New Orleans: Capital of Cultural Festivals this April

New Orleans is the place to be during the month of April. Famous for its spicy cuisine and the French Quarter (also known as the Vieux Carré), the oldest and most famous neighborhood of this city, New Orleans is jam-packed with cultural activities, starting from the French Quarter Festival, to the PyrateCon to the famous Jazz and Heritage Festival! These events will make you breathe in the flair of this wonderful city like no other time of the year.

The French Quarter Festival (April 9-11)
During the French Quarter Festival, locals and tourists alike gather to enjoy the Quarter. Over the three-day weekend, more than 150 musical performances will take place on fifteen stages throughout the French Quarter, providing 250 hours of FREE entertainment. Providing a family-friendly atmosphere, this festival is a must-see when visiting the Crescent City.

Excite your taste buds with the array of food that will be available at Jackson Square and Woldenberg Riverfront Park, making up what has become known as the “World’s Largest Jazz Brunch!” What’s on the menu? Everything from Jambalaya, Crawfish and Goat Cheese Crepes, Pork Chops on Sugar Cane Sticks, Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Grilled Chicken Livers, Fish Tacos, White Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding toPraline Creme Brulee.

The brunch is served daily in Jackson Square and at the Louisiana State Museum’s Old US Mint, and in Woldenberg Riverfront Park. Of course, it wouldn’t be New Orleans without their world famous beverage, the Hurricane to refresh yourself in the warm weather.

PyrateCon (April16-18)
PyrateCon is a French Quarter-wide celebration of American Pirate History, attracting countless tourists to the workshops, vendors, Saturday night parade and interacting with the finest pirates from California, Texas, Washington, Florida, Scotland, The Philippines, and everywhere in between.

If you’re planning to attend this event, or even for future travels to the Big Easy, the 4-Star Intercontinental New Orleans Hotel is highly recommended and often boasts amazing rates as low as $74 per night! It is also conveniently located two blocks from all the action in the French Quarter.

Jazz & Heritage Festival (April 23-May 2)
The Festival is held at the Fair Grounds Race Course and runs from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. The festival provides six days of activities, ten stages of simultaneous music programming and a great Food Fair offering more than 100 varieties of authentic Louisiana cuisine and a stunning collection of one-of-a-kind crafts. Thousands travel from far and wide for the music, food and fun the festival has to offer.

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