- New Orleans Wine and Food Experience
The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (NOWFE) brings special dinners and tasting events to downtown New Orleans during the first week of April, combining the city’s most celebrated restaurants with fine wines from around the world. Over 250 wineries and over 100 restaurants will be represented at this year’s event. NOWFE is perhaps best known for the Royal Street Stroll, a lively promenade down the French Quarter’s most beautiful street. Patrons can browse Royal Street’s art galleries and antique markets while stopping for wine tastings and food offerings along the way.
- The Freret Street Festival
It’s the biggest block party of the spring: this year’s Freret Street Festival takes place on Sat., April 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The fest will feature three music stages, 200 vendors, and plenty of food, beverages, and crafts. For those looking to add a new member to the family, Zeus’ Place will be on-site doing pet adoptions. The festival also includes a kids area for those looking for all-ages fun.
- Wednesday at the Square
The free downtown concert series known as Wednesday at the Square, kicks off in March and continues throughout the month of April with four more evenings of music: April 3, 10, 17, and 24. The musicians scheduled for the month of April include Irma Thomas with Johnny Sansone, Eric Lindell with Deltaphonic, Kermit Ruffins with Space & Harmony, and Marc Broussard with The Iceman Special. The 12-week concert series, which runs from 5-8 p.m., is free, but vendor booths offer food, drinks, and art for sale. Wednesday at the Square is a popular way for locals to unwind after a day at the office and for tourists to get acquainted with some of the city’s many beloved musicians.
- French Quarter Fest
Arguably the most favorite free, local festival in the city, French Quarter Festival runs from April 11-14, 2019. What began in 1984 as a way to draw residents back into the Quarter following the World’s Fair and infrastructure improvements, French Quarter Fest now has over 20 music stages throughout the French Quarter and features local artists in genres as diverse as New Orleans Funk, Zydeco, traditional and contemporary jazz, brass band, and gospel. The festival is free to attend, but there are plenty of food and drink vendors throughout which support the festival.
- Get Up And Ride NOLA Nick Reed and Blake Owens provides a experience like none other with their Bike Tours and April kicks off the beginning of the perfect weather for the Duo to provide awesome entertainment and biking fun! For those who like to bar-hop, this a new twist for most experiencing a bar-crawl while riding to music with friends enjoying the scenery of New Orleans while pedaling through some of the historic and symbolic scenes of the crescent city!
- Don’t forget your chair for Jazz Fest
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, or Jazz Fest, is a highlight of every spring in New Orleans, but this year the festival celebrates 50 years. From its humble beginnings in 1970, Jazz Fest has grown into an eight day, two-weekend extravaganza with music, a large food market, artisan tents, crafts for sale, and more. While Jazz Fest organizers bring in big name performers (like this year’s The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, and Katy Perry), arguably the most enjoyable way to spend a day at the Fair Grounds is listening to local musicians (try the Gospel or Blues tents, the Gentilly stage, the Jazz & Heritage stage, or the Fais Do-Do stage).
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