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Special Events

  • Celebration in the Oaks
    1 Palm Drive
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    504-483-9415
    Choose to drive or stroll through this magical lighting display which attracts over 500,000 visitors annually. Local groups entertain each evening, concessions are available at the Coffee Christmas Cafe and Santa visits to make your tour memorable. more

  • Rollin' on Rampart
    632 North Rampart Street
    New Orleans, LA 70112
    Located at the New Orleans Steel Building
    504-256-4848
    The North Rampart Main Street, Inc. (NRMSI), a tax-exempt organization working to restore North Rampart, announces the Annual Benefit and Fundraiser, Rollin' On Rampart in the atrium of the New Orleans Steel Building. It is a benefit for a great cause! We hope you will join our partners in supporting our mission to help return North Rampart Street to the cross-cultural economic corridor it once was. NRMSI is designed to revitalize and preserve the heritage of this once thriving mixed-use corridor that encompasses the properties located on North Rampart between Canal Street and Esplanade Avenue. Held in May. more

  • Voodoo Music Experience
    Held at City Park
    New Orleans' signature fall music event, the annual Voodoo Music Experience features music from world-renowned artists who play in three distinct performance areas: Le Ritual, Flambeau, and Le Carnival. Performers have included Nine Inch Nails, Eminem, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ben Harper, the Panorama Jazz Band, Amanda Shaw, Marc Broussard, Kings of Leon, Ivan Neville, Good Guys, and Wilco. Held in October. more

  • International Gem & Jewelry Show
    4545 Williams Boulevard
    Kenner, LA 70065
    Held at the Pontchartrain Center
    301-294-1640
    Founded in 1967, in the Washington, D.C. area by Herbert A. Duke Sr., the renowned International Gem & Jewelry Show features exhibitors selling the highest quality loose gems, gold, silver, estate jewelry, beads, accessories and much more all at the best possible prices. This International Gem & Jewelry Show will take place in January. Please visit the website for information about classes or demonstrations that may be offered at the show. more

Night Life

  • Fritzel's European Jazz Pub
    733 Bourbon Street
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    Located in the French Quarter
    504-561-0432
    The home of traditional jazz in the French Quarter, this lively jazz pub offers live Dixieland jazz every weekend plus features late night jam sessions after the other clubs close. The Jazz Reunion Fest is held here annually from late March through May. more

  • Krazy Korner
    640 Bourbon Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    Located in the French Quarter
    504-586-9843
    The Krazy Korner is a place where many of the recording artists of the 50's and 60's would come to visit. It is known as a fun place to be and a good place on Bourbon Street to enjoy rhythm and blues.  more

  • Old Absinthe House
    240 Bourbon Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    French Quarter
    504-523-3181
    Enjoy classic cocktails in this historic tavern that was built in 1807 and boasts the motto, "Everyone you have known, or will ever know, eventually ends up at the Old Absinthe House!" This historic house is one of the most prominent and popular taverns in New Orleans and features such specialty drinks as Sazerac and Absinthe House Frappe. The walls are lined with jerseys and helmets of many famous football legends. more

  • Storyville District
    125 Bourbon Street
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    French Quarter
    504-410-1000
    Established in 1898 as a municipal experiment into legalized prostitution that thrived until the puritanical views of World War I began to flourish, this first class establishment features three different tastefully decorated rooms that offer classy jazz, blues, and rhythm and blues music starting in the early afternoon. Most nights feature a dinnertime "Jazz Jam" with a rotating lineup of well-respected musicians.

