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NOLA By Day: Sundays in New Orleans

Every day of the week in New Orleans is an opportunity to soak up the vibrant culture that makes this city so special. From food and drinks to dancing and live music, Sundays are a great day to do brunch and explore the city. Take a look at our picks for some of the best things to do in New Orleans on Sundays.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

For the quintessential New Orleans experience, it doesn’t get much better than a Jazz Brunch on Sunday. From live jazz music while you sip mimosas to Creole menus filled with delectable, gourmet egg dishes, this is what you’ll want to fit in for the overall New Orleans experience. To get the best of the best you’ve got several options for a great jazz brunch on Sunday mornings: Commander’s Palace in the Garden District, which has been operating since 1880, the Grill Room at the Windsor Court Hotel in the CBD, and Buffa’s Bar & Restaurant in the Marigny.

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Gospel Brunch at House of Blues will fill your body and your soul. (Photo by Shervia Sana via urbanspoon.com)

You’ll also want to find time to check out the Gospel Brunch at the legendary House of Blues with Kirk Franklin. With soul food and music for the soul, this joyful morning meal is the perfect start to a Sunday.

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The Jazz Brunch at Commander’s Palace is one of the best in the city. (photo from PrettyKateMachine on Flickr)

If you couldn’t tell, brunch is New Orleans’ favorite meal, so you may want to try a new brunch spot every Sunday. Check out Surrey’s, The Ruby Slipper, and some of our favorites for the best brunch spots in New Orleans.

For some delicious, authentic Filipino food in New Orleans, you have to make it to the Sunday night pop up restaurant Milkfish in the CBD. They have dubbed their cuisine “Southeast Asian Soul Food,” and once you try it, you’ll know why. Broadening your culinary horizons never tasted so good.

Work Out

There is more than one way to break a sweat, and dancing is one of the most fun! Travel back to a different era of dance and take swing dance lessons for free on Frenchmen Street at d.b.a. with the NOLA Jitterbugs.

If you are itching for a hot night of salsa dancing, Sunday nights at Mojitos Rum Bar & Grill in the French Quarter are salsa nights, and the dance floor is packed with Latin dancing-loving folks moving and shaking to salsa music all night long.

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Free swing lessons on Sundays at d.b.a.! (Photo from penguincakes on Flickr)

Jam Out

The beautiful thing about New Orleans musicians is not only that they are some of the best in the world, but also because you can see some of our most legendary brass, jazz, and blues artists regularly at their weekly residencies at venues all over town. For example, on Sundays, you can pop over to the Howlin’ Wolf Den in the Warehouse District to see New Orleans’ own Hot 8 Brass Band bring the house down.

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Catch Hot 8 Brass Band on Sundays at the Howlin’ Wolf Den (Photo via hot8brassband.com)

Do and See

Starting back up this March at the French Market Fare stage in the French Quarter will be the French Market Fare. Every Sunday at 2 p.m., the French Market Corporation and the Southern Food and Beverage Museum will present an afternoon of cooking demonstrations, conversations, and live entertainment. After strolling through the French Market’s arts, crafts, and food vendors, deepen your New Orleans culinary knowledge with these free Sunday events.

LOL

Every Sunday night, The New Movement comedy theatre presents NOLA Comedy Hour at the Hi-Ho Lounge. This stand-up open mic show is a chance for seasoned and up-and-coming talent to show their stuff, and a great way for you to get some laughs in before the night is over.