Having Fun on the Cheap - New Orleans
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Gambit has an online Happy Hour guide (which is also included on the iPhone “Happy Hours” app), and there options can be sorted by location, types of cuisine, “community buzz” (i.e. romantic spots, people watching, etc.), but it can also be sorted by food specials and drink specials (over 200 drink specials in New Orleans, go figure), but there are over 40 food specials as well, ranging from half-priced pizza to 50-cent buffalo wings to small plates at Emeril’s Delmonico (for only $5-7).
New Orleans is definitely known for its music, and we have a variety of festivals throughout the year. The biggest two are Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest, both of which have already passed for the year and usually take place during the semester anyway. For a complete list of festivals in/around the area, we have two online calendars:
Bayou Bugaloo is a favorite, which takes place during the summer (late May) along beautiful Bayou St. John. Local vendors (both food and art) set up booths, and there are three live music stages, with no admission charge.
Runner up for my favorite would have to be the New Orleans Greek Festival, showcasing Greek food and culture. Admission is usually around $5, which grants you entry to the vendors and entertainment. Next year’s festival will take place over Memorial Day weekend.
Throughout the summer, City Park Botanical Garden offers a summer concert series, for only $8, with acts ranging from classical to contemporary to jazz, etc.
Wednesdays are popular for summer concert series, one of which is offered by the Youth Leadership Council, and excellent network of young business professionals throughout the city.
The other (still on-going) concert series takes place in Algiers, which is right across the Mississippi River from downtown NOLA.
For those more with an interest towards local art and culture, the Arts Council of New Orleans hosts an artists’ market in Palmer Park on the last Saturday of every month (on Sunday if it rains). Entry to the market is free.
The NOLA community is also quite active online, and many neighborhoods or specialty interests have their own blogs, with calendars of events: