Music, Arts and More Tour

Bridging three very different neighborhoods, our Music, Arts and More tour combines some of the city’s most colorful history with recommendations on the best musical and cultural events going on while you’re in town. In the Treme, we’ll see where African, European, and American cultures blended to make jazz and other American music possible; in the French Quarter, we’ll see art galleries, theaters, museums, street performers, and the hangouts of literary mischief-makers; and in the Marigny, we’ll walk Frenchmen Street, the best area for local-flavored music in New Orleans today. Along the way, your tour guide will also play DJ and curator, sharing music and visuals to let the artists speak for themselves.  

Highlights include:  

  • Congo Square, where African performance traditions were preserved from colonial New Orleans to today
  • Monuments to great musicians in Louis Armstrong Park
  • The music and “performance” of Bourbon Street
  • A museum showcasing the garish visuals and brilliant satire of Mardi Gras
  • Former homes of William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams
  • Hubs of French Quarter street performance
  • Folk art and how you can see it in the work of New Orleans artists today
  • How artists saved the French Quarter
  • Frenchmen Street and what music is playing there tonight

Reservations are required for all public tours and can be made online.