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Your April Thrill List

April 1 2020 | News


Get out there and explore New Orleans in April when the weather is balmy and the musicians are hot (the crawfish, too). Here are ten great reasons to reserve your room at Hotel Provincial this month.

1. Hang with locals at Wednesday at the Square ­(CANCELLED)

This popular free concert series includes five evenings of music in April. Come see Galactic, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Anders Osborne and more at Lafayette Square Park. The concerts run from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Learn more.

2. Celebrate spring at the Freret Street Festival – April 4 (POSTPONED)

Head to Uptown New Orleans between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. for the Freret Street Festival featuring three music stages and 200 vendors. 

3. Stop and smell the Azaleas at the Spring Garden Show – April 4 & 5 (CANCELLED)

Don’t miss the Spring Garden Show in City Park’s Botanical Garden. There will be plants to buy, lectures to help you hone your green thumb, and more than 50 horticultural exhibits – not to mention live music and a Children’s Discovery Zone. Learn more.

4. Rock out at French Quarter Fest – April 16-19 (POSTPONED TO OCTOBER 1-4)

French Quarter Festival offers 20 music stages throughout the French Quarter and features local artists playing jazz, New Orleans Funk, Zydeco, Cajun, brass band music, and gospel. Best of all, the festival is free! Learn more.

5. Go Jazz Festin’ – Last weekend in April/First weekend in May POSTPONED TO FALL. EXACT DATES TO COME

Jazz Fest is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year by adding another day! This now 8-day fest is one of the highlights of life in the Big Easy. Come experience the legendary food, art and music (and not always in that order). Here's your chance to see big stars like Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, and Katy Perry along with all your favorite Louisiana performers. Learn more and see the complete Jazz Fest 2019 lineup here.

6. Line up for the Crescent City Classic – April 11 (RACE IS NOW VIRTUAL. LEARN MORE AT CCC10K.COM)

Why stop at the bunny hop this Easter? Start training now for the Crescent City Classic, 6.2 miles of fun from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, through the French Quarter, and all the way up Esplanade Avenue to New Orleans City Park. Register here.

7. Put a bonnet on it – April 12 (THE GAY EASTER PARADE HAS BEEN POSTPONED)

There are three Easter parades in the French Quarter on Sunday: the Historic French Quarter Easter Parade,  the Chris Owens French Quarter Easter Parade and the Gay Easter Parade. Hop on down to the parade route for the fun!

8. Swing over to the Zurich Classic – April 20-26 (CANCELLED)

Every year, the Zurich Classic, a leg of the PGA Tour, is played at the TPC of Louisiana, just 15 miles from downtown New Orleans. Since it’s New Orleans, you can expect food as great as the golf. Learn more.

9. Get your tail to NOLA Crawfish Festival – April 27 & 29

NOLA Crawfish Festival at Central City BBQ features a crawfish cook-off, a crawfish eating content and live music. See music lineup.


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