Top 25+ Things to Do in New Orleans in November

This post covers things to do in November in New Orleans, including a top 10 list, free things to do, nighttime as well as family-friendly activities. These lists have been updated for 2019.

 

 


TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN NOVEMBER

This section will focus on the most fun and interesting things to do in New Orleans this November.

For fuller posts on the most popular activities in and around the city, check out the following posts. 

Many of these items are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.


1) Take a Walking Tour

If you’ve been avoiding the heat during warmer months, November is the perfect time to take a walking tour of the city.

Luckily, we offer several pay-what-you-like walking tours in New Orleans that you may want to consider.

You can click on the individual tours below or go straight to our booking calendar to see what’s available during your time in NOLA.

 

 

We also offer many of these as GPS audio tours that you can take any time you like.

Our tours are pay-what-you-wish, so they can fit into almost every budget. Most of these activities are also family-friendly and they are pretty close to being free as well.

Some of these tours also take place in the evening, making them a great idea for something to do at night.


2) Attend a Football/Basketball Game

New Orleans has both a professional NBA team in the Pelicans and one of the more popular NFL teams in the Saints.

Each team will have at least a few home games during the month of November, so this would be an excellent chance for sports fans to cheer on their favorite players.

 

 

New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Pelicans vs

Each of the Pelicans games will taken place in the evening, making this an excellent activity after dark. If your children enjoy basketball, this could also be a great family activity.

In addition to the major sports teams performing this month, the Bayou Classic will be taking place on November 30th.

This event will feature two of the best college football teams in the US, as Grambling State will be facing off against Southern University at the Superdome!

Click here to find all the games in New Orleans.


3) Go to a Concert

New Orleans is home to a thriving music scene, so it shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise that several notable musicians like to host concerts in the area throughout the year.

 

 

November is no exception, as there will be several famous artists performing in the city this month. If you’re looking for a show to attend, consider one of the following options:

NOTE: If you can’t make it to one of these concerts, make sure to check our calendar or live musical performances in New Orleans for more great shows to see.


4) See a Hit Musical

New Orleans is home to several theaters that host popular traveling broadway productions throughout the year.

During the month of November, there will be two notable musicals to see, and both will be at the Saenger Theatre.

 

 

The first big show will be Dear Evan Hansen, a hit musical which tells a darkly comic tale about being a teenager in America.

Needless to say, this could be a great option for families with older kids. This production will be available from November 5th – 10th, 2019.

If you’re looking for something more family-friendly, consider taking the kids to Elf on the Shelf. This musical is based on the popular holiday book with the same name, and it’s great for young children who are getting excited for Christmas.

As you might have suspected, this musical will be produced on November 19th – 20th.

Click here to see all theatrical events in New Orleans.


5) Experience Thanksgiving in New Orleans

Even if you’re visiting New Orleans during the holiday, there will still be plenty to see and do while you’re here.

Visitors who are looking for somewhere to enjoy a fine meal might want to look at this list of where to eat on Thanksgiving

Each of the restaurants and locations listed either has a special menu for the event or provides popular food items to bring to a Thanksgiving meal. Why not try a Thanksgiving Po-boy, pictured on the left.

 

 

Another activity you might want to consider is Thanksgiving at the Fairgrounds, a free event where people will dress up in the most festive costumes to see the horses and celebrate the holiday. 

Whether you want to see the race or enjoy all of the crazy outfits that other visitors wear, this is a fun and potentially family-friendly idea.

TIP: If you’re looking for great food to eat throughout the month, consider taking our French Quarter food tour.


6) Grab a Drink at Boudin, Bourbon & Beer

Hosted by the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, this festival includes all-you-can-eat food from more than 70 of the best chef’s in the United States. 

Open bars will have several different kinds of craft beers, fine wines, and other spirits. There will also be a cigar bar, dessert tasting stations and more.

 

 

Guests will also enjoy live musical performances, festival merch, and other activities.

