New Orleans April 2023

New Orleans April 2023 Events

New Orleans April 2023 Events

Spend Easter in New Orleans this Year as the City Starts to Open Back Up

Average temperature low and high: 61°-79°
New Orleans in April is when the city comes alive with vibrant colors and lively music. The weather is warm and perfect for exploring the historic French Quarter, where you can find delicious Cajun and Creole cuisine. The streets are filled with the sounds of jazz and brass bands, and the annual Jazz & Heritage Festival draws crowds of music lovers to the city. April is also a great time to check out the NOLA Poetry Festival, Freret Street Festival, and the Bakery Bar for chocolate chip cookie beignets.
French Quarter Fest

French Quarter Fest

From April 13th to 16th, celebrate life in the French Quarter at the French Quarter Fest. Enjoy food from some of the finest restaurants in the Big Easy, such as Antoine's, Mrs. Wheat's Pies, and K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen, as well as a large variety of beer, wine, and cocktail options. Listen to live music performances from talented local artists on any of the 20 stages set up across the district, and you can take dance lessons at the French Quarter Traditional Jaz Stage if you want to get your groove on. Get more information and updates on the lineup on their official website.

April Event Calendar

Gay Easter Parade

Gay Easter Parade

If you’re in New Orleans for Easter Sunday, then you’re in for a treat because the annual official Gay Easter Parade will take place! This unique, vibrant parade showcases the creativity of the LGBTQ community as they flaunt flashy versions of their Easter Sunday finest. The parade kicks off in the French Quarter and takes a route passing every gay bar as well as gay-owned restaurants and other shops. Also, consider checking out the annual Easter Bonnet Contest held at Good Friends Bar.

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Crawfest

Crawfest

Crawfish are a New Orleans favorite, and you can have an unlimited amount of it at Crawfest! This annual event hosted in the heart of Tulane University’s campus features over 20,000 pounds of crawfish, thousands of pounds of veggies, dozens of local food and art vendors, and live music on two stages.

Jazz And Heritage Festival

Jazz And Heritage Festival

The Jazz and Heritage Festival is a New Orleans event you can’t miss! Celebrating the Louisiana culture, the Jazz & Heritage Festival New Orleans is all about music, live performances, and food; moreover, there are Mardi Gras Indians parades, cultural showcases, and craft demonstrations. Ticket information is available here.

 

Wednesday at the Square Concert Series

Wednesday at the Square Concert Series

This free concert series features some well-known artists coming from all over the United States. Participants will get to witness a big performance stage, bands with indigenous music style, i.e., rock, jazz, swamp pop, etc. Also, the delicious bites and beverages at food stalls complement the sound of New Orleans. Note that outside food is prohibited.

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Hogs for the Cause

Hogs for the Cause

Hogs for the Cause is the biggest BBQ and music festival in the county! Head down to the Lakefront Arena to enjoy two full days of music, local beer, and of course, food. The fest will feature three stages with 20+ bands and over 90 teams competing to serve some of the best pork dishes! General admission and VIP tickets are available for sale. Proceeds benefit both local and national children’s hospitals to provide relief for families with children who have brain cancer.

New Orleans Events in April

Concerts

Theater & Headliners

Sports

Nightclubs

Upcoming Events

Wed, Apr 05 at Republic NOLA Elderbrook
Thu, Apr 06 at Republic NOLA SubDocta
Fri, Apr 07 at Republic NOLA GHASTLY PRESENTS GHENGAR
Sat, Apr 08 at Republic NOLA Emo Prom: The Black Heart Ball
Wed, Apr 19 at Republic NOLA Masego
Fri, Apr 21 at Republic NOLA Shlump
Fri, Apr 21 at Republic NOLA Shlump
Sat, Apr 22 at Republic NOLA Doctor P
Sat, Apr 29 at Metropolitan TWO FRIENDS - Live at the Metropolitan New Orleans
Things to do in New Orleans

Things to Do in New Orleans in April

Go horseback riding at Cascade Stables

Go horseback riding at Cascade Stables
The spring weather in New Orleans is perfect for a day of horseback riding! Whether you want to go with family or friends, Cascade Stables accommodates all ages! They’re open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Tuesday till Sunday. One-on-one private lessons start at $35 for 30 minutes, 2-rider groups are $40 per person for 30 minutes, while groups of 3 to 6 are $35 per person for 45 minutes. Cascade Stables is about 4.5 miles away from the French Quarter.

Spend the day outdoors at the French Market

Spend the day outdoors at the French Market
Mirroring European markets, the French Market is an open-air market where you can shop, dine, and listen to music. The French Market, formerly a Native American trading post in 1791, continued to evolve into what it is now. Visit the historical Dutch Alley, the farmer’s market, the flea market, and the local art market. It’s right by the French Quarter so you can easily go back and forth between places!

Visit Crescent Park

Visit Crescent Park
The perfect place to take a stroll or ride your bike, Crescent Park is a mile away from the French Quarter and is parallel to the Mississippi River, giving you a breathtaking view of the water. It has beautiful greenery and it’s a great place to go if you need a break from the buzz of the city.