There’s nothing like the atmosphere and memories of an elopement in the fall. Make that double for one held in New Orleans. With the wide variety of entertainment and rich cultural history, New Orleans captures the spirit of fall like no other city in the country.
If you’re planning for a fall elopement, check out some of these ideas to take advantage of everything the city has to offer during this mysterious and beautiful time of year!
Oak Street Po-boy Fest
What exactly is a po’boy and why does it have its own festival, you might ask?
New Orleans is certainly famous for a lot of reasons, and one of those reasons is its excellent assortment of signature dishes. A po’boy is a traditional New Orleans specialty that is basically a fried seafood sandwich.
This tasty dish can come in an array of styles and flavors, and is such a hit that every year, people from all around New Orleans converge on Oak Street to partake of the different recipes and enjoy live music.
If your idea of a fun time is mixing it up in historic New Orleans and enjoying some down South comfort food, you can’t go wrong with the Oak Street Po’Boy Fest. While festivals like this are often held every year, this particular one is on November 11th. The perfect time to enjoy the fall weather and indulge!
Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
Speaking of festivals, New Orleans excels at them. Just about any time of the year you’re bound to find a unique cultural experience being celebrated in the streets. If you’re looking for one with that fall / Halloween kind of flair, the Voodoo Festival might be up your alley.
This special Halloween weekend event is one part music festival, one part culinary fair, one part art show! Experience an exciting array of costumes, street art, culinary delights, and local music. The festival makes it a point to give its attendees an immersive art experience – many of its attractions are designed to stimulate the senses.
Big artists like Childish Gambino and Artic Monkeys are headlining this year’s experience, and if that’s not enough for you, there’s a haunted Mortuary, amusement park rides, and a beer hall, all taking place right in City Park. What more could a newly eloped couple want?
New Orleans is truly a melting pot of culture and tradition, and its Oktoberfest celebrations are proof of that. Though the city is typically not well known for anything German, it’s a little-known fact that the city actually has some German roots, and has a thriving German culture, along with plenty of high quality restaurants and festivals.
No place does Oktoberfest quite like New Orleans. Celebrated all month long across from City Park on Bayou St. John, the festival includes a large selection of traditional German food, live music performances, family activities, and of course, plenty of beer. More than enough reason to incorporate it into your elopement festivities!
Just because Louisiana isn’t exactly famous for fall foliage, doesn’t mean you’ll be missing out on nature’s beauty. Fall is the perfect time of the year to visit New Orleans’s natural outdoors attractions, because the weather is more favorable and yes, some of the trees do change their leaves.
City Park hosts its own fall garden festival right in the Botanical Garden every year, which is the ideal spot for couples looking for some immaculate photography opportunities, and on top of that, it’s a great time too, that includes typical fall events and of course some great food.
Halloween Parades and More
New Orleans takes Halloween to a whole new level. If you’ve never experienced their Halloween parades, you’re in for a treat, and so is your significant other!
Hosted by some of the same people involved with New Orleans’ famous Mardi Gras celebrations, their annual Halloween parade is a dream for any couple looking to spice up their elopement and add a dash of the mysterious and fun.
If you’re of the ambitious sort, they even host a charitable “Zombie Run” right through the French Quarter, just remember to bring your costume!
And of course, numerous bars and restaurants take part in the Halloween Parade, helping to host various mini events and entertainment for all ages, including newly eloped couples looking for a fun night on the town.
New Orleans is proof you don’t have to settle for a boring old marriage ceremony. With all the fun and excitement the city has to offer, especially in the fall season, it’s easy to transform your elopement into a day (or night!) you won’t ever forget.