Also happening in the area is the annual free-admission French Quarter Festival held every April. Over 800 musicians perform along with artists and craftspeople selling their wares. Activities for the children are also available. Fireworks are scheduled to be set off from the barges on the Mississippi, and food options abound with local restaurants bringing their fare to the festival.
For a true New Orleans experience that will only cost if you want to spend, tour Royal Street located one block from famed Bourbon Street. This French Quarter avenue features beautiful architecture from the 18th and 19th centuries, art galleries, antique stores and premiere shopping opportunities. Window shopping, and many people walk Royal Street to simply enjoy the elegant buildings and balconies from days gone by. Entertainment is routinely provided by roving street musicians and performers.
Woldenberg Riverfront Park is the perfect spot for viewing the ships going up and down the Mississippi River. Grassy areas provide a great opportunity for picnics and just relaxing. For those who decide to walk or jog around the park there are benches available for a quick break. Many couples choose the scenic area for their wedding ceremony, and the ever present New Orleans musicians often serenade visitors to the park. Concerts and other events are held throughout the year in Woldenberg Park and it offers the finest views of the mighty Mississippi during your New Orleans visit.
Remember when making a visit to New Orleans during Carnival, the Mardi Gras parades are an experience that you do not want to miss, and are free to the public. Whether coming to the city to experience the history, its culture of great food and music or the fun of Mardi Gras; there are plenty of things to do and see that are completely free.