Nightlife in New Orleans

Melissa Etheridge: This is ME at Saenger Theatre on December 1 at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Melissa Etheridge: This is M.E.

Saenger Theatre New Orleans

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Academy- and Grammy Award-winning folk-pop artist plays songs from her new album, This is M.E., and greatest hits

$62 $31

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"Yo Gabba Gabba Live! Music Is Awesome!" at Saenger Theatre New Orleans on December 2 (Up to 43% Off)

Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!

Saenger Theatre

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Colorful and hip kids’ show celebrates the awesomeness of music with happy toy monsters and human friends DJ Lance Rock and Biz Markie

$53.05 $31.81

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Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Bamboula's

Professional improv actors invite diners to participate in an interactive whodunit as they enjoy a three-course meal

$60 $29

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"Africa Umoja" at Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, December 5–11 (Up to 52% Off)

"Africa Umoja"

Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

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Globe-trotting revue celebrates South African culture with both centuries-old traditions and more recent dance styles

$102.20 $49

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Thanksgiving Throwdown with Rebirth Brass Band and Glen David Andrews on November 27 at 10 p.m. (Up to 52% Off)

Thanksgiving Throwdown with Rebirth Brass Band and Glen David Andrews

The Howlin' Wolf

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Grammy-winning funk-and-roots band lays down thick washes of brass and chant-driven vocals; charismatic singer/trombonist Glen David Andrews

$37.61 $18

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Yeah You Rite! Live Show with Dinner at Club Bamboula's on December 4 at 8 p.m. (Up to 48% Off)

Yeah You Rite!

Club Bamboula's

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Local TV show Yeah You Rite! becomes a vaudevillian dinner-theater experience packed with music, dancing, and New Orleans legends

$75 $39

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Mike Epps & DeRay Davis: After Dark Tour at UNO Lakefront Arena on Friday, November 14 (Up to 42% Off)

Mike Epps

UNO Lakefront Arena

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Comic seen in Lee Daniels’s upcoming Richard Pryor biopic serves up standup alongside Comedy Central Laugh Riots Competition winner

$69.30 $40

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Straight No Chaser: The Happy Hour Tour on Tuesday, October 28 (Up to 50% Off)

Straight No Chaser: The Happy Hour Tour

Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

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A cappella group tears into pop and rock favorites such as “I Want You Back” and “Rolling in the Deep”

$108.29 $54

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Fall Jam Fest feat. Dru Hill and SWV at Saenger Theatre on October 19 at 7 p.m. (Up to 42% Off)

Fall Jam Fest feat. Dru Hill and SWV

Saenger Theatre

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Sisqó-led R&B group behind “Never Make a Promise” joins the female R&B trio who made “Weak” a ’90s hit

$84.25 $49

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Phillip Phillips at Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts on September 28 at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 44% Off)

Phillip Phillips

Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts

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The 11th-season winner of American Idol brings his raspy voice to rock-country hits such as “Home”

$62 $35

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Sesame Street Live "Make A New Friend" at UNO Lakefront Arena on November 7–9 (Up to 47% Off)

"Sesame Street Live: Make A New Friend"

UNO Lakefront Arena

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Grover, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and Cookie Monster learn that friendship is universal when a foreign visitor arrives at Sesame Street

$26.35 $14

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1964: The Tribute at Saenger Theatre New Orleans on Saturday, September 27, at 8 p.m. (Up to 36% Off)

1964: The Tribute

Saenger Theatre New Orleans

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Beatles tribute act lauded by Rolling Stone adopts the Fab Four’s swagger when playing early hits such as “She Loves You”

$56.35 $36

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Darius Rucker at Champions Square on Friday, September 19, at 8 p.m. (Up to 28% Off)

Darius Rucker

Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square

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Grammy-winning country crooner behind the #1 hit "Wagon Wheel" delivers twang-seasoned sing-alongs; Chase Rice and Sam Hunt open

$48.65 $35

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Chris Mitchell Live from New Orleans at Sheraton New Orleans Hotel on Saturday, September 27 (Up to 75% Off)

