Pumpkins are having a moment. They’re in lattes, muffins, pancakes, hummus (seriously!), brownies, pies, smoothies, and just about any seasonal treat you can think of— but pumpkins are just as important a design element as a recipe ingredient this time of year. What front step (or living room mantel) is complete without a jack-o-lantern?
Take a look at these pumpkin patches throughout the Greater New Orleans area. Whether you go to pick up a pumpkin or just snap a fun fall selfie, they’re a great way to spend a few hours.
Bonus: check out these free carving templates from GoNOLA!
Find pumpkins galore at these patches around the New Orleans metro area. (Photo via Pexels)
Pumpkin Patches in New Orleans Metro
City Park Pumpkin Patch
- Where: Wheel Fun Rentals in City Park along the Big Lake Trail
- When: September 30-October 22
- More info: Ticket prices are $5-$9; enjoy pumpkin patch, hay ride, unlimited bounce house and inflatables, games, and picture stations. Other items, such as Surrey rides, pedal boats, snacks, and pumpkins are available for purchase.
St. Paul’s Episcopal School
- Where: 6249 Canal Boulevard in New Orleans
- When: October 7-31
- More info: Pumpkins at this patch weigh up to 40 pounds! There’s also a designated photo area for pictures
Aurora United Methodist Pumpkin Patch
- Where: 3300 Eaton Street in Algiers
- When: October 16-31
- More info: This patch hosts a family day on October 21 with food, games, and pumpkins for all
Plum Street Snoball Pumpkin Patch
- Where: Lafreniere Park near the Splash Pad and carousel
- When: October 6-31
- More info: Pumpkins range in cost from $1 to $20; the patch can host birthday parties and field trips
St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
- Where: 2216 Metairie Road in Metairie
- When: September 25 through October 31
- More info: This location is collecting nonperishable goods to donate to Second Harvest
St. Augustine’s Pumpkin Patch
- Where: 3412 Haring Road in Metairie
- When: October 5-31
- More info: This patch will also sell jewelry, crafts, baked goods, and different types of gourds
- Where: Corner of Highway 59 and Florida in Mandeville
- When: October 8-31
- More info: The Knights of Columbus also sponsors this patch
St. Peter Parish
- Where: 125 E 19th Avenue in Covington
- When: October 15-31
- More info: The Knights of Columbus sponsors this patch
Stella Plantation Pumpkin Patch
- Where: Stella Plantation in Braithwaite
- When: October 22
- More info: Tickets available here Make a to-do out of your pumpkin hunt at this event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., which features hayrides, bounce houses, photo opps, and more.
Is your 1st Lake residence missing something? Are you looking to update your home decor? Luckily, a large portion of 1st Lake communities are in close proximity to the area’s best furniture stores. Kenner, Metairie, and River Ridge all have a great selection of furniture and home decor stores you can shop to find your new style. Unique, one-of-a-kind pieces? Antique or modern looks? Casual and traditional styles? The Greater New Orleans Area has your vision covered. Here are a few of our favorite furniture spots in the area:
Christian Street Furniture
You can find rustic and refurbished farmhouse looks at Christian Street Furniture. Photo via Christian Street Furniture’s Facebook
Christian Street Furniture is a locally-owned, family-run furniture store with two locations, one in Baton Rouge and one in Metairie. They carry a large selection of unique, reclaimed looks for the artesian aesthetic. You can customize a multitude of pieces from Christian Street Furniture, which makes it a fun place to piece together your perfect look.
Metairie’s Hurwitz Mintz houses an expansive selection of fine furniture. Photo via Hurwitz Mintz Facebook Page
You might get lost in Metairie’s furniture megastore, Hurwitz Mintz, but it’s totally worth it. They don’t call it the south’s largest furniture store for nothing! Their Airline Drive location is two stories, which means you have plenty of furniture options to choose from. Hurwitz Mintz is another locally-owned store, and it’s been serving this area for over 90 years. They carry a large portion of traditional and timeless styles, so if that’s what you’re interested in, check out Hurwitz Mintz!
