There is no better time in New Orleans than spring. The weather is near-perfect. There’s plenty to do both indoor and outdoors. Flowers and trees are beaded and festooned with the fading remnants of Carnival, blossoms and blooms. And this year, the best of the fests return with live, in-person celebrations, food, art and New Orleans culture. 

This year, we go all in with a spring guide full of fun for everyone (including our furry friends). From happy hours to museum deals, free cultural events and markets, we’ve got a jam-packed guide to enjoying all that New Orleans has to offer, without making a dent in your wallet. And then, with all that money you’ve saved, you can go all out (or whole hog at one favorite event) on other fun and festive activities. Our 2022 spring festival guide has all the details on the upcoming festival calendar, from Hogs for the Cause to Essence Festival. There’s fun and celebrations across the city and for every taste. Finally, we celebrate NOLA pets and furry friends with our chic-est feline and canine style guide, featuring fashionable collars, fun toys and cute costumes for your best boys and girls.

Our regular columns highlight restaurant and bar news, Earth Day friendly fashion and accessories and a to-die-for, must-try-this, make-at-home spin on the iconic crawfish bread from Commander’s Palace’s own chef Meg Bickford. This is one doozy of a recipe, but not one you’ll regret diving into (for inside tips and information, be sure to watch our make-along Instagram live event with chef Bickford on April 19 at noon).

Lastly, check out our website MyNewOrleans.com. We’ve got a brand-new look with exclusive content, best-of lists, favorite New Orleans personalities and much more, with even more to come. We’re pretty excited to debut a fresh, new look, and we hope you enjoy it too.

So, if you’re like me, it’s time to stock up on allergy meds, get your festival attire (Sun hat? Check. Rain boots? Check.) ready to go, and enjoy all that springtime in the city has to offer. 

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Have fun!