Looking for a full roster of fun things to do for your next autumn getaway? Come to New Orleans, where something is happening every day.
Here is a sampling of fall events in New Orleans.
* Art for Arts Sake: This free citywide “gallery hop” on Oct. 1 marks the opening of the city’s fabulous arts season. More than 50 upscale art galleries will be open in the Warehouse Arts District and on Magazine Street. Sip a glass of wine along the way and be inspired by the visual feast.
* New Orleans Film Festival: October lights up with this festival, which takes place from Oct. 6 through Oct. 13. Along with a full lineup of films, the festival will feature workshops and seminars for cinema aficionados.
* The Fresh Art Festival: This nationally recognized festival spices up the Arts District with a fine arts and crafts show, demonstrations, music and food. Bring home a beautiful piece of original art from this event, which takes place on Oct. 15 and Oct. 16.
* Voodoo Fest: On Oct. 29 and Oct. 30, City Park will rock with a full roster of great jazz, blues and funk bands. Video-game tents and traveling museums will offer sneak previews of new game technologies.
* Halloween: Nightly ghost and vampire tours are offered throughout the year, but they take on new meaning during Halloween in New Orleans, dubbed “The Most Haunted City in America.” “Boo at the Zoo” at Audubon Zoo and “Ghosts in the Oaks” at City Park are perfect kid-friendly celebrations for your tykes.
* Swamp Fest: This event is great family entertainment, with Louisiana Zydeco, Cajun and Creole foods and games. Swamp Fest takes place at Audubon Zoo on two weekends in November: Nov. 5 and Nov. 6 and again on Nov. 12 and Nov. 13.
* Christmas New Orleans- Style: Bring the entire family to ring in the holidays New Orleans-style. From Dec. 1 through Dec. 31, visitors can enjoy free nightly jazz concerts in St. Louis Cathedral, free cooking demonstrations, fabulous reveillon dinners and 2 million dazzling lights dotting the oak trees of City Park at Celebration in the Oaks.