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The Tulane resident is balanced: working hard when required, but playing and relaxing when time permits. We believed the balanced physician is the best physician for his or her patients. This section provides some of the unique opportunities New Orleans offers for the Tulane residents.

This page is to help you get a glimpse of what life is like in the Big Easy. We love this town, and why wouldn't you? Sure there are a few potholes, but that's a small price to pay for a city that never sleeps, full of people who are always happy to see you. New Orleans has character; it is a life experience worth having. Whether it be Music, the Arts, Museums, or Festivals, there is always something to do in New Orleans... Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Music

New Orleans has the best Jazz in the country. Unlike some cities where you have to buy pricy tickets to see big name talent, the best music in New Orleans occurs in small bars and clubs requiring little or no cost. Other musical talents flock to New Orleans to play alongside the great Jazz and Blues musicians. Having seen the Rolling Stones at Tipitinas (a bar that fits 50 to 100 people), I can tell you that there is nothing like it!

Planning ahead is good, but not required at all: last minute change of venues is common, and this is your best opportunity to see the great performers. Start with the following free guides:

Have a look at the links- you are sure to be impressed.

 

Theater/Dance

There are few cities that offer the culture of New Orleans . Is it any wonder why so many artists (of every medium) find their way to New Orleans to further develop their art? Below are just a few of the many things to see and do in New Orleans . Click on the link above for a list that will blow your mind.

Broadway Musical Series
Held yearly at the Saneger Theater
Previous "Hits"- Ragtime, Smokey Joe's Café, Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, Best Little WhoreHouse in Texas, The Full Monte, Aita , Sound Of Music, Cabaret, Beauty and the Beast, Fame, Swing, Defending the Caveman, Blast, The Exonerated, The Producers, Oklahoma, 42nd Street, Phantom of the Opera

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Led by world renown Klauspeter Seibel

The New Orleans Opera
Opera is Murder...and secrets, unrelenting love, betrayal, and redemption- the ultimate theatrical experience!...You'll love the New Orleans Opera.

New Orleans Ballet Association
NOBA is the region's premiere presenting and service organization dedicated solely to the art of dance. NOBA's dynamic Main Stage season annually features a variety of world-class dance companies at the Theater of the Performing Arts in Armstrong Park .

 


Museums

National D-Day museum

Open 9-5 M-F. Adults $7, Kids 5-17 $5.00. Call 504-527-6012 for details.

New Orleans Historic Vodoo Museum
Experience authentic Voodoo altars, artifacts. Call 504-523-7685 for details.

Aquarium of the Americas
One of the nicer aquariums in the U.S Must see the penguin exhibit, and gulf of mexico. Located on the riverwalk. Call 504-581-4629 for details.

Audubon Zoo
"I went on down to the Audubon Zoo and they all asked for you!" 58 acres with lots of places to sit, relax or read. Amazing Swamp, alligator exhibit (only white alligator in the world). Check out the zoo during swamp fest. Call 504-581-4629 for details.

Contemporary Arts Center
Tuesday.- Sunday 11am - 5pm. Modern art. Call 504-528-3805 for details.

Check out this link for over twenty + other museums !!!

Swamp Tours

Alligator Annies- located in Houma.1-800-341-5441 They call the alligators by name- they swim right up to the boat (seats 18) and leap up to eat raw chicken off a stick. 1-800- 341-5441. Tours daily at 10am and 2pm.

 

Plantations & Historical Tours

See what life was like in the big easy during the 1600's, 1700's & 1800's. Listed below are just several of the larger plantations. Of course, New Orleans has multiple historical museums. but many of the most interesting sites (above ground cemeteries from the 1600's, historical homes, etc) can be seen just by walking around. And feel free to take your drink with you as you walk- that's legal here.

Laura Plantation
ca 1805 -- most notably know for slave house where Br'er Rabbit tales were first collected.

Oak Alley Plantation
ca 1837 -- the square Greek revival mansion is situauted at one end of a mile alley of 28 stately, perfectly spaced live oaks. It's been in countless films, so if you've seen a film with a romantic plantation in it, you've probably seen Oak Alley.

Destrehan Plantation
ca 1797 -- the oldest plantation in LA.

 

Sports

Take your pick from playoff caliber football, basketball or baseball. In addition, experience minor league hockey in a tropical environment. If that is not enough, check out Tulane/ LSU college football or the Sugar Bowl. (Perhaps even the Superbowl!)

New Orleans Hornets
Over 45 home games to be seen. A great venue as well.

New Orleans Zephyrs
(AAA- Team For the New York Mets- Part of the Pacific Coast League (504) 734-5155

New Orleans Saints - Home Schedule
We have 14 season tickets. Ask Wiese if you want to buy a couple of ticks ($35 each)

 

Festivals

In addition to the Tulane Residency-exclusive festivals of our own, New Orleans has over 412 festivals each year. Here are some of the highlights!

January 1st New Year Eve, French Quarter style. Little more needs to be said.

January 1st Nokia Sugar Bowl. A collegiate classic, but the French Quarter party before and after is INSANE!

January 8th The NCAA National Championship Game in the Superdome!

January 13-15th The Louisiana Fur and Wildlife Festival

January : Rice and Gumbo Festival

January 27th : Mardi Gras Marathon . Oh, like all marathons, except you can expect some people in costumes, and some people with nothing on at all.

