I'm extending a Friday business visit to New Orleans (mid-January) with a personal stay, Sunday 12:55 pm MSY departure.
Staying in Lower Garden District and will have a bicycle. I've toured the French Quarter before but not the rest of the city. Planning to take a long, all-day urban bike ride on Saturday with touring stops. Architecture, history, sarcophagi, gardens (if worth touring in January) are all of interest. I've found bigeasy.org for bike map and route suggestions, but am open to any additional tips y'all might have. Live music at convivial bars is the evenings plan. (Blues, jazz, rock, zydeco, etc. -- very eclectic tastes.) From researching prior threads here and other sources, I've penciled in Candlelight Lounge on Thursday eve., Magazine Street Fri. eve, and Frenchman Street Sat. eve., but am open to suggestions (and will check the Times-Picayune website for performance listings, unless someone has a better sources).
But the specific question that prompts this post is this: From the NY Times "36 hours" series, I have the suggestion to attend the 10 am Sunday mass at St. Augustine's in the Treme. (I'm not churchgoing but would be respectful, and I take it from their website and the NYTimes that touristic attendance is welcome.) Obviously, the timing's tight with a 12:55 pm departure, but is that feasible? One smallish bag and boarding pass will be in hand, no compulsion to stay to the end. Taxi stand nearby? Other church that would work better, or should I just have brunch somewhere instead?