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St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter
St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter

April in New Orleans

Food, music and more - see what April in NOLA has in store

Calling all foodies, music fanatics, golf spectators and marathon runners: April is the month for you! If you’re planning on visiting in April, come with an empty stomach and an open mind. There’s plenty to do, experience, and of course, eat, during April in New Orleans. Everything you need to plan a memorable April in NOLA can be found below.

Justen Williams
The French Quarter

What to do in April in New Orleans?

*Editor’s Note: Due to Covid-19, New Orleans is currently in a Phased Reopening plan. This includes some degree of restrictions on second lines, parades, and festivals. While some festivals have been rescheduled for later in 2021, others are still pending. Please keep checking back for updated information before planning your trip. For more on our phased reopening plan, see here.

See below for the typical spring festivals held every April in New Orleans. Until festival season ramps up again, check out how we’re celebrating the season with food, music and fun times here.

Freret Street Festival

*Editor’s Note: Freret Street Festival is currently postponed.

The month kicks off with the annual Freret Street Festival. Typically held on the first Saturday of April, the Freret Street Festival celebrates the local businesses, live music, tasty food and people of the Uptown-based neighborhood. Pet-friendly, family-friendly and completely local, Freret Street Fest is the perfect start to fest season.

Festival del Barrio Francés

*Editor’s Note: French Quarter Festival has been rescheduled for September 30 – October 3, 2021.

Loved by locals, and more recently sought after by visitors, French Quarter Festival is annual mid-spring fest that celebrates one of New Orleans most beloved neighborhoods: the French Quarter. From Jackson Square to Woldenberg Park fest-goers can experience live local music, classic NOLA bites and the culture that makes New Orleans’ French Quarter so magical. 

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

*Editor’s Note: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been rescheduled for October 8-17, 2021.

Easily one of New Orleans’ largest and most popular festivals, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, better known as Jazz Fest, draws massive crowds from all over the world each and every year. Jazz Fest stretches over two weekends, with 14 different stages + tents, signature Jazz Fest foods and vendors, and a legendary lineup of musicians, performers and artists. If you’re a Jazz Fest first-timer, making your way through the fairgrounds can be overwhelming. Don’t fret because we’ve got you covered! Browse this Ultimate Guide to Jazz Fest to navigate the crowd like a native. 

What is the weather in April in New Orleans?

Keeping up with the beautiful weather of March, April averages a high of 78℉ and a low of 59℉. It's the perfect weather for enjoying outdoor dining and exploring our many parks, gardens and green spaces. Make sure to keep a light rain jacket and umbrella in case of afternoon drizzles, plus sunscreen and a hat if you find yourself outdoors.

Paul Broussard
Hansen's Sno-Bliz

What foods should I try in April in New Orleans?

It’s crawfish and sno-balls all day every day during the month of April. It’s tradition to grab a few pounds of boiled seafood and head to a park to enjoy your feast. Check out our top spots for boiled seafood here. Cool off with the seasonal sno-ball afterwards.

Another great local bite to enjoy this spring is the po-boy, the legendary New Orleans sandwich. See our top picnic spots here.

Additional April Resources

With so much happening around every corner of April, your itinerary pretty much writes itself. If you’re looking for some vacation inspiration beyond the suggestions listed above check out our French Quarter Neighborhood Guide and create your own French Quarter Festival.