Free and Budget- Friendly New Orleans Adventures- Episode #181
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Free and Budget-Friendly New Orleans Adventures

What if I told you there was a way to fall in love with New Orleans without breaking the bank?

From the sounds of local music in Lafayette Square to the delicious cannolis at Angelo Brocato’s, I’ll reveal the unexpected and affordable ways to experience the magic of the city – so get ready for an adventure!

In this episode of my podcast, I dive into the fantastic world of budget-friendly activities in New Orleans.

As a local, I’ve discovered many hidden treasures and affordable experiences that can make a trip to this charming city enjoyable and wallet-friendly.

I share my top picks for things to do that are either free or nearly free, including delicious food options like Central Grocery muffulettas, Roman candy, and snowballs from various locations.

I also highlight various picturesque spots for exercise and exploration, such as City Park, Bayou St. John, and the Couturie Forest. The affordability and accessibility of many of these activities make it easy for visitors to explore and enjoy the city without breaking the bank.

So, if you’re a budget-conscious traveler seeking local experiences, this episode is a must-listen.

Listen to today’s episode and walk away with dozens of things to eat, see, do, and explore. I do have one confession… well, two actually.

First, we cover far more than 52 things. It is probably more like 152 if you added up every festival and every variation, but who has time for that?

Second, not everything we discuss is free. I set a threshold of $6.
Why $6, you ask? Listen to the episode and find out!

Want to download a copy of the list?

Click this link and download a pdf with the highlights of today’s show.

Sponsor: The Historic New Orleans Collection

Support comes from The Historic New Orleans Collection, the city’s premiere history museum, located at five twenty Royal Street in the heart of the French Quarter. 

Check out their online publication called First Draft. Its’ a combination blog and online exhibition space.

On April 28, 2023 HNOC will present an exhibit about women’s right to vote. Titled, “Yet She Is Advancing”: New Orleans Women and the Right to Vote, 1878–1970

The 19th amendment granted American women the right to vote, in 1920,  but Louisiana laws effectively disenfranchised Black women. 

As many white women began going to the polls and increasing their political participation in segregation-era New Orleans, African American women continued to fight for access to the ballot. From paying their poll taxes to organizing voter registration drives, Black women challenged their status as second-class citizens up to and through the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

This exhibit tells a decades-long story through objects, images, documents, and interactive displays—and through the words of the New Orleans women who for nearly 100 years persisted in their struggle to obtain the vote.

As always, the Historic New Orleans Collection is free. It’s somehow continues to fly under the radar, but should not be missed.

Go to to plan your trip.

Sponsor: Two Chicks Walking Tours

March 2023 marked the return of Two Chicks as a sponsor of Beyond Bourbon Street.

Long time listeners probably remember the crew over at Two Chicks operates intentionally small public walks (14 guests compared to 28 so half the size of the city ordinance) seven days a week. These experiences are focused in the Garden District and French Quarter neighborhoods.

Two Chicks is also also producing private curated walks for groups sized 1 – 200 when called upon.

Use code BEYOND and save 15%.

Thank You

A big thanks to the many members of our Facebook group, the Beyond Bourbon Street Krewe, who offered up ideas for free or nearly free things to do in New Orleans. Want to join the krewe? Join us by going to

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