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Jazz in the Park

Jun 2 - 9, 2016
Jazz in the Park returns this spring running from April 14th to June 9th, with… more

Hell Yes Next:…

Jun 3 - 24, 2016
Following in the paths of notable competitions like the Funniest Person in… more

New Orleans…

Jun 4 - 4, 2016
The 5th Annual New Orleans International Beer Festival returns to the Square.… more

Hell Yes Next:…

Jun 10 - 24, 2016
Following in the paths of notable competitions like the Funniest Person in… more

Selena Gomez Revival…

Jun 14 - 14, 2016
Multi-platinum singer and actress Selena Gomez will embark on her worldwide… more

Saenger Theatre…

Jun 19 - 19, 2016
WICKED, New Orleans' most popular musical, looks at what happened in the Land… more

Hell Yes Next:…

Jun 24 - 24, 2016
Following in the paths of notable competitions like the Funniest Person in… more

Saenger Theatre…

Jun 25 - 25, 2016
Join us at the Saenger Theatre for Whoppi Goldberg. Whoppi will give unique… more

ESSENCE Music Festival

Jul 1 - 3, 2016
The ultimate party weekend is highlighted by performances from a variety of… more

FestiGals

Jul 28 - 30, 2016
FestiGals is the Ultimate New Orleans Girlfriend Getaway that celebrates,… more

Festigals 2016

Jul 28 - 31, 2016
FestiGals will return to the JW Marriott for its sixth women's weekend! more

16th Annual Satchmo…

Aug 4 - 7, 2016
Celebrate our native son, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, at this… more

Southern Decadence…

Aug 31 - Sep 5, 2016
Southern Decadence started  as a simple going-away party. As a top… more

Louisiana Seafood…

Sep 2 - 4, 2016
From our waters to your plate, the Louisiana Seafood Festival is a celebration… more

MAROON…

Sep 5 - 5, 2016
Only North American Concert Tour of 2016. Special Guest TOVE LO will perform. more

We Live to Eat

Sep 12 - 18, 2016
We Live to Eat (WLTE) Restaurant Week - a weeklong celebration showcasing New… more

5 Seconds of Summer…

Sep 16 - 16, 2016
5 Seconds of Summer, an Australian pop punk band from Sydney that formed in… more

Saenger Theatre…

Sep 20 - 25, 2016
Join us for the sensational season opener with a brand new production of THE… more

Beyonce - Formation…

Sep 24 - 24, 2016
Catch pop superstar Beyonce on her Formation World Tour when she stops at the… more

Jazz in the Park

Jun 2 - 9, 2016
Jazz in the Park returns this spring running from April 14th to June 9th, with… more

Hell Yes Next:…

Jun 3 - 24, 2016
Following in the paths of notable competitions like the Funniest Person in… more

Art & Culture

New Orleans' Old World roots have created a strong foundation and long-standing appreciation for the arts. Early residents of the city often traveled back to Europe for musical instruction or training in the visual arts. And operatic performances took place in the city as early as 1796.

Today the scene thrives via countless galleries, performance spaces and museums. But perhaps what sets our cultural institutions apart from other cities is their ability to embody the joie de vivre (joy of life) mentality so prevalent in New Orleans. So whether it is a Ralph Brennan restaurant in the New Orleans Museum of Art or Thursday night musical performances at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans' unique culture and love of food, music and fun blends perfectly with our vibrant arts scene creating experiences you can't find anywhere else.

Here you can learn more about some of the city's most popular cultural institutions and attractions.

Performance Art

The New Orleans Opera Association

This opera association carries on a performing arts tradition dating back to 1796, when the first opera in North America was performed in New Orleans. neworleansopera.org

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

The only musician-owned orchestra in North America is led by musical director Carlos Miguel Prieto. lpomusic.com

New Orleans Ballet Association

The ballet association is the region's premiere presenting and service organization dedicated solely to the art of dance. NOBA's dynamic season features stellar performances from a variety of world-class dance companies. nobadance.com

Southern Repertory Theatre

New Orleans' professional theater, focuses on bold new-world and regional premiers by American playwrights. southernrep.com

Visual Arts

The New Orleans Museum of Art

The premier art museum of the Gulf South is world-renowned for its photography, decorative glass collection and its collections of French, Asian, African and American art. noma.org

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art

The University of New Orleans museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and home to the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern art in the world. ogdenmuseum.org

Contemporary Arts Center

Located in the heart of the New Orleans Arts District, the CAC is home to bold experiments in painting, theater, photography, performance, music, video sculpture and more. cacno.org

New Orleans Artworks at the New Orleans Glassworks & Printmaking Studio

BREATHTAKING demonstrations. Twice featured on NBC's Today Show. Visitors invited to participate, design wine glasses, print wine labels, copper enameling. Spacious open studio. Glass print metal amphitheater. Ideal hands-on tours/receptions. Creations by local artisans available in gift gallery. neworleansglassworks.com

Dutch Alley Artist Co-op. 

