Spooky season has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean new Orleans is slowing down. This week in NOLA, we have the annual Film Festival taking over the city, plus a star-studded roster of live music, and the Jean Lafitte Seafood Festival. Check all this out and more below!
Here’s What’s Happening This Week in NOLA
New Orleans Film Festival
The 33rd annual, Oscar-qualifying New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) will showcase 145+ films in-person at The Orpheum, The Prytania, Jazz Market New Orleans, The Broad Theater, and The Broadside November 3-8 and virtually November 3-13 showcasing 130+ films through NOFF Virtual Cinema available globally. We’re especially excited to see Causeway at The Prytania Theatre, which portrays Jennifer Lawrence as a soldier struggling to adjust to her life after returning home to New Orleans.
Lost Bayou Ramblers at Zony Mash
The Lost Bayou Ramblers are known for performing old-style, predominantly acoustic Cajun music at clubs and festivals across the US, Europe, and Canada. They were formed in 1999 by Louis Michot and his brother Andre. They eventually grew to include Korey Richey, Jonny Campos, and Eric Heigle. With 15 years of touring, recording, and collaborating under their belt, the band has continually integrated new sonic elements into its live performances, always experimenting and growing the show to what it’s become today, an eclectic mix of modern sounds and rhythms with ancient Cajun melodies and lyrics.
The Haunted Tavern: A Dark Pop-Up Cocktail Experience
Don’t hang up your witches’ cloak yet. The Haunted Tavern is an immersive cocktail experience run by the descendants of Ichabod Crane. You will visit one of the most haunted locations in New Orleans as the tavern keeper guides you through a 4-part interactive cocktail journey. Hear the chilling and dark tales that haunt the venue, and beware the ghost that never left…
Julie Odell with Ocean Boyfriend at One Eyed Jacks
Julie Odell is a New Orleans-based singer-songwriter. Her music is folky, dreamy, and soulful, marked by her powerful, peculiar vocals, detailed textures, and instinct for immediate songcraft. For her evening at One Eyed Jacks, Julie Odell will perform with a full band and special guests. Ocean Boyfriend opens in the evening.
beabadoobee at Republic NOLA
beabadoobee’s highly anticipated debut album Fake It Flowers was released in 2020 to widespread critical acclaim and debuted in the top 10 of the UK charts. beabadoobee has toured worldwide, supporting the likes of The 1975 and Clairo, and will play an extensive run of global live shows in 2022. Now, she’s on tour supporting her sophomore album, Beatopia.
YUNG GRAVY & BBNO$ AT THE FILMORE NOLA
The rapper behind radio hits “Betty (Get Money)” and “oops!” is performing in New Orleans for the first time ever during his Baby Gravy, The Tour. Yung Gravy began rapping for fun at parties in college and in 2016, he quit his job and spent months self-recording songs. The doo-wop samples and trap rhythms of his song “Mr. Clean” inspired multiple fan videos, some of which went viral. He followed up with his own video for the song in October 2017, and it also went viral, racking up millions of views in a few months.
Hell Yes Fest
Hell Yes Fest is the Gulf South’s largest comedy festival since 2011. Created by touring local comedian and producer Chris Trew, Hell Yes Fest will feature 50+ comics, 15+ headliner shows, and 3 different venues with Comedy House NOLA being its home base.
Mat Kearney at Civic Theatre
Folk-pop troubadour Mat Kearney is coming to New Orleans with his Acoustic Trio Tour. The singer/songwriter has recorded multiple Top 20 hits and seven studio albums. This fall, the singer is traveling the country with his Acoustic Trio Tour. Featuring special guest Marc Scibilia, the tour will stop at Civic Theatre on November 10.
River Beats Presents: THE DEEP ft JERRO w/ C-Lab & DJ87
Join us back in THE DEEP to see JERRO headline the rooftop at The Virgin Hotel in New Orleans. JERRO’s debut album Coming Home was released in October 2021. Hailing from Hasselt, Belgium, Jerro is a rising producer specializing in melodic house and downtempo electronic music. He has solidified his place within the electronic music community with ongoing support from electronic tastemaker labels This Never Happened, Anjunadeep, and Future Classic.
Jean Lafitte Seafood Festival
The Jean Lafitte Seafood Festival will take place on Nov 11-13 at the Jean Lafitte Auditorium and Grounds. Headlined by Better than Ezra, Travis Tritt, and Lauren Alaina, the lineup includes an impressive listing of musicians. The festival will include amazing live music, Louisiana food, swamp tours, kayak rentals, carnival rides, and a Louisiana art walk. The event space includes the town’s Wetland Trace, a boardwalk trail through a 41-acre cypress swamp nature preserve, adjacent to the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Swamp Tours will also be offered.
Leilani Kilgore Live at the Howlin’ Wolf
Blues & rock musician Leilani Kilgore is rockin’ out and taking over the Howlin’ Wolf. A Nashville transplant hailing from the West Coast, Leilani Kilgore serves aggressive hard-hitting rock with a touch of meaningful blues and fearlessly honest emotional expression. Don’t miss her New Orleans debut this month.
A one-day, alcohol-free, music festival – Sober Fest is Bridge House / Grace House’s newest event! With headliner Dumpstaphunk, the festival will also feature performances by Camile Baudoin of The Radiators, Cha Wa, and the Trombone Shorty Academy. Admission is free, but advance registration is encouraged. The festival is family-friendly and will include a Kids’ Tent with games and activities. A variety of food options will be available for purchase from local vendors and food trucks. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available for sale with proceeds benefiting Bridge House / Grace House.
Drag Brunch at The Tasting Room
Come and dance the day away with the amazing performers from Drag Brunch at the Tasting Room. The Tasting Room provides an intimate experience with tunes that you will be singing all day long. Try the mouth-watering, brunch-exclusive menu items like savory shrimp & Maq Choux or a fruity & sweet pain perdu. Order it up with bottomless mimosas or bloody marys.