April is probably the best time to visit New Orleans. The weather is perfect, with a forecast that includes lots of sun and mild temperatures. But the weather isn’t the only reason to visit…there’s so much going on that month and you don’t want to miss any of it.
Festival season is in full swing, and one of my favorite fests is easily the French Quarter Festival. This festival turns the whole French Quarter into a celebration, complete with live music stages set up around the Quarter, food vendors showcasing their delicious flavors along the Mississippi River, and much more. The best part is that the music and entertainment is all free. It’s the largest free festival in the South and a favorite for both locals and visitors.
The Crescent City Classic is turning into one of the premier running events in the United States. It attracts the top American runners and international Olympians, as well as every day folks dressed in costumes that you have to see to believe. It’s a fun 10k through New Orleans with a party at the end. If you’re a runner (or a walker), you still have time to register.
It’s New Orleans, so you know that we love our parades. However, did you know that we don’t just have one parade for Easter? We have multiple Easter parades, where we share stuffed animals, candy and joy with children of all ages.
People from all over the world come to enjoy the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. It features big name entertainers Eric Clapton, as well as local favorites like Kermit Ruffins and Irvin Mayfield. The two weekend event showcases New Orleans's love for music across many stages, our decadent cuisine and rich art. Hotel St. Marie is located just a short bus ride from the Fairgrounds that hosts Jazz Fest, and right in the middle of the French Quarter, where the music flows into the late night.
Now is the time to plan your much needed getaway and to book your hotel room before they’re all reserved.
The French Market Inn, New Orleans, La., is tucked away on the banks of the Mississippi River in the center of the French Quarter.
Located in the heart of the French Quarter, each of the guest rooms and suites in the Hotel Provincial is uniquely furnished with antiques bestowing a warm and relaxing ambiance.