Over 20 local artists own and operate Dutch Alley Artist Co-op. Any day there are three or four artists working at the gallery. Local art from Katrina salvaged materials, blown glass, wood-turnings, Raku pottery, hand-dyed silk items, custom jewelry, photography and paintings are just a few of the unique original artwork items that can be found in the gallery. 
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Newcomb Art Museum

As part of Tulane University, the Newcomb Art Museum presents exhibitions that draw from diverse disciplines in conceptualizing innovative art and design. newcombartmuseum.tulane.edu

 

Museums

The Historic New Orleans Collection

Located in the French Quarter, this collection is the best introduction to New Orleans history you can get. hnoc.org

The Cabildo

This flagship building of The Louisiana State Museum is the site of the Louisiana Purchase. Today it houses exhibitions on the Purchase and on Louisiana history. LouisianaStateMuseum.org

Madame John's Legacy

Located at 632 Dumain Street in the French Quarter, Madame John's is an excellent example of Louisiana Creole residential design at the end of the 18th century. The architectural complex consists of three buildings: the main house, kitchen with cooks quarters and two-story garconniere. It too, is part of The Louisiana State Museum. lsm.crt.state.la.us

The Old U.S. Mint

The Old U.S. Mint is the only building in America to have served as both a U.S. and Confederate Mint. In 1981, the Greek Revival-style National Historic Landmark opened to the public as a museum. lsm.crt.state.la.us

The New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture and History

Located in the historic Faubourg Tremé, one of America's oldest black neighborhoods, the museum is comprised of 7 historic buildings and is anchored by the lovely Tremé Villa. The museum features rotating exhibits as well as a fine collection of African artwork and crafts. The museum acts as a gateway the Tremé neighborhood and offers walking and bus tours of the neighborhood. noaam.org

The National World War II Museum

This historical gem takes you from the beaches of Normandy to the sands of the Pacific Islands with interactive displays and dramatic exhibits. The Museum's recent additions include the Solomon Victory Theater, the Stage Door Canteen and The American Sector Restaurant- a Chef John Besh creation. Nationalww2museum.org 

Upcoming Events

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BB King's Blues Club…

May 31 - 31, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for Jonte Mayon more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 31 - 31, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstars Band ft.… more

David Hansen's Garden…

May 31, 2016
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

First Folio! Closing…

May 31 - 31, 2016

Maple Leaf Bar…

May 31 - Sep 27, 2016
Join us for live entertainment featuring the Grammy Award winning ReBirth Brass… more

Singer/Songerwriter…

May 31, 2016 - Jan 06, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. House of Blues New Orleans hosts a new weekly… more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jun 1 - 1, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstar Band ft.… more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jun 1 - 1, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstars Band ft.… more

Comedy Gold hosted by…

Jun 01, 2016 - Jan 07, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages (content may not be appropriate for all ages).… more

The Maison Presents -…

Jun 01, 2016 - Jul 26, 2017
The New Orleans Jazz Vipers play a free dinner show at The Maison every… more

The New Movement…

Jun 1 - Dec 28, 2016
Join us at the New Movement for Chris & Tami! Chris Trew and Tami Nelson… more

Traditional Home's…

Jun 1 - 12, 2016
Join us in the Uptown District for our first-ever New Orleans Showhouse!… more

Wednesdays on the…

Jun 1 - Jul 6, 2016
Looking for some evening fun and excitement in New Orleans this summer?… more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jun 2 - 2, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for Jonte Mayon more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jun 2 - 2, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstars Band ft.… more

Go on Girl! Book Club

Jun 2 - 2, 2016
Go On Girl! Book Club is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and Annual… more

Heart of the House

Jun 02, 2016 - Jan 08, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Heart of the House puts the spotlight on House… more

Jazz in the Park

Jun 2 - 9, 2016
Jazz in the Park returns this spring running from April 14th to June 9th, with… more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jun 3 - 3, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstar Band ft.… more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jun 3 - 3, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstars Band ft.… more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 31 - 31, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for Jonte Mayon more

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