New hotels and attractions, events, art, culture and the whole history of the city in the traditional museums are already planned for October and the following months.
• The National World War II Museum has been recognized as a winner in the 2017 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards for museums, ranking No.2 in the world and No.2 in the nation – up from No.11 in the world and No.4 in the nation last year.
• Turkey and the Wolf has been named the No.1 best new restaurant in America by Bon Appetit. The quirky sandwich shop in the Irish Channel was praised for their inventiveness and laid-back approach to high quality yet affordable food.
• The 37th annual Art for Arts’ Sake
, hosted by the Contemporary Arts Center, will welcome more than 30,000 guests to stroll the Warehouse District art galleries, gift shops and exhibits along Julia Street, Magazine Street and the Contemporary Arts Center on the evening of October 7th.
will take place on the site of the future Deutsches Haus “New Haus” at 1700 Moss St. along Bayou St. John.
The event will occur over three consecutive weekends in October – October 6th-7th, 13th-14th and 20th-21st. The Deutsches Haus was established in 1928 to preserve and foster Germanic heritage and culture in the Gulf South.
• The 2nd annual Beignet Fest
will take place on October 7th at New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds. The festival will feature every kind of beignet you can imagine, including several savory variations.
This year’s festival will bring a fun music lineup throughout the day which includes the Hill Country Hounds, the Imagination Movers, One Love Brass Band, the Brass-a-holics and Eric Lindell.
All proceeds from the festival benefits the Tres Doux Foundation, which makes grants to local nonprofit organizations that provide accessible and quality programs for children with developmental delays.
• The 28th annual New Orleans Film Festival
, presented by the New Orleans Film Society, returns to the city October 11th-19th.
This year’s festival Centerpiece Film is the Louisiana-shot Mudbound, an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, set in the rural American South during World War II.
The New Orleans Film Festival is one of the few film festivals that is Oscar-qualifying in all three Academy-accredited categories: Narrative Short, Documentary Short and Animated Short.
• The 12th annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
will bring local and regional art vendors, live music and lots of great barbecue with an emphasis on Louisiana cuisine to Lafayette Square October 13th-15th.
This year’s festival boasts an impressive musical lineup featuring Deacon John, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Little Freddie King and many more.
• The 10th annual Krewe of Boo,
the Crescent City’s official Halloween parade, will roll October 21st starting in the Marigny neighborhood, then rolling through the French Quarter and ending in the Warehouse District. This year’s celebrity grand marshals are Saints legend Bobby Hebert and WWE® Superstars The Miz® and Maryse™, an exciting tie in to WWE WrestleMania 2018 which will be held in New Orleans in April.
The Krewe of Boo will continue their tradition of primarily throwing locally-made edible items and collectables to parade goers in an effort to reduce waste. This year the krewe will present the first ever New Orleans Zombie Run the morning of the parade. The 2-mile race will begin in the Warehouse District and ends on Frenchmen Street. Participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite monster.
• The 33rd annual Halloween New Orleans
event returns, October 20th-22nd, for a weekend of LGBT costume parties across the city.
o Every year the event donates 100% of their proceeds to fund Project Lazarus, a home in New Orleans for men and women with AIDS, so that they can provide healthcare and support services to their residents.
• The 11th annual Oak Street Po-Boy Festiva
l is set to take place on October 22nd, with more than 40 food vendors serving their best po-boy alongside live music, the Where Y’Art Market, New Orleans merchants and dozens of local and regional breweries.
• The 2017 Louisiana Seafood Festival,
will be held October 27th-29th, at Woldenberg Park for a weekend full of seafood, chef cooking demonstrations, an arts village, family activities and more. Live music will be provided at the event by the Soul Rebels, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and many more.
• The 18th annual Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
will return to City Park Halloween Weekend, October 27th-29th, inviting attendees again to “Worship the Music.”
o This year boasts an impressive lineup of artists including Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, The Killers, Foo Fighters and more.
• The WWII Air, Sea & Land Festival 2017
, will take place October 27th-29th at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport and will present the best of the 2016 AirPower Expo with a weekend of entertainment, food, drink and flying aircrafts.
• The New Orleans Museum of Art
will unveil their newest exhibit, East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography, on view October 6th, 2017 – January 7th, 2018.
This landmark exhibition, co-organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, is the first to exclusively explore a vivid chapter of America’s photographic history – 19th century American landscape photography made east of the Mississippi River.
• Prospect New Orleans
will present their fourth installment and citywide art triennial, Prospect.4, which will take place in New Orleans this winter opening November 18, 2017 and set to run through February 25, 2018.
Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, is the fourth iteration of the citywide exhibition that finds inspiration from the lotus plant. More than 70 artists from over 25 countries are set to participate in the contemporary art exhibition that takes place once every three years in New Orleans.
Prospect.3, was held in New Orleans in 2015, and engaged more than 100,000 visitors during its thirteen-week run.
• The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC)
has announced a year of special programming commemorating New Orleans’ Tricentennial in 2018.
The four-day event will explore how the 300-year history of how New Orleans came to be inhabited by diverse, vibrant people and how, in turn, the concept of home has been central to the life and culture of the city. The building is expected to open with the exhibition Art of the City: Postmodern to Post-Katrina, presented by The Helis Foundation, featuring works of contemporary art from more than 75 artists.
HNOC will open a special bilingual tricentennial exhibit New Orleans, the Founding Era, a multifaceted exploration of the city’s first few decades.
As part of the tricentennial exhibit, THNOC will join the City of New Orleans 2018 Commission’s Cultural and Historical Committee to present Making New Orleans Home: A Tricentennial Symposium, March 8-11, 2018. A third campus of the Historic New Orleans Collection, the renovated 19th century Seignouret-Brulatour Building, will open in the French Quarter in fall 2018.
• The Jung Hotel and Residences, a New Orleans Hotel Collection Property
, is set to open this winter on December 1st.
Located at 1500 Canal St, adjacent to the city’s medical corridor, the Jung will feature 207 luxury guest rooms, 113 one and two-bedroom apartments, more than 15 meeting rooms and a 12,000-square foot exhibit hall. The Jung is a $140 million re-imagination and rebirth of the historic Jung Hotel, incorporating residences, retail, hotel, parking and other amenities.
• The Degas House
celebrates the 100th anniversary of Edgar Degas death with a bronzed statue of his most popular sculpture, Little Dancer of Fourteen Years, to honor the artists’ life and accomplishments.
The statue was made in a foundry in Europe, author unknown. It’s an “After Degas” which is an artists’ copy including their own interpretations.
More information: http://www.neworleanscvb.com