Sunday, 12 May 2013 12:50
New Orleans: Festivities, live music and culture
Southern hospitality with a Cajun flavor is what you'll encounter as you explore the many free things to do in New Orleans. Full of vibrant personalities, the city streets are prime for people-watching, especially on Bourbon Street. You'll also come across several distractions at nearby Jackson Square, where street performers - including mimes, dancers, brass bands and artists - entertain onlookers.
For a taste of authentic New Orleans food and nightlife, enjoy live music at Le Bon Temps Roule music club, where free oysters are offered every Friday. Revel in free dancing at the clubs on music-rich Frenchmen Street, where most nightlife spots don't require a cover charge, and genres span the spectrum from jazz and rock to electronica and reggae.
Over three days near the end of each summer, the Satchmo Summer Festival celebrates Louis Armstrong with jazz concerts, films and arts markets. To escape the heat, rest easy in the sprawling shade of century-old oak trees in City Park or Audubon Park.
There's also no charge to dive into the culture that's molded the city. Browse the art, clothing and accessories on display at the French Market; you'll spy goods strongly influenced by local African, West Indian, Spanish and French populations. But bring your willpower with you to this attraction: it's only free if you make no purchases.