NBA All-Star 2014: 10 Things You Have to do in New Orleans

By Niala Samnarine

October 29, 2013

If you were smart enough to order your 2014 NBA All-Star Official Ticket Package early you’re already busy planning for your weekend of all-star basketball!

On your list, you’ve got the Friday night BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, the Saturday night line up of the Sears Shooting Challenge, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and the always epic Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. Then Sunday is the main event that will feature the 63rd NBA All-Star Game!

Depending on your package you may have added on some exclusive extras such as access to the NBA Media Party, All-Star Practice, Pre-game Tip off Party, Legends Brunch, Hospitality Party Venue Experience, Jam Session or other amazing VIP extra. With all of those add-ons you’re certain to have a jam-packed NBA All-Star weekend, but we hope you left a little time to check out one of the most vibrant cities to host this epic basketball weekend.

The Big Easy has so many great things to do that it may be hard to pick and choose which you want to add to your itinerary. To make life a little easier, we’ve compiled a list that’ll make your weekend the perfect visit to New Orleans. We present:

10 Things You HAVE to do in New Orleans

1. Celebrate Valentines’ Day

If you’re in town with your sweetheart for the NBA All-Star weekend festivities, take this opportunity to indulge in any of our other 9 suggestions to make Valentine’s Day a truly memorable experience!

2. Catch some early Mardi Gras Festivities

While Mardi Gras 2014 will take place on March 4th, the city will be gearing up and signs of this annual celebration will be all around. Be sure to grab some beads!

3. EAT!

Grab a po’boy, gumbo or beignet and get to eating. The Big Easy is known for its signature seafood dishes and dessert. There’s been a big debate about who serves them best, but it’ll be up to you to be the judge!

4. Drink

If you’re 21, have a designated drive or can hail a cab then try one of New Orleans’ signature drinks. The birthplace of The Sazerac, The Hurricane and Ramos’s Gin Fizz, these native drinks are a must-try if you’re visiting NOLA.

5. Soak in the Sights

Just strolling through the streets of New Orleans can be an adventure in itself. With many buildings of different styles and time periods, beautiful natural scenery and tons of people-watching, wandering through the city can open your eyes to much of what the city has to offer.

6. Learn about NOLA’s History and Art

As one of the oldest cities in the United States, there is no shortage of history in and around New Orleans. The sheer number of museums are a testament to its rich history. While in town, stop by any one of its many museums to revisit not only the history but the art that has influenced and been produced within the city.

7. Jazz it up

The home of Jazz fest, New Orleans has long been known for its music. The city is boasts a variety of musical styles, but none more than Jazz. NOLA hosts many free performances, live shows at bars and on the street, as well as paid concerts. If there’s time in your NBA All-Star weekend, try to catch a live jazz performance.

8. Visit the French Quarter: Jackson Square and Bourbon Street

The oldest neighborhood in New Orleans is well worth a visit. With buildings from several different eras, Jackson Square which houses a famous statue of Andrew Jackson and the raucous Bourbon Street, French Quarter has something for everyone.

9. Stroll through the Garden District

The garden district is another must see for visitors. This neighborhood is called the Garden District for its beautiful gardens, and original homes. With many parks within the garden district it’s the perfect place to relax. The neighborhood also features Magazine Street, which is a commercial center that offers shopping, dining, entertainment and more.

10. Take a Tour

With so many tours in one city it may be difficult to choose from, consider taking a famed streetcar tour to get an overview of all of the history in New Orleans or go for a more unconventional tour with a swamp tour (the latter may even leave you with a crazy story of a ‘gator sighting!) The city also offers cemetery, plantation, French Quarter, culinary and Mardi Gras tours. Take your pick.

Get to New Orleans

With so much to do in New Orleans a trip to NBA All-Star 2014 will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. If you haven’t already gotten your Official 2014 NBA All-Star Game Ticket Packages, it’s not too late.

Let QuintEvents and NBA-Events take you there. Our Official Ticket Packages offer access to the Friday, Saturday and Sunday night events with optional accommodations to take the hassle out of trying to find a hotel during Valentine’s and NBA All-Star Weekend. Additional offers include access to VIP Hospitality venues, Player meet-and-greets, post-game court access and so much more.

What are you most looking forward to doing in the Big Easy?


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