15 New Orleans-area festivals to enjoy this April

We’re hitting the peak of spring festival season in the New Orleans metro area. Here’s your guide to April festivals and major events to mark on your calendar. We’ve mapped out some great festivals on both the North Shore and the South Shore. Check back for updates as we get them.

April 2018

Delgado Music Festival

April 6 – 7

Delgado City Park Campus
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Rockin’ Dopsie Jr., Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots are among the artists taking the stage at the second annual Delgado Music Festival. The two-day fest is presented by the Music Department of Delgado Community College. Head to Mid-City for the fest from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. each day. Proceeds from concessions benefit the college’s music program. Free admission.

Freret Street Festival

April 7

Freret Street between Napoleon & Valmont
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This annual, free neighborhood festival takes over Freret Street from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Three music stages, more than 150 local vendors and festival food vendors span from Napoleon Street to Valmont Street. This family-friendly fest is a great way to make your weekend soar.

Asian Pacific American Society Festival

April 7

Audubon Zoo
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The celebration of Asian heritage, pride and progress hits Audubon Zoo from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors can enjoy live entertainment, handmade crafts, authentic Asian dishes, and international-themed displays. Admission is included with zoo admission or Audubon membership.

A Taste of Covington

April 11 – 15

Various locations Downtown Covington, La.
A Taste of Covington brings a five-day celebration of food, wine, music and art to historic downtown Covington, La. 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.

French Quarter Fest

April 12 – 15

French Quarter
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 50 vendors and music from over 1,700 musicians. Popular Louisiana singer and musician Amanda Shaw will be headlining the French Quarter Festival. Others performing include The Honey Island Swamp Band, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Bag of Donuts, Bucktown All-Stars and Charmaine Neville. Here’s a list of new things festival-goers can expect this year.

Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival

April 13 – 15

Memorial Park Ponchatoula, La.
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Head to “Strawberry Paradise” for this free, three-day fest spotlighting the strawberry. Festival-goers can enjoy strawberries served up almost every way imaginable at this sweet event. This free, family-friendly outdoor festival happens at Memorial Park in downtown Pontchatoula, La. Weekend festivities also include tons of music, games, rides and strawberry eating contests. Check out the 2018 entertainment lineup here.

Grand Isle Blessing of the Fleet Festival

April 13 – 15

Tarpon Rodeo Pavillion
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The Grand Isle Blessing of the Fleet Festival returns to Tarpon Rodeo Pavilion, after a seven-year hiatus. Familes can enjoy fair rides, carnival games, music, food booths, arts and crafts booths and sportsman booths. The music lineup includes Ryan Foret & Foret Tradition, The Gordon Bradberry Band, Junior & Sumtin’ Sneaky and Waylon Thibodeaux.

Great Louisiana BirdFest

April 13 – 15

Northlake Nature Center
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The Northlake Nature Center hosts the Great Louisiana BirdFest where visitors can participate in birding trips and workshops. The fest is held each spring when many species are migrating north through Louisiana. BirdFest includes birding trips, some Southern food, hospitality and a few workshops. Registration prices vary.

Tricentennial NOLA Navy Week & Tall Ships New Orleans

April 19 – 25

Woldenberg Park
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Navy ships from the U.S. and around the globe will be in New Orleans for a week-long festival, including free ship tours and a cook-off between the ships. Boarding of visiting tall ships and navy ships are free and open to the public. VIP FastPass boarding for tall ships are available for purchase.

Italian Heritage Festival

April 20 – 22

Kenner, La.
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Former Kenner police chief Nick Congemi founded this festival to celebrate the rich Italian heritage and customs embedded into the formation of the Kenner area. Live music, food, rides, games and crafts are the festival’s main features.

Hospice Foundation of the South’s Crawfish Cook-Off

April 21

Fritchie Park
Slidell, La.
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Pinch, peel and suck all the crawfish you can eat, as crawfish cookin’ teams from across the South battle it out to claim the top prize. This annual crawfish cook-off at Slidell’s Fritchie Park is worth the trip. Hear live local music from The TopCats, Category 6 and more. Proceeds benefit the Hospice of the South. Advance tickets start at $30. Admission is $35 at the gate. Children ages 12 and under are free.

Angola Prison Rodeo

April 21 – 22

Louisiana State Penitentiary
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Thousands of visitors flock to the longest-running prison rodeo in the nation. In addition to the various rodeo events, many visitors look forward to the arts and crafts show including the intricate, hand-made works from inmates. Tickets are $20.

Zurich Classic of New Orleans

April 23 – 29

TPC Louisiana
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The Zurich Classic attracts some of the biggest golf pros to New Orleans on this major stop on the annual PGA Championship Tournament Circuit. This family-friendly event tees off at TPC of Louisiana in Avondale, La. Ticket prices start at $35.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

April 27 – May 6

New Orleans Fairgrounds
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Thousands of music lovers head to the Fairgrounds for this two-weekend festival, considered one of the city’s most world-renowned events. Tons of music spans several stages bringing big local and international names across different genres. Some of this year’s headliners include Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, Sting, Jimmy Buffet, Beck, Jack White and Lionel Richie. Let’s also not forget to mention all the incredible food vendors that will fill the Fairgrounds like the sought after Crawfish MonicaMango Freeze and cochon de lait po-boys. Festival-goers can also enjoy art exhibits and some good people watching. Here are some festival tips straight from fest-goers to get you through. Ticket prices vary.

Nola Crawfish Festival

April 30 – May 2

Central City BBQ
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Hang out at the three-day NOLA Crawfish Festival at Central City BBQ. Several local musicians jam while festival-goers gobble pounds of crawfish. The festival hosts an “Ultimate Crawfish Cook-Off” on its last day where 20 teams compete for the best crawfish boil. Plus, the festival hosts its first-ever crawfish eating contest. Ticket prices start at $25, plus taxes and fees.

 *All dates and information are subject to change.

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