Special Events Center

In New Orleans, celebration is a way of life. With over 400 cultural, entertainment, and sporting events, our city has more events than days in the year. New Orleans is uniquely positioned and skilled at supporting events - large and small, simple and complex.

In our city, every opportunity to showcase our culture and venues present another chance to host residents and visitors in a way we only know how. The City of New Orleans stands ready to support event planners, vendors and operators as they plan and execute safe, dynamic events in manner that provides a desirable experience for participants and the community.


From the Mayor

Welcome to New Orleans! As America’s host city and the premier destination for events, we have made it our business to create a place for event operators, planners and vendors to obtain useful information required to produce an event in New Orleans.

New Orleans is one of the top culinary centers in the nation, a city of arts and music, a city that has rebuilt, refocused and has been reborn and we are open for the business of events! Each year we host over 100 major national and international events. With major tourist attractions, state-of-the- art facilities and convention center and superb customer service city-wide, New Orleans has everything you need to create a successful world-class experience for your event participants.

As we move closer to celebrating the 300th year as an outstanding city in 2018, New Orleans invites you to plan and host the best events in the world. We welcome you and are here to support you every step of the way!

Did you know?

  • New Orleans had over 9.1 million annual visitors with over $6 billion annual visitor spending
  • Over 100 major national/international events, festivals, and outdoor markets
  • Over 700 tradeshows and conventions
  • 119 daily flights serving 37 destinations
  • 78,000 tourism jobs

Event Info Session

Attend our next info session to learn more about permitting and licensing procedures

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Event Support Meetings

The Event Support Team brings together City agencies involved in event production for a monthly meeting with event operators to: 

  • review near and long term scheduled events
  • mitigate operational issues
  • provide counsel to event operators where necessary

Events with an expected attendance greater than 7,000 are required to attend a meeting.

Attend an Event Support Meeting