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FestiGals

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

Festigals 2016

Jul 30 - 31, 2016
FestiGals will return to the JW Marriott for its sixth women's weekend! more

16th Annual Satchmo…

Aug 5 - 7, 2016
Celebrate our native son, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, at this… more

Farm to Table…

Aug 18 - 18, 2016
The Farm to Table Experience (F2Te) is the premier annual gathering in the… 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

Restaurant Week New…

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

Carnaval Latino

Oct 8 - 9, 2016
A celebration of the extraordinary Latin Music and our city`s Hispanic heritage… more

11th Annual Crescent…

Oct 14 - 16, 2016
The 11th annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival celebrates the soul of… more

Boo at the Zoo

Oct 21 - 29, 2016
Bring your little ghosts and goblins to Boo at the Zoo Presented by Bryan… more

Krewe of BOO! Parade…

Oct 22 - 22, 2016
This spooktacular Halloween event is unlike any other parade in the world and… more

Halloween New Orleans

Oct 27 - 30, 2016
Join us for the annual Halloween New Orleans, a weekend-long LGBT… more

Treme Creole Gumbo…

Nov 12 - 13, 2016
New Orleans jazz and R&B by Treme artists, gumbo-cooking demos, crafts and… more

Bayou Classic…

Nov 24 - 24, 2016
Join us for the Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Parade. The parade will begin at the… 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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“The National WWII…

Jul 30 - 30, 2016
The French Market welcomes The National WWII Museum's Victory Belles back to… more

Backyard Grooves

Jul 30, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages.   more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jul 30 - 30, 2016
Join us for live music with Piano Man Lucy Blackledge. more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jul 30 - 30, 2016
Join us for live music with BB King Allstar Band ft. Larry Johnson & Jonte… more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jul 30 - 30, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstars Band ft.… more

Carousel Gardens…

Jul 30 - 31, 2016
Now is a great time to buy your season pass. The season pass even gets you… more

Double Dose

Jul 30, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
ActionActionReaction and friends keep the dance floor energized with mixes of… more

FestiGals

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

Festigals 2016

Jul 30 - 31, 2016
FestiGals will return to the JW Marriott for its sixth women's weekend! more

Jazz Yoga with Susan…

Jul 30 - 30, 2016
Jazz Yoga with live meditative music by Peter Nu, continues at the Old U.S.… more

Mama's Music

Jul 30, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In Big Mama's Lounge. 21+ with valid photo I.D. 7-string guitarist Justin… more

MechaCon 2016

Jul 30 - 31, 2016
MechaCon is an annual three day anime convention held during the summer at the… more

National Dance Day…

Jul 30 - 30, 2016
This year's National Dance Day Celebration will be held at the New Orleans… more

Photo Exhibition -…

Jul 30 - 30, 2016
Join us for the Photo Exhibition - "MAAFA: The Past We Inherit; the Future… more

The House of Groove

Jul 30, 2016
The House of Groove is a House Party and a live improvised musical journey… more

The Illusion

Jul 30 - Aug 6, 2016
Strange things happen when you wander into a magician’s cave. Pridamant,… more

The National WWII…

Jul 30 - 30, 2016
Concert-goers will be treated to a 45 minute concert by the vocal trio The… more

The New Movement…

Jul 30, 2016 - May 23, 2026
Join us at the New Movement for  stand -up comedy show - Go… more

The New Movement…

Jul 30 - Dec 31, 2016
At each Megaphone Show, we invite a special guest/local… more

The New Movement…

Jul 30 - Dec 31, 2016
Chris Trew is joined on stage by two audience members chosen at random who have… more

“The National WWII…

Jul 30 - 30, 2016
The French Market welcomes The National WWII Museum's Victory Belles back to… more

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