  • $135 per person
  • Location: Champions Square
  • Availability: November 8th, 2019
  • Hours: 6 pm – 10:30 pm
  • Purchase or learn more.

The ticket price may seem a bit expensive, but you have to remember that all food, drinks, and entertainment are included. It’s also worth noting that all proceeds go to charity. 

TIP: If the price is a factor, consider taking a New Orleans Cocktail tour instead. These activities are far more affordable and they’ll give you the chance to learn more about special drinks in New Orleans.


7) Grab a Bite at the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival

We cover po-boys on our French Quarter food tour, but there is actually a po-boy festival you can attend in November.

Admission is entirely free, but you’ll have to purchase wristbands for $5 each in order to get some food at the event. Depending on how much you choose to eat, this could be a fairly affordable activity.

 

 

In addition to the food, live musical performances will be held throughout the day and there will be fun activities for kids such as face painting.

  • Price: Free (Po-Boy Wristbands for $5)
  • Location: Oak Street
  • Date: November 3rd
  • Hours: 10 am – 6 pm
  • Learn more here.

If you miss this event, don’t worry – you can still get a fantastic po-boy at many different restaurants in town. Check this list of the best po-boys in New Orleans to get some ideas of where to go.

For more cheap and affordable activities, make sure to check our section covering free things to do in New Orleans this November.


8) Get Cheesy at Fête des Fromages

Not to be outdone by the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, Fête des Fromages is an event which celebrates French culture with a variety of cheeses, wines and more.

 

 

Most of the festivities will take place at the Old U.S. Mint Building, so you can rest assured that there will be a lot of wonderful music provided as well – after all, this is the site of the New Orleans Jazz Museum.

Although this festival is not free, it could be a great family-friendly activity.

  • Price: $25 – $125 per person
  • Location: Old U.S. Mint
  • Date: November 13th, 15th & 16th
  • Hours: 11 am – 5 pm
  • Purchase or learn more.

TIP: Even if you miss the festival, you may want to consider visiting the New Orleans Jazz Museum at another time. Not only are tickets affordable ($6 or less), but they actually offer free musical performances every Tuesday.


9) Go to the Hot Wheels Monster Truck Show

If you’ve got any kids who love Hot Wheels toys, you may want to consider bringing them to this awesome Monster Truck show.

 

 

Some of the trucks being driven during this event will be modeled after actual Hot Wheels vehicles, but guests can also expect to see the king of all monster trucks – Bigfoot.

This is just one of several great family-friendly activities.

For more ideas, make sure to read our section covering things to do with kids in New Orleans this November.


10) Save Money With a Tourist Pass

Although discount passes aren’t free, they can save you enough money that you’d eventually be able to enjoy a lot of activities and attractions without paying anything extra.

 

 

Here is an example of how that could work with a 2-Day All-Inclusive New Orleans Sightseeing Pass:

Day 1

  • Mardi Gras World – $22
  • Audubon Insectarium – $23
  • Audubon Aquarium – $30
  • Creole Queen Jazz Cruise – $48
  • Total Value: $123
  • Total Price for 2-Day Pass: $119

Day 2

  • National WWII Museum – free
  • City Sightseeing Bus Tour – free
  • Audubon Zoo – free
  • Total Value: free
  • Total Price for Day 2: $0

As you can see, the second day of a 2-Day pass would be entirely free. This is just one example with one of the tourist passes offered in the Crescent City, but you can find similarly excellent deals from their competitors as well.

If you want to find the right option for your needs, make sure to read our post comparing each of the New Orleans discount passes.

 


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FREE THINGS TO DO IN NOVEMBER

In the following section, we will provide a few different ideas for free attractions that you can enjoy in New Orleans during the month of November.

If you’re looking for additional events, make sure to check our other sections for activities such as the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, Thanksgiving at the Fairgrounds and more.

 

 

Be sure to read our guide to free things to do in New Orleans for even more ideas.


