8 things to do this weekend: April 12 – 14

We count quite a few festivals you can enjoy.

Some big festivals will highlight the best of Louisiana food and music this weekend. Families can also hop along to a couple of popular Easter egg hunts this weekend. Looking for things to do this weekend? We narrowed down eight events for you to check out.

French Quarter Fest

Thursday, April 11 – Sunday, April 14

One of the country’s largest free festivals brings local music, food and drink to the epicenter of the French Quarter. Festival-goers can enjoy food from more than 60 vendors, including some new dishes, and music from more than 250 acts. Galactic, Irma Thomas and George Porter, Jr. headline the French Quarter Festival. Others acts filling the daily lineup include Water Seed, Flow Tribe, Rockin’ Dopsie. Here’s a list of new things festival-goers can expect this year.

See our complete guide to French Quarter Fest.

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Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival

Friday, April 12 – Sunday, April 14

The 48th annual Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival spotlights “Strawberry Paradise” this weekend at Memorial Park in Ponchatoula. The free, outdoor festival is family- friendly and filled with lots of great food, strawberries, of course, entertainment and fun for all ages. With two music stages and food booths supporting local non-profit organizations, the festival grounds are the place to spend the weekend.

Read more about the lineup in our event preview.

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A Taste of Covington

Friday, April 12 – Sunday, April 14

A Taste of Covington brings a celebration of food, wine, music and art to historic downtown Covington. The culinary experience kicked off on Wednesday and continues through Sunday. Chef demonstrations, a Grand Tasting, a series of vintner dinners and a champagne jazz brunch make up some of the featured events. Tickets start at $55. One of the free events at 6 p.m. on Saturday, a street festival called Spring for Art, features art gallery openings, live music, shopping events and other entertainment at multiple indoor and outdoor locations in downtown Covington.

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Grand Isle Blessing of the Fleet Festival and Migratory Bird Celebration

Friday, April 12 – Sunday, April 14

Grand Isle hosts two events this weekend: The Grand Isle Blessing of the Fleet Festival and the 21st annual Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration.

“The Grand Isle Blessing of the Fleet Festival and Ceremony celebrates and pays tribute to the shrimping and fishing industries, which have always been the backbone of our island culture. The festival offers live music, food, rides, games and a blessing of the fleet ceremony,” Grand Isle mayor David Camardelle said.

Highlights of the Migratory Bird Celebration include daily, expert-led bird watching tours on the Grand Isle Birding Trail and Grand Isle State Park. See songbirds in oak-hackberry woods, shorebirds and waders on beaches and in the marshes and raptors overhead. The celebration is held annually to correspond with peak bird migration in April.

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Rodgers + Hammerstein's "Cinderella" at the Saenger Theater

Friday, April 12 – Sunday, April 14

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella heads to the Saenger Theatre this weekend, as part of the Broadway in New Orleans series. With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, the hilarious and romantic Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA combines the story’s classic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists. Click here for b-roll and photos. I’ve attached the press release with more information.

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NOMA Egg Hunt and Family Festival 2019

Saturday, April 13

Join the New Orleans Museum of Art for the annual egg hunt and family fest from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden. In addition to the egg hunt, there will be art activities, separate bounce houses for kids and toddlers, music, face painting, hula hooping, a juggler/magician and a petting zoo. Advance tickets are $10 for NOMA members (adults and children), $12 for non-members (adults and children). Tickets are $15 on the day of the event.

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New Orleans City Park Egg Scramble

Saturday, April 13 – Sunday, April 14

More than 36,000 eggs are up for grabs at the New Orleans City Park Egg Scramble on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon. Hop to the park’s Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and Storyland for the Easter egg hunt, music, face painters, the Easter Bunny and a balloon artist. Kids can hunt for 100 golden eggs with tickets to City Park attractions. Tickets are $10 per person general admission or $5 per person for Friends of City Park members. Babies under 1 years old enter free.

Looking for more Easter egg hunts? Here’s a list of Easter egg hunts happening around the New Orleans metro area.

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Lafreniere Park Earth Day Celebration

Sunday, April 14

Jefferson Parish hosts an annual Earth Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday at Lafreniere Park. This family-friendly event will feature live music, food, crafts, disc golf and interactive displays. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own mats or towels for a free yoga class starting at 11 a.m. The celebration is free and open to the public.

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