Celebration in the Oaks
1 Palm Drive • New Orleans, LA 70130
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
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
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...
New Orleans Wine and Food Experience
Internationally recognized as one of the leading wine and food festivals in the world NOW&FE will present its most spectacular schedule of events. World class wineries from around the globe and New Orleans top culinary artisans will be showcased at NOW&FE's signature events, as well as at numerous seminars. This exciting five-day event features Vintner Dinners at over twenty of the city's most celebrated restaurants and culminates with the Bubbles and Brunch event. Held in May. more...
Tales of the Cocktail
538 Louisa Street • New Orleans, LA 70117
Tales of the Cocktail® is an internationally acclaimed festival of cocktails, cuisine and culture held annually in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event brings together the best and brightest of the cocktail community - award-winning mixologists, authors, bartenders, chefs and designers - for a five-day celebration of the history and artistry of making drinks. Each year offers a spirited series of dinners, demos, tastings, competitions, seminars, book signings, tours and parties all perfectly paired with some of the best cocktails ever made. more...
Dirty Linen Night
200-1000 Blocks of Royal Street • New Orleans, LA 70116
Located in the French Quarter
The Royal Street artists and merchants proudly announce that this year's Annual Dirty Linen Night will be held on in August. Join the celebration on Royal Street from the 200 block of Royal to the 1000 block ending at Ursulines Street, from 6 to 10 p.m. Dirty Linen Night will feature more than 60 galleries and shops and an exclusive shopping experience. Most galleries will serve cool refreshments, and special surprises between. This has become a favorite summer event for both locals and visitors alike. Summer casual wear or your dirty linen is suggested, but there is no real dress code. Please visit their shops and galleries in the French Quarter.
Christmas New Orleans Style
400 North Peters Street, Suite 205 • New Orleans, LA 70130
French Quarter/City Wide
A month long Christmas celebration that features a wide array of activities including night time concerts, cooking demonstrations, candlelight caroling in Jackson Square, characters in historical costumes, bonfires on the Mississippi River levees, riverboat cruises, seasonal decorations, tours of decorated 19th century homes, Chanukah and Kwanzaa activities, and fabulous Christmas Day musical performances. more...
New Year's Eve
New Orleans counts down to the new year during this event that is one of the nation's largest street parties. Features include a lighted ball dropping from atop Jackson Brewery to usher in the new year and fireworks lighting the sky over the Mississippi River. more...
Fritzel's European Jazz Pub
733 Bourbon Street • New Orleans, LA 70116
Located in the French Quarter
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...
640 Bourbon Street • New Orleans, LA 70130
Located in the French Quarter
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
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...
125 Bourbon Street • New Orleans, LA 70116
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
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
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...
828 South Peters Street • New Orleans, LA 70130
Named the "Best Rock Club in New Orleans" by Offbeat Magazine for five consecutive years, this club is one of the premier live music venues in the city with a wide mix of local and national rock, alternative rock, jazz, blues, and roots music performed by established and new musicians. Shows begin at 10:00 p.m. more...
Lion's Den, The
2655 Gravier • New Orleans, LA 70122
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.
1500 North Claiborne Avenue • New Orleans, LA 70116
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
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...
8140 Willow Street • New Orleans, LA 70118
Corner of Dublin and Willow Streets
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...
718 Saint Peter Street • New Orleans, LA 70116
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
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...
701 Bourbon Street • New Orleans, LA 70116
Located in the French Quarter
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...
3236 Magazine Street • New Orleans, LA 70115
Located in Uptown
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...
501 Napoleon Avenue • New Orleans, LA 70115
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...
Wine Institute New Orleans
610 Tchoupitoulas Street • New Orleans, LA 70130
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...
Monkey Hill Bar
6100 Magazine Street • New Orleans, LA 70118
Located in Historic Uptown
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.
New Orleans Ballet Association
305 Baronne Street, Suite 700 • New Orleans, LA 70112
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...
Tip's Big Room
310 Howard Avenue • New Orleans, LA 70212
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
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...
Jazz 'n the Vines
81250 Hwy 1082 • New Orleans, LA 70122
The Vineyards are alive with music every second and fourth Saturday from May to October where you can enjoy great jazz music, Pontchartrain wines, and food by Windfield Farms. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and picnic dinners. more...
Caroling in Jackson Square
Jackson Square, French Quarter
Begins at 6 p.m. Join in a truly moving 60-year-old tradition as Jackson Square brims with candlelit faces and song-lit spirits as high as the spires of the St. Louis Cathedral. Led by Patio Planters, the Social and Garden Club of the French Quarter. Candles and song sheets provided. Held in December. more...
