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The Franchise

Sep 30 - Dec 30, 2016
The best of the cream of the crop. A showcase of the heavyweights. The… more

Spooky Tour for Kids

Oct 01, 2016 - Sep 21, 2026
On this tour for kids, we will search for and possibly find these playful and… more

Gentilly Fest

Oct 7 - 9, 2016
Free to the public, Gentilly Fest celebrates all things … more

Gretna Heritage…

Oct 7 - 9, 2016
Join us in celebrating the Gretna Heritage Festival, encompassing 25 city… more

Beignet Fest

Oct 8 - 8, 2016
Join us for the Inaugural Beignet Fest at Lafayette Square. Beignet… more

Mahalia Jackson…

Oct 10 - 10, 2016
For the first time ever, The Octonauts are bringing their live stage show to… more

Keith Urban ripCORD…

Oct 15 - 15, 2016
Four-time Grammy Award winner and American Idol judge Keith Urban will bring… more

Ogden After Hours:…

Oct 20 - 20, 2016
Join us for Ogden After Hours Ogden After Hours: Artist TBA. Ogden After… more

Boo at the Zoo

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

Ghosts in the Oaks

Oct 21 - 23, 2016
Join us at the Amusement Park & Storyland for this family friendly… more

Saturday Studio:…

Oct 22 - 22, 2016
After investigating Top Mob: A History of New Orleans Graffiti, students will… more

Secret Gardens of the…

Oct 22 - 23, 2016
Join us for the annual Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carré. This highly… more

10th Anniversary…

Nov 5 - 5, 2016
Join us for the 10th Anniversary  Central City Festival presented by the… more

The Purple Pants Party

Nov 12 - 12, 2016
The Ian G. Thompson Foundation was founded in honor of Ian G. Thompson who… more

Canal Street Lighting…

Nov 22 - 22, 2016
Stroll along Canal Street and watch as the Downtown Development District and… more

Saenger Theatre…

Nov 22 - 27, 2016
Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical features the hit… more

Celebration in the…

Nov 26, 2016 - Jan 03, 2017
City Park's annual holiday lighting exhibit and festival returns with one of… more

Holiday Movies on the…

Dec 2 - 16, 2016
The Downtown Development District and Riverwalk present three weekends of free… more

Krewe of Jingle Parade

Dec 3 - 3, 2016
Back for its ninth year, New Orleans' official holiday parade, the "Krewe… more

NOLA ChristmasFest

Dec 16 - 30, 2016
The Fourth Annual NOLA ChristmasFest invites one and all to immerse in the… more

The Franchise

Sep 30 - Dec 30, 2016
The best of the cream of the crop. A showcase of the heavyweights. The… more

Tax Free Shopping

Did you know Louisiana was the first state in the U.S. to offer sales tax refunds to international visitors?  International visitors to the state of Louisiana are finding a shopping paradise in with a sales tax refund on purchases made at nearly 900 tax free stores. 

French Market Shopping

Not to be confused with "duty free" shops at international departure terminals in airports, "Louisiana Tax Free Shopping" is available at well known retail stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Best Buy, Macy's, J.C. Penney, Gucci, The Gap, Sears, Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, Coach, and many more stores.  Tax Free stores also include manufacturer outlets, department stores, jewelry stores, art and antique stores, computer and electrical appliance retailers, as well as hundreds of smaller specialty shops throughout the state.  Most of the major shopping centers in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge area are tax-free zones.

The sales tax refund is provided on tangible items purchased at tax-free stores and permanently removed from the United States.  There is no refund for sales taxes paid for personal services, such as hotels, restaurants, entertainment and transportation.

Ladies Shopping

When making a purchase and showing a foreign passport or current official picture identification, the international visitor pays the purchase price, including the sales tax, and is given a voucher with the associated sales receipt or invoice.  To obtain the refund at the "Refund Center" in the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, the Downtown Refund Center located in Riverwalk Marketplace next to the Convention Center or the main branch of Capital One Bank in Lafayette and Shreveport, you must present all vouchers and corresponding sales receipts along with your passport and international travel ticket.  The refund is paid in U.S. currency up to $500.  Checks are issued on refunds over $500.  Refunds can also be obtained by mail.

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