  • Michaul's Live Cajun Music Restaurant
    840 St. Charles Avenue
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    504-522-5517
    Enjoy a "walk along the bayou and a glimpse of a unique heritage" at this wonderful restaurant that is known for its authentic Cajun cuisine, plus features live Cajun music and free Cajun dance lessons. A gift shop is also on site that sells an array of Cajun gifts and souvenirs. Open only for private parties and Mardi Gras. more

  • Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
    941 Bourbon Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    French Quarter
    504-523-0066
    Once a blacksmith shop operated by the brothers Lafitte, infamous pirates, this all time favorite tourist attraction in the Quarter was built sometime before 1772 and is one of the few remaining original "French architecture" structures in the French Quarter. Small, dark, and cozy, this tavern and watering hole serves the best Hurricanes in the area, as well as an array of other specialty drinks plus features live music and a piano bar.  more

  • Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro
    626 Frenchmen Street
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    Located in the Faubourg Mariginy
    504-949-0696
    "New Orleans' premier jazz club," Snug Harbor offers nightly modern jazz shows with sets beginning at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Regional cuisine, including fresh seafood and steaks, is also available. more

  • Lion's Den, The
    2655 Gravier
    New Orleans, LA 70122
    504-821-3745
    Owned and operated by New Orleans' own Queen of Soul, Irma Thomas, and her husband, this R&B club presents performances by the Queen herself on a regular basis. When she's not touring the globe, she whips up some red beans and rice for everybody on Mondays.

  • Mother-In-Law Lounge
    1500 North Claiborne Avenue
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    504-947-1078
    Original owner Ernie "Mother-In-Law" K-Doe performed with this rhythm and blues band every Saturday night before his death in 2001. His wife, Antoinette, keeps his spirit alive with photographs and music in this relaxing lounge club. more

  • Maple Leaf Bar
    8316 Oak Street
    New Orleans, LA 70118
    504-866-LEAF
    Ornate pressed tin walls reflect the sound of R&B, Zydeco, jazz, funk, and Cajun music from a stage that opens onto the street at this no-frills neighborhood bar that is renowned for offering top flight local and regional music. Music starts at 3 p.m. daily. more

  • Carrollton Station
    8140 Willow Street
    New Orleans, LA 70118
    Corner of Dublin and Willow Streets
    504-865-9190
    A classic New Orleans neighborhood bar, this bar and music club is one of the best live music venues, as well as one of the best bar rooms in New Orleans. Local and acoustic acts are features, as well as established performers and up-and-coming talent. A full array of draft and bottled beers, liquor choices, and specialty drinks are available at the bar. more

  • Bourbon Heat
    711 Bourbon Street
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    Located between St. Peter & Orleans
    504-324-4669
    On the site of the historic Tricou House, Bourbon Heat "has garnered the reputation as the cleanest and safest venue on Bourbon Street." "The lush courtyard, extensive offerings of local cuisine, and electric club upstairs set Bourbon Heat above other venues on Bourbon Street." more

  • Pat O'Brien's
    718 Saint Peter Street
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    French Quarter
    504-525-4823
    No trip to New Orleans is complete without a stop at this delightful venue. Whether you sample the world famous rum drink 'The Hurricane' or just visit with friends in the Piano Bar or on the beautifully decorated patio with a flaming water fountain, you will want to have a souvenir photo taken. more

  • Gold Mine Saloon
    705 Dauphine Street
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    504-586-0745
    One of the most frequented dance clubs in New Orleans, this fun and exciting club is the perfect dance club for the twenty and thirty-something crowds and features a wide range of music that includes Euro, Latin, hip-hop, and rap. The club usually stays open late and also features a wide assortment of beers and spirits, pool tables, and video games. Open Thursday through Saturday, holidays & special events from 7 p.m. - until.  more

  • Cats Meow
    701 Bourbon Street
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    Located in the French Quarter
    504-523-2788
    The World Famous Cats Meow first opened its doors in December of 1989. At the time, karaoke in America was in its infancy and they were one of the first bars to try out the new entertainment concept. Pioneer, the audio company that brought Karaoke to the U.S., named Cats Meow "the BEST Karaoke bar in the world."  more

  • Franklin, The
    2600 Dauphine Street
    New Orleans, LA 70117
    504-267-0640
    "Features predominantly small-batched spirits & botanicals carefully chosen to accompany fresh juices that create specialty hand-crafted cocktails." Menu selections prepared include raw oysters, blue crab & corn croquettes, grilled octopus, lamb ribs, pan roasted chicken, seared hanger steak, and grilled Gulf shrimp. more

