Bourbon Street

From restaurants and bars to art and music, there is no shortage of things to do in New Orleans, especially on Bourbon Street. The inn is located just steps away from all of the action that the French Quarter has to offer.

History

The French claimed Louisiana as a colony in the 1690s. Jean Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville was appointed as Director General in charge of developing a colony in the territory. He founded New Orleans in 1718. In 1721, the royal engineer, Adrien de Pauger designed the city’s street layout. He named the streets after French royal houses and Catholic saints. Bourbon Street paid homage to France’s ruling family, the House of Bourbon.

The most frequented section of Bourbon Street is “Upper Bourbon Street”, an eight-block section of popular tourist attractions. Bourbon Street begins at Canal Street (across Canal is Carondelet Street in the New Orleans Central Business District). The straight street continues downriver, southwest to northeast a few blocks from and roughly paralleling the Mississippi River, and comes to its terminus at Pauger Street in the Faubourg Marigny. (In the 19th century, Pauger was named as a continuation of Bourbon Street.) Bourbon Street was named in honor of the House of Bourbon, the ruling French Royal Family, at the time of the city’s founding.

Entertainment

Though largely quiet during the day, Bourbon Street comes alive at night, particularly during the French Quarter’s many festivals. Most popular among these is the annual Mardi Gras celebration, when Bourbon Street teems with hundreds of thousands of tourists. Local open container laws in the French Quarter allow drinking alcoholic beverages in the street. Popular drinks include the hurricane cocktail, resurrection cocktail and Huge Ass Beers – a large plastic cup of draft beer marketed to tourists at a low price.

Although this historic French Quarter street has a bawdy reputation due to the burlesque clubs and all-night partying, come experience a whole other side of Bourbon Street steeped in history, folk lore and beauty that dates back to 1718 when New Orleans was founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville. Also known as “Rue Bourbon,” this historic street sits at the heart of the French Quarter extending 13 blocks from Canal St. to Esplanade Avenue. For more information about New Orleans, visit neworleansonline.com.

Event Calendar

January 2016

1 – Allstate Sugar Bowl
6 – Annual Joan of Arc Parade
6 – Phunny Phorty Phellows Parade
7 – Bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans
18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
21 – OffBeat Best of the Beat Music Awards
23 – Krewe du Vieux
29-Feb. 9 – Mardi Gras Parades
31 – King Cake Festival

February 2016

1-9 – Mardi Gras Parades
9 – Mardi Gras Day
12-14 – Vietnamese New Year’s (Tet) Celebration
14 – Valentine’s Day
15 – Presidents’ Day
28 – Rock n’ Roll Marathon

March 2016

2-May 18 – Wednesday at the Square Concert Series
5-6, 12-13 – Spring Fiesta
11-12 – Buku Music and Art Project
20 – Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday
11-17 – St. Patrick’s Day Parades
19 – St. Joseph’s Day
19-20 – Congo Square New Worlds Rhythm Festival
26 – Crescent City Classic
27 – Easter Parades
30-Apr 3 – Tennessee Williams Literary Festival

April 2016

1-2 – Hogs for the Cause
1-3 – Tennessee Williams Literary Festival
2 – Freret Street Fest
2 – Foodfest
7-10 – French Quarter Festival
25-May 1 – Zurich Classic
22-24 & 28-May 1 – New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
14-June 2 – Jazz in the Park Concert Series

May 2016

5 – Cinco de Mayo
6 – Whitney Zoo-To-Do
8 – Mother’s Day
20-22 – Bayou Boogaloo
26-29 – New Orleans Wine and Food Experience
27-29 – Greek Fest
30 – Memorial Day

June 2016

4-5 – New Orleans Oyster Festival
18-19 – Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival
TBD – French Market Creole Tomato Festival
17-19 – New Orleans Pride
19 – Father’s Day
30-July 3 – ESSENCE Festival

July 2016

4 – Independence Day French Quarter Fireworks
1-3 – ESSENCE Festival
7-10 – San Fermin en Nueva Orleans
TBA – Bastille Day Fete
20-24 – Tales of the Cocktail
28-31 – Festigals
TBA – French Film Festival

August 2016

1-31 – COOLinary New Orleans
6 – Whitney White Linen Night
4-7 – Satchmo SummerFest
13 – Red Dress Run
13 – Dirty Linen Night
TBA – New Orleans Sushi Festival
TBA – NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival
31- September 5 – Southern Decadence

September 2016

1-5 – Southern Decadence
2-4 – Louisiana Seafood Festival
7 – Labor Day
12-18 – We Live to Eat Restaurant Week
15-18 – New Orleans Burlesque Festival
TBA – NOLA on Tap

October 2016

1 – Art for Arts’ Sake
TBA – Treme Fall Fest
8 – Carnival Latino
TBA – Oktoberfest
TBA – New Orleans Film Festival
14-16 – Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
TBA – Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade
TBA – Words and Music Festival
TBA – LGBT Halloween in New Orleans
28-30 – Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
31 – Halloween

November 2016

TBA – Mirliton Festival
TBA – Faux/Real Festival
TBA – Boudin, Bourbon & Beer
12-13 – Treme Creole Gumbo Festival
TBA – Oak Street Po-Boy Festival
24 – Thanksgiving Day
TBA – Celebration in the Oaks
TBA – Bayou Classic

December 2016

1-31 – Christmas New Orleans Style
24-January 1 – Chanukah
TBA – R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
TBA – Caroling in Jackson Square
TBA – Christmas Eve Bonfires on the Levee
25 – Christmas Day
26 – January 1 – Kwanzaa
31 – New Year’s Eve