Fall is a beautiful time of year to be in New Orleans! As temperatures cool down, our events calendar heats up. So pack your suitcase, and don’t miss out on these five festive fall events.

Carnaval Latino

From Latin rhythms, spices, and colors, Hispanic culture thrives in New Orleans — so where better to celebrate Carnaval Latino than in the Big Easy? Running Oct. 10 and 11, Carnaval Latino brings international flavor through authentic music, food, art, and a special Parade of the Americas. Just a short walk from Bienville House, the parade rolls on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m.  Find the route here.

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Fest

Got the blues? Spice up your weekend Oct. 16-18 with good eats and tunes at the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Fest. Presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, an exciting lineup is in the works to commemorate the festival’s 10th anniversary, including mashups with Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, and The Funky Meters. Not to mention a huge spread of barbecue, seafood, and Creole dishes from 20+ food vendors.

Krewe of BOO!

On Saturday, Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m., New Orleans official Halloween parade Krewe of Boo turns the Vieux Carre into the “BOO CARRE.” The spook-tacular event features monsters and ghouls that “come to life” through 3D fiberglass and papier-mache floats dazzling (and frightening) parade-goers in the French Quarter. Check out the parade route here, and get ready for a thrilling good time.

Halloween in New Orleans

Speaking of boo! As one of the spookiest and most haunted cities in America, celebrating Halloween in New Orleans is a must. Start with a stay at Bienville House (known to have some ghost sightings of our own) then throw on your costume and make your way to Frenchmen Street for one of the biggest celebrations in town. If costumes aren’t your thing, check out the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience with headliners like Ozzy Osbourne, Florence + The Machine, and Deadmau5.

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival

Nothing screams fall in New Orleans quite like a warm, comforting bowl of gumbo. And when gumbo weather hits, we rejoice the best way we know how — with a festival. Head to Armstrong Park Nov. 8 and 9 for Treme Gumbo Fest and taste some of the city’s best gumbo dishes while enjoying the sounds of New Orleans brass band jazz. Even better? It’s FREE.