Frenchmen Street Art Market (Photo: Joshua Brasted)
Art is everything in New Orleans. It’s present at every scale from decorated homes to the entire city’s eccentric style. Additionally, talented local artists set up daily, lining the gates of public spaces like Jackson Square with their vibrant masterpieces.
The best part about the New Orleans art scene is that it doesn’t go to sleep! Many museums and famous gallery-filled streets hold nightly events for visiting art enthusiasts.
NOMA (New Orleans Museum of Art), the oldest fine arts institution in New Orleans, is considered to be one of the best art museums in the South. Every Friday, NOMA extends its hours for a special night viewing of the museum. From 5–9 p.m. guests of all ages can enjoy a diversity of art activities that vary each week.
Ogden Museum of Southern Art at the University of New Orleans is dedicated to manifesting the culture and history of the American South through art. If you’re looking for an artsy night out with a good glass of wine, swing by “Ogden After Hours” on Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. Enjoy live music from some of the best southern musicians and debrief with lectures from historians. And don’t forget the full bar!
Gallery Art Walks
Visitors come from all around the world to visit the art galleries of New Orleans. Gallery-filled streets like Julia Street, St. Claude and Royal Street hold once-a-month art walks where several art galleries remain open after hours.
Julia Street, located in the arts district, hosts its art walk on the first Saturday of every month. Galleries are free and open to the public from 6–9 p.m.
On the second Saturday of each month, the galleries of St. Claude open up after hours. As for Royal Street in the French Quarter, the after-hours art walk is held on the third Thursday of each month. Mark your calendars!
Annual Art Walks
If you’re lucky enough, you may be visiting during one of the annual art walks. White Linen Night, Dirty Linen Night and Arts for Art Sake are annual art events filled with open galleries, private parties, flowing wine, and most importantly, art.
Night Art Markets
Of course, after-hours events aren’t limited to museums and galleries. For the unconventional art connoisseur there is Frenchmen Street Arts Market, located centrally on — as you guessed — Frenchmen Street, the locally-approved alternate to Bourbon Street. The market is generally open Thursday through Sunday from 7 p.m.–1 a.m. Vendors of all art forms showcase and sell meticulously crafted paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and much more.
Where to Stay:
- MOXY New Orleans Downtown/French Quarter Area
- Fairfield Inn & Suites New Orleans Downtown/French Quarter Area
- AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon/French Quarter Area
- Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette French Quarter Area Hotel
- The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
- The Saint Hotel, Autograph Collection
- Courtyard New Orleans Downtown Near the French Quarter
- JW Marriott New Orleans
- Q&C HotelBar New Orleans, Autograph Collection
- New Orleans Marriott