French Quarter Festival
400 North Peters Street, Suite 205 • New Orleans, LA 70130
Located in the French Quarter
Three-day community festival celebrating the food and music of New Orleans with events including local musicians on 15 stages throughout the historic French Quarter, the "world's largest jazz brunch," patio tours, fireworks over the Mississippi River, children's activities, art shows, a parade, and music workshops. Held in April. more...
Shakespeare Festival at Tulane
215 McWilliams Hall • New Orleans, LA 70118
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...
Prospect.1 New Orleans
Prospect.1 New Orleans is "the largest biennial of international contemporary art ever organized in the United States." It will include the work of 81 local, national and international artists. "Founded on the principal that art engenders social progress," Prospect.1 New Orleans will be open to the public in 15 museums, historic buildings and sites through New Orleans from November 1, 2008 through January 18, 2009 to help revitalize New Orleans as a cultural destination. Programs will also be offered during this 11-week period. more...
Go 4th on the River
Located on the Mississippi River
A Fourth of July event that offers activities and entertainment for the entire family along the riverfront. Events include a parade, live entertainment, dueling barges, and a spectacular fireworks extravaganza over the Mississippi River. more...
1023 Ridgewood Drive • New Orleans, LA 70119
Located at the Deutsches Haus
Held on the last Friday and Saturday in September, as well as each Friday and Saturday in October, this celebration of German heritage features authentic German cuisine, favorite folksongs, German beer and wine, and polka dancing in the Biergarten. more...
Zulu Lundi Gras Festival
Located at Woldenberg Park
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 W Judge Perez Dr • New Orleans, LA 70044-1996
Held at the St. Bernard Civic Center in Chalmette
A popular four-day festival that offers rides, games, live entertainment, and an array of different dishes featuring crawfish, or "mudbugs," as they are affectionately called by natives of New Orleans. Held in March. more...
Cutting Edge Music Business Conference & Roots Mus
1524 North Claiborne Avenue
Clarifying income opportunities in the music industry, The Cutting Edge is a must attend event for those who want to gain control over their music careers and make money in today's entertainment industry. more...
Christmas New Orleans Style
French Quarter and throughout the city
This month-long citywide holiday celebration boasts festive offerings for the entire family. Enjoy everyting from tours of historic French Quarter homes decked in holiday trim to caroling, cooking demos and strolling characters of Christmas past, to music-filled and culturally-themed yuletide celebrations for all ages. Additionally, participating hotels offer special Papa Noel hotel rates especially for Christmas New Orleans Style. And some of New Orleans' finest restaurants serve Reveillon meals, which represent the Creole dining tradition of the 1800s. more...
Come Celebrate the life of Louis Armstrong with a fun-filled weekend of activities and music with four stages all located within the Old US Mint including: Traditional Jazz Stage, Contemporary Jazz Stage, and a Brass Band Stage, plus a Children's Stage located at the US Mint as well as all of our nationally renowned speakers. more...
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
938 Lafayette Street, Suite 328 • New Orleans, LA 70113
Held in the French Quarter
Dedicated to the late playwright, Tennessee Wiliiams, this festival features five days of theatrical productions, musical events, lectures, readings, lively panel discussions, celebrity interviews, master classes for writers and readers, and literary walking tours. Held in March. more...
Greek Festival New Orleans
1200 Robert E. Lee Boulevard • New Orleans, LA 70130
Located at the Helenic Cultural Center
A wonderful three-day Greek festival that features an array of activities for the whole family including Greek folk dancing, crafts, music, Holy Trinity Cathedral tours, and authentic Greek dishes. Held in May. more...
Great French Market Creole Tomato Festival
Dumaine and Decatur Streets at the River • New Orleans, LA 70130
Located at the French Market (Dutch Alley)
The Great French Market Creole Tomato Festival is a unique festival that celebrates the culinary diversity of the tomato with cooking demonstrations, tomato tastings, and musical entertainment. Several area restaurants join in the fun by featuring some very special tomato dishes. Held at the end of May or beginning of June. more...
400 Esplanade Avenue • New Orleans, LA 70116
Located in the Historic French Market
The life and music of Louis Armstrong is celebrated during this five day event that features an array of jazz exhibits and discussions, Cajun and Creole food, children's activities, a star-studded lineup of performances, jazz mass at the Historical St. Augustine Cathedral in Jackson Square, and coordinated club performances. The four stages are located within the Old US Mint. more...
907 South Peters Street • New Orleans, LA 70130
The Ponderosa Stomp is an American roots music festival dedicated to recognizing the architects of rock-n-roll, blues, jazz, country, swamp pop and soul. They celebrate and pay tribute to influential artists whose contributions have shaped American culture for over 50-years. Held in October. more...
