October 11 – 13, 2017

This October, AFAR Experiences returns to the Crescent City for the second year in a row and we could not be more excited! New Orleans has an endless abundance of fascinating people to meet, places to see, music to hear and cocktails to drink, and we expect our 2017 encore performance to rival last year’s sold out success.

The official event program will commence with a late afternoon reception on Wednesday October 11th at 5pm, and conclude with a farewell party on the night of Friday, October 13th.

Note: when making travel arrangements, plan to arrive in New Orleans early in the day on October 11th, and plan to depart the morning of October 14th  – although we’d recommend spending a couple of extra days to experience all that this passionate city has to offer!

*Details are subject to change.


Wednesday October 11

Welcome Reception and Private concert at Preservation Hall

A trip to the Big Easy isn’t complete without hearing the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band at this renowned institution - part of New Orleans’ storied history.

Dinner with Chef Nina Compton

In an elegant New Orleans home, we’ll be treated to the delectable and diverse culinary specialties of acclaimed chef, Nina Compton of Compère Lapin, one of the city’s hottest restaurants.


Thursday October 12

New Orleans Past and Present

Historical geographer Richard Campanella is back by popular demand to set the stage for the two days ahead with an opening keynote to help give context to the city, from its rich and complex history to present day prominence.

The Future of the Waterways

There are few people more knowledgeable, and passionate, about the coastal waterways of Louisiana than author, historian and policy maker, John Barry. He’ll lead an important discussion around the city’s flood protection systems, the coastal land loss and environmental devastation caused by the oil companies, and the ongoing lawsuits against them, of which Barry was a chief architect.

The Cocktails of Bourbon Street

Nowhere celebrates cocktail culture quite like New Orleans. We’ll reunite some of the city’s top experts on the subject, including Wayne Curtis, Rien Fertel, Brett Martin and Richard Campanella, for a fun-filled discussion about the charm and history of Bourbon Street’s notorious libations.

An Evening of R+B with Jon Cleary

Get ready to swing those hips to the funky R+B sounds of Grammy award winning musician Jon Cleary and his band, the Absolute Monster Gentlemen.


Friday October 13

South of the South

You may never want to eat a beignet again once you learn the fascinating history of the calas – a Creole rice fritter with a storied past - from renowned culinary experts Poppy Tooker, Dr. Jessica Harris and Lolis Elie.

Breakout Activities

You won’t meet a warmer, friendlier person than a New Orleanian! Small-group breakout activities give you the chance to spend some one on one time with local characters, exploring with them the hidden corners of their beloved city. Get on a bike and ride through storied neighborhoods; go beyond the gates and into the gardens of some of the town’s grandest homes; learn how to make gumbo from a pro in an intimate cooking workshop; and much more!

NOLA Nights House Party with Chef Michael Gulotta

Local designer and maven of the city’s social scene, Alexa Pulitzer, opens her home for what promises to be a New Orleans night to remember. We’ll celebrate with the food of acclaimed chef Michael Gulotta and the music of legendary clarinetist Dr. Michael White and his amazing jazz band. Plus, many more delightful surprises are in store…


More program details to be announced!