Go to the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival

Although we cover Creole food and gumbo on our French Quarter Food Tour, you might want to check out this festival as well.

This is also an excellent alternative to Fête des Fromages, as both events take place on the same day.

 

 

The Treme Creole Gumbo Festival focuses on one of the more popular dishes you’ll find in New Orleans. In addition to the food, you’ll also have the opportunity to hear some of the best brass bands in the city.

  • Admission: Free
  • Location: Louis Armstrong Park
  • Date: November 16th – 17th
  • Hours: 11 am – 7:30 pm

Even if you miss this event, there are still a lot of great places to get gumbo in New Orleans.

You can also learn more about the neighborhood being celebrated by taking our Treme walking tour.

If you want to know what makes this gumbo creole, check out our post about the difference between Creole and Cajun food


Attend the Algiers Folk Art Festival

For six years in a row, the Algiers Folk Art Zone & Blues Museum has hosted this art festival. During the event, local artists will have an opportunity to display and sell their work. 

There will also be live musical performances and plenty of great food to eat. Additionally, families will be happy to hear that there will also be children’s arts & crafts provided at the festival.

Any funds raised from concessions and other items being sold will be used to improve the programming and facilities of the Folk Art Zone & Blues Museum.

TIP: This event takes place on the other side of the Mississippi River. The ferry across the water is very affordable and there are a lot of great things to see and do in the area.

Check out our post about Algiers Point for more details about the neighborhood.


See a Horse Race at the Fairgrounds

The New Orleans Fairgrounds are always free to visit, and you don’t even have to bet on any races! If your kids love horses, this is a wonderful opportunity to let them see their favorite animals up close.

As we mentioned in the top 10, there will also be a special event for Thanksgiving where people will dress up in interesting costumes to celebrate the holiday.

Live horse races will begin in the second half of November, which means that this is actually the perfect time to visit. Races usually take place between Thursday – Sunday.

For more details, make sure to check the Fair Grounds Race Course site.


Attend the Turkey Day Race

Every Thanksgiving, the New Orleans Track Club hosts a special event known as the Turkey Day Race. This year, the activity will be taking place in City Park and all proceeds will benefit Spina Bifida of Louisiana.

Although it’s not free to enter the race, you can attend and cheer on the runners as they compete for awards and work off some of the Turkey Day calories!

If you do feel like entering, it’s worth noting that this race is open to all runners and walkers, regardless of whether or not you’re a member of any athletic club.

For more details about this event, please read this post about the Turkey Day Race.

NOTE: If you’re going to watch the race, you may also want to consider additional activities in the area. Check our post about City Park for more things to do while you’re here.

Be sure to read our guide to free things to do in New Orleans for even more ideas.

 


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FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

This section will provide some ideas for things you can do with your family in New Orleans throughout November.

In our other sections, you’ll find additional family-friendly activities such as the Treme Gumbo Festival, the New Orleans Book Festival, and the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival.

 


For even more family fun, make sure to read our post covering things to do with kids in New Orleans.


See the Weeki Wachee Mermaids

Are there any young mermaid fans in your family? Well, during the first few weeks of November, these mythical creatures come to life at the Audubon Aquarium.

Known as the Weeki Wachee Mermaids, these professional actors dress up and swim around the massive tanks of the aquarium, greeting children and families as they walk by. 

There will also be photo opportunities on the second floor if your kids want to meet the mermaids!

  • Price: Free w/ General Admission
  • Location: Audubon Aquarium
  • Dates: Nov 1st – 3rd | Nov 7th – 10th
  • Hours: 10 am – 5 pm
  • Learn more about this activity

TIP: If you’re interested in visiting this location, make sure to read our post about what you can expect to see at the Audubon Aquarium

It’s also worth noting that tickets to this attraction are included with some New Orleans tourist passes.


