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Music for All Ages
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Music for All Ages

Great all-ages shows and festivals beckon beyond Bourbon Street. Bonus: They're often free.

Bourbon Street's entertainment options are largely off-limits to children, but younger music fans need not feel excluded. Dozens of options exist outside of barrooms and traditional clubs, and several of the most prestigious clubs offer all-ages shows. Try any of these for a fun, family-friendly time.

All-Ages Music Venues

Legendary jazz clubs Preservation Hall and Palm Court Jazz Café, both welcome underage patrons. Uptown's Tipitina's and the Warehouse District's Howlin' Wolf occasionally host all-ages shows as well. The Louisiana Music Factory, an excellent New Orleans music and record store in the French Quarter, regularly hosts in-store performances. And for down-home Louisiana music, rockabilly, R&B, Zydeco, and New Orleans swing with some bowling thrown in, the iconic family-friendly Rock 'n' Bowl in Mid-City is the place to be. As an added bonus, its Front Porch Grill serves kid-favorite hamburgers made from grass-fed Louisiana beef.

Outdoor Shows

Around Jackson Square, talented street musicians perform most days of the week, and the French Market hosts a regular series of concerts as well as a separate busking stage for local and visiting performers to play for tips. And kids are always welcome at the free shows staged by the National Park Service's New Orleans Jazz Historical Park at the park's visitor center.

Satchmo Summerfest

August pays tribute to the late, great Louis Armstrong with the free, three-day-long Satchmo SummerFest at the Old U.S. Mint in the French Quarter. Expect jazz performances on two stages, plus special activities just for kids, and a Louis Armstrong Birthday Celebration with cake for the crowd and more.

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