Mardi Gras World
A celebration of extraordinary Latin music and the Hispanic heritage and culture, this event is a 3-day festival that will include a traditional New Orleans parade with a Latin twist, featuring visiting musical stars and celebrities, top headline entertainment, music and folkloric dance representing Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the Caribbean, an extensive array of Hispanic food and drinks, the visual arts, and interactive entertainment and activities for people of all ages. Held in September. more...
Bridge City Gumbo Festival
1701 Bridge City Avenue on AngelSquare • Bridge City, LA 70140
Located at Gumbo Festival Park
Celebrate Louisiana's Cajun culture during this three-day, October festival, on the west bank of the Mississippi River directly across the Huey P. Long Bridge from New Orleans; that includes continuous live entertainment, a gumbo cooking contest, over 2,000 gallons of both seafood and chicken/sausage gumbo, and a 5K run over the Huey P. Long Bridge. Held in October.
New Orleans Film Festival
843 Carondelet Street
The New Orleans Film Festival was founded in 1989. The New Orleans Film Festival has grown into a major showcase of local, regional, national and international films. The festival is organized by the New Orleans Film Society - a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage, educate and inspire through the art of film. Held in October. more...
Louisiana Swamp Fest
6500 Magazine Street • New Orleans, LA 70118
Located at the Audubon Zoo
Louisiana Swamp Fest is a wonderful event that includes authentic Cajun food, Zydeco and Cajun music, handmade crafts, animal presentations, a children's tent, cooking demonstrations, and dancing. Held in November. more...
Bayou Bacchanal Carribean Carnival
Bayou Bacchanal is the official Caribbean Carnival of New Orleans. This vibrant festival is one of the most unique and energizing parties of the city, which is an event that encourages everyone to participate with dance, singing and costumes. The non-profit organization, Caribbean Carnival/Friends of Culture, hosts the carnival every year in New Orleans every first Saturday of November that brings the city to life with amazing costumes, steel band beats, soca music and authentic Caribbean cuisine. Bayou Bacchanal brings its party to the streets of downtown New Orleans starting with a parade at Harrah's casino, down famous Canal Street, and then takes the party to Armstrong Park for more entertainment. Held in November. more...
Destrehan Fall Arts and Crafts Festival
13034 River Road • Destrehan, LA 70047
Located at Destrehan Plantation
An annual event featuring over 175 artists and craft vendors selling jewelry, clothing, quilts, wood crafts, pottery, prints, baskets, stained glass, oil paintings, ceramics, dolls and much more, the Destrehan Fall Festival's scheduled activities include over 20 chefs preparing culinary favorites in the Cajun and Creole Food Park, an antique mall, historical re-enactments, period craft demonstrations, children's activities, and music. Held in November. more...
Spring Fiesta and Historic Home Tours
826 St. Ann Street • New Orleans, LA 70160
The Spring Fiesta lasts for two consecutive weekends and includes a horse drawn carriage parade through the French Quarter, the crowning of the Spring Fiesta Queen and her court at Jackson Square, and historic home tours in the St. Charles Avenue, French Quarter and Garden District areas, as well as tours in the Metairie Cemetery. more...
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
1751 Gentilly Boulevard • New Orleans, LA 70116
New Orleans Fair Grounds
One of the greatest celebrations in the world, this open air music festival is held for 10 days and features over 4,000 talented musicians on 11 stages playing a variety of music including traditional and contemporary jazz, rock, gospel, rhythm and blues, ragtime, and country western. Other features of the festival include Louisiana specialty foods, crafts, and demonstrations by cooks and crafts people. Held in May. more...
Crescent City Classic
P.O. Box 13587 • New Orleans, LA 70185
This 10K walk/run begins near Jackson Square and ends in Tad Gormley Stadium. Featuring the latest in running apparel, shoes, exercise equipment, nutritional and wellness products, fitness services and more. The Crescent City Classic Expo will take place in April. more...
Sugar Bowl Drive • New Orleans, LA 70112
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
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...
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...
Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic
1500 Sugar Bowl Drive • New Orleans, LA 70112
The oldest annual sporting event in New Orleans, this Sugar Bowl game originated in 1935 and features two top college football teams competing for the title. Along with this classic college football game, the Sugar Bowl also sponsors championship events in tennis, swimming, soccer, basketball, sailing, running, and flag football. more...
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...
New Orleans' legendary holiday that lasts for weeks and culminates with Fat Tuesday, this rollicking event is a magical time when Carnival royalty and merriment reign side by side. Features include everything from colorful, freewheeling celebration in the streets to formal masquerade balls. Parades begin early and continue past sundown. more...
Mortuary Haunted House, The
4800 Canal Street • New Orleans, LA 70119
Those who enter The Mortuary will be tested and pushed to the limits of their sanity! Do you have what it takes to escape? Tickets go on sale at 6:30 p.m. and doors open at 7 until 11:30 p.m. or until the last victim that has purchased a ticket has gone through. more...
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