Cost Plus World Market
World Market carries furniture and decor from across the globe. Photo via Cost Plus World Market’s Facebook Page
If you’re going for the Bohemian look, head to Elmwood Shopping Center! Cost Plus World Market is a bright and bold furniture store with styles curated from countries around the world. Eclectic decor? Check! Eccentric artwork? Check! Eco-conscious furniture? Check and check! If you want your 1st Lake apartment to look like a fabulous hippy hideaway, snag some furniture from World Market!
Rooms To Go
Rooms To Go takes the ease out of filling an entire room. Photo via Rooms To Go’s Facebook Page
Rooms To Go is designed to make furnishing a space easy. Rooms To Go introduced the concept of “displaying and packaging furniture in complete room settings” all the way down to the accent items, which allows the shopper to literally pick the room they want. Instead of piecemealing your room together one purchase at a time, why not knock out the whole thing? That’s where the Metairie store comes into play!
Do you have a favorite furniture store in the Greater New Orleans Area? Share your tips with us on Facebook or Instagram!
Artesia is a new luxury apartment community in Covington, Louisiana, offering a sophisticated lifestyle in a convenient location. Artesia offers upscale amenities and first-class resident services.
Enjoy the perfect balance of convenience and serenity. Nestled behind the Pinnacle Nord du Lac shopping center and bordering the Estates at Watercross neighborhood, Artesia is a one of a kind find. Savor a peaceful lifestyle with plenty of nearby shopping, entertainment, and dining spots while also just a short drive to St. Tammany Trace and the charming, downtown Covington historic and arts district. You’ll fall in love with your new apartment home and “Live the Good Life!”
Finishes and Amenities
Artesia offers features and finishes you won’t find anywhere else. Our designers created residences that are both modern and sophisticated; our floor plans are open and inviting.
Here are just a few of the amenities Artesia residents enjoy (amenities and finishes may vary):
Inside Your Apartment
- Stainless & Black Energy Saving Appliances* | USB Charging Plugs | Built-In Microwave* | High Efficiency Refrigerator with Ice-Maker | Self-Cleaning Oven | Black Pearl & Granite Countertop in Kitchen | Bianco Marble Countertops in Kitchen | Gourmet Island* | Dishwasher | Carpet & Wood Tone Floors | 9 Foot Ceilings | Acadian Crown Molding with Custom Woodwork | Central Air and Heat | Lexington Slate Cabinetry with Naples Pulls | Double Stainless Steel Sinks | Extra Large Closets with custom ClosetMaid ™ organizers | Full Size Washer and Dryer | Laundry Room | Double sinks in bathrooms* | Soaking Tub accented with subway tile enclosure | Recessed Lighting | Clear Ice Pendant Lighting | Plantation Style Blinds | Raised Paneled Doors with Satin Nickle Accents | Ceiling Fans | Intrusion Alert System | Balcony with pool & courtyard views* | Linen & Coat Closest* | ADA Apartments available*
Inside the Community
- We Accept Visa & Mastercard | Package Acceptance Mail Center | On-Site Fitness Center | Flexible Lease Terms | FREE WiFi Access in Common Areas | Convenient Location | Automatic Rent Payments From Your Checking Account Available | 24/7 Emergency Maintenance | Resort Style Swimming Pool | 24 Hour Precor Fitness Center | Detached Garages for Parking and Additional Storage | On-Site Movie Rental (Complimentary) | Lifestyle Services; Onsite Car Detail, Housekeeping Services & much more | Poolside Cabana Reservations & Food Delivery | Bike Rentals (Complimentary) | Pet Friendly | Tanning Ledge | Gated Pet Park | Lifestyle Services through our Resident Portal | Smoke-Free Apartments Available Late Fall
Come hungry! The Artesia pool features poolside delivery.
- Artesia’s pool is a stunning destination to relax and unwind. Catch some rays while staying cool with our partially submerged tanning ledges, or sit and read a book in one of several poolside cabanas overlooking sparkling water. Artesia residents can also take part in poolside food delivery when hunger strikes. Enjoy it in our spacious outdoor patio before heading back to the water.
The Good Life Bark Park
Training and grooming and trips to the vet, we’ve got the Good Life for you and your pet!
An exclusive dog park just for Artesia pups. Your dog can leap through hoops, jump rover overs and more.
The Good Life Concierge Services
Enjoy first-class services like pet care, package & parcel delivery, onsite car detailing, housekeeping services, food delivery, and much more!
