IMPORTANT UPDATE: In light of the decision to not move forward with an in-person event, special events will not take place as planned.

Transportation to and from each activity is provided (with the exception of Monday’s activity which is walking distance from the Hilton New Orleans Riverside lobby). Tuesday’s activity will also depart from the Hilton lobby. In addition to these great activities, a Spouse & Guest Breakfast is provided in the Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel on Monday-Thursday during the conference.

Local Events

Creole Queen Paddlewheeler Lunch Cruise

Monday, March 16, 2020

Cost: $125 per person

Focusing on 300 years of New Orleans history, this cruise is narrated by a local historian who takes guests on a journey through the story of the city as we sail downriver to the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and the historic Chalmette Battlefield. Highlights of the tour include the founding of the city by the LeMoyne brothers, the expansion of the city into the “French Quarters” of the Treme and Marigny, the Louisiana Purchase, and the critical Battle of New Orleans. Lunch is provided and included in the tour. This event is ADA Wheelchair Accessible.

Historic New Orleans Garden District Tour & Lunch

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Cost: $125 per person

Explore one of the world’s most dazzling residential neighborhoods with knowledgeable and entertaining guides. Experience the architectural splendor of the live oak-tree lined "American" sector of town and examine the antebellum era "Creole vs. American" conflict. Witness how history and culture are reflected in the use of architectural styles including Greek Revival, Italianate, Gothic, Georgian, Swiss Chalet, Queen Anne, and more. After completing your tour, dine at Lula’s Restaurant Distillery for a traditional NOLA sponsored lunch. This event is ADA Wheelchair Accessible.

Wednesday Night Social!

Mardi Gras World

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Cost: Complimentary for Full Conference APEC Attendees.

Mardi Gras World allows you to see firsthand what it takes to bring Mardi Gras to life year after year. Walk through the hard work and extensive planning that goes into this grand event when you tour Blaine Kern Studios, an operating workshop that has created breathtaking floats for Mardi Gras and other parades around the world since 1947. There will be tour guides available to lead you through the massive studio, where artists and architects build Mardi Gras floats from the ground up. The event will also feature Mardi Gras themed entertainment, a jazz band, a Mini Mardi Gras Parade, and more! Conference attendees can purchase an additional social event ticket through registration for $100.