8 Free Things To Do At Essence Festival
While partying your way through Essence Festival Weekend don’t forget that New Orleans is a premier tourist destination filled with so much unique history and charm! We know you are spending big bucks on hotels and concerts during Essence Festival so here are some free….(or nearly) free activities you can enjoy on the cheap while in New Orleans.
- ESSENCE Festival Conference & Expos– Attend the free expos available the entire weekend. Topics range from Beauty, Wellness, Wealth, and Business.
- Woldenberg Riverfront Park- Enjoy 16 acres of serene green space as you walk along the riverfront and watch the ships leave and arrive on the Mississippi River.
- Free Tours By Foot– Take a free “name- your-price” walking tour with Free Tours By Foot. They offer various tours (French Quarter, ghost, voodoo, cocktail, and more). Checkout their full schedule on their website.
- Take a tour of Saint Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square– Marvel at the oldest Cathedral in the United States. If you don’t want to go inside, at least get some great outdoor pics of the Spanish Colonial architecture.
- Bourbon Street—Not much needs to be said about the infamous Bourbon Street. You never know what you will see as it provides endless entertainment.
- Ride the Algiers Ferrys– This ferry actually is not free anymore. Its now $2.00 per ride but it’s still worth mentioning. Ride the ferry from the French Quarter to the Algiers neighborhood (the only New Orleans neighborhood on the West Bank of the Mississippi River). Use the ferry vantage point to get great pictures of the downtown skyline, Algiers Point and the French Quarter.
- Spend the Day in City Park–This large 1300 acre park has something for everyone from stunning live oak trees, bike and jogging trails, lagoons, and water fountains for you to wander through.
- Stroll through Jackson Square-This park is across the street from Café Du Monde. After getting your beignets fix. Come over to Jackson Square to browse the original artwork being sold by vendors, catch some street performers. And maybe even get your fortune told by one of the tarot card readers.
- Shop at The French Market: The French Market is a popular shopping market that spans 6 blocks in the French Quarter. The market includes arts and crafts, local produce, restaurants and more.