Spring is finally in bloom, and there’s plenty to do in New Orleans this April!
The temperamental weather that takes over New Orleans every spring is back in motion. But you can find something to do in NOLA no matter if the sun is shining, or there’s an expected April Shower! Flowers are blooming in the Garden District, and there’s a café au lait waiting for you on a French Quarter patio. Spring is here, and we’re so happy about it!
We’ve decided to break down all the awesome things going on in the city this April, so plan accordingly, New Orleans!
Here are 25 awesome things to do this April in NOLA:
1-3. Treat yourself to an amazing Easter brunch!
Considering the usual Easter parade has been cancelled, why not treat yourself to an extra special weekend brunch? There are so many incredible options to choose from in New Orleans. Some venues will also be providing Easter specials and offers. Here are a few of our favorite brunch spots:
- Commander’s Palace: For a luxurious treat, head to Commander’s Palace for their incredible Jazz Brunch featuring Joe Simon’s Jazz Trio.
- Ralph’s on the Park: This brunch hotspot has an incredible menu honoring its home flavors. Get their Easter Egg Smash (video above) for a festive dessert.
- Bywater Bakery: Did someone say Hot Cross Buns? What about a cheesecake filled carrot cake?
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4-6. Candlelight Concerts
Candlelight offer several different concerts, dedicated to anything from Vivaldi to Jazz. Here’s what’s going on this month:
- Candlelight: Beethoven’s Best Work
- Candlelight Open Air: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and More
- Candlelight Open Air: Bach to the Beatles
7. Visit Beauregard-Keyes House
For a bit of history and fantasy, make sure you visit the Bearegard-Keyes House. Become acquainted with 200 years of New Orleans history as you tour an 1826 French Quarter house museum. There’s even a gorgeous courtyard and side rose garden, to truly soak in that springtime fresh air.
JAMNOLA is a new immersive museum, with exhibitions exploring the culture of the city. Using interactive art pieces, lights, and music, watch New Orleans come to life. You can even snap up a selfie with a crawfish in their bathtub!
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9-11. Check out the art on offer in NOLA!
- Dancing in the Streets: Photography exhibition/love letter to the social aid and pleasure club community of New Orleans, until the day everyone can hit the streets again.
- New Orleans Jazz Museum
- Tour NOLA’s awesome street art
12. Thrill Seeker Airboat Ride
For gators and a thrilling time in the swamps around New Orleans, check out this radical experience. Feel the wind in your hair as your move swiftly over the wetlands by airboat.
13-15. Live music is back!
Considering that live music is back in New Orleans, we thought we’d round up some of the best places to enjoy live music in the city. There’s no place like home, and jazz is finally back where it belongs.
- The Spotted Cat (Marigny)
- The Jazz Playhouse (French Quarter)
- Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro (French Quarter)
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16-19. Take a hike, New Orleans!
Now that the days are getting longer and brighter, it would be rude not to explore the awesome hiking trails available in and around New Orleans. Here are a few we recommend:
- Jean Lafitte National Park
- Audubon Park Institute
- Bayou Sauvage
- Kisatchie National Forest
20. Kitchen in the Gardens
Kitchen in the Garden is a blooming marvelous idea. Enjoy your boxed meal from an extensive selection of delicious dishes, and enjoy them picnic style in NOLA’s Botanical Gardens!
21-25. NOLA’s Unique Dining Experiences
Speaking of unique dining experiences, New Orleans is home to a revolving bar, church restaurant, and so much more. Make it a night to a remember at these restaurants and bars:
- Carousel Bar -New Orleans’ most haunted hotels is home to the city’s famous revolving Carousel Bar.
- LOLA – Restaurant in a converted historic train.
- Vessel – Have an intimate dinner at this 100-year-old church.
- Antoine’s Restaurant – NOLA’s oldest restaurant.
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