Apr 11, 2024 - Things to Do

French Quarter Fest, "Today" show filming and more things to do

An accordion player performs on stage at French Quarter Fest with a crowd of people behind them.

French Quarter Fest has 20 stages through Sunday with a variety of music. Photo: Zack Smith Photography/neworleans.com

French Quarter Fest, New Orleans' biggest free festival, kicks off Thursday.

  • Plus, there's the Strawberry Festival in Ponchatoula and plenty of other things to do this weekend.

Thursday

๐ŸŽถ French Quarter Fest runs through Sunday with music, food and good vibes. (Guide)

  • The kickoff parade is at 10am. It starts in the 200 block of Bourbon and heads to Jackson Square. (Details)

๐ŸŽฅ The "Today" show is filming in New Orleans this week with hosts Hoda and Jenna. Head to the New Orleans Jazz Museum by 7:15am if you want to be in the audience. (Details)

๐ŸŽบ The New Orleans Jazz Museum opens its new exhibit "Congo Square to the World: Early Jazz in New Orleans." (Details)

Friday

๐Ÿ“ The Strawberry Festival is in Ponchatoula this weekend. (Details)

๐Ÿค The Jean Lafitte Seafood Festival is through Sunday and celebrates the town's 50th anniversary. (Details)

๐ŸŽค Keyshia Cole and Trey Songz perform at the Smoothie King Center. (Tickets)

๐Ÿฉฐ "Swan Lake" is at the Orpheum. (Tickets)

๐Ÿชก The Gulf States Quilting Association has its biennial show Friday and Saturday in Slidell. (Details)

๐ŸŸ The Jeff Fish Fest & Rodeo kicks off at Lafreniere Park and ends Sunday. (Details)

๐ŸŽช The Big Bounce is at UNO through April 21. (Tickets)

๐Ÿน Take a tequila cocktail class at Birdy's Behind the Bower. (Tickets)

๐Ÿ๏ธ "Moana Jr." debuts at Rivertown Theater in Kenner. It runs through April 21. (Details)

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Trap Karaoke is at The Fillmore. (Details)

Saturday

๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ "The Rock Orchestra by Candlelight" is at The Fillmore. (Tickets)

๐ŸŽจ Michalopoulos Gallery hosts a party with art and music. (Details)

๐Ÿค  Chapel Hart performs at Tipitina's. (Tickets)

Sunday

๐Ÿพ The Ritz-Carlton hosts Mudbugs and Bubbles, an all-you-can-eat crawfish party in the courtyard with unlimited Veuve Clicquot. (Tickets)

๐ŸŽฃ Take A Kid Fishing Day is at Lafreniere Park with a fishing competition, food and crafts. (Details)

๐Ÿ› ๏ธ Dykes with Drills host a planter box workshop at Beanlandia. (Register)

๐ŸŒผ Pick flowers at Subtle Fields Farm in Lower Coast Algiers. The farm hosts u-pick events every Sunday through June 16. (Prices)

Go deeper: WWOZ's Livewire schedule for live music.

Editor's note: This story was updated Friday with additional events.

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