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Your April Thrill List

April 1 2018 | 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 eight great reasons to reserve your room at Hotel Provincial this month.

1. Put a bonnet on it – April 1

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

2. Put your art in it at the Ogden Museum ­– All Month Long

Through August 19, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art will be home to “A Precise Vision: The Architectural Archival Watercolors of Jim Blanchard.” Blanchard, home grown right here in Louisiana, is famous for his watercolor and gouache paintings of Louisiana buildings. Learn more.

3. Hang out with locals at Wednesday at the Square ­– April 4, 11, 18 & 25

This popular free concert series includes four evenings of music in April. Come see Sweet Crude + Travers Geoffray, Flow Tribe with co-headliner Samantha Fish, Wayne Toups + Darcy Malone, and Big Sam’s Funky Nation + The Deslondes. The concerts run from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Learn more.

4. Celebrate spring at the Freret Street Festival – April 7

Head to Uptown New Orleans for the Freret Street Festival featuring three music stages and 200 vendors. The Big Easy Rollergirls will also be skating around at the festival so watch out! Learn more.

5. Stop and smell the Azaleas at the Spring Garden Show – April 7 & 8

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.

6. Rock out at French Quarter Fest – April 12-15

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! See this year’s lineup and learn more.

7. Go Jazz Festin’ – Last weekend in April/First weekend in May

This 7-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 Aerosmith, Rod Stewart, Anita Baker, Sting, Jimmy Buffett, Beck, Jack White, David Byrne, Lionel Richie, Bonnie Raitt, and many others. Learn more and see the complete Jazz Fest 2018 lineup here.

8. Get your tail to NOLA Crawfish Festival – April 30 – May 2

NOLA Crawfish Festival at Central City BBQ features a crawfish cook-off, a crawfish eating content and live music by the New Orleans Suspects, Tab Benoit, the Honey Island Swamp Band and others. Learn more.


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