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Bayou St. John Sports Venue

The third-oldest racetrack in the country sits just off Esplanade Avenue, among the houses of Bayou St. John. The popular Starlight Racing series, held Friday nights, features live music, DJs, food trucks, a beer garden, and go-go dancers dressed as jockeys. The grounds are also home to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. For the clubhouse, be sure to make reservations and be aware that proper attire is required—in this case that means collared shirts, closed shoes, and no shorts.

Sports Venue

Quick Facts

1751 Gentilly Blvd.
New Orleans, Louisiana  70119, USA

504-943–2200-for box and restaurant reservations

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Grandstand free, clubhouse $10, Thanksgiving–Mar., check website for hrs

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