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Come to the Cradle in April

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Photo of Deacon John from Jazz Fest 2018 by Missy Fields Dalton

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 Here's what's up way down yonder in New Orleeeens.

New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (First Week in April)

Join 250 wineries and more than 100 New Orleans restaurants for a week of great wining and dining. Sign up for a special Wine Dinner at restaurants including Antoine'sBrennan's and Morton's the Steakhouse.  Learn more.

Freret Street Festival (April 6)

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 6 & 7)

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.

French Quarter Fest (April 11-14)

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. 

Crescent City Classic (April 20)

The Crescent City Classic is more than a run – it's a festival! It begins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, weaves through the French Quarter, turns up Esplanade Avenue and ends with a big bash at New Orleans City Park. Expect to see runners in creative costumes (it's New Orleans after all).  Register here.

Easter (April 21)

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 ,festive brunches and egg hunts (we're even talking alligator eggs!) Plus, there's nothing like Easter Mass at St. Louis Cathedral. Learn more.

Zurich Classic (April 22-28)

Mark Twain said, "Golf is a good walk spoiled" because he'd never been to the Zurich Classic. This leg of the PGA Tour is played at the TPC of Louisiana, a short drive from downtown New Orleans. It's a lot of fun – especially if you get tickets to the Acme Oyster House area. Learn more.

Jazz Fest (April 27-29 & May 3-6)

Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Katy Perry...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! See the complete Jazz Fest 2019 lineup.

NOLA Crawfish Festival (April 29 – May 1)

Neville Jacobs 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.


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