  • Bacchanal Wine
    600 Poland Avenue
    New Orleans, LA 70117
    504-948-9111
    "Bacchanal is a wine laboratory where food music and culture collude with Holy Vino to create the most unique evenings you will ever experience in New Orleans Ninth Ward." Live music is featured in the courtyard seven nights a week, weather permitting. more

  • Spotted Cat Music Club, The
    623 Frenchman Street
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    Located in the Faubourg Marigny District
    "The Spotted Cat Music Club is the quentessential jazz club of New Orleans." more

  • Hookah Club
    309 Decatur Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    504-943-1101
    Stay for New Orleans' hottest lounge experience. Featuring exotic hookahs, over 60 wines by the glass, and an extensive beer and top shelf liquor selection.  more

  • Bulldog, The
    3236 Magazine Street
    New Orleans, LA 70115
    Located in Uptown
    504-891-1516
    The Bulldog has become a New Orleans favorite for great draft and grub. They feature 50 beers on tap with 100 more in bottles. They offer a large variety of styles to satisfy all types of beer enthusiasts, so come on by and enjoy a pint of your favorite draft. more

  • Chickie Wah Wah
    2828 Canal Street
    New Orleans, LA 70119
    Located in Mid-City
    844-244-2543
    An adult music bar with food, the intimate Chickie Wah Wah is "one of the best music venues in New Orleans." more

  • Old Opera House
    601 Bourbon At Toulouse
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    Located in the French Quarter
    504-586-9843
    The Old Opera House has been the home of many famous New Orleans performing artists. It is not unusual to see many famous artists come in and get up on stage with the band.  more

  • Maison Bourbon Jazz Club
    641 Bourbon Street
    New Orleans, LA 70112
    Located in the French Quarter
    504-522-8818
    One of Bourbon Street's oldest live jazz clubs, Maison Bourbon is dedicated to the preservation of "America's classical music." more

  • Pal's Lounge
    949 North Rendon Street
    New Orleans, LA 70119
    504-488-7257
    "Pal's Lounge is Mid-City New Orlean's friendly neighborhood bar."

  • Republic New Orleans
    828 South Peters Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    Located in the Warehouse District
    504-528-8282
    Republic New Orleans is a creative and cultural center providing constantly evolving entertainment through music, fashion, film and the arts.  more

  • Razzoo Club & Patio
    511 Bourbon Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    Located in the French Quarter
    504-522-5100
    Karaoke and live music every night inside and the courtyard bar serves drinks and shots by the light of the flaming fountain. more

  • Wine Institute New Orleans
    610 Tchoupitoulas Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    504-324-8000
    A state-of-the-art wine bar, shop and school. At w.i.n.o., browse their full retail wine and liquor store while sipping on selections from the Enomatic wine-tasting system. With more than 300 labels in stock, from world-famous selections to rare and undiscovered gems, they can please every palate and wallet.  more

  • Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar
    1931 Orleans Avenue
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    Treme
    504-435-3384
    "Live music, good food, good times, and great people." more

  • Bellocq
    936 St. Charles Avenue
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    Located in The Hotel Modern New Orleans
    504-962-0900
    Bellocq is a cocktail lounge that offers an innovative approach to mixology. more

  • d.b.a.
    618 Frenchmen Street
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    504-942-3731
    A live music club in the historic Faubourg Marigny that features local and regional acts nightly. more

  • Siberia
    2227 St. Claude Avenue
    New Orleans, LA 70117
    504-265-8855
    Live music and Eastern European menu selections. more

  • Monkey Hill Bar
    6100 Magazine Street
    New Orleans, LA 70118
    Located in Historic Uptown
    504-899-4800
    Winner of Where Y'at's "Best Upscale Bar" award - 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Winner of Where Y'at's "Best Place to get a Martini" award - 2010.