Thanksgiving at the Insectarium

Located just down the road from the Aquarium, this branch of the Audubon Nature Institute will be hosting its own special event for Thanksgiving. That being said, this is definitely the kind of activity reserved for the brave.

Known as “Hoppy Thanksgiving,” visitors will have the opportunity to sample traditional holiday foods made with insects. 

Some may find it a little disturbing, but this could be a great activity for anyone who’s willing to take the chance.

NOTE: Tickets for the Audubon Insectarium are actually included with some attraction passes. For more details, make sure to read our post about New Orleans discount pass options.


Attend Celebration in the Oaks

In honor of the holiday season, Friends of City Park will be bringing back their annual Celebration in the Oaks. 

During this event, holiday lights will adorn many of the oak trees in the park surrounding such notable attractions as the Botanical Garden, Storyland, and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park.

The festivities begin at the end of November and last throughout the month of December.

  • Price: $10 per person
  • Location: City Park
  • Dates: Nov 24th | Nov 29th – Jan 1st
  • Hours: 6 pm – 10 pm (Sun – Thur)
  • Weekend Hours: 5 pm – 11 pm (Fri & Sat)
  • Purchase tickets or learn more.

TIP: We recommend combining this activity with a trip to one of the many fun attractions in this park. 

If you’re looking for fun things to do at night, they have a mini-golf course called City Putt which is open until at least 10 pm each night.

For more ideas, make sure to read our City Park guide.

For even more family fun, make sure to read our post covering things to do with kids in New Orleans.

 


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NIGHTTIME ACTIVITIES

The following section will provide details about a selection of fun things that you can do after dark in New Orleans this November.

For additional ideas, make sure to check our other sections for activities such as Boudin, Bourbon & Beer, Celebration in the Oaks, concerts, musicals and more.

 

 
 
Be sure to also check out our master post on things to do at night in New Orleans for even more ideas.

Laugh it Up at Hell Yes Fest

If you’re looking for a good reason to smile, the Hell Yes Comedy Festival will probably do the trick. The festivities include improv, sketches, stand-up, and other formats such as film and podcasts. 

Past performers have included names such as Sarah Silverman, Doug Benson, Eric Andre, Todd Barry and more.

  • Prices: $7 – $110 per person/show
  • Location: Multiple venues
  • Dates: Nov 14th – 17th
  • Learn more here

NOTE: In addition to this event, there are also typically several free or affordable comedy shows at various venues in New Orleans throughout the week. 

For more details, make sure to check our list of free or cheap comedy shows.


Attend the Victory Ball at the WW2 Museum

In honor of Veterans Day weekend, the National WW2 Museum will be hosting a special Victory Ball with plenty of live music, dancing, and cocktails to enjoy.

This event will honor the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country, as they will offer special admission prices for both veterans and active duty service members.

  • Ticket Prices: $100/Adults | $80/Veterans | $50/Active Duty
  • Location: National WW2 Museum
  • Dates: November 8th
  • Hours: 7 pm – 10 pm
  • Purchase tickets or learn more.

NOTE: Even if you miss this event, you may still want to come here to see the Victory Belles perform classic WW2 era music each Wednesday.

Visitors who want to explore the museum should keep in mind that tickets are included at a discount with more than one New Orleans tourist pass.


Go to Thursdays at Twilight

Throughout the year, City Park hosts a special concert series at the Botanical Garden known as Thursdays at Twilight. This event will be taking place every week in November except for Thanksgiving.

The following performers are scheduled to play this month:

  • Warren Storm w/ Yvette Landry and the Jukes | Nov 7th
  • John Rankin and Friends | Nov 14th
  • Benny Grunch and the Bunch | Nov 21st

Tickets are $10 per person and the concerts run from about 6 pm – 8 pm. Seating is limited, so you may want to purchase admission well ahead of time to avoid missing out.

If you’re looking for even more fun things to do in the area, make sure to read our post covering things to do at City Park.

Be sure to also check out our master post on things to do at night in New Orleans for even more ideas.

 


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