Mardi Gras may have passed, but there’s always a party going on in New Orleans. Booked or not, it’s not too late to double down on five of the Crescent City’s can’t-miss April celebrations.
April 7: Freret Street Festival
Created to celebrate the rebirth of the once-vibrant commercial corridor near Jefferson Avenue, the Freret Street festival has grown immensely since its launch in the mid-1990s. The free event stretches for six blocks between Napoleon Avenue and Soniat Street and features live music, food, vendors, artwork and fun activities for all ages.
April 12-15: French Quarter Festival
This uniquely New Orleans event highlighting the city’s finest food and music has basked in the shadow of the big fest that follows. But the signature “world’s largest jazz brunch” is a cornucopia of beverages and specialty items from some of the best-known restaurants in the Crescent City. It also includes free tours of hidden patios and gardens of French Quarter homes, the world’s largest praline, fireworks on the Mississippi and more.
April 19-25: NOLA Navy Week
Since its earliest days New Orleans has had a major naval presence and the city’s longstanding naval tradition will be celebrated from April 19–25 as NOLA Navy Week returns to the Mississippi Riverfront. Throughout the week, ships from the U.S. and around the globe will line the banks of the river and be open to the public for free, on-board tours.
April 27-29: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Fair Grounds Race Course
Jazz Fest celebrates the unique culture, heritage and sound of Louisiana across 12 stages of soul-stirring music. This year’s lineup includes Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, Sting and Trombone Shorty. But it’s more than just music. An endless array of unique regional cuisine, handmade arts, crafts and second line parades carry the music in, out and around the city. Individual day tickets are $80 at the gate and $65 in advance.
Now through June 30: Tricentennial Exhibit
Old Ursuline Convent Museum
Celebrate New Orleans’ 300th anniversary by exploring the history of the famed St. Louis Cathedral, from its small wooden church beginning to its present day iconic edifice. Photographs, portraits, letters and incredibly preserved artifacts exhibit the rich history of the Catholic Church’s three centuries in the Big Easy.