The Artesia Apartment Homes are just a short drive to Historic Downtown Covington, Pinnacle Nord Du Lac Shopping Center, St. Tammany Trace, and more! Our community offers the perfect balance of outdoor activities and city-life accessibility. To learn about all of the exciting things to do in Covington, click here.
- Marshall’s | Kohl’s | Kirkland’s | Target | Petco | Hobby Lobby | Michael’s | Eyewear Society | Academy | All About Baby
- Lola Restaurant | Buster’s Place Restaurant and Oyster Bar | Del Porto Ristorante | Southern Hotel | Oxlot 9 | Gallagher’s Grill | The Salad Station | Panera Bread | Popcorn Bistro
- St. John’s Coffeehouse | Coffee Raini | Cafe Du Monde | Starbucks
- St. Tammany Art Association | Tripolo Gallery | Saladino Gallery
So what are you waiting for? Live the Good Life today!
8382 Westshore Drive
Covington, LA 70433
Monday – Saturday 8:30 – 5pm; Sunday 1-5pm
Your pumpkin is carved, and your seasonal wreath is on the door. But what about your mantel? Several of our 1st Lake Properties feature wood-burning fireplaces, like Sawmill Creek and Willow Creek. The fireplace mantel is a natural focal point of a room, drawing the eye upward and providing an opportunity to flex your decorating muscle. In fact, spruced-up mantels are one of the top fall decor trends.
If you don’t have a fireplace, don’t worry! These fall mantel décor items work just as well anywhere else in the home, whether at the front door or in the living room. (Plus, keep scrolling for even more fall trends.)
Thumbtack pumpkins are as customizable as they are easy to make. (Photo courtesy Crafthubs.com)
Fall Decor: Mantel Trends
Gourds and pumpkins are an obvious choice for the mantel, but the addition of metallic thumbtacks can transform a natural design-scape into a totally glamorous one. Add gold or silver thumbtacks to plain gourds, or paint the gourds to match your existing interior design before you add the thumbtacks. Let these awesome designs lead the way for pattern inspiration.
An easy, cost-effective way to decorate for fall is to use items you already have on hand. Cut paper bags into petal shapes, crease them, and use a bit of hot glue to hold them together. The result is a paper flower that pulls in fall colors and makes a major impact above the mantel, whether alone or in clusters.
An Everlasting Pumpkin
Cinderella’s coach turned into a pumpkin at midnight, but these cute fall decorations won’t turn into a rotten mess after Halloween. Leave these Mason jar pumpkins on the mantel through Thanksgiving, and save them for years to come. The addition of a cinnamon stick lends a fragrant, autumnal touch.
Borrow from Other Seasons
Another way to save on fall décor is to repurpose decorations from previous holidays. Fourth of July bandanas lend a harvest vibe when draped across the mantel, especially in shades of red, rust, and orange. Mardi Gras beads can create a quick garland, and winter holiday decorations like pinecones and acorns look just as appropriate in fall.
Even More Fall Decor Trends
Country Living is one of our favorite sources for interior inspiration, so it’s no wonder we’d look to them for all the latest on other fall trends. Here’s a rundown on what they’re seeing this season:
- Go (dark) green. For fall, think about incorporating lush tones of emerald or a softer sage green into your decor.
- All about that brass. Whereas copper was a big trend in recent years, trade rosy metals for true gold tones with brass hardware like hooks and doorknobs.
- Va-va-voom velvet. This lush texture is perfect for fall and can carry your interior decor into winter as well. We’re loving deep shades of navy blue and slate gray rendered in rich velvet.
Festival season took a quick break in the hotter months of summer, but September is here the festival scene is about to really take off! The fall festival line-up has some new additions, so prepare your stomach for a lot of deep-fried celebrations. Mark your calendars with this one-stop list:
Beignet Festival takes place on October 7 at New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds.
End of September Festivals
NOLA on Tap [September 23] – Sip on some of the region’s best craft beers and support the Louisiana SPCA at this fun-filled festival. NOLA on Tap is also the region’s largest beer festival, with over 400 breweries participating. There will be live music, beer judging, local artwork, and more!
