New Orleans is the cradle of jazz and, in April, that cradle is a rockin'! Both the French Quarter Festival and the first week of Jazz Fest are this month – along with many other unique only-in-NOLA events. Check out all there is to see and do below and then starting planning your trip at bestneworleanshotels.com. Here's what's up way down yonder in New Orleeeens.
Easter (April 1)
Mardi Gras, St. Patrick's Day, and St. Joseph's Day are behind us but Easter is yet another chance to parade in New Orleans. Still, even though there are three parades in the French Quarter on Easter Sunday, there is a lot more to do here than catch beads. Join us for a cruise on the Steamboat NATCHEZ with the Easter bunny, festive brunches, and egg hunts (we're even talking alligator eggs!) Plus, there's nothing like Easter Mass at St. Louis Cathedral. Learn more.
Lee Friedlander: American Musicians
Through June 17th, the New Orleans Museum of Art is hosting “Lee Friedlander: American Musicians.” Friedlander, who took photographs for several record companies from 50s through the 70s, is known for his classic jazz, country, and rhythm and blues album covers. Another exhibition of his works, Lee Friedlander in Louisiana, will open at NOMA on April 27. Learn more.
Freret Street Festival (April 7)
Take the Freret Jet (that's what they call the slow RTA bus) to the Freret Street Festival where you can experience live music on three stages and 200 vendors. This Uptown festival is becoming more and more popular every year. Get your selfie there. Learn more.
Spring Garden Show (April 7 & 8)
City Park’s Botanical Garden is opening up like a big blossom for the Spring Garden Show. The event features interesting lectures, more than 50 horticultural exhibits and a plant sale, along with live music (hey it's Louisiana, after all). There's even a Children’s Discovery Zone. Learn more.
WrestleMania 34 (April 8)
Who’s up for Showcase of the Immortals in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome? The faceoffs are yet to be announced, but there are whispers that you might just get to see John Cena vs. The Undertaker and Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship. They’re also saying Ronda Rousey and Ric Flair’s daughter Charlotte Flair will be there. Learn more.
French Quarter Fest (April 12-15)
The Vieux Carré is the place to play this April during French Quarter Festival, one of the most popular free music festivals on the planet. Here's your chance to see New Orleans' finest musicians play on 20 stages all over the historic French Quarter. Jazz, funk, Zydeco, Cajun, brass bands, gospel...we've got it all, cher. See this year’s lineup.
Jazz Fest (April 27-29 & May 3-6)
Aerosmith, Rod Stewart, Anita Baker, Sting, Jimmy Buffett, Beck, Lionel Richie, Bonnie Raitt.. are you impressed yet? Board the Official Jazz Fest Express and join us at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. There's food, there's art, there are bands, bands, bands! Plus, a special tribute to Fats Domino, the King of New Orleans Rock 'n Roll. Hear "Walking to New Orleans" right now. See the complete Jazz Fest 2018 lineup.
NOLA Crawfish Festival (April 30 – May 2)
The New Orleans Suspects, Tab Benoit, the Honey Island Swamp Band and others will be playing while you're peeling at the NOLA Crawfish Festival. The fun includes a crawfish cook-off and a mudbug eating contest! Learn more.