New Orleans Tricentennial: What to Do in the Fall

This year, New Orleans celebrates its 300th birthday. In a culture teeming with pride, there are endless ways to celebrate the city’s landmark Tricentennial this fall.

Take a Riverboat Cruise on the Natchez

The Steamboat Natchez in New Orleans, LA

There’s no better way to understand New Orleans than to gain an appreciation for the Mississippi River—the port that put New Orleans on the map. A great way to do so is by taking a riverboat cruise on the historic Steamboat Natchez, which offers full meals, museum-style rooms, and live jazz performances. Guests can enjoy all of this while seeing and feeling the Mississippi firsthand and enjoying the cool fall weather.

Check Out Mardi Gras World

Ever wanted to see a Mardi Gras float up close and personal before it cruises down the street? Mardi Gras World is the perfect way to see how the holiday works behind the scenes. Visitors can learn the history of this historic holiday, try on costumes, and even build their own floats and masks as part of a Mardi Gras World workshop series. Fall is a perfect time to dodge the crowds since Mardi Gras preparation won’t start until winter.

Stroll Through a Museum

New Orleans hosts some world-class museums, many of which are dedicated to the city itself. Travelers can get a great taste of the city by perusing the New Orleans Jazz Museum or the Southern Food & Beverage Museum. For a larger and more historical scope, guests can appreciate southern art at The Ogden or visit the world-renowned National WWII Museum, which was ranked the number two museum in the nation and world by TripAdvisor in 2017. Guests can even take a behind-the-scenes look at the National WWII Museum with access to rare artifacts.

Visit All of the “300” Statues

Locals and visitors may have noticed a number of brightly colored “300” statues that have appeared all around the city. There’s no better way to celebrate the Tricentennial this fall than to make a scavenger hunt out of taking pictures with each of the statues. Collecting these shots will mean visiting some major landmarks such as City Park’s Big Lake, Woldenberg Park’s Audubon Plaza, Washington Artillery Park, and, of course, St. Louis Cathedral.

From events to landmarks, there’s no wrong way to celebrate New Orleans’ Tricentennial. If you’d like to plan a trip to the city before the celebrations end, purchase your experience today with Joieful.