Gambit’s Fall 2022 Festivals and Events Preview: October | Events

Gambit’s Fall 2022 Festivals and Events Preview: October | Events

October festivals, events and more in New Orleans. Check weekly listings in Gambit and online at closer to event dates.


Sept. 24-25, Oct. 1-2

Oktoberfest at Faubourg Brewery

Festivities include music by the Bayou Bavarians and The Brats, as well as German fare from local vendors, games on the great lawn and more. Find out more at

Sept. 29-Oct. 8

‘Riley and the Cat’

New Orleans’ community water ballet troupe Aqua Mob presents its adaptation of the sci-fi/horror thriller “Aliens.” The crew of the Amazonus is sent by the Bezoos Corporation to investigate alien life forms. The band Big Leather provides a live score. At the Drifter Hotel. Tickets are $20 on

Sept. 30-Oct. 2

International Arts Fest NOLA

The festival’s musical performers include Steel Pulse, Third World, Big Chief Donald Harrison, Cyril Neville, Nailah Blackman, Julian Vaughn and more. Performances are at the Orpheum Theater on Sept. 30 and in Crescent Park Oct. 1-2. Find tickets and information at

Sept. 30-Oct. 1

Chrissie Mayr

New York comedian Chrissie Mayr has appeared on “America’s Got Talent” and FOX’s “Punchline.” She performs at Comedy House New Orleans. Find tickets on

Sept. 30 & Oct. 2

‘The Barber of Seville’

The New Orleans Opera Association presents Rossini’s classic story of Count Almaviva’s pursuit of Rosine at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. Tickets are at

Oct. 1

Oktoberfest at Urban South

The celebration features five German-style beers on tap, a beer stein-holding contest, live music, food vendors and more. Find information at

Oct. 1

Art for Arts Sake

Participating art museums and galleries in the Warehouse District, CBD, Magazine Street and elsewhere open new shows.

Oct. 1-2

National Fried Chicken Festival

The festival features fried chicken from a variety of vendors, live music, a kids area, a car show and more on the grounds of the UNO Lakefront Arena. Find information at

Oct. 1-2

Raise Your Voice 5

Talented young actors and singers perform in a benefit for Covenant House New Orleans. At Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts. Find tickets at

Oct. 4-9

‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’

Based on the romantic comedy movie, the musical tells the story of a prostitute who charms a corporate raider who has paid her to act like his girlfriend for a few days in Los Angeles. The touring Broadway production comes to Saenger Theatre. Find tickets via

Oct. 5


The Musical Arts Society of New Orleans presents the celebration of Bach featuring music by the Electric Yat Quartet, Andre Bohren and more at Margaret Place. Find tickets at

Oct. 6

Greg Fitzsimmons

The standup comic, podcaster, radio personality and frequent guest on Howard Stern’s show performs at The Howlin’ Wolf. Find tickets via

Oct. 6-9

Redfish Festival

There’s live music, amusement rides, a pageant, food and more at the festival held in conjunction with the Redfish World Series fishing competition. The festival is at the Los Islenos Complex in St. Bernard. Find more information at

Oct. 6-16

Crescent City Chamber Music Festival

The piano, violin and cello ensemble Trio Appassionata headlines the festival, and there are performances by the Lott Quartet, Manhattan Chamber Players and others at locations around the city, from concert halls to a brewery. Find the schedule and information at

Oct. 7

Corey Holcomb

The Chicago comedian’s main platform is his online show “The Corey Holcomb 5150 Show.” He performs at The Fillmore. Find tickets via

Oct. 7

Rocky Dale Davis

The Alabama comedian first got noticed on the reality TV show “Redneck Island” and has appeared on Comedy Central. He performs at The Howlin’ Wolf. Find tickets via

Oct. 7

Craig Ferguson

Scottish comedian, actor and late-night TV host Craig Ferguson brings his Fancy Rascal tour to Civic Theatre. Find tickets via

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John Fogerty will perform at Gretna Heritage Festival.

