Things to Do in New Orleans

New Orleans is a fantastic choice for your vacation destination. The city provides endless activities and attractions, so you will never run out of things to do!

Restaurants

A selection of menus from local restaurants can be found in our parlor’s armoire.

NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANTS

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Music

Here is a list of some popular venues. For a complete listing of music around the New Orleans area, visit www.wwoz.org.


Mid-City


ATTRACTIONS 

Mardi Gras There’s no better place to be during the biggest party of the year! Canal Street Inn is located away from the main hustle and bustle but on the route for the grandest night parade. You’ll have front-row seats to the perfect amount of action. Check out the Mardi Gras website for parade schedules.

Jazz Fest
Canal Street Inn offers a great home base from which to enjoy the many varied events of Jazz Fest. We are within walking distance of the fairgrounds, one of the largest Jazz Fest venues. Held the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May, the Jazz Fest is the second-biggest event in New Orleans, so be sure to book early!

City Park Located in Mid-City, Canal Street Inn is close to the wonderful and expansive City Park, which is home to the New Orleans Museum of Art, the museum’s incomparable sculpture garden, the New Orleans Botanical Gardens, the Bayou Oaks golf course, and much more.

Fairgrounds Race Course Catch the action at America’s oldest racing site still in operation! Races are held at this historic Mid-City track from Thanksgiving through March.  For an updated schedule of events, check out Fairgrounds Race Course.

Pitot House This Creole country house was once owned by New Orleans’ first American mayor, James Pitot. A beautiful example of Louisiana Colonial architecture, the Pitot House is now a museum featuring Louisiana and American antiques from the early 1800s.

Long Vue House & Gardens One of the last great houses to be custom-built in America, Long Vue House & Gardens is a Classical Revival style mansion surrounded by lush, beautiful gardens for guests to explore. The house contains original furnishings of English and American antiques; European and Eastern European carpets; modern and contemporary art; and collections of needlework, chintz, haute couture, and ethnic costumes.

Rock ‘n Bowl Famous for classic bowling lanes, live music, and the city’s greatest Zydeco dancing every Thursday night, Rock ‘n Bowl at Mid-City Lanes is a nearby New Orleans original.

Woodhouse Day Spa Take a stroll a few blocks from the inn to treat yourself to a few hours – or a day! – of pampering and relaxation at the Woodhouse Day Spa.  Choose from a multitude of options, including favorites such as a classic facial, a volcanic stone massage, or a full body treatment.   If you are short on time, enjoy a simple pedicure or manicure in a relaxing setting.  Woodhouse Day Spa is committed to using organic products, creating a green environment, and supporting products made in the USA.


EVENTS

New Orleans holds many festivals celebrating music, food, and culture all year round. We have listed some of the highlights here. For a more extensive list of festivals in New Orleans, click here.

FEBRUARY

There’s no better place to be during the biggest party of the year! Canal Street Inn is located away from the main hustle and bustle but on the route for the grandest night parade. You’ll have front-row seats to the perfect amount of action.

MARCH
There are numerous St. Patrick’s Day parades and activities around New Orleans and the suburbs. More information about the parades.

APRIL
French Quarter Festival
More than 800 musicians will perform over the course of the weekend, and more than 70 restaurants will be set up on the French Quarter Festival. You’ll find the festivities in such places as Bourbon Street, Royal Street, Jackson Square, the open-air French Market, and the grassy Woldenberg Park along the Mississippi River. The music event is free.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Canal Street Inn offers a great home base from which to enjoy the many varied events of Jazz Fest. We are within walking distance of the fairgrounds, one of the largest Jazz Fest venues. Held the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May, the Jazz Fest is the second-biggest event in New Orleans, so be sure to book early!

MAY

The annual Bayou Boogaloo is a free outdoor event in the beautiful Bayou St. John in New Orleans’ Mid-City neighborhood.
New Orleans Wine & Food Experience Thousands of wine and food lovers are expected to gather here again as they have done every year since 1992 for this extraordinary event. The NOWFE spotlights the city’s legendary restaurants along with fine wines from around the globe.

JUNE
Oyster Festival This free two-day outdoor event is usually held primarily in the parking lot adjacent to the Jax Brewery, with a few related events held elsewhere in the nearby French Quarter. It features live music, contests, and competitions, and tasting events starring the festival’s namesake, the Louisiana Oyster.

JULY
4th of July The holiday’s biggest celebration is on the banks of the Mississippi at the annual Go Fourth on the River extravaganza. “Dueling Barges” put on an exciting fireworks show to the tune of patriotic music. There are a lot of different locations to catch the excitement along the river, from Woldenberg Park to Crescent Park or across the river on the West Bank.
Essence Festival, This festival is known as “the party with a purpose”, is an annual music festival which started in 1995 as a one-time event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Essence, a magazine aimed primarily towards African-American women. It is the largest event celebrating African-American culture and music in the United States

AUGUST
Satchmo Fest The Satchmo Fest is a birthday celebration for Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong in U.S. Mint, featuring music all weekend on festival stages; music includes traditional jazz, contemporary jazz, brass bands, and children’s programming.

OCTOBER
Voodoo Music Experience Come to enjoy Voodoo Fest! The festival takes over City Park with two main stages and several smaller stages – not to mention countless local food and beverage vendors. New Orleans will be under a weekend-long spell of music, food, crafts, and culture.

NOVEMBER
Swamp Fest Learn more about the Cajun culture with special animal feedings and hands-on encounters in addition to Cajun storytelling, pirogue-building, and wildfowl carving presentations in the now-famous Louisiana Swamp Exhibit. The event takes place at Audubon Zoo.

DECEMBER
Christmas New Orleans Style Free concerts are held in the historic St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest continuously active Roman Catholic cathedral in the U.S. Not far from Canal Street Inn, you can tour the magnificent “Celebration in the Oaks” at City Park, a festive display of nearly two million lights decorating one-hundred-year-old oak trees.