1. Great Weather sunnyineverycountry.com / Via sunnyineverycountry.com When you think of New Orleans weather, you probably think hot and humid. And that’s true—for the summer months. One of NOLA’s best kept secrets is that during fall, winter, and spring, we have the perfect weather for getting outdoors and exploring the city. 2. Fewer Tourists Paul Broussard / Via gonola.com If you’ve been to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, you’ve probably complained your way through hour-long beignet lines and searched all night for a bar on Bourbon that wasn’t uncomfortably packed. In the fall, NOLA has a fraction of the tourists, making your stay easy and comfortable. Venturing out of the French Quarter never hurt, either! 3. Oyster Season © T.Tseng / Via Flickr: 68147320@N02 What’s better than oysters? Oyster happy hour! Once oyster season hits the Gulf, restaurants all over NOLA start offering deals on this delicious local seafood. Eat them raw, fried, chargrilled—or try all three. 4. Football Season © Todd Martin/Flickr / Via cdn.theculturetrip.com Who dat? Fall in New Orleans is synonymous with Saints season, and whether you’re watching in the Superdome or at one of the city’s many sports bars, you’re sure to be surrounded with die-hard fans. Geaux Saints! 5. Po-boy Festival Cheryl Gerber / Via gonola.com If you thought Mardi Gras was New Orleans’ only festival, you couldn’t be more wrong. Fall in NOLA is absolutely brimming with local culture and food festivals, including Oak Street Po-Boy Fest. Admission is free, but prepare to buy more po-boys than you ever dreamed. You won’t be able to resist! 6. Treme Fall Festival New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation / Via res.cloudinary.com For fans of the HBO hit Treme, Treme Fall Festival is the perfect real-life introduction to this historic neighborhood. From a Gospel Mass to an exclusive patron party to a street festival chock full of food, art, and culture, this weekend-long celebration is worth a fall trip to NOLA. 7. Fried Chicken Festival New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation / Via res.cloudinary.com Yet another fall festival is the relatively new Fried Chicken Fest. Started in 2016 to celebrate a delicious staple of southern cooking, the festival has grown so popular that it’s expanded to spacious Woldenberg Park. Now you get crispy chicken and an unbeatable view of the Mississippi River! 8. Boudin, Bourbon & Beer Festival New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation / Via res.cloudinary.com Speaking of New Orleans foods—and beverages—it doesn’t get much more classic than boudin, bourbon, and beer. Celebrate all three at the Boudin, Bourbon & Beer Festival, held in Champion Square outside the Superdome. Like every true NOLA party, the food will be accompanied by live music! 9. Halloween! frenchquarter.com / Via frenchquarter.com When a city is as haunted as New Orleans, you’d better believe it goes all out for Halloween! Whether you’re looking for history-packed ghost tours, family-friendly trick-or-treating, or a wild night on Frenchmen St., Halloween is the perfect time to visit NOLA. Just don’t forget your costume.