April is the coolest month for a New Orleans wedding or honeymoon. Outdoor weddings are spectacular this time of year with our magnificent gardens and romantic courtyards in full bloom for spring. Plus, there's plenty going on in the city in April to lure your out-of-town guests here for your big day with a promise of big fun on the side. Here's what's up.
While we don't recommend pinching tails and sucking heads in a white wedding gown, a pre- or post-wedding crawfish boil can be a lot of fun. Your guests will bask in your love for each other while falling in love with New Orleans culture.
April is peak festival season in New Orleans. It's already shorts weather but it's not so hot and humid that you want to hold your breath when you move from the air-conditioned cab to the air-conditioned hotel. Over the last few years, French Quarter Festival has become hugely popular with more than 500,000 people attending the free, four-day event which will be held April 12-15 this year. French Quarter Festival will be celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2018 on more than 30 stages throughout the Vieux Carré. Check out who's playing.
Every year, Jazz Fest takes place during the last week of April and the first week of May. We can't think of anything better than spending your honeymoon with local New Orleans legends and big-name stars like Aretha Franklin, Sting, Aerosmith, Jimmy Buffett, Beck, Jack White, David Byrne, Lione Richie, Anita Baker and Bonnie Raitt. The food alone is reason enough to make the pilgrimage to New Orleans this spring. Check out these Jazz Fest Tips from Best New Orleans Hotels, and see the 2018 Jazz Fest Line Up. You'll want to come back year after year to celebrate your anniverary at Jazz Fest.