Apr 18, 2024 - Things to Do

Turtle parade, 4/20 festivals and more things to do

Photo shows a man dressed in a red cape pulling a turtle-themed float.

Cocktail the turtle was a star in Brennan's Krewe of Turtles parade last year. Photo: Carlie Kollath Wells/Axios

New Orleans has it all this weekend, from marijuana festivals to live music and a parade celebrating turtles.

Here are some ideas for things to do.


๐ŸŽญ Xavier University stages "The Pirates of Portsmouth" opera on Thursday and Friday. (Details)

๐Ÿ‘— "Symphony of the Sown" is an avant-garde fashion event at NOMA's Besthoff Sculpture Garden. It's free. (Details)

๐Ÿท Nonna Randazzo's hosts an after-hours wine dinner. (Details)

๐Ÿคฉ Claybourne Elder, star of the stage and screen, is at NOCCA's Lupin Hall. (Details)


๐Ÿ€ The Pelicans play the Sacramento Kings at the Smoothie King Center in a last-ditch effort at landing a spot in the playoffs. (Details)

โš“๏ธ The Bucktown Seafood Festival is all weekend at St. Louis King of France School. (Details)

๐Ÿดโ€โ˜ ๏