From food to festivals, there is something for everyone here.
Where do you go when it is time to get away? Well, this year, make sure it is the most fun and authentic city in America- New Orleans. It is November and the city is bustling with Thanksgiving food menus and festivals. Celebrate this uniquely American holiday at any one of the finest selection of restaurants located downtown or in the French Quarter offering ‘Turkey Day’ meals and specials.
For those who are 21 and over and are on a look out for a thrilling afternoon, Fair Grounds Race Course is the place to be this Thanksgiving. You can revel in the delicious and extravagant Thanksgiving buffet in their enclosed, state-of-the-art clubhouse while you enjoy the breathtaking action from your tableside. The daring can place their bets as the world’s top thoroughbreds thunder on the Race Course.
Festivals and New Orleans are undoubtedly synonymous. Every November, the French Quarter follows its tradition of a day of holiday shopping fun. It’s ‘Shop Away in the Vieux Carre,” and it’s arguably the best time to shop in the French Quarter all year. Shop till you drop, and if you really do drop, you can take a free pedi-cab ride between stores at designated pickup posts and watch the lighting of the French Market Christmas Tree after sunset.
November is musical in New Orleans with the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival. Let the legendary local musicians and high class brass bands treat your ears with their sounds. For the art lovers, The Fringe Festival will be an indulgence. With fearless performers and equally fearless audiences, this over-the-top artistic event brings together 77 performing groups from all over the U.S. to give wacky performances across New Orleans at various locations. Whether you love dance, comedy, drama, puppetry, storytelling, or improvisational performances, this festival has it all, complete with special acts for kids.
Chefs and food lovers, get yourself rolling by the mid of November for the Oak Street Po Boy Festival. This one day festival features live music, arts and food vendors with different types of po-boy sandwiches. The festival gives “best-of” awards, which gives the chefs an incentive to invent some of the most creative po-boys.
Ladies, pay attention! Don’t forget that the day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday, which marks the beginning of the official Christmas shopping season with the beautiful local Christmas markets. With hundreds of specialty and souvenir shops with a wide variety of unique items like Mardi Gras beads and feather boas within walking distance of the French Quarters and downtown, isn’t New Orleans the place to be to buy a special gift for that special someone? Whatever you are looking for, New Orleans won’t disappoint you!