What to Do in the French Quarter in April

What to Do in the French Quarter in April

Don’t spread this around too much, but April might just be the best time to visit New Orleans. The city has recovered from its massive Mardi Gras hangover, crawfish season is in full, spicy swing and the weather is just about as perfect as it gets, with average highs hovering in the mid-70s. If that’s not incentive enough, April is a month jam-packed with music, food, parades, festivals…you know, all the stuff that makes New Orleans so New Orleans. Best of all? You don’t have to venture outside the French Quarter to enjoy the best the city has to offer, and many of these events don’t cost a dime. Just bring a sense of joie de vivre and let the good times roll.

Jazz in the Park Treme Crab Festival – April 1-2

Situated on Rampart Street, which forms the French Quarter’s northern boundary, Armstrong Park (901 N. Rampart St.) is a shady, sprawling urban park with water features and a statue tribute to Satchmo–and in April, it hosts the first annual Treme Crab Festival. You’ll find music by Rebirth Brass Band, Little Freddie King, Treme Brass Band and more at the free weekend events. And did we mention food? The festival is a tribute to the Louisiana’s most delicious saltwater crustacean. Enjoy crabs blended into dip by Chef Don Harding, boiled by Louisiana Direct Seafood, folded into ravioli by Voleo’s Seafood Restaurant…the list goes on.

French Quarter Festival – April 6-9

It’s the largest free music festival in the South, when more than 1,700 musicians take over 23 stages scattered throughout the Vieux Carre and commence to rock out. There’s a preponderance of jazz, zydeco, New Orleans funk, brass bands… pretty much every form of music native to Louisiana and the delta gets a chance to shine in front of more than 760,000 attendees. Wear sunscreen and comfortable shoes, because you’ll be doing a lot of walking from stage to stage (not to mention dancing).

Crescent City Classic – April 15

Yes, the Crescent City Classic is a 10k that attracts top athletes from around the world, but it’s so much more than a road race. Even if your idea of a workout is walking from Cafe du Monde to Pat O’ Brien’s, you owe it to yourself to check out the race, festival, music and people who have made the Crescent City Classic a New Orleans institution for 37 years. You can run, walk, dance or push a stroller down all or part of its scenic route, which loops from the Superdome, through the Quarter and up Esplanade before ending in a party in City Park. Or you can sit on the sidelines, cheer on the participants and ask yourself how it’s possible for so many people to run while drinking and wearing full costumes. Either way, the Crescent City Classic is a spectacle not to be missed.

Easter Parades – April 16

Easter is a time for celebration, chocolate bunnies and church services…but in New Orleans, it’s decidedly over the top. Wear your finest pastels, florals, seersucker and hats (the bigger the better) and you’ll fit right in at the city’s three Easter parades. They kick off at 9:45 a.m., when The Historic French Quarter Easter Parade rolls from Antoine’s Restaurant (713 St. Louis St.) to St. Louis Cathedral for 11 a.m. mass. After that, things take a turn for the campy with the Chris Owens French Quarter parade, which celebrates Bourbon Street’s reigning queen (and the hottest septuagenarian to rock sequined bodysuits since Cher). It rolls from Canal and Bourbon streets at 1 p.m. Finally, the Gay Easter Parade closes down the celebrations at 4:30, with floats, throws and dancers galore. Celebrate good times, come on!

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – April 28-May 7

If you’re coming to New Orleans during the last weekend in April, you probably already know about the granddaddy of all music festivals, Jazz Fest. From contemporary arena-filling rock stars (Kings of Leon Maroon 5) and rap gods (Snoop Dogg, Pitbull) to pop princesses (Meghan Trainor, Lorde) and living legends (Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), the festival covers every musical base as it takes over the Fair Grounds Race Course (1751 Gentilly Blvd.). And of course, there’s a hearty assortment of Louisiana acts at the stages. Don’t leave without feasting on food as well as music…crawfish bread, po-boys, muffalettas, boiled seafood, red beans and rice and more are all for sale. Pro tip: rent a bike to cruise right up to the gates–it’s an easy 3.4-mile ride–and wear rubber boots and a poncho if it rains. (You’ll thank us when the dirt race tracks turn to knee-deep mud.)

Shopping for Women Near the Prince Conti French Quarter Hotel

Shopping for Women Near the Prince Conti French Quarter Hotel
Photo courtesy of Bambi Deville’s Vintage Clothing New Orleans on Facebook

Shopping in New Orleans gives visitors another way to experience the city’s vibrancy. Clothing in the French Quarter runs the gamut of styles and this list of some of the area’s best women’s clothing shops reflects that. Whether you’re looking for vintage or contemporary, formal or casual, there’s something for everyone in the French Quarter.

Dirty Coast (713 Royal Street)

Dirty Coast offers casual New Orleans themed clothing and gifts for women and men. Their French Quarter location opened in 2016 “at the corner of Pirates Alley and Touchdown Jesus” (their description). Since 2002 the company has printed more than 250 local designs for t-shirts and posters that proclaim their love for New Orleans. Co-founder and designer Blake Haney was in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina and created the company’s first design, a bumper sticker that said “Be a New Orleanian, Wherever You Are” and stuck 5,000 of them all over the city as soon as he could move back. Write ups in the Times Picayune and the New York Times followed. The company now has devotees around the globe, locals and visitors who want to celebrate how much they love New Orleans.

