Whether you’re college-aged and under 21 or just looking for some family-friendly entertainment, New Orleans has live music for everyone. Among hundreds of music events and venues in the city, there are many options for those looking for entertainment without age restriction. Below, we’ve detailed the best options for experiencing the New Orleans music scene for families and groups with travelers under the age of 21.
Here are a few ideas for family-friendly music venues that are fun for all ages. Preservation Hall is legendary in its own right, and remains open to people of all ages. Enjoy shows as early as 5 p.m. on weeknights and 2:30 p.m. on weekends with the little ones.
The Fillmore is a newer venue located inside Harrah’s Casino, but most shows are all ages, and those under 21 years of age can enter the venue through a separate entrance. Enjoy local acts as well as nationally recognized touring artists at The Fillmore.
A local stalwart in the all-ages music scene for many years, The Neutral Ground Coffee House hosts free folk music shows and open mic nights. The Civic Theater, a venue in the Warehouse District that hosts national indie rock acts, comedy, and more, often has all-ages shows. Check their calendar for more information.
For visitors under age 21 but over age 18 that want to be a part of New Orleans’ booming nightlife and live music scene, you’re in luck. Some of the city’s most popular clubs and music venues allow visitors ages 18 and older.
If you’re into rock and blues, head to the Howlin’ Wolf in the Warehouse District. For live music and dancing with some of NOLA’s biggest music legends, visit Tipitina’s Uptown. Or try out Republic, where you’ll find an eclectic events venue that hosts not only locals but big national acts, too. And of course, there’s the House of Blues in the French Quarter, a restaurant and live music club that has hosted musicians from all over the world, old and new. Each of these popular locations updates their websites regularly so you can find live entertainment on any night of the week.
Jazz brunch is a New Orleans weekend tradition, when hearty Creole brunch foods are served in restaurants, dining rooms, and courtyards filled with the lively sounds of New Orleans jazz. Garden District restaurant Commander’s Palace may be the best-known jazz brunch location, followed closely by Antoine’s and Arnaud’s in the French Quarter. Miss River in the Four Seasons offers Sunday jazz brunch, and you can also find Zydeco Brunch with Amanda Shaw on Saturdays at Chemin à la Mer, also located at the Four Seasons. Check out our blog on jazz brunches in New Orleans here.
If you’re looking for more than a small venue or restaurant environment, New Orleans hosts free outdoor concert series on a weekly basis. Stop by the New Orleans Jazz Museum on Tuesday afternoons for their Live! From the Balcony concert series. Wednesday at the Square, a springtime concert series, is free and fun for the whole family. Take a look at our upcoming music festivals here and plan to attend.
There’s always a festival going on in this city, and you are guaranteed to have a blast with live music entertainment. To find an event during your visit, check out our calendar of festivals. Note that most festivals and outdoor concerts have no age restriction for entry, but will ask for ID to purchase age-restricted items at concession stands.