April in New Orleans brings Easter, Earth Day, and lots of good eating (crawfish, anyone?). Start the month strong by getting active outdoors, then slowly but surely, ease into the fried fish Fridays, crawfish boil Saturdays and…well, you get the gist. See a new gallery show at The Historic New Orleans Collection, attend an in-person or virtual cocktail experience at Sazerac House, or lounge on the lawn at Longue Vue. Here are 10 things to do this April in New Orleans. 
 
As always, please remain aware that New Orleans is undergoing a Phased Reopening plan. Wear your mask, make reservations and remain socially distant from others while exploring New Orleans. 

Photo by Michael P. Smith, ©THNOC (THNOC, 2007.0103.2.132R)
Richard “King” Matthews (foreground) leads the inaugural parade of the Avenue Steppers Marching Club’s in 1982, as seen in this photograph by Michael P. Smith.
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The pandemic has put one beloved New Orleans tradition on pause: the second line. Now, through The Historic New Orleans Collection, there’s a chance to learn about the history behind the second line and the groups that take to the streets for both celebratory and somber occasions. The exhibit includes historical photographs and archival footage by Jules Cahn and Michael P. Smith from The Historic New Orleans Collection with contemporary objects collected by the late Sylvester Francis of the Backstreet Cultural Museum and by the late Ronald W. Lewis of the House of Dance and Feathers, as well as from individual club members. Dancing in the Streets is on view until June 13, 2021, and tickets are free but must be reserved online in advance.

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While Treme Fest is typically one of our favorite fall festivals, due to covid, the neighborhood soiree moved from autumn to spring and from its usual home in the Treme to the French Quarter. On Saturday, April 24 from 6-9 p.m., a select number of guests will be able to partake in a series of outdoor, socially distanced performances on the lawn of the New Orleans Jazz Museum. Tickets for the event are $100, and masks are required. Can't make it? The concert will also stream online on Facebook. 

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Outdoor dining takes on many forms in New Orleans; there’s patios, courtyards – heck, the city even has a permit program allowing restaurants and bars to turn parking spots into makeshift curbside dining. Enjoy Creole cuisine in the heart of the French Quarter at Court of Two Sisters, or head to Esplanade Avenue for Mexican cuisine at Santa Fe. Browse our outdoor dining guide, then make a reservation to enjoy the spring air. 

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Enjoy the springtime weather, plus seasonal eats, at Kitchen in the Garden at New Orleans City Park. On Wednesday evenings, Chef Pat White will cook a delicious variety of fresh foods available for pre-order. Head on over to the Botanical Gardens (Louisiana residents receive free admission with valid ID) to pick up your order. Bring a chair or picnic blanket to enjoy your meal.

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Whether you plan to eat at home or dine in, Easter weekend is the perfect time to plan a springtime brunch. Omelets, French toast, seafood and more delicious options can be found at restaurants across the city. Browse a few of our favorite brunch spots here and plan to dine in or brunch at home on Easter Sunday.

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Photo credit: Akeem Lewis, Paradigm Gardens

Paradigm Gardens has brought back one of their most popular events just in time for spring: goat yoga. Get your stretch on while mingling with baby goats (a word of caution – one may jump on your back!) and enjoy a breakfast of empanadas and cold brew coffee afterwards. Tickets are $50 and the April event is on the 10th. Buy your tickets in advance, before they sell out. 

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Basking in the beautiful spring weather is no difficult feat in New Orleans; with our parks and green spaces, every neighborhood has a little bit of nature to offer. In honor of Earth Day, take advantage of the natural beauty in New Orleans this April. Whether you find yourself in Mid-City’s City Park, the Bywater’s Crescent Park, Gentilly’s Pontchartrain Park, Uptown’s Audubon Park or downtown’s Lafayette Square, these greenspaces are flourishing during this time of year. 

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April is prime time for crawfish season, where even places that don’t specialize in seafood are hosting weekend boils. Check out our guide to crawfish here. Grab ‘em boiled, sautéed, baked or fried, or get them raw for a crawfish boil of your own. Don’t forget the corn, potatoes and seasoning, plus an ice-cold beer to wash it all down. If you’re craving fried seafood instead, like a few crispy pieces of Des Allemands catfish on a sunny Friday afternoon, check out our guide here

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Twilight at Longue Vue is back for the spring season, with biweekly events featuring live music in a lovely setting. Bring drinks, snacks and a picnic blanket to enjoy the sounds of jazz, classical and genre-bending musicians as the sun sets on a Wednesday evening. Purchase tickets in advance here and check out the other events at Longue Vue this April. 

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Photo courtesy of Sazerac House

Sazerac House has a mix of in person and virtual cocktail classes to suit everyone’s needs. Coming up this April are “Walking with Whiskey,” “Barrel to Bottle Experience” and “Virtual Jasmine Cocktail.” Sign up here to reserve your spot and cocktail kit.