Can you imagine tens of thousands of art lovers mingling across a city? Ducking in and out of fabulous galleries and shops as they enjoy refreshments and live music? It sounds like a scene straight out of the Venice Biennale in Italy, but it’s happening right here in New Orleans at the annual Art for Arts’ Sake fall event.

This year’s Art for Arts’ Sake takes place on Saturday, October 7, and features galleries across three main areas in the city. There are many restaurants throughout these areas where you can grab a casual or upscale meal, but we recommend reservations: it’s a busy evening! (Pro tip: Eat an early dinner at Criollo before you head out).


Galleries like the Arthur Roger Gallery stay open late during Art for Arts’ Sake. (Photo via Arts District of New Orleans on Facebook)

Art for Arts’ Sake in New Orleans

Julia Street

The Warehouse District marks the original location of this event, which has expanded to include other parts of town (see below) over the years. The Warehouse District spot, which centers largely on Julia Street, is walkable from our hotel. You’ll see a wide range of art, including many contemporary pieces alongside more classic offerings. Photography and sculpture are just two of the many mediums presented at the Julia Street galleries, known by locals as “Gallery Row.” Remember to bring cash if you’d like to purchase drinks! Many galleries will have cash bars on-site.

The Contemporary Arts Center

Also located in the Warehouse District (and also walkable from our hotel), the Contemporary Arts Center hosts a party from 6 p.m. until midnight that includes a glimpse at new exhibits and plenty of live music. Admission costs $10, but it’s worthwhile for the festive feel— and access to restroom facilities! If you purchase a CAC membership, admission is free.

Magazine Street

If you’d like to explore parts of the Garden District and Uptown, plan to catch a ride (taxis, Uber, and Lyft are all readily available) to Magazine Street. This stretch of Art for Arts’ Sake is great for a little early holiday shopping. In addition to galleries and antiques stores, Magazine Street boasts all kinds of independent boutiques and shops stocked with clothing, shoes, jewelry, gifts, and much more.

Book a room at Hotel Monteleone for easy access to Art for Arts’ Sake!