Side Trips from New Orleans

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  • 1. Blue Moon Saloon

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    This cottage doesn't look like much from the street, but after you pay your cover at the garden gate, you'll soon find yourself on a large covered...Read More

  • 2. Downtown Alive!

    Music Clubs

    For the last 30 years, on Friday evenings from mid-March through June and from September through November, dancing crowds converge on downtown...Read More

  • 3. El Sid–o's

    Music Clubs

    This family-run zydeco club hosts music on Friday and Saturday nights. Sid Williams manages the club, and his brother's band, Nathan and the...Read More

  • 4. Festival Acadiens et Creoles

    Music Clubs

    This huge music-and-food fest is held mid-October in Girard Park. The admission's free, the food's outstanding—but the music is the best thing...Read More

  • 5. Festival International de Louisiane

    Music Clubs

    Taking place on the last weekend of April, this free music festival may rival the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival; it fills the streets...Read More

  • 6. La Poussière


    This ancient Cajun honky-tonk has live music on Saturday night. ...Read More

  • 7. Mardi Gras

    Music Clubs

    The biggest bash in this neck of the woods is in February or March (depending on when Lent occurs). Up to a dozen parades take to the streets...Read More

  • 8. Randol's

    Music Clubs

    This good Cajun restaurant is also a "salle de danse," with music and dancing nightly. ...Read More

  • 9. Rendez-Vous des Cajuns


    In addition to showcasing the best Cajun and zydeco bands, this two-hour variety program presents local comedians and storytellers and even...Read More

  • 10. Slim's Y-Ki-Ki

    Dance Clubs

    This long, low, somewhat musty dance hall is a legend among zydeco lovers: it's been here since the 1940s. All the big regional acts perform...Read More

  • 11. Zydeco Hall of Fame

    Music Clubs

    Known for generations as "Richard's," this classic zydeco dance hall has a long history. Its schedule can be sporadic, but when the sign lights...Read More

  • 12. Richard's

    Music Clubs

    This beloved rural, wood-frame zydeco club west of Opelousas has music most weekends. ...Read More

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