While much of the country is either still deep in the throes of frigid weather or only just beginning to thaw, springtime in New Orleans comes a bit earlier. You can expect plenty of opportunities for sun, fun, and outdoor festivities, making NOLA the perfect place to plan everything from a long weekend getaway to a full spring break vacation. This spring, we welcome back festivals and events that have been on hiatus for two or more years. Read on for what to expect this spring in New Orleans.
Attend a spring festival, or two… or three
You’d think the Crescent City would take a break following all of the Mardi Gras madness. Wrong! Carnival is just a precursor for the next three months filled with spring festivals here in NOLA. Of course, mega-fests like Jazz Fest and French Quarter Festival draw crowds of hundreds of thousands from near and far. But there are a host of other trip-worthy festivals that celebrate music, food, neighborhoods, and culture, all of which you can read about in 15 Things to Do in March.
Book A Hotel
Take advantage of hotel packages and deals during the spring season in New Orleans. With so much to do, even on the weekdays, you can make the most of your visit by booking a hotel centrally located in downtown New Orleans or the French Quarter. Enjoy free parking, breakfast, shuttle service, and other perks by booking here.
Queen Nefertari's Egypt
This spring at the New Orleans Museum of Art, journey into ancient Egypt by way of Queen Nefertari. Queen Nefertari, the royal wife of Pharaoh Ramesses II (reigned 1279–13 BCE), is linked to some of the most magnificent monuments of ancient Egypt. Now, artifacts found within her tomb are on display here in New Orleans for a limited time only from March 18-July 17 in the exhibit’s final stop on its U.S. tour. Learn more and purchase your tickets in advance here.
Mardi Gras Indian traditions
Nothing says Sunday in New Orleans like a second line. While second lines roll most Sundays throughout the year, there is one Sunday slightly more spectacular than the rest - Super Sunday. Once a year, on the third Sunday in March, the community gathers to marvel at the beauty and tradition of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Indian culture. Uptown, downtown, and Westbank Mardi Gras Indians all do things differently so pay attention along the routes.
Welcome back crawfish season
Saying goodbye to King Cake season while simultaneously welcoming back crawfish season is a sure sign of springtime in New Orleans. While the state-wide delicacy is technically available year-round, any New Orleanian knows that crawfish are best enjoyed in the spring. Grab a pound (or two) while the getting is good this season.
From boiling and peeling, to where to purchase and picnic - check out our Guide to Crawfish for inspo and help.
Explore the Crescent City’s Asian influence
May marks Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and thanks to Crescent City’s thriving Vietnamese community, we have a lot to celebrate. From authentically prepared Asian eats to Asian inspired activities and events like Tet Fest, discover how Asian Americans have contributed to New Orleans culture.
Celebrate special spring holidays
No matter the holiday, New Orleans always has a fun way to celebrate it. Parade your way through the French Quarter on Easter Sunday and the Irish Channel for St. Patrick’s Day. Take mom, grandma, an aunt, and the other important women in your life out for a special Mother’s Day brunch or spa date. Pay a visit to the National WWII Museum over Memorial Day weekend. Scout out some of the best Latin music, margaritas and mojitos around town for Cinco De Mayo at some of the city’s Hispanic-owned Businesses.
Have fun, rain or shine
Like most cities during spring, the weather can be a hit or miss–after all, something has to usher in those May flowers. Some days are filled with sunshine and clear skies and other days can be a little gloomy with high chances of rain. Luckily, New Orleans knows a thing or two about keeping the festivities alive during the rain showers.
If the weather permits, take full advantage of our endless outdoor activities like kayaking down Bayou Saint John or biking through the French Quarter. But if the forecast has other plans, take a rain check and enjoy some indoor activities from our rainy day itinerary. Either way, the show must go on and the fun never stops.
Uplift New Orleans’ amazing women
Each year in March, communities across the country celebrate Women’s History Month and New Orleans is no exception. Women make up so many of the award-winning chefs, ground-breaking historians, and well-known musicians and socialites throughout New Orleans. During the month of March and beyond, celebrate their endless contributions and their undying influences at some of New Orleans’ many women-owned businesses.
Attend the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience .. or create your own
The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (NOWFE) is an annual culinary extravaganza highlighting some of the city’s finest dining and wines from around the globe. The multi-day event features creations by top chefs from around the city, specially curated menus at local restaurants, and ticketed programming and fun.
Attend this spring favorite or make your own NOWFE experience by restaurant hopping to try some of the most popular dishes around New Orleans. Check out our 22 Dishes to Try in 2022 and restaurants with standout wine programs for the ultimate New Orleans foodie experience.