Where to Stay


New Orleans has an abundance of hotels. Here are some suggestions of hotels that are close to the venue.
NOPSI Hotel (Black owned)
The Westin New Orleans
New Orleans Marriott
Harrah’s New Orleans
Le Pavillion
Virgin Hotel
Ace Hotel New Orleans
Loews Hotel
Doubletree Hotel
International House Hotel

Note: Our venue is in the French Quarter. If you stay in a downtown or French Quarter hotel, it will most likely be cheaper to use a rideshare app (Lyft or Uber) than to park.

Things to Do

There are so many things to do in the city, but here are a few of my favorite things (or things you should just do once as a tourist)

The French Quarter
While Bourbon Street can be avoided (unless it’s your first visit to New Orleans - you have to experience it), the French Quarter is always a must-do, any time of year. As the city’s oldest neighborhood, the Vieux Carre is packed with gorgeous architecture, loads of history, a wealth of food and music, and a cast of characters including long-time residents, chatty tour guides, and talented street performers

Frenchman Street
Marigny, the neighborhood adjacent to the French Quarter, is one of the city’s top spots for music. Here you’ll find a string of live music venues offering jazz, blues, reggae, and rock. There’s often a brass band performing on a corner. Restaurants offering pub grub, Egyptian fare, pizza, and more will fuel you up for an energetic, music-filled stroll around the neighborhood.

This huge warehouse in Bywater welcomes visitors with a massive, colorful mural on its front. It houses the work of BMike — local artist and friend of the bride Brandon Odums. He is known for his large-scale murals depicting Black culture in the city, and his studio showcases his floor-to-ceiling portraits of Black leaders and icons.

Magazine Street
This six-mile stretch has it all: shopping, dining, art galleries, unique architecture, an award-winning zoo, and friendly local business owners. Get your steps in as you shop local boutiques, then reward yourself with a meal at one of the many restaurants that offer sidewalk dining or patios overlooking the hustle and bustle of the street.