The Port of New Orleans is an in-demand location with a variety of venues. Whether you’re looking for distinctive space to host a business or social event of all sizes up to 3,500, an auditorium for a meeting or screening, or riverfront or industrial locations for film or television, welcome to Port NOLA.

Wedding guests, maritime industry professionals, visitors in the region on business and many others have all enjoyed events on Port property. Additionally, Port NOLA venues have even been spotted in such films and television shows as “21 Jump Street,” “Déjà vu,” “NCIS New Orleans,” “Contraband,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Terminator Genesis.”

Port NOLA has diverse spaces available to rent at locations along the Mississippi River and the Inner Harbor. Most event planners and location scouts who have used a space at Port NOLA consider the working riverfront an advantage.

PORT of New Orleans Admin Building

Port Admin Building

With magnificent views of the Mississippi River, the Port Administration Building offers indoor and outdoor space, along with a 207 seat auditorium and 25 seat conference space. Depending on your need, the spaces can be permitted individually or together.

Julia Street Terminal

Julia Street Cruise Terminal

Great flow for any type of event. Space is conducive for events needing a large continuous space or for pre-function or registration space with closed-door option for breakout meetings / events.

Erato Street Wharf

Erato Street Cruise Terminal

Gorgeous views of the river from the Waiting, Ticket Queue and Counter Areas. Ability to have several small functions at one time utilizing the VIP and Green Rooms or one large event with all spaces combined. Screening Queue serves as an excellent pre-function space.


APPLICATION/TIMING: The Port of New Orleans has an event application form available by request from eventpermits@portnola.com. Please submit the form at least two to four weeks prior to the event. If interested in renting a Cruise Ship Terminal, four months advance notice is required due to additional security, approvals and coordination.

PERMITS: Use of Port property requires a permit. All permits require documentation giving the party signing the permit the authority to legally bind the permittee, e.g., a certificate of incumbency.

INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS: At a minimum, permittee’s insurance shall:

  • Name the Port of New Orleans as an Additional Insured;
  • Provide CGL coverage of at least $1 million (this amount may change depending on the nature of the event);
  • Provide Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance of $1 million (if vehicles will be on site);
  • Provide Workers Comp Coverage; and
  • Provide a Waiver of Subrogation.

For more information on events and renting Port NOLA venues, please fill out the form below.

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