November in New Orleans is the best of both worlds – the weather is cool and the sun is out, and holiday festivities are just getting started. This month, attend the New Orleans Film Festival, dine in or order out on Thanksgiving Day, head to the Dome for a football game, and mark your calendars for the beginning of Holidays New Orleans Style. Here are our top 10 things to do this November in New Orleans.

Justen Williams, NOTMC

This October and November, we're encouraging everyone to get out and dine in at one of our many restaurants. From oysters on the half shell to po-boys dripping with remoulade sauce, the options are endless for a fantastic meal in New Orleans. Browse participating restaurants here and fall food events here

Paul Broussard

What is typically a one-night-only event is going “back to the table,” a monthlong celebration of all things boudin, bourbon, and beer! Presented annually by the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, you can enjoy a number of boudin-inspired dishes, Abita beers, and Buffalo Trace and Sazerac brand cocktails at participating restaurants across the Crescent City. 

Blue Oak BBQ, Boucherie and Bourrée, La Boca, Saint John, Rosedale, and a host of others are among the participating restaurants that will feature specialty Boudin, Bourbon, and Beer menus. In addition to enjoying exclusive dishes and delicious dining, proceeds from all BBB menus will benefit the continued culinary mentorship and inspiration of youth. 

Paul Broussard

Oktoberfest returns at Deutsches Haus with traditional German food, music, and fun the last two weekends of October and first two weekends of November. Located on the banks of Bayou St. John, Deutsches Haus is the ideal spot for watching the sunset in the crisp fall air. Check the website regularly for specials, which often include German meatloaf, red cabbage, and brats.

Rebecca Todd

Enjoy the New Orleans Film Festival from the comfort of your own home or attend an in-person event this November. From November 5-14, enjoy various feature films, documentaries, and animated shorts in theaters and from November 5-21, stream the films online. This year, 60% of the films in the lineup come from the American South, with 22% coming from Louisiana. Book tickets online and learn more about the festival here.

Paul Broussard

Cheer on the Pelicans and Saints at home

Whether you’d prefer to see basketball in the Smoothie King Center or football in the Dome, there’s plenty of sports action in New Orleans this November. Get your tickets to a Saints game here or a Pelicans game here, and call yourself a local for the day while cheering on our home teams.

Rebecca Todd

Broadway returns to the Saenger Theater this November for the 2021/2022 season, opening with Tootsie. This laugh-out-loud musical tells the story of Michael Dorsey, a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime. See the show November 9-14, 2021 and get tickets here.

Paul Broussard

Celebrate Thanksgiving in New Orleans

Thanksgiving Day in New Orleans means food, food, and more food. Skip the cooking at home and order takeout or dine in at a local restaurant. Feast on gumbo, seafood, and the traditional turkey and stuffing, plus bread pudding and more New Orleans classics. Check back here shortly for a list of restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day, then get to booking those reservations.

Cheryl Gerber

Bayou Classic is more than a football game – it’s a celebration of HBCU culture complete with a Battle of the Bands, a race, a parade, and more. The annual football matchup between rivals Grambling State and Southern University returns to New Orleans this Thanksgiving weekend. Get your tickets here and experience one or all of the many events that Bayou Classic has to offer.

Image courtesy of Prospect New Orleans

Prospect New Orleans returns with its fifth citywide art installation: P.5 - Yesterday We Said Tomorrow. From October 23, 2021 to January 23, 2022, visit museums, cultural spaces, and public sites throughout New Orleans to catch a glimpse of the exhibition. Yesterday We Said Tomorrow will feature an intergenerational group of artists from across the globe and will include both existing and newly commissioned projects. The P.5 Welcome Center is located at the New Orleans African American Museum beginning in October 2021. See here for more information on satellite location, featured artists, VIP experiences, and event updates.

Devonte Williford

The day after Thanksgiving kicks off Holidays New Orleans style, an over-month-long celebration that brings the holiday season to life. This holiday season, enjoy the return of Celebration in the Oaks, NOLA Christmas Fest, shopping, dining, and more. Learn more here and experience the magic of New Orleans.

Lagniappe (a little something extra)

Celebration in the Oaks

Nothing marks the start of the holidays in New Orleans quite like Celebration in the Oaks! This annual lights display presented at New Orleans City Park spans from Thanksgiving Day until New Years Day. Enjoy the scene of illuminated oak trees with a driving tour throughout the park. Over a million lights will be scattered throughout the 2.25-mile drive to set the scene for the holiday season to come.

Fall Weather

November in New Orleans is prime for enjoying the gorgeous fall weather. Take advantage of outdoor dining or visit one of our local parks or greenspaces for a picnic. With the forecast mostly 70 degrees and sunny, you can’t go wrong when visiting New Orleans in November.