New Orleans 300

New Orleans is always a must-visit destination, but 2018 is extra special for the city. Celebrating its tricentennial, New Orleans was also named by  The New York Times as the top place to go in 2018.

The usual revelry and abundance of events and activities in New Orleans will be amplified in 2018 for the tricentennial. Exhibits and events focusing on arts, music, dance, history, food, and more will happen throughout the year, making any time a great time to visit the Crescent City. The 2018 NOLA Commission has put together a comprehensive website with information on all that is happening to celebrate New Orleans in 2018.

To share your photos on social media and to see NOLA from the perspective of other visitors and locals, be sure to use and follow #onetimeinNOLA, a campaign put together by Visit New Orleans just for this special year.


Royal Sonesta New Orleans is just the place to celebrate 300 years of New Orleans revelry, starting on February 9 with the 48th annual Greasing of the Poles to kick off Mardi Gras. The Greasing of the Poles is a tradition that began as a way of keeping revelers from climbing balcony poles during the world famous Mardi Gras celebrations, and at Royal Sonesta, it has turned into a festive, music-filled and star-studded event that guests travel just to see. Greasing of the Poles is free and open to the public. And for a Mardi Gras experience you’ll never forget, check out some of the VIP experiences available at Royal Sonesta New Orleans.

Of course, there’s always something going on at Royal Sonesta New Orleans no matter what time of year it is; The Jazz Playhouse features some of the best live music and entertainment New Orleans has to offer, and with several restaurants offering up inspired local cuisine, it’s easy to plan your visit around your hotel stay! Now is the perfect time to get started on a holiday season trip for a time of year where Royal Sonesta New Orleans truly lights up and shines.

Stay tuned for more NOLA 300 celebrations, specials, and more at 300 Bourbon Street!