New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
After cancellations in 2020 and 2021, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is back at the Fairgrounds from April 29-May 8. This year’s lineup includes the Foo Fighters, Stevie Nicks, The Who, Jimmy Buffet, Lionel Richie, Willie Nelson, Ludacris, Nelly, Irma Thomas, Tank & the Bangas, Cyril Neville, and Big Freedia.
As always, the top-notch musical acts will be just part of the fun at Jazz Fest. There will be a variety of arts and crafts vendors on site, too. And last but never least, there will be plenty of food and beverage options available for festers to enjoy while they take in the music. Tickets cost $90 at the gate. Advance tickets (through April 28) cost $80. Child tickets cost $5, but all children must be accompanied by an adult. A weekend pass for the first weekend cost $225 and a weekend pass for the second weekend (featuring one extra day of festing) is $275.
For the latest information and a list of food vendors, visit NOJazzFest.com
- French Quarter Festival
- Much like Jazz Fest, New Orleanians have been denied the French Quarter Fest since 2019. But it will be back in the Vieux Carre from April 21-24 featuring music, food, and more. Musical acts include Bag Of Donuts, Irma Thomas, Amanda Shaw, and the Hot 8 Brass Band. FrenchQuarterFest.org
- Eighties rock favorite and Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Journey comes to the Smoothie King Center for one night only on April 15. The concert also features very special guests Toto. SmoothieKingCenter.com
- An Evening With David Sedaris
- Essayist, humorist, and NPR contributor David Sedaris (“The Santaland Diaries”) will put on a live show at the Orpheum Theater on April 15. OrpheumNOLA.com
“Lifted” by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
On April 29th, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will release their new album “Lifted.” The record is dedicated to the memory of Trombone Shorty’s mother. The album’s lead single “Come Back” is already available online. TromboneShorty.com
The Final Four
Every year, March Madness (college basketball’s season ending tourney) culminates in the Final Four. For the first time since 2012, New Orleans hosts the NCAA Men’s Final Four April 2 and 4 at the Caesars Superdome. Check out the best players in men’s college basketball as they square off for the championship. For those who can’t get tickets, there will be the tipoff tailgate in Champions Square on April 1, 2, and 4 featuring live entertainment and free activities. CaesarsSuperdome.com
Queen Nefertari’s Egypt
Anyone interested in ancient Egyptian artifacts should visit the New Orleans Museum of Art to see the new exhibit titled Queen Nefertari’s Egypt. The exhibit will be presented in six sweeping sections. It is on display from through July 17. noma.org
Playing at the Saenger from April 5-10, this musical tells the story of a brave young woman searching for the truth about her past and her ties to the Russian royal family. It’s recommended for children ages 7 and up. SaengerNOLA.com