Springtime in New Orleans is unlike any other time. With temperatures rising but not hitting those summer highs and flowers in full bloom throughout the city, it’s difficult to stay indoors. This year, New Orleans is celebrating its 300th birthday with the Tricentennial, which means there are hundreds of opportunities to celebrate with the city.
French Quarter Festival
The French Quarter is a popular destination for walking tours, and this year, New Orleans’ most iconic neighborhood will be celebrated from April 12th to the 15th. The annual French Quarter Festival will take on new life during the Tricentennial, celebrating New Orleans’ history through jazz, dancing, and delicious food. Festival-goers can find genres from gospel to jazz on the 23 stages and indulge in treats from more than 70 different food vendors.
NOLA Navy Week
New Orleans has strong military roots, and from April 19th to the 25th, NOLA Navy Week will celebrate this with locals and visitors alike. Woldenberg Park will host this event that allows visitors to tour ships from all around the United States and even the globe. Like any good New Orleans party, this event will include a Louisiana seafood cook-off and a fireworks show. For a closer look at military ships, the National WWII Museum offers boat rides on Saturdays year round.
Tricentennial Dog Parade
New Orleans grows more dog-friendly every year, so it’s no surprise that the city will have some dog-friendly celebrations as part of its 300th birthday. Presented by NOLA City Bark and Gambit, this morning walk around NOLA City Bark on April 22nd includes a costume contest for the lucky dogs in the best NOLA-centric costumes. For man’s best friend and dog lovers alike, this is a great way to experience the outdoors of New Orleans.
Live Performances at Preservation Hall
For those who like to play it by ear instead of sticking to a schedule, catching a live band at Preservation Hall in the French Quarter is a perfect fit. Performances are nightly at 6, 8, 9, and 10 p.m., which makes it the perfect way to celebrate the city and relax after a delicious meal.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
New Orleans Jazz Fest has made quite a name for itself as an international festival, but it remains first and foremost a celebration of its city. There’s no better time to catch Jazz Fest than during the Tricentennial. This year’s lineup includes Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, and Lionel Richie, as well as dozens of local performers like Tank and The Bangas and a tribute to the late Fats Domino. Jazz Fest is also a great place to catch some of the best local eats, crafts, and merchants while enjoying a warm spring day.
2018 is a year of celebration in New Orleans, and the possibilities to honor the city are endless. For more ideas, view Joieful’s top experiences or call us at 504-207-4555 to purchase your experience today.