Setting foot in New Orleans is like stepping into another land, far from McDonalds, Starbucks, or EDM. Instead, this is a city where rich Creole culture meets the conservatism of the South and the Mississippi River Delta.
In an effort to get you properly setup, we rounded up a few of our favorite places where to eat, drink, enjoy music, and maybe grab a keepsake or two.
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Voodoo Music and Arts Experience is New Orleans’ largest pop music and arts festival. What’s better than spending Halloween in the city that loves its cemeteries?
What comes to mind when you think of New Orleans? Let’s be honest, it’s most likely visions of Mardi Gras and all its cultural-meets-party glory.
This celebration of music and culture has been showcasing immense talent from New Orleans and Louisiana since 1970, when Mahalia Jackson, Duke Ellington, and the Eureka Brass Band got together to hold a small parade. Today’s incarnation is a celebration of music, food, culture, crafts, and heritage in the birthplace of Jazz.
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The Bucket List
In 2001 the event celebrated Louis Armstrong’s centennial, and 650,000 were there to see it. Will this be another year that you sit on the sidelines or will you finally take the plunge and give Jazz Fest a try? Last year’s lineup included hoards of local Louisiana talent, plus heritage acts like Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs, Stevie Wonder, Beck, Ms. Lauryn Hill, and queen of funk and soul, the late Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings.
Cue parades, costumes, beads, and a lot of cheering. So how does one navigate this Carnival season? For starters, the parades do NOT occur within the French Quarter. During Carnival season at night, parts of this neighborhood turn into areas known for more risqué festivities–locals and police consider it a place for wild behavior and crime. Instead, figure out which parades you want to see and pick which times you’d like to go watch.
Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival
Rejoice, literature nerds! New Orleans is not all food, jazz, and booze. This festival’s mission is to serve the community through educational, theatrical, literary, and musical programs, as well as bolster creative talents in the arts, both locally and beyond. Above all, they aim to celebrate the life and voice of Tennessee Williams, who considered New Orleans his true home.
Voodoo Music & Arts Festival
Voodoo Music and Arts Experience is New Orleans’ largest pop music and arts festival, and it happens once a year during Halloween weekend. We can’t think of a better place to spend the holiday weekend in a city that’s filled with cemeteries and voodoo history.
Born in the 18th century under French and Spanish colonialism, the French Quarter is New Orleans’ oldest and most visited neighborhood. This gorgeous nook of the city is a walkable area filled with entertainment, romance, discovery, and tourist traps, too. Whether you’re into hard drinking, shopping or expanding your culinary horizons, there is something for every visitor in the French Quarter.
Where To Go
You can let the Yelp reviews take you to the French Quarter, Cafe du Monde, and other tourist-heavy spots. Sure, those places are worth seeing. We’d rather dare you to go beyond the beaten path in New Orleans. We assure you, you won’t be disappointed.
Faubourg Marigny, Tremé, Bywater
This is the heart of New Orleans’ creative innovativeness hub. What used to be a run-down area is now an increasingly gentrifying center, where wealthy investors are looking to plant roots. A must in this neighborhood is a visit to Elizabeth’s, one of the top culinary destinations in town.
The Central Business District (CBD) is New Orleans’ downtown, where you can find an array of hotels, restaurants, and cocktail bars. Looking past the fancy hotels, you’ll find the Warehouse District, Contemporary Arts Center, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and countless galleries.
Hop on the ferry and within a few minutes you’ll find yourself in Algiers Point, the second oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. Algiers waterfront is as green as the eye can see, and the area is considered a historic district where architecture dates back to the 19th-century.
This gorgeous residential neighborhood is filled with grandiose homes, polished gardens, and historic roots. One of their main attractions is the Lafayette Cemetery No.1–considered one of the oldest (spookiest) and most beautiful cemeteries in the country.