  • Phillips Restaurant & Bar
    733 Cherokee Street
    New Orleans, LA 70118
    Located at the Corner of Maple
    504-865-1155
    A luxurious venue for evenings out with bottle service and a menu of tapas, pizza and pasta dishes. Also available for private events. more

  • Maison, The
    508 Frenchmen Street
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    504-371-5543
    A bar/restaurant/music venue/event space on famous Frenchmen Street. Live music is available every day beginning at 5 p.m. The restaurant also opens at 5 p.m. and serves food until late at night. more

  • Cure
    4905 Freret Street
    New Orleans, LA 70115
    504-302-2357
    Open at 5:00 p.m. seven days a week, Cure is a cocktail bar that is "inspired by the historical period when cocktails grew out of medicine and home remedies." more

  • Beach on Bourbon, The
    227 Bourbon Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    504-522-9764
    A "versatile venue where Old French Quarter style dances into the digital age," the Beach on Bourbon features the largest dance floor on Bourbon Street. more

  • Blue Nile
    532 Frenchmen Street
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    504-948-2583
    Located on historic Frenchmen Street, Blue Nile is a hugely popular live music venue featuring local, national and international acts.  more

  • Whiskey Blue
    333 Poydras Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    Located in the W Hotel
    504-207-5016
    This spacious lounge offers an ideal location to relax with a cocktail and enjoy the company of friends.  more

Concerts & Performances

  • Civic Theatre
    510 O'Keefe Avenue
    New Orleans, LA 70113
    504-272-0865
    "One of the South's premier venues" for live music. more

  • New Orleans Ballet Association
    305 Baronne Street, Suite 700
    New Orleans, LA 70112
    504-522-0996
    Classic and modern works are offered throughout the year by this ballet association that was founded in 1969 and is dedicated solely to the art of dance. The dynamic Main Stage season features a variety of world-class dance companies and the dance institute offers over 3,000 concerts, lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and classes. more

  • Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market, The
    1436 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard
    New Orleans, LA 70113
    504-371-5849
    A performing arts venue and jazz community center in Central City, New Orleans. more

  • Preservation Hall
    726 Saint Peter Street
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    Located in the French Quarter
    504-522-2841
    Listen with the locals to the sounds of traditional New Orleans jazz from 8:00 p.m. to midnight each evening in this historic building. Concerts start at 8:30 p.m. more

  • Howlin' Wolf, The
    907 South Peters Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    Warehouse District
    504-529-5844
    One of the premier live music venues in the city, the Howlin' Wolf offers a wide mix of local and national rock, alternative rock, jazz, blues, and roots music performed by established and new musicians. more

  • Tip's Big Room
    310 Howard Avenue
    New Orleans, LA 70212
    Warehouse District
    504-897-3943
    A special events facility that brings the musical legacy of Tipitina's to the Warehouse District in a big way and features local performers and international rock 'n roll favorites.

  • Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
    305 Baronne Street, Suite 600
    New Orleans, LA 70112
    Central Business District
    504-523-6530
    The region's premiere symphony orchestra, this entertaining philharmonic orchestra presents a 36 week concert season from September through May with a variety of high style performances being presented. more

  • Tipitina's Uptown
    501 Napoleon Avenue
    New Orleans, LA 70115
    504-895-8477
    Established in 1977, the original Tipitina's is a two-story cultural landmark. Created for rhythm and blues legend Professor Longhair, Tipitina's continues to provide concert goers and performers with an outlet to enjoy and relish in the sounds that continue to amaze us. The second Tipitina's is located at 233 North Peters in the Historic French Quarter. more

Plays & Productions

  • Shakespeare Festival at Tulane
    215 McWilliams Hall
    New Orleans, LA 70118
    504-865-5105
    The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane's production of As You Like It for Schools is part of Shakespeare in American Communities: Shakespeare for a New Generation, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest. Held in June. more

  • Anthony Bean Community Theater
    1333 South Carrollton Avenue
    New Orleans, LA 70118
    504-862-7529
    Offers a fully operational day and evening school in dramatic arts, including both acting, stage design and management.  more

  • Joy Theatre, The
    1200 Canal Street
    New Orleans, LA 70112
    504-343-3044
    Enjoy live music shows, comedy shows, and plays in New Orleans at The Joy Theatre.  more

