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October is one of my favorite months in New Orleans because the weather is finally cooling down, there is so much to do, and my favorite holiday is in October – HALLOWEEN! The list of festivals, haunted houses and tours are endless, but read about my top three suggestions to do as a tourist in New Orleans this summer. Even some of the locals can escape the daily grind and have a vacation for themselves.
For three weeks in October, use New Orleanais come out and celebrate everything German. The Deutsches House has hosted its festival in a couple of different locations over the years, but 2017s Oktoberfest will be on Bayou St John across the street from City Park.
Bring your appetite because there a variety of delicious German foods to snack on. Brats, sauerkraut, schnitzel, German cheeses and Bavarian-style pretzels are only the beginning of the goodies you can get at Oktoberfest.
As many of my readers know, I adore a good craft beer. Oktoberfest offers over 20 German beers, AND you can drink beer out of a boot. How awesome is that, drinking a beer on the boot.
They even have daily Masskrugstemmen, a Beer Stein Holiday Contest. On the final day of the festival, the Dachshund Dash is held where 60-75 wiener dogs race to claim the top dog award.
So dust off your dirndl and lederhosen, practice your chicken dance, and head on down to the Bayou every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday between October 6-21 to embrace Oktoberfest.
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Cemetery Tour with Two Chicks Walking Tours*
Throughout this one-hour tour, guests will go with an intimate group throughout the historic St Louis Cemetery #1. The cemetery was established in the late 1700’s and since March 2015 tourists are required to enter the cemetery with a licensed tour guide registered with the archdiocesan cemetery office.
Throughout the tour, The Chicks will help you weave in and out of the historical tombs learning all about the voodoo priestess, Marie Laveau, Homer Plessy, and the final resting place of Nicholas Cage when that should happen. The Chicks also discuss the historical significance of New Orleans’ tombs being above ground instead of in the ground. A smaller tour group leads to a greater advantage for conversation and questions. Since tour groups are not supposed to stand close to each other in the cemetery, no tour is alike winding around to discover different tombs depending on where the conversation leads.
Even though the temperature will cool down in October, make sure to wear a hat or bring an umbrella! There is very little shade in this cemetery.
I will post a full blog post later this month discussing my tour experience with the Head Chick!
Halloween Weekend – VooDoo Experience
Halloween in New Orleans is huge. The weekend before Halloween (October 27-29) is Voodoo.
The Voodoo Experience is an outdoor concert that brings locals, music lovers, and tourists together. One of the biggest festivals in New Orleans, visitors can get a ticket either a one-day ticket or 3-day pass. Big names like Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, and The Killers are headlining at Voodoo this year. Be ready to see amazing art, delicious delectables, and creative costumes at Voodoo.
The food at in New Orleans is so delicious and unique that Voodoo is hosting an event Feast Under the Stars, on Thursday, October 26 to celebrate everything uniquely New Orleans.
No matter what you do at VooDoo, eat a fried Oreo for me!
*I received a free tour from Two Chicks Walking Tours in exchange for writing a review on the blog.
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