Jan 20th to Feb 5 th Mardi Gras is Feb 5 th , but the Mardi Gras festival begins two weeks earlier with nightly parades until then. The last parades (Zulu and Rex) roll on Tuesday Feb 5 th (followed by Ash Wednesday).

February: Black Heritage Festival

March 13- 15th : Catfish Festival .

March 13-15th : Louisiana Nursery Festival

March 13-15th : Rabbit Festival

March 19-28th : Jubilee Festival of the Arts and Humanities

March 21-22 nd : Oyster Festival

March 22-23 rd : Cotile Lions Club Spring Fling Festival

March 22-23 rd : Oak Alley Festival

March 27-30th : Louisiana Cypress Sawmill Festival

March 27-30th : Ashland Spring Festival

March 27-30th : Southdown Marketplace Arts Festival

March to April - NCAA Tournament . The Superdome regularly hosts either a regional or super-regional for the NCAA tournament. Parties in the Quarter as you might expect. Of course, parking is free for Tulane residents.

March 23 st - St. Patrick's Day Parade A great city-wide parade and party. Mardi Gras withdrawal!

March 26-30th Tennessee Williams Literary Festival - -An annual five-day celebration showcasing national and regional scholars, writers, and performing artists. (504) 581-1144.

April 2-3rd : Festival des Families d'Erath

April 3-4th : Crawfish Boat Festival

April 4-6th : Boggy Bayou Festival

April 5-6th : Dogwood Festival

April 5- 15th : Natchitoches Spring Fling Festival

April 10-15th : Louisiana Railroad Festival

April 11-13th : Strawberry Festival

April 11-13th : Cajun Hot Sauce Festival

April 14-17th French Quarter Festival (504) 522-5730

April 14-16th : Atchafalaya River Festival

 April 14-16th : Catfish Festival

April 18-20th : Bayou Teche Bear Festival

April 18-20th : Great Southern Bluegrass Event

April 25-27th : Potpourri Festival

May 21-25th Wine and Food Experience

April 27-29th Louisiana Crawfish Festival .

April 27-29th Jazz Fest (First session) - (see special Jazz fest Section). Ohhhh, baby!

April 30th -May 6th PGA Zurich Classic . Great PGA talent at a local course.

May 3-5 rd Jazz Fest - (Second session) - (see special Jazz Fest Section)

Throughout the Summer : Art for Arts Sake . Some of the best Art and Wine. what a great combination!

July 8-11th Essence Festival . The best of rhythm, smooth jazz and soul music. (Mary J. Blige, Al Green, Luther Vandross, Maze, Gerald Levert and the Isley Brothers, Destiny's Child, and Jill Scott).

July 24 nd Jazz in the Vines - Outdoor Concert Series. Outdoor concerts at Ponchartrain Vine. (985) 892-9742

August 4th White-Linen Night - Thousands of people come to the free street party on Julia Street to enjoy art galleries, food, and music. The fair is from 6-9p. (504) 528-3805

Aug. 3-6th Satchmo Festival -This weekend-long festival pays tribute to Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong.

Aug. Sept 3 rd to 5th Southern Decadence Festival - The name says it all: it is a circus gone amok: wildly aberrant, unusual, and, slightly crazed avant garde people in drag and costumes. Not for the faint of heart. Sunday of Labor Day weekend

Sept. 30-1, Oct. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27 Oktoberfest . New Orleans , Deutsches Haus, 200 S. Galvez St. Traditional German music, dancing, food and drink. 522-8014.

Sept. 29th Symphony Run and Concert in the Park . Come support the New Orleans Symphony in a 5K fun run followed by an evening wine and cheese concert in the part.

Oct. 1 st Hurricane Festival -
2002 performers included Train, Cowboy Mouth, Soul Asylum, Medeski, Martin & Wood. Taunt the Gulf hurricanes with a hurricane of your own.

Oct. 5-6; 12-13 Swamp Fest . The first two weekends in October at the World Famous Audubon Zoo

Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28 . Angola Prison Rodeo . Angola , Louisiana State Penitentiary. The Angola Rodeo, the longest running prison rodeo in the nation (1965). The only self-sustaining penitentiary.

Oct. 26- 28: The VOODOO Fest ! If you are into the latest in pop and rock music, you won't want to miss this one. It's a mini-Woodstock every single year. Solid music from the top performers for three solid days. Incredible.

Halloween in the Quarter . Well, I don't think this requires an explanation.

November- January Enjoy the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra or the Saenger Broadway Music Series . (see above)

November (Thanksgiving) to March . Louisiana Downs . Come enjoy some of the best thoroughbred racing in the South. Enjoy mimosas in the clubhouse as the pony's run.

December Watch the Saints roll into the playoffs, while the Hornet's get geared up for mid-season play. Enjoy the Housestaff Holiday party and many, many more holiday festivals throughout the city.

Nov. 25 to Jan 2 Celebration in the Oaks - City Park 's annual holiday lighting extravaganza A two-mile drive through 15 acres of lighted displays in the N.O botanical gardens. Nightly entertainment, horse drawn carriages (very romantic) and miniature trains (not as romantic). 504-483-9415. Also go ice-skating in City Park.