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Upcoming Events

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New Orleans Jazz &…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Jazz Fest is the celebration of the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans… more

Zurich Classic

May 1 - 1, 2016
Golf fans will have a chance to support regional children's charities while… more

Jazz in the Park

May 5 - Jun 9, 2016
Jazz in the Park returns this spring running from April 14th to June 9th, with… more

Celtic Woman Destiny…

May 7 - 7, 2016
Global music sensation Celtic Woman presents DESTINY, an enchanting new show… more

Rihanna Concert Anti…

May 17 - 17, 2016
Due to production delays, Rihanna's New Orleans tour date has been rescheduled… more

Bayou Boogaloo

May 20 - 22, 2016
Enjoy three days full of music, art, and food on beautiful Bayou St. John… more

The Orpheum Theater…

May 21 - 21, 2016

The New Orleans Wine…

May 26 - 29, 2016
The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is one of the premiere events in… more

New Orleans…

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

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 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

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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“Awash with Color:…

May 1 - 21, 2016
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the new exhibition… more

Backbeat Jazzfest…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Join us for Funky But Better. more

Backbeat Jazzfest…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Join us for Mia Borders and Colin Lake. more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Tribute Band more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for Jason D. more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for Keith Stone Band. more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for Marc Stone Band. more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for Roddy Romero & The Hub… more

City Park Presents -…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Join us in the New Orleans Botanical Garden in New Orleans City Park for City… more

DISNEY ON ICE…

May 1 - 1, 2016
The celebration of the century comes alive in Disney On Ice celebrates 100… more

Disney on Ice: 100…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic! The monumental ice skating… more

Irvin Mayfield & The…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Close out your festival weekend with House of Blues New Orleans for Irvin… more

Irvin Mayfield and…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Grammy Award Winning Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra perform… more

Irvin Mayfield Jazz…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Mama's Music

May 01, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In Big Mama's Lounge. 21+ with valid photo I.D. 7-string guitarist Justin… more

New Orleans Jazz &…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Jazz Fest is the celebration of the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans… more

New Orleans Photo…

May 1 - 29, 2016
The New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA), is proud to be the first venue to … more

PONDEROSA STOMP…

May 1 - 1, 2016
Kick off the day with Awakenings presented by Stumptown Coffee Roasters and… more

SOUTH LOUISIANA SWAMP…

May 1 - 1, 2016
A rich gumbo of So. LA talent takes over Three Keys with Keith Frank and the… more

The Historic New…

May 1 - 7, 2016
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I, The Historic New… more

“Awash with Color:…

May 1 - 21, 2016
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the new exhibition… more

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