Oct. 7-9

Gretna Heritage Festival

John Fogerty, The Beach Boys, Grace Potter, Gov’t Mule, North Mississippi Allstars, Irma Thomas, Tank and the Bangas, The Revivalists and more perform at Gretna Fest. There also are amusement rides, a German beer garden, an Italian village and more in downtown Gretna. Find tickets and information at

Oct. 7-9

Gentilly Fest

The festival features live music on three stages, craft vendors, food from local restaurants and more. Find information on

Oct. 7-16

‘In the Heights’

From “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, “In the Heights” is set on a block in the Dominican community of New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood and combines hip-hop and Latin music. Usnavi, a bodega owner, is pursuing a hairstylist in a local salon when his childhood friend Nina returns to the neighborhood. JPAS presents the musical at Jefferson Performing Arts Center. Find tickets at

Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22

Oktoberfest at Deutsches Haus

The German cultural society hosts its annual Oktoberfest celebration at its home on Bayou St. John. There is oompah music, German food, beer, wine, schnapps and more. Special events include a costume contest and a beer stein holding contest. Find information at

Oct. 8

Japan Fest

There’s taiko drumming, Japanese tea ceremonies, cultural demonstrations, crafts and more at the festival at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Presented by the Japan Society of New Orleans. Find information on

Oct. 8

Bluesberry Festival

The festival features Samantha Fish, Band of Heathens, Jonathon Long and more. There also are food trucks and a beer garden in Bogue Falaya Park in Covington. Find tickets and information at

Oct. 8

Sugar Fest

There’s live music, food, kids’ activities, a cooking contest, craft vendors and more at the festival presented by the Old Arabi Neighborhood Association. At the Aycock Barn at 409 Aycock St. Find information on

Oct. 8

Mbongi Spirit House unveiling

The Music Box Village unveils a new musical architecture installation created in partnership with Amistad Research Center, Third Eye Theatre and the Improvisational Performance Company. At Music Box Village. Find information at

Oct. 8

Halloween Hidden Treasures Courtyard Tour

The New Orleans Spring Fiesta Association offers a tour of French Quarter courtyards decorated for Halloween and a wine tasting. Find information at

Oct. 8-9

Fall Garden Festival

The LSU Ag Center, Louisiana Master Gardeners and the Metro Area Horticulture Foundation present the garden show and sale with food and craft vendors, music and educational programs at the New Orleans Botanical Gardens. Find information at

Oct. 10

New Orleans Career Center benefit

Chefs Alon Shaya and Zach Engel prepare a four-course dinner in a benefit for the New Orleans Career Center, which provides culinary and hospitality training. The dinner is at Saba, and there will be an online auction. Find tickets on

Oct. 12-30

‘the seagull or how to eat it’

The NOLA Project presents company member Gabriele Riesman’s adaptation of Chekhov’s “The Seagull.” In the updated comedy set on the Northshore, everyone is in love with someone who’s got their eyes on someone else. In the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in City Park. Find tickets at

Oct. 13

‘Pictures at an Exhibition’

Robert Moody, Music Director of the Arizona Musicfest and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, guest conducts the LPO in a program including Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” and more. At Orpheum Theater. Find tickets via

Oct. 13-15

‘Requiem for a Stranger’

Vagabond Inventions and Renee Benson present a multidisciplinary work about grief and healing inspired by the works of writer and activist adrienne maree brown, poet Rainer Maria Rilke and healer Martin Prechtel. At the Contemporary Arts Center. Find tickets via

Oct. 14

Taylor Tomlinson

A veteran of “Last Comic Standing,” Taylor Tomlinson has released two Netflix specials, including “Look at You” in March. She performs at Saenger Theater. Find tickets via

Oct. 14

Magic in the Moonlight

The benefit for the New Orleans Botanical Garden features an outdoor, seated dinner from chef Eric Cook in the gardens, plus music, dancing and an auction. Find information at

Oct. 14

WWE Smackdown

The professional wrestling show is at the Smoothie King Center. Find tickets via

Oct. 14-16

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

The Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s free festival features Charlie Musselwhite, Robert Finley, Ruthie Foster, Kenny Neal, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Little Freddie King and many more. There also are plenty of barbecue vendors and an arts market in Lafayette Square. Find information at

Oct. 14-16

Praise Fest

The free gospel music festival is a daytime event on Bayou St. John. Information to come on

Oct. 15

Christine Ebersole

Christine Ebersole is known for Broadway roles in “Grey Gardens” and “42nd Street” and starring in the films “Amadeus” and “Tootsie.” She’s accompanied by pianist Billy Stritch for this Broadway in New Orleans show at Rivertown Theaters for the Performing arts. Find tickets at

Oct. 15-16

Wooden Boat Festival

The festival features wooden boats, a quick-and-dirty boat building contest, live music, kids’ activities, craft vendors, food and more at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum in Madisonville. Visit for details.