Bambi DeVille Vintage (818 Royal Street)

Bambi DeVille Engeran’s vintage clothing business grew out of a lifetime of collecting, inspired by her father’s antique and collectible business with a thirty year history on Royal Street. The shop features vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories from the turn of the 19th century into the 1980s, with dresses and casual wear for every occasion. There are vintage kimonos from Kyoto, mid-century Mardi Gras capes and headdresses, and thousands of pieces of Bakelite. Housed in a former private residence built in the 1920s, the space also features photography, fine art, stamps, and coins. The family’s history in the area and the building’s design make the shop an unforgettable New Orleans experience.

Trashy Diva, Lingerie Shop (712 Royal Street) Trashy Diva Clothing Boutique (537 Royal Street)

Trashy Diva started in 1996 as a traditional vintage clothing store and has expanded into five shops across New Orleans carrying vintage inspired clothing and lingerie with contemporary touches. There are two locations on Royal Street: a lingerie shop near the cathedral and a clothing boutique two blocks up. Trashy Diva’s lingerie shops offers custom fitted corsets, essential to the city’s burlesque community, as well as myriad other lacy undergarments. Many styles in the clothing boutique pay homage to the 1940s and 50s; bold Asian inspired prints and elegant florals decorate day dresses while evening options include velvet, bias cut gowns like something Audrey Hepburn might wear to Tiffany’s.

Hemline (609 Chartres Street)

Hemline is an elegant boutique with two locations in New Orleans. Their flagship store is located in the French Quarter and sells contemporary designers like Nanette Lepore, Tracy Reese, Amanda Uprichard, and Dolce Vita, among many others. Brigette Holthausen moved to New Orleans from Brazil at age 16 and started the business selling backpacks, sandals, and jewelry at the French Market, opening her shop on Chartres several years later.

UAL (United Apparel Liquidators) (512 Chartres Street)

UAL focuses on deeply discounted designer fashion. The inventory changes almost daily and the wide variety of merchandise in the store’s single room makes digging for the perfect look a lot of fun. Christian Louboutin heels, Kara Ross handbags, and Chloe blouses will fill the store one week, and next week that’s gone and Alexander Wang dresses occupy the racks along with Chanel and Valentino. Some of the pieces are sample items or marked as defective, so a careful eye makes for the best shopping experience.

All of these shops are in the heart of the New Orleans French Quarter, short blocks from the Prince Conti Hotel. Guests can enjoy first class accommodations as well as shopping that reflects the diversity of cultures and styles that make New Orleans unique.

Enjoy the Music at Satchmo SummerFest in New Orleans

One of the best things about New Orleans is the city’s undying passion for music. Music lovers come from near and far to experience New Orleans’ diverse music scene, that features a variety of musical artists and genres. Make your way down to New Orleans this summer and experience the city’s extravagant musical scene for yourself! This summer, the famous Satchmo SummerFest will be returning to the New Orleans August 5th-7th. Come enjoy fantastic live music and delicious local food and drink in Jackson Square at Satchmo SummerFest, and  take advantage of low summer rates and reserve your spot at one of the best hotels in New Orleans, the Prince Conti Hotel!

New Orleans French Quarter

Experience Foot-Tapping Music at Satchmo SummerFest

Satchmo SummerFest is New Orleans’ tribute to one of its most famous native sons, the beloved Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong on the centennial of his birth. This festival began back in 2001, and has since evolved into one of the top celebrations in the city. For many that attend this dynamic festival, if is the highland of the summer season! This festival includes live bands on two different stages, featuring some of New Orleans’ best musicians. Many of the musical artists performing will play their tributes to Louis Armstrong and his famous music. Some of the headliners at this New Orleans festival include the Preservation Hall Brass Band, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Bill Summers and Jazalsa, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, and several others. There will also be smaller indoor concerts and performances within the Louisiana State Museum’s Arsenal at 600 St. Peter Street.

satchmo fest

In addition to the vibrant outdoor music scene, this New Orleans festival would not be complete without plenty of delicious local food and drink. This festival offers some of New Orleans’ world-famous culinary delicacies for sale around the festival site, as well as refreshing beverages to keep you hydrated throughout the day. There are also several indoor events at Satchmo SummerFest, including inspiring seminars and lectures by musical authorities held at Le Petit Theatre, located across the street from The Cabildo and Jackson Square.

Shrimp From The Bombay Club in New Orleans

Looking for Hotels in New Orleans? Choose The Prince Conti Hotel

The charming Prince Conti Hotel is situated in the heart of the French Quarter, conveniently located close to numerous New Orleans attractions and destinations. When it comes to hotels in New Orleans, location is key. This hotel is located just minutes from Jackson Square, where Satchmo SummerFest will be taking place this coming August. You do not have to venture far to listen to live New Orleans music when you stay at the Prince Conti Hotel; Their restaurant, The Bombay Club, features great live music every night! The Prince Conti is a quick walk to Frenchman Street, where you will find tons of local bars and restaurants playing live music for all to enjoy. The hotel is also located near the Streetcar, which can take you to New Orleans’ Uptown to visit famous places for music like Tipitina’s and Le Bon Temps. If you are planning a trip to New Orleans this summer, be sure to check out the city’s unique music scene and book your reservation at one of the best hotels in New Orleans with great low room rates, the Prince Conti Hotel!

The Prince Conti Hotel in New Orleans, LA