Fried Chicken Festival [September 23-24] – Head to Woldenberg Park downtown and feast on renditions of this sacred Southern tradition. It’s free to enter, and attendees can chow down on fried chicken from over thirty vendors, watch cooking demos, and dance to live music. Make sure your stomach is ready!
Treme Fall Fest [September 30 – October 1] – This donation-based festival helps benefit the neighborhood’s architecture, culture, and history. Watch some of the city’s best in gospel, brass, and jazz all weekend long.
Carnaval Latino [September 30] – Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at the 18th annual Carnaval Latino festival. This French Quarter festival celebrates all aspects of Hispanic culture in New Orleans.
Oktober Fest [October 6-21] – Head to 1700 Moss Street near Bayou St. John in Gentilly any of the first three weekends in October and you’ll be right at the heart of this city’s Oktober Fest celebration. The new home to Oktober Fest will feature a wide variety of German beers, German brass bands, and brats! All the brats!
Beignet Festival [October 7] – The city’s most iconic dish definitely deserves its own festival! Beignet Festival will feature original takes on the powdered sugar classic from some of the city’s best chefs, as well as a great live music line-up!
New Orleans Film Festival [October 11-19] – This one is for all you film buffs in the area! New Orleans Film Festival is a multi-venue event featuring some of the nation’s best filmmakers and the city’s most innovative cinephiles. Be the first to see the best in independent filmmaking this year!
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Fest [October 13-15] – This free festival in Lafayette Square will bring the area’s best barbeque cooks and blues artists together for a weekend of saucy celebration. If you love all things BBQ, this is the festival for you!
Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade [October 21] – Although this isn’t technically a festival, it’s a fun, family-friendly event in celebration of the Halloween season! Bring your kids down the French Quarter for a spooky parade of crazy costumes and creative floats!
Mac n Cheese Festival [October 21] – This is the inaugural Mac n Cheese Festival and it’s definitely worth checking out! Cheese fans rejoice, and make your way to Louis Armstrong Park for an ooey-gooey observance of one of the world’s favorite comfort foods.
Cochon de Lait Festival [October 21] – Free entry, live music, local artists, and lots and lots of pork. The Cochon de Lait fest takes place in Palmer Park, just off Carrollton and Claiborne Avenue. Come hungry.
Oak Street Po-Boy Fest [October 22] – One of Oak Street’s main events, Po-Boy Fest takes over the main stretch of the street with tons of po-boy vendors and live music stages for your entertainment. Dig into a traditional po-boy or try some of the area’s more unique tastes on this New Orleans classic at Po-Boy Fest.
Louisiana Seafood Festival [October 27-29] – If Louisiana is known for one thing, it’s seafood! Shrimp, oysters, crawfish, and other iconic gulf catches have put Louisiana on the map as one of the best places for fresh seafood in the world! Celebrate this important part of our culture at Louisiana Seafood Festival at Woldenberg Park in downtown New Orleans.
Voodoo Music & Arts Experience [October 27-29] – Worship the music at this Halloween weekend music fest in New Orleans City Park. Voodoo Fest is one of the city’s largest music festivals, and it features some of pop and rock music’s hottest acts. Dress in your wildest Halloween costume and dance to the sounds of the Foo Fighters, Kendrick Lamar, and more!
Boudin, Bourbon & Beer [November 3] – Emeril Lagasse’s nighttime festival in Champions Square celebrates the savory sausage creations of the city’s elite chefs. Each food booth has a unique take on boudin sausage, and you can sip and snack your way toward the stage for some amazing live music.
New Orleans Book Festival [November 11] – Add some new titles to your home’s bookshelf at New Orleans Book Festival! Chat with local authors and enjoy twilight book readings with the whole family!
Treme Creole Gumbo Festival [November 18-19] – Ring in the cooler weather at Treme Creole Gumbo Fest! The Congo Square-based fest will answer all of your gumbo dreams.
Celebration in the Oaks [November 24 – January 1] – Ring in the holiday spirit with the bright lights of Celebration in the Oaks. This annual City Park event illuminates the Botanical Gardens, Storyville, and the Carousel Gardens with holiday lighting displays that will enchant and entertain everyone in your family!
Well, looks like your calendar is full for the next couple of months! Stay tuned for our winter picks!