Oct. 17

Maria Bamford

Actress and comedian Maria Bamford is known for her self-deprecating style of

humor. She performs at The Howlin’ Wolf. Find tickets at

Oct. 20

Amy Schumer

The comedian behind “Inside Amy Schumer” and comedy movies such as “Trainwreck” and “I Feel Pretty” performs at Saenger Theatre. Find tickets via

Oct. 20-23

Ghosts in the Oaks

There’s trick or treating, arts and crafts activities, unlimited amusement rides, hot dogs around a campfire and more in the Carousel Gardens at City Park. Find tickets and information at

Oct. 20-Nov. 6

‘The Play That Goes Wrong’

Le Petit Theatre opens its season with the popular British farce about an inept and accident-prone drama club trying to stage an old murder mystery. Find tickets at

Oct. 21-23

Boo at the Zoo

The Audubon Zoo celebrates Halloween with trick-or-treating, a haunted house, animal encounters, photo opportunities, crafts, food trucks and more. Find details at

Oct. 21-23

Rougarou Fest

Named for the mythical Cajun werewolf, Houma’s spooky Halloween-time festival features live music, costuming, a scavenger hunt, a parade, giant puppets, a pardoning of a nutria, a folklore and storytelling stage and more. Find information at

Oct. 21-Nov. 6

‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’

A grandstanding TV reporter tries to expose and shutdown the Chicken Ranch, a longrunning brothel outside a small Texas town, but the madam is a longtime friend of the local sheriff. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts presents the musical. Find tickets at

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The Krewe of Boo will parade in the Marigny, French Quarter and Warehouse District on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Oct. 22

Krewe of Boo

The krewe holds a Mardi Gras-style parade through the Marigny, French Quarter and Warehouse District with floats, marching bands, walking krewes and more. There’s also a Monster Mash ball and a Zombie run. Visit for information.

Oct. 22

Kyiv City Ballet

The Ukrainian ballet company is on its first tour of the U.S., having left Ukraine in February due to the Russian invasion. The program includes classical ballet and Ukrainian folk dance. Find tickets via

Oct. 22

Treme Fest

The music lineup features Little Freddie King, Erica Falls, James Andrews, Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes and the Louisiana Sunspots, the New Orleans Groove Masters and more at St. Augustine’s Church in Treme. There also are kids activities, and craft and food vendors. Find tickets and information on

Oct. 22

RuPaul’s ‘Night of the Living Drag’

Stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race, including Yvie Oddly, Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Kim Chi and others star in a haunting show based on Dante’s “Divine Comedy.” At the Saenger Theatre. Find tickets on

Oct. 22

Sunset Symphony

The LPO performs an outdoor concert on the Northshore at Mandeville Lakefront Park. Find information at

Oct. 23

A Station for All Seasons

There’s music by Deacon John and The Ivories, drinks, an online auction and more at the WYES benefit gala at the Four Seasons Hotel. Find tickets via

Oct. 27

Top Taco

The tasting event features creative and traditional tacos from local restaurants and tequila cocktails, and there’s a category for tacos with barbecue. The music lineup features James Andrews and the Crescent City All-Stars, Otra, Muevelo and more. There also is a costume contest and more. At Lafreniere Park in Metairie. Find tickets and information at

Oct. 27-Nov. 13

‘The Lion King’

The touring Broadway production of the Disney story returns to Saenger Theatre for an extended run. Simba grows from a cub into the ruler of the savanna in the popular musical. Find tickets on

Oct. 28-29

Brews and Boos

There’s beer, a DJ, a costume contest and more in the adults-

only event in the amusement area of the Carousel Gardens at City Park. Find tickets and info at

Oct. 29

Steve Hofstetter

Comedian Steve Hostetter performs standup and offers humorous commentary on sports on and elsewhere. At Joy Theater. Find tickets via the

Oct. 29

‘Blues Clues & You’

In the live version of the Nickelodeon children’s show with music and dance, Josh and Blue need help to create a theater show. At the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. Find tickets via

Oct. 29

Real Talk Comedy Tour

Comedians DeRay Davis, DC Young Fly, B Simone, Lil Duval, Jess Hilarious, Money Bag Mafia and Darren Brand perform, and Juvenile makes a guest appearance. At UNO Lakefront Arena. Find tickets on

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