Quarter at night—almost like a mini Mardi Gras in the fall.
Fall is one of the best times of the year to visit the city, avoid the summer heat!