Things To Do In New Orleans

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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$29 for 20 Yoga Classes at Shanti Yoga Shala ($280 Value)

Shanti Yoga Shala

East Riverside

Certified teachers lead classes through a cycle of yoga movements and postures to promote strength, flexibility, and well-being

$280 $29

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Running of the Santas Pub Crawl for Two or Four on Saturday, December 13 (Up to 50% Off)

Running of the Santas

Generations Hall

Santas of all kinds run from Bacardia to Generations Hall while enjoying drink specials, listening to Category 6 and Big Sam’s Funky Nation

$40 $20

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Presale: Harlem Globetrotters Game at Smoothie King Center on February 22, 2015 at 3 p.m. (40% Off).

Harlem Globetrotters

Smoothie King Center

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Ball-spinning antics abound as this world-famous exhibition basketball team dazzles in a comic and athletic performance

$58.40 $35

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$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$350 $20

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Two or Four Tickets to the Krewe of Kringle Santa Pub Crawl on Saturday, December 13 (Up to 48% Off)

Krewe of Kringle

Spitfire Bar

Pub crawl leads revelers in holiday costumes to numerous bars with free beers and drink specials

$40 $22

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One, Two, or Four Tickets to a Show at Anthony Bean Theater (Up to 50% Off)

Anthony Bean Theater

Carrolton

Community theater plays host to stage plays that are both educational and entertaining

$20 $10

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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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Two Months of Gymnastics Classes for One or Two Students at Empire Gymnastics Academy (Up to 60% Off)

Empire Gymnastics Academy

Jefferson

Kids of all experience levels flip, tumble, and build strength while making friends at a gym helmed by a former Elite Power Tumbler

$245 $99

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Historical or Haunted New Orleans Walking Tours for Two or Six from Dark Crescent Tours (Up to 54% Off)

Dark Crescent Tours

New Orleans

Supernatural tours present the history of New Orleans through a macabre lens; history tour ambles through French Quarter and Algiers Point

$50 $25

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Historical Walking Tour of New Orleans for Two, Four, or Six from G L-f de Villiers (Up to 58% Off)

G L-f de Villiers

Multiple Locations

Tour-goers learn interesting tidbits about the city during guided tours with themes such as "Cemeteries and Voodoo" and "Literary History"

$60 $30

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Five or Seven Personal Training Sessions at Kelly Personal Training (Up to 56% Off)

Kelly Personal Training

Uptown

Through high-tech rehab equipment and a scientific exercise regimen, trainers build strong, healthy bodies with half-hour sessions

$135 $65

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Boat or Bike Rentals at Wheel Fun Rentals (50% Off)

Wheel Fun Rentals

City Park

Rentable surreys, bikes, and kayaks escort people down the pristine waterways and paths winding through City Park

$32 $16

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3-in-1 Cemetery Walking Tour for Two or Four from Witches Brew Tours (Up to 51% Off)

Witches Brew Tours

French Quarter

Walking tour travels through historic haunts, including the French Quarter, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, and Congo Square

$50 $25

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Choice of Any Walking Tour for One or Two from Two Chicks Walking Tours (Up to 52% Off)

Two Chicks Walking Tours

Multiple Locations

Walking tours of New Orleans include Garden District Gems along with Brothels, Bordellos and Ladies of the Night

$30 $15

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Cemetery Walking Tour for Two or Four from French Quarter Phantoms (Up to 63% Off)

French Quarter Phantoms

PJs Coffee House

Visitors encounter more than 700 tombs and the grave of Marie Laveau while tip-toeing through a cemetery built in 1789

$40 $16

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Kickboxing, Tai Chi, and Kung Fu Classes at Shaolin Institute (Up to 66% Off). Three Options Available.

Shaolin Institute

New Orleans

Skilled instructors guide students of all skill levels through tai chi, kung fu, and kickboxing classes to improve strength and confidence

$129 $50

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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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One or Two One-Hour Kids' Basketball Training Sessions at Elevate NEXT (Up to 53% Off)

Elevate NEXT

New Orleans

On Saturdays, seasoned basketball coaches train youth on the court during one-hour group training sessions

$18 $9

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In 2001, Carrie Rezabek Dorr's only venue for her Pure Barre workouts—a blend of dance, Pilates, and strengthening stretches—was the basement of an office building. Crowds drawn by Carrie's choreographing expertise and the infectious music of her routines necessitated expansion, however, and eight years later, Pure Barre spread its franchises to what is now more than 160 locations across the country, spurred by mentions in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Health magazines.

