Join us for a walk through the Tremé, French Quarter, and Marigny neighborhoods as we explore the creative history and culture of New Orleans, enhanced with audio and visuals throughout. From jazz, funk, bounce, and blues to gospel masses to jazz funerals, from Southern Gothic literature to rap, from fine art galleries to street art, New Orleans brings the expressive side out of locals and visitors alike – whether as a career, or just one day a year. Our musicians, artists, and writers all range from world-famous to well-kept secrets, but all of them share New Orleans as a muse – and their lives and stories are often as fascinating as their work.
On this tour, we’ll make our way from the birthplace of jazz to the definitive strip of music clubs in New Orleans today. We’ll pass the homes and haunts of great writers, see art hung from fences and gallery walls, and walk the paths of the greatest free show in the world, Mardi Gras. Besides sharing the art of live storytelling, your guide will help you plan what music and cultural events to attend while you’re in town.
Included on the tour:
- Monuments to musicians and traditions in Louis Armstrong Park
- Congo Square, colonial home of African music and dance
- Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
- Bourbon Street music clubs past and present
- Street performance in Jackson Square and Royal Street
- The Presbytère, home of the Louisiana State Museum’s Mardi Gras collection
- Royal Street art galleries
- Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre
- Former homes of writers William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, and Francis Parkinson Keyes
- The Old U.S. Mint, home of a preeminent Louisiana folk art collection
- Street art in Faubourg Marigny
- Frenchmen Street, the most concentrated district for local music
- And an audio survey of what’s going on in the city while you’re here
Be sure to read our post "10 Ways to Hear Live Music in New Orleans".
Where: Mr. Gregory's Coffee Shop 806 N. Rampart St.
DURATION: 2 hours, 1 mile in length
When: 2:30pm Tours: Friday and Saturday
Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.