Chris Mitchell Live from New Orleans

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

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Accomplished saxophonist, who is a Grammy Recording Academy member, spreads smooth tunes

$60 $25

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Though its name implies a quick chug or hurried meal, most customers tend to linger at Down the Hatch. That?s because the bar and grill offers scads of activities and creative Cajun-inspired bites to keep loungers happy long into the night. Most evenings here start at a dining room table, where alligator po-boys, smoky pulled pork, and Angus beef burgers are some of the menu?s biggest crowd-pleasers. As the food disappears from plates and more drinks get ordered, crowds diverge onto the brick patio or linger around the bar or jukebox. Amid the festive groups, there are even folks getting work done courtesy of the free Wi-Fi and the belief that the best writers are inspired by whiskey.

1921 Sophie Wright Pl
New Orleans,
LA
US

As chefs simmer authentic New Orleans shrimp étouffée and watch gulf shrimp blacken, chicken and andouille-sausage gumbo bubbles in a pot nearby, filling the kitchen with a spicy aroma. Marigny Brasserie’s menu earned a "good to very good rating" across the board from Zagat, thanks in part to its menu of creole favorites and its wine list. Diners at the bar can peer over at a stained-glass inset of the Marigny Triangle, while those who choose to eat outside can catch a glimpse of Frenchmen Street in person. On some nights, guests can taste spicy shrimp while listening to musicians tune guitars and fill their maracas with fresh bees.

640 Frenchmen St
New Orleans,
LA
US

Friendly bartenders have been serving up pints of Guinness to sports enthusiasts since Tracey's Original Irish Channel Bar first opened its doors in 1949. Decades of Irish paraphernalia line the exposed brick walls, which envelop guests as they sip brews at the lengthy wooden bar or bite into seafood-studded poboys and corned-beef sandwiches in vinyl booths. While 20 televisions document the progress of the day?s sporting events, diners can snag chalk from the pool table to prep their cues for a game of eight ball or to draw a mournful outline around an empty basket of fried okra.

2604 Magazine St
New Orleans,
LA
US

CitySolve Urban Race lets citizens explore their metropolis through a one-day odyssey that tests speed, stamina, and smarts. Teams scamper through their burb as they solve clues ranging from anagrams and pop-culture trivia to deciphering graffiti written in pig Latin. Interspersed throughout the race are mettle-testing physical challenges, molding iron wills to such tasks as dodgeball, improv comedy games, or identifying ice-cream flavors. Each day's race also awards winners for best costumes and best tweet. Each urban iditarod takes between two to three hours, and jet packs are strictly prohibited.

3236 Magazine St
New Orleans,
LA
US

Bruno's Tavern occupies three corners of Maple and Hillary, just as it did when it opened in 1934. But thanks to a four-year-long rebuilding project, the pub's collection of Tulane and Saints memorabilia hangs on new walls alongside plasma TVs. While watching games, patrons can sip 20 types of draft beer and tuck into debris po’ boys, Crystal hot sauce burgers, and Boudreaux sweet-potato fries with blue cheese, pecans, and golden raisins.

7538 Maple St
New Orleans,
LA
US

With its imposing, slate-gray façade, the 170-year-old U.S. Custom House may be the last building in which you’d expect to hear the delighted squeals of children. But behind the steely columns, the building erupts into 23,000 square feet of colorful displays and fluttering, scuttling insects, courtesy of the Audubon Society and Insectarium. In the Asian garden, hundreds of butterflies dodge shafts of sunlight to alight on tropical ferns and the shoulders of young visitors. And at the Insects of New Orleans gallery, visitors can ogle the pink katydids, cockroaches, and lovebugs that contribute to the city’s heritage.

These bug-filled displays are all part of the insectarium’s mission to conserve Louisiana’s indigenous species and inspire stewardship in its visitors. While adults can sate their curiosity with the vast array of exotic species, curators gear many displays toward young guests by making them lighthearted and interactive: the Field Camp’s entomologist answers questions about how to collect bugs or break up flea-circus strikes, and at Bug Appétit, chefs dole out insect-filled delicacies to adventurous palates.

1 Canal St
New Orleans,
LA
US