About New Orleans

New Orleans, affectionately referred to as “The Big Easy” or “The Crescent City” is one of America’s most authentic great cities! Located on the Mississippi River, this tropical playground will provide conference attendees with an abundance of cultural, musical and culinary adventures. Connected with streetcars and ferry boats, New Orleans can be inexpensively explored using public transportation, taxis or Uber. Head to St. Charles Avenue and view the historic homes of the Garden District while riding a street car, or board the ferry boat and venture across the Mississippi to Algiers Point for a cocktail and a bite to eat.

The Riverside Hilton where ARLIS/NA 2017 will take place is located in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans. Both Spanish and French colonial architecture line the streets within walking distance of the hotel. The Historic New Orleans Collection (a museum dedicated to the history and culture of New Orleans) will be exhibiting “Goods of Every Description: Shopping in New Orleans, 1825-1925” as well as “Clarence John Laughlin and His Contemporaries: A Picture and a Thousand Words” while the conference attendees are in town.

The New Orleans Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum and the Contemporary Art Center are located in the Warehouse District also within walking distance of the conference hotel. Julia Street runs through this district and houses art galleries such as the Soren Christensen and the Octavia Art Gallery.

No one does nightlife like New Orleans, so plan to spend at least one evening out on the town. Bourbon Street is known worldwide for its live entertainment venues and other vices, but Frenchmen Street is where the locals go when they want to hear jazz or rhythm and blues. Enjoy a Vieux Carré at the Carousel Bar or a St. Martin at the French 75 Bar next to Arnaud’s Restaurant. Both the Maple Leaf Bar and Tipitina’s are famous for bringing great musicians to New Orleans.

Mardi Gras is a season, not just one day, and ARLIS/NA’s 2017 conference will take place just as carnival season is getting started. Visit Mardi Gras World to learn about the history of this unique tradition and see how floats are made for the parades. The House of Dance and Feathers is a cultural museum opened by appointment located in a residence in the ninth ward, and showcases the culture of the Mardi Gras Indians.


Ground Transportation to & from local Airport

Louis Armstrong Int'l AirportNo mass transit available to the NOLA airport; attendees should plan to arrange for a cab, Uber, or shuttle.

To New Orleans by Bus or Train

Amtrak Megabus Greyhound

New Orleans Transit Authority

New Orleans RTA offers several options for passes and fare cards, including Jazzy Passes, which can be used for both bus and streetcars. Cards can be ordered online but cannot be printed, and will be mailed after purchase. Alternatively, you can utilize the RTA’s GoMobile app to manage and use your Jazzy Pass. Bus Schedules & Maps Full Bus Route Map [PDF] Street Car Schedule & Maps

Getting Around New Orleans

Bikes Pedicab Cabs and Taxis Algiers Ferry


Parking in the city of New Orleans can be challenging, but there are options. Consider using the Premium Parking or Parking Panda apps to locate parking options and reserve spaces. Some downtown business offer “Park-N-Shop” options for customers (parking validation), while Park-N-Ride services provide shuttle services for those who park outside of the downtown area.

Parking Options