AAO 2017 will take place Nov. 11 - 14, 2017 in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA.
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New Orleans is one of the world’s most culturally rich destinations. Renowned for its restaurants and music, French Quarter and Garden District, Condé Nast Traveler has named New Orleans the No. 5 Best Big City in the U.S. as a part of the travel publication's Reader's Choice Awards 2016. In addition, Travel+Leisure named New Orleans one of “America’s Most Charming Cities”, January 2017.
Tour the famous cemeteries, peek behind-the-scenes at Mardi Gras floats, take a steamboat down the river or walk through its beautiful neighborhoods. Find a list of the fifteen best things to do in New Orleans from U.S. News & World Report.
See more of what's new from the Convention & Visitors Bureau including:
- Dining and nightlife,
- Tours and popular attractions,
- Museums and historical sites to visit,
- Music and other events happening around town.
Take an Academy Tour
The Academy offers a wide range of tours, open to AAO 2017 registrants and their spouses and guests. Review program highlights and purchase tickets. Buy tickets onsite at the Tour Sales/ACCENT on Arrangements counter located in Lobby E.
Take a detour from the regular sights to soak up more of what New Orleans has to offer.
The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) is a museum, research center and publisher in the heart of the French Quarter dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. It is free to visit the museum's four exhibition spaces. Find multicultural stories of the region's development as well as rotating art exhibitions. Learn about the architectural styles of the city’s oldest neighborhood, the Vieux Carré, and enter the private residence of THNOC’s founders, General L. Kemper and Leila Williams.
Celebrate the 100 yr. anniversary of Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré with a performance of Disenchanted! (book, music and lyrics by Dennis T. Giancino). The play is a fun, subversive musical skewering your favorite fairytale princesses who have come back to life to set the record straight. Le Petit Théâtre Du Vieux Carré is New Orleans’ most historic playhouse located just off of Jackson Square in the French Quarter.
On Nov. 11 - 12, take in the New Orleans Book Festival - a celebration of books for readers of all ages. This free two-day festival includes a family-friendly evening performance, readings by national and local authors, panel discussions and an activity area for kids. Every child who attends the festival will receive free books. In addition, the New Orleans Museum of Art is offering half-price admission.
Extend your stay a few days for the 10th annual Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival, Nov. 18 - 19 in Louis Armstrong Park. This is New Orleans' premier brass band jazz showcase. Admission is free.
Riverwalk New Orleans
The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk is located next door to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. It features approximately 75 retailers and restaurants on the bank of the Mississippi River.
You will find major national brands such as Coach and Kenneth Cole, as well as a Café Du Monde coffee shop where you can enjoy world famous beignets.
International Visitors: Tax Free Shopping
The state of Louisiana welcomes international visitors by offering vouchers to refund the tax paid on purchases made at participating stores.
- Remember to bring your passport or another picture identification with you when you shop.
- Make sure the business is a member of Louisiana Tax Free Shopping (LTFS). Look for the LTFS logo or ask the store.
- When you make your purchase show the store your passport and ask for a Tax Free Voucher.
- Bring your vouchers, sales receipts, passport and proof of roundtrip international travel to a LTFS Refund Center for a cash refund of the Louisiana state sales tax, and in some cases, local sales tax.
The Eugene "Gene" Schreiber Refund Center is located at the Louis Armstrong International Airport, Terminal C; the Francis "Hank" Lauricella Refund Center is located at The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk - next to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Find more information about tax free shopping for international visitors.
New Orleans' restaurants have been consistently named some of the best in the nation. Shaya and Brennan's were included in Condé Nast Traveler magazine's Where in the World to Eat Awards 2016. GW Fins, Restaurant August and Shaya were included in Forbes' 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America 2016.
Find more not-to-miss restaurants in the Convention & Visitors Bureau's picks for 15 Must-Eats in Five Neighborhoods.
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November in New Orleans is mild with an average high temperature of 72°F (22°C) and an average low of 52°F (11°C).
New Orleans is in the Central Time Zone. In November, the Central Time Zone is -6h UTC/GMT.