Bucktown Seafood Fest (continues all weekend)
St. Louis King of France School. In its 21st year, the free festival is the school’s largest fundraiser and all revenue raised is used for the direct benefit of the students. From amazing food vendors and top-notch entertainment to spectacular carnival rides and the Little Shrimper Village for children to enjoy, this is always the best weekend in Bucktown. Free. Times vary by day.

Touch a Truck
Pontchartrain Convention and Civic Center. Learn and explore big trucks courtesy of the Junior League of New Orleans. Children will meet the people who protect, serve, and build the metropolitan area. $10/person in advance, $15/person at the door. Children under 1 are free. 10 am–4 pm.

Louisiana Renaissance Fest (continues every weekend in November)
46468 River Rd., Hammond. Every autumn the Louisiana Renaissance Festival creates the English "Village of Albright," with more than 600 artisans, entertainers, and educational demonstrations welcoming you to the best parts of the 16th century: fun, clean, safe, and educational. 9:45 am–5 pm.

Jefferson SPCA Pet Fest
Lafreniere Park. "The Party Where Pets Bring Their People" is the Jefferson SPCA’s mega pet adoption event. Pets are welcome. Free. 10 am–4 pm.​

NOV 14
Saenger Theatre. Show your LSU pride at this event featuring the Golden Band, LSU Wind Ensemble, and the Golden Girls. Tickets start at $20/person. 7 pm.

NOV 16
LIHA Powwow (continues November 17)
Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, Gonzales. Join us the Louisiana Indian Heritage Association for its 53rd annual Powwow to experience the color and excitement of intertribal and gourd dancing, singing, art and crafts vendors, food, and culture.

NOV 16
Water Lantern Festival
New Orleans City Park. Experience a night of peaceful reflecting and beautiful lighted lanterns. Ticket prices increase closer to the day of the event. 4–11 pm.

NOV 22
Celebration in the Oaks Family Party
New Orleans City Park. Kids enjoy a holiday party fit for kings and queens while parents relax and enjoy the party without lifting a finger. Limited number of tickets available. Visit for more information. 5–8:30 pm.

NOV 26
Canal Street Lighting Ceremony
Astor Crowne Plaza. The Downtown Development District welcomes everyone to the “flip the switch,” turning on more than 1 million twinkling lights on historic Canal Street and throughout Downtown NOLA with a special visit from Santa Claus. 5:30 pm

Krewe of Jingle Parade
Presented by the Downtown Development District and The Roosevelt New Orleans, Downtown NOLA’s Christmas Parade starts at Lee Circle.

Movies on the Mississippi (continues December 13 & 20)
Spanish Plaza, Riverwalk. Presented by the Downtown Development District and The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, movies are screened the first three Fridays of December.

DEC 14
Reindeer Run & Romp/Holiday Scavenger Hunt
Begins and ends at Canal Place. The Downtown Development District presents the annual holiday fun run for kids. Rudolph, Santa, and friends will jingle their bells to signal the start of the race. After the race, participants “Romp” around and enjoy healthy activities for kids and parents with music, games, crafts, and more.


Note: Schedules subject to change. Check websites for details. 

Sponsored by

Join Our Playdate

Get our parenting e-newsletter and they won’t run with scissors.

Latest NOLA family-friendly stuff

Special needs in NOLA