Festivals & Fairs

  • Satchmo SummerFest
    Featuring local music with a focus on contemporary and traditional jazz and brass bands, the annual, three-day Satchmo SummerFest is held within one block of the historic French Quarter. Two stages and food booths are located in Jackson Square. A third stage and a children's area are found in the Louisiana State Museum's Arsenal. The Satchmo Symposium takes place in Le Petit Theartre du Vieux Carre. This local music showcase usually takes place on the first full weekend in August. more

  • Zulu Lundi Gras Festival
    Located at Woldenberg Park
    504-827-1661
    One of the most successful carnival activities in New Orleans, the Zulu Lundi Gras Festival allows you to get a close up look at the Characters of Zulu. This event includes a parade, fireworks display, food from some of New Orleans' finest restaurants and caterers, arts and crafts displayed in the African Village, a ball masque, and the largest Second Line ever formed featuring local brass bands. more

  • Louisiana Crawfish Festival
    8245 West Judge Perez Drive
    Chalmette, LA 70043
    Held at the Sigur Cultural Center
    A popular four-day festival that takes place each March, the Louisiana Crawfish Festival offers rides, live entertainment, arts & crafts, a pageant, and authentic Cajun cuisine. more

  • Destrehan Fall Arts & Crafts Festival
    13034 River Road
    Destrehan, LA 70047
    Located at Destrehan Plantation
    985-764-9315
    An annual event, held each November; the Destrehan Fall Festival features over 175 artists and craft vendors selling jewelry, clothing, quilts, wood crafts, pottery, prints, baskets, stained glass, oil paintings, ceramics, dolls and more, over 20 chefs preparing culinary favorites in the Cajun and Creole Food Park, antiques, historical re-enactments, period craft demonstrations, children's activities, and music. more

  • Faidley
    400 West Lexington Street
    New Orleans, LA 21201
    410-727-4898
    Featured Travel Channel's Adam Richman's Search for the Best Sandwich, Faidley has something for everyone. Try the crab cake sandwich and the more. more

Sporting Events

  • New Orleans Hornets
    New Orleans Arena
    504-525- HOOP
    Enjoy the thrill of an NBA game in the heart of New Orleans. The Hornets offer exciting entertainment during their season, which runs from October through April.  more

  • Louisiana Superdome
    Sugar Bowl Drive
    New Orleans, LA 70112
    504-587-3808
    The world's largest domed stadium, this superdome is home to the New Orleans Saints Football Team and the Hornets Basketball team. It has been the host of five Superbowls, as well as NCAA Basketball Final Four championships. Tours of this amazing space include the main arena and a look at behind-the-scenes action. more

  • Fair Grounds Race Course
    1751 Gentilly Boulevard
    New Orleans, LA 70119
    504-943-2200
    Originally known as the Union Racetrack, this racetrack has been in continuous use since 1859 and is the third oldest racetrack in America. Races are run during the winter months and there are food courts throughout the Grandstand and OTB buildings, as well as a dining room in the clubhouse; jackets are required in the clubhouse. A gift shop is also on site. more

  • Bayou Classic
    Louisiana Superdome
    504-523-5652
    This sporting event brings Southern University and Grambling University together for their historic, traditional end-of-the-season rivalry football game. The two day Classic also include a Battle of the Bands/Greek Show and The Miss Bayou Classic Pageant. Always held the Saturday after Thanksgiving. more

Parades

  • Mystic Krewe of Barkus
    1000 Bourbon Street, Suite 317
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    The only Mardi Gras krewe for canines! A non-profit organization, Mystic Krewe of Barkus holds the Barkus Parade each year, beginning and ending at Armstrong Park, two Sundays before Mardi Gras Day. The Barkin' Up the Ritz Ball will take place the week before. Held in January. more

Tours

  • French Quarter Phantoms
    625 St. Philip
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    504-666-8300
    Hear tales of true stories surrounding the French Quarter's dark history of ghosts, vampires, disease, disaster, violence and horrific murders 8 p.m. nightly.  more

  

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