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NOLA By Day: Wednesdays in New Orleans

Wednesdays in New Orleans are one of the most exciting nights of the week with mid-week festivals, free museum admission, “pint night,” and more

Ah…hump day. I don’t know about you, but I always want to celebrate on Wednesday. I’ve made it through Monday and Tuesday, so I deserve to do something fun, right? We all have our own ways of getting over the hump, from happy hours to dancing to dessert. But Wednesdays in New Orleans have it all, so there’s no need to choose. What better way to celebrate hump day than spend it exploring NOLA?

Get Cultured

Nestled in lush City Park, The New Orleans Museum of Art is the oldest fine arts institution in New Orleans. Every Wednesday, NOMA opens its doors with free admission for all visitors with a Louisiana ID. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and after you’ve finished perusing the museum, wander to The Besthoff Sculpture Garden (free) to relax in the shade and enjoy the outdoors.

Crescent City Farmer’s Market (Photo: Justen Williams)

Eat Local

New Orleans is a city full of rich culinary traditions, many of which are supported by produce from local farms. Try out local delicacies at Crescent City Farmer’s Market outpost in the French Quarter on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., where you can shop for local produce, breads, preserves, meats, fish, condiments and more within historic French Market. While you’re tasting food, you can also check out the local crafts, which sell at the French Market daily.


Known to locals as the place for beer, The Bulldog offers happy hour specials Monday through Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., but Pint Night on Wednesdays is extra special. Guests get to take home a free collectible pint glass with every drink they enjoy. Check out The Bulldog at both of its locations: Uptown at 3236 Magazine Street or Mid-City at 5135 Canal Boulevard.

Jam Out

Located in the historic Treme neighborhood, Candlelight Lounge has been a staple haunt for 30 years and was featured in the HBO series “Treme.” Every Wednesday at 9:00 p.m., the Treme Brass Band plays one of their popular weekly shows.

Wednesday at the Square (Photo: Paul Broussard)


Wednesday has staked its claim in New Orleans as the mid-week festival day. NOLA’s weekly mini-festivals are a great way to cure the hump day blues. If you’re visiting in the spring, check out Wednesday at the Square in Lafayette Square. In the summertime, take the ferry over to Algiers Point for Wednesdays on the Point. You can also enjoy impromptu outdoor concerts any time of year on Royal Street or in Jackson Square.


If you think you’ve got what it takes to get up in front of an audience and tell jokes, or if you love watching people dare to do it, Carrollton Station hosts an open mic night, “Think You’re Funny?” every Wednesday night. Sign up is at 8:30 p.m. and the show is at 9 p.m. Come on out to show your stuff or show some support. Laughs guaranteed either way.

There’s something exceptional to do every night of the week in New Orleans.

Related: See what’s happening on Mondays and Tuesdays in NOLA

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