A Guide to Visiting New Orleans in April

Will You Find Rain or Shine in the Big Easy?

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
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April in New Orleans is beautiful. The weather is usually wonderful and there's a lot going on around town. So, if you are planning on visiting during this time, here's what you need to know before you go, including average temperatures and exciting events happening within the month. 

Average Temperatures and Rainfall in New Orleans in April

The average temperatures for April are between 78° F and 59° F, which is some of the mildest weather you'll find in the Big Easy. Slight rain can be expected, and the average rainfall is about 4.7 inches in this month.

Notable Events in New Orleans in April

The best and most popular events this month are the French Quarter Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Both of these events draw extremely large crowds, so you should be aware that they can drive up the price of area hotels and airfare. That being said, it's still a wonderful time to visit, and there are plenty of other events for you to enjoy you want to escape the bustling French Quarter or prefer 

  • From March through May, you can enjoy free weekly outdoor performances in Lafayette Square on Wednesday nights for the annual Wednesday at the Square concert series. Bring a chair or a blanket and sit on the ground, or leave that all at home and head to the front of the stage that is reserved for dancing. Performances include some of New Orleans' most famous brass bands, as well as a wide variety of indigenous musical styles, including jazz, rock, funk, local favorites like swamp pop, Latin rhythms, and many more various styles.
  • The Crescent City Classic annual 10K road race. Started in 1979 with 902 participants, the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic has grown to become the preeminent fitness event and charity fundraiser in all of Louisiana that draws over 20,000 spectators. 
  • The French Quarter Festival is a 4-day event that highlights the unique food, music, and people of the most famous section of New Orleans. You will only find local musicians performing throughout the weekend made possible by the American Federation of Musicians, New Orleans Local No. 174-496, the Music Performance Trust Fund, and over 150 dedicated sponsors. 
  • Over two weeks in late April and early May, music fans pack the streets of the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The music begins at 11 a.m. each morning, and commences by 7 p.m., allowing visitors to flood to Bourbon Street for a taste of New Orleans nightlife. 
  • The Catholic population in New Orleans is one of the biggest in the country. That, coupled with this city's expertise and affinity for parades, it should come as no surprise that the Easter Parades in New Orleans are truly something to be seen. The first of the day on Easter Sunday is the Historic French Quarter Easter Parade, beginning before the day's masses around 9:45 a.m. until 11 a.m. The Chris Owens French Quarter Easter Parade immediately follows with the Grand Duchess, Chris Owens leading the way. The final and most colorful parade of the day is the Gay Easter Parade that usually starts prior to 5 p.m.