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  • Thu Than | September 20, 2016 5:00 PM ET

    Fall for New Orleans in Autumn

    Fall for New Orleans in Autumn

    Photo courtesy of the New Orleans CVB.

    As summer sizzles into the distance and the reality of a new school year sinks in, your clients may be feeling a bit nostalgic for those carefree summer nights. Though children’s homework and soccer practice may be consuming the day-to-day, your clients should know there is still a chance to get away. Down in the Big Easy, we’ve decided we’re not quite ready for summer to end. With a plethora of festivals and events to choose from, your client will remember why New Orleans is the perfect place to escape for a last-minute vacation.

    Have your clients kick off the season right with an unforgettable evening of tailgating for the New Orleans Saints. Whether home or away, local spirit can be seen in almost any bar or restaurant when the Saints are on the field. If by chance your client is in town for a home game, Champion Square is the place to be!

    Let your clients fall in love with the culture and art of New Orleans in early October during Art for Arts’ Sake. This free, open-air event is primarily located in the Warehouse District, a chic arts district in downtown New Orleans. The evening occasion features 20 different museums and galleries. Local art transcends into film a few weeks later with the New Orleans Film Festival, hosted Oct. 12-20.

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    New Orleans is also synonymous with music. Locals and tourists alike know the last weekend of October is the best time to experience it. Voodoo Music Fest, Oct. 28-30, is one of New Orleans’ most iconic music festivals. Headliners this year include Tool, Arcade Fire and the Weeknd, to name a few. With the combination of live music and spooky Halloween accoutrements, your client is bound to have a ball. Once the show is over, head to Frenchmen Street, where one of the world’s largest Halloween parties is thrown each year.

    Of course, a trip to New Orleans wouldn’t be complete without good food. Throughout the fall, the city hosts some of the best food festivals of the year. This makes it possible to try all of New Orleans’ best cuisine in one convenient location. Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival, located in Lafayette Square Park, offers an entire weekend (Oct. 14-16) dedicated to blues and BBQ. Similarly, Oak St. Po-Boy Festival, hosted Oct. 23, devotes a full day to the sandwich that New Orleans made famous. Music and vendors line the street as the crowd searches to find the best and most creative sandwich.

    From Saints tailgates, to browsing the open art galleries along Magazine Street, your clients will be thanking you for suggesting that they extend their summer by taking a trip down to New Orleans. With fewer crowds, discounts on hotel rooms and festivals nearly every week, it’s no wonder why New Orleans is the perfect fall getaway.


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Thu Than The New Orleans Beat

Thu Than Thu has 14 years of experience working in the tourism industry. A native of New Orleans, Thu enjoys listening to live music, exploring New Orleans food scene, and traveling with her family.
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