22 Things To Try In New Orleans 2022

Group of people on a Swamp Boat Tour near La Galerie Hotel


  1. Take A Riverboat Cruise

You can enjoy a jazz brunch, dinner, or just sit back and marvel at the mighty Mississippi River on the authentic paddlewheeler, the Steamboat Natchez. You can also take a ride on her sister ship, The City of New Orleans.

  1. Ride The Streetcar

You don’t need a place to go to take advantage of this classic New Orleans transportation. Simply taking a ride on the streetcar line and seeing the sites is a great way to spend some time in the Crescent City.

  1. Spend A Day In City Park

The sprawling 1,300 acres of this urban park make it one of the biggest in the country. You can picnic, tour the New Orleans Museum of Art, take the kids to Carousel Gardens or the Children’s Museum, or ride a surrey. There’s also mini-golf, swan paddle boats, a sculpture garden, a dog park, and even a forest. It’s an easy place to spend a whole day.

  1. Participate In The New Orleans Wine And Food Experience

June 7th through 12th, the Wine and Food experience celebrates chefs and wines from around the world. The event will also be enjoying its 30th year.

  1. Tour The French Quarter In A Carriage

Why stay on foot when you can tour the city in a carriage? New Orleans Carriages offers mule-drawn carriage rides through the city as you hear tales of the local history.

  1. Check Out A Free Concert In Lafayette Square

New Orleans is all about music, and thanks to Wednesdays at the Square, you can enjoy free concerts. 

  1. Attend The French Quarter Festival

Since 1984, the French Quarter Fest has aimed to bring people back to the Quarter. If you’re going to be in town April 21st through 24th, make sure to check it out.

  1. Explore Mardi Gras World

You don’t need to come to NOLA during carnival season to experience Mardi Gras. Check out where a lot of the magic happens at Mardi Gras World.

  1. Take A Swamp Tour

Take in the breathtaking beauty and intrigue of the Lousiana swamp up-close-and-personal with Bayou Swamp Tours.

  1. Check Out New Orleans Jazz Fest

By far one of the biggest food and music experiences, the New Orleans Jazz Fest is legendary. Get your tickets for single-day or multi-day passes. The fest occurs on April 29th, 30th, May 1st, or May 5th through the 8th.

  1. Go On A New Orleans Ghost Adventures Tour

The haunted side of New Orleans is one of its most intriguing aspects, and you might spy a ghost or two on your visit. Taking a ghost tour is a great way to see the spookier side of the city.

  1. Stroll Through The French Market

Spend a morning strolling through the French Market to find some amazing deals on art, food, clothes, and unique finds. If you’re here in June, you can also enjoy The Creole Tomato Festival.

  1. Immerse Yourself In The Essence Festival

The Essence Festival of Culture is happening in 2022 from June 30th - July 3rd. It showcases black music, literary legends, amazing food, music, and so much more.

  1. Visit The Audubon Animals

Whether you’re traveling with kids or adults only, the Audubon Zoo and The Aquarium of the Americas are sure to please. Visit to see delightful animals and awe-inspiring exhibits.

  1. Go To Bayou Boogaloo

This annual fest in MId-City features food, music, art, and more. Don’t wait to get tickets; they can go pretty fast! The fest is May 20th through 22nd. 

  1. Eat Everywhere

You can’t come to New Orleans without trying as much food as possible, and there are more than enough amazing restaurants to accommodate any appetite. Don’t miss the incredible seafood, Cajun and Creole cuisine, and powdery, warm beignets. If you visit in summer, you have to try a snoball, and of course, numerous tasty cocktails. 

  1. Enjoy Satchmo Summerfest

This annual celebration honors the legendary Louis Armstong. It’s held at the historic New Orleans Jazz Museum, typically during the end of July or early August. Check the website for the latest dates.

  1. Halloween NOLA-Style At Voodoo Fest

Voodoo Fest is an iconic Halloween experience, taking place over Halloween weekend in City Park. You can try fabulous food, see over 65 bands, and soak up genuine New Orleans vibes.

  1. Attend An Event At The Superdome Or Arena

Do you want to watch the Saints play, catch a Pelicans game, or maybe get concert tickets for a major headliner? Check out the upcoming events at Caesar's Superdome and the events at the Smoothie King Center to plan your to-do list.

  1. Enjoy Music And Food At The Crescent City Blues And BBQ Festival

Savor some of the best music and BBQ at this festival that’s been going strong since 2006. It’s October 14th through 16th at Lafayette Square Park.

  1. Get In The Christmas Spirit 

If your New Orleans vacation brings you to the city during the holidays, you’ll find lots of beautiful ways to celebrate the season. Check out the stunning lights at Celebration in the Oaks, Miracle on Fulton, and much more.

  1. Stay In A Charming French Quarter Boutique Hotel

The best way to experience New Orleans is to make sure you stay in the middle of the action. Cozy up in one of our incredibly charming boutique hotels to make the absolute most of your NOLA experience.