New Orleans Sights

Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots

  • 1751 Gentilly Blvd. Map It
  • Bayou St. John
  • Sports Venue

Published 07/24/2015

Fodor's Review

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.

Sight Information


1751 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, Louisiana, 70119, USA

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504-943–2200-for box and restaurant reservations; 504-944–5515-for general info

Sight Details:

  • Grandstand free, clubhouse $10
  • Thanksgiving–Mar., check website for hrs

Published 07/24/2015


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