Pure Barre guides students through precise isometric movements that craft lean, not bulky, muscles. By flowing through scalable maneuvers that balance limbs against a ballet barre, physiques can lift and tighten traditional problem areas such as the thighs, abs, seat, and arms. The total-body workout is accessible to all fitness levels, and can help new mothers to regain their desired shape without leading the daycare's piggyback carpool. High-energy, intimate classes with small amounts of attendees ensure personalized adjustments and tips, allowing each guest to derive the deepest possible burn from the workout's alternating strength and stretch drills. Pure Barre also offers private barre-ties, DVDs, equipment, designer exercise apparel, and more.

3923 Magazine St
New Orleans,
LA
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Acupuncture in NOLA's two nationally certified acupuncturists draw upon three-year degrees in Oriental Medicine and good group vibes in their tranquil public-treatment centers. Both avid students of holistic healing, owner Tonya Tigart supplemented her Master's of Science with advanced acupuncture training at Heilongjiang University in Harbin, China, and partner Kathleen Keane boasts extensive massage-therapy experience in addition to her Master's of Science. Their aim is to help patients heal themselves via several holistic therapies, particularly acupuncture, which the World Health Organization recognizes can be effective in treating more than 50 ailments, including chronic pain, anxiety, and the nagging fear that the refrigerator door is on fire.

Tigart and Keane carefully attend to physical and psychological comfort, letting their acupuncture patients decide when their needles should come out, or if they should be dispatched entirely for thumb-based acupressure. Treatment can be administered in private or in a public space, where patients enjoy the fellowship of friends and other health-seekers as they relax on memory-foam recliners, sip tea, and defrost frozen wristwatches under heat lamps.

4710 Canal St
New Orleans,
LA
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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.

423 Canal St
New Orleans,
LA
US

Amid the high-tech environs of a climate-controlled arena with a turf field, Playmakers Indoor Sports facilitates the frolicking needs of recreationalists with a full menu of soccer, lacrosse, flag football, and paintball. Throughout the year, members of various skill levels unite at the enclosed facility for leagues and pickup games, eliminating alfresco annoyances such as bad weather and verbally abusive seagulls. Every Friday night, the Northshore location's field sprouts a series of inflatable bunkers for paintball sessions, during which sharpshooters strap on provided protective gear and the equipment necessary for dappling human canvases with high-speed brushstrokes. Staffers further enlighten budding athletes during sports camps and kids' programs, and the facility can be rented out for private parties.

6124 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans,
LA
US

After Frankie Cheek discovered segway tours while visiting Italy, he decided to start his own company in his native New Orleans. When he was boarding a plane back home, Hurricane Katrina struck, redirecting him to Louisiana’s grandfather country: France. While exploring Paris in the wake of the devastating tragedy back home, Cheek drew inspiration for his future segway tours—he was resolved, according to his website, to "help a city rich in history move forward while riding the most high-tech transporter available." Since returning to New Orleans, he’s led daily segway adventures, whirring groups of sightseers around the French Quarter, the riverfront, and Jackson Square with the ease, maneuverability, and safety-minded attitude of a cool biker gang. Plus, through a partnership with other tour companies, Cheek can also guide guests through swamps, plantations, and supposedly haunted locales.

506 Conti St
New Orleans,
LA
US

Preservation is as much a priority as presentation at LeMieux Galleries, which is why the displays that the shop crafts from thousands of frames and acid-free mats often involve leaving a buffer of air between delicate paintings and glass. Framers there ensure that stolen copies of the Declaration of Independence can be secretly enjoyed for generations to come with their careful framing techniques, which can preserve the natural edge of paper and safeguard the stitches of antique needlework. In more than a quarter century in the business, the store has displayed everything from souvenir magazines to jerseys within their frames, the styles of which range from sleek contemporary to the ornate gold moulding that grows unbidden in French palaces. LeMieux Galleries also exhibits sculptures, paintings, and ceramics by artists from the Gulf South.

332 Julia St
New Orleans,
LA
US