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Mark Twain once said that New Orleans was one of the only "unique" American cities...the rest were cookie cutter models of each other. New Orleans is certainly the most European of U.S. cities, and is the largest American city to have once been predominantly French-speaking.

These days, you won't find many New Orleanians speaking French, but that influence remains. The world-famous French Quarter (actually mostly Spanish architecture, but that's a different story!) attracts visitors from across the globe. The 100 blocks that make up the Quarter feature fascinating architecture, great clubs and restaurants, and beautiful parks. The Aquarium of the Americas, Bourbon Street nightlife, French Market, Jackson Square, Royal Street antique shopping and the new riverfront Woldenberg Park are just some of the many neighborhood attractions.

But New Orleans isn't just the French Quarter. The city boasts several neighborhoods> of interest, from oak-lined Uptown to historic Algiers Point to the fun and hip Faubourg Marigny to the tranquil Bayou St. John area of Mid-City. And don't forget the majestic mansions of the Garden District or the modern appeal of the Warehouse District, either!

Local Events:

  • Christmas: New Orleans Style

    Join us as we celebrate the season as only New Orleanians know how. Christmas: New Orleans Style is a special promotion offered thru the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. The Professional Innkeepers Association of New Orleans is teaming up with many local restaurants and attractions to offer specially discounted Papa Noel rates. For more information and to see which of our member properties are participating in this promotion, please visit www.bbnola.com/papanoel.

    Dec 01, 2016 thru Dec 31, 2016
    /papanoel
  • New Years Eve/Sugar Bowl

    Everyone knows that New Orleans throws a great party! So it should be no secret that there's no better place to ring in the new year than the City that Care Forgot. Visitors and locals alike line the riverfront on New Years Eve to watch the extravagant fireworks display and toss their past regrets into the mighty Mississippi. The celebration continues on Bourbon Street all night long. If you're lucky enough to get tickets to the Allstate Sugar Bowl, stay a few extra days and then head on over to the Louisiana Superdome on January 3 to watch the big game. You'll definitely want to be in that number when 2012 goes marching in!

    Dec 30, 2016 thru Jan 02, 2017
    http://allstatesugarbowl.org/
  • Carnival/Mardi Gras

    The traditional carnival season kicks off on January 6 every year with the celebration of King's Day, also known as Epiphany. The first few weeks of the season are used to stage mostly by-invitation-only affairs (balls and parties) for krewe members and their guests. The last day of Carnival, which most people know as Mardi Gras, floats with date of Easter and is set by the Roman Catholic Church according to the cycles of the moon. In 2017, the big 7-day celebration runs from Wednesday, February 22 thru Fat Tuesday, February 28. That's when the biggest and the best of the parades roll through the city's streets and when the French Quarter becomes a 5-day block party. For those faint of heart - or if you just don't like large crowds - consider coming the weekend before (Friday, February 17 thru Sunday February 19) when there are plenty of smaller parades which will provide you with a milder but still flavorful taste of enjoyment. We call it Mardi Gras Lite! Be sure to check out the link below for the schedule of all the parades this season.

    Jan 06, 2017 thru Feb 28, 2017
    http://www.mardigrasday.com/mardigras/schedule.php
  • French Quarter Festival

    The award-winning annual French Quarter Festival is a four-day local music showcase scattered throughout the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana— the largest free music event in the United States. The festival features 1,700 musicians playing 400 hours of free, local music from a variety of musical genres on 23 stages throughout the French Quarter and along the Mississippi Riverfront. The community festival also features the ‘World’s Largest Jazz Brunch,’ festival food booths operated by some of New Orleans finest restaurants, open throughout the festival weekend.

    Apr 06, 2017 thru Apr 09, 2017
    http://www.fqfi.org/frenchquarterfest/
  • New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

    Inspired by the spirit of Mahalia Jackson and the Eureka Brass Band back in 1970, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival continues to celebrate the culture of Louisiana with the combined fervor of a gospel hymn and the joy of a jazz parade. The Wall Street Journal has stated that the New Orleans Jazz Festival "showcases a wider, deeper lineup of essential American musical styles than any festival in the nation..." and Life magazine has called it "the country's very best music festival.'' Jazz Fest is presented over two weekends at the end of April and beginning of May each year and is currently held at the New Orleans Fairgrounds Race Course, the second oldest horse racing track in the country. The musical lineup and other information regarding the festival may be found on the official festival website.

    Apr 28, 2017 thru Apr 30, 2017
    Contact Phone: (504) 410-4100
    http://www.nojazzfest.com/
  • New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

    Inspired by the spirit of Mahalia Jackson and the Eureka Brass Band back in 1970, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival continues to celebrate the culture of Louisiana with the combined fervor of a gospel hymn and the joy of a jazz parade. The Wall Street Journal has stated that the New Orleans Jazz Festival "showcases a wider, deeper lineup of essential American musical styles than any festival in the nation..." and Life magazine has called it "the country's very best music festival.'' Jazz Fest is presented over two weekends at the end of April and beginning of May each year and is currently held at the New Orleans Fairgrounds Race Course, the second oldest horse racing track in the country. The musical lineup and other information regarding the festival may be found on the official festival website.

    May 04, 2017 thru May 07, 2017
    Contact Phone: (504) 410-4100
    http://www.nojazzfest.com/
  • Essence Music Festival

    Essence Music Festival is the largest event celebrating contemporary African American music and culture in the United States. The annual festival, sponsored by Essence Magazine, has been held in New Orleans every year since its inception in 1995, except for 2006 when it was moved to Houston, Texas following Hurricane Katrina. The 2017 edition will be the 23rd Annual Essence Music Festival.

    Jun 30, 2017 thru Jul 04, 2017
    http://www.essencemusicfestival.com
  • Satchmo Summerfest

    "What a Wonderful World" you will discover during an entertaining and educational weekend in the French Quarter honoring New Orleans' native son, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. Come Celebrate the life of Louis Armstrong with a fun-filled weekend of activities and music including: Traditional Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, and a Brass Band; Plus Children's programming as well as all of our speaker seminars with nationally renowned speakers. And of course there will be lots of delicious local food and drink available for consumption. Or as Satchmo would say, it's all "Red Beans and Ricely Yours!"

    Aug 03, 2017 thru Aug 06, 2017
    http://www.fqfi.org/satchmosummerfest/
  • Southern Decadence

    Southern Decadence has its roots as a themed going-away party thrown in August 1972 by a small group of friends in the French Quarter. It has evolved into a top gay Labor Day weekend event and has become known as the "Gay Mardi Gras". Participants begin arriving on the Wednesday before Labor Day and generally don't even think of returning home until the following Tuesday. The event attracts over 100,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender participants.

    Aug 30, 2017 thru Sep 04, 2017
    http://www.southerndecadence.net/
  • Voodoo Experience

    The Annual Voodoo Music & Arts Experience will be held Halloween weekend in New Orleans' City Park. Please Join us this October among the lagoons, live oak trees, tens of thousands of music fans in sharing the Experience of Voodoo. Since its 1999 debut, the VOODOO EXPERIENCE has called New Orleans home. Voodoo had humble beginnings as a one day festival in Tad Gormley Stadium. The wide-ranging line-up of talent each year reflects the multitude of cultures that define New Orleans.

    Oct 27, 2017 thru Oct 29, 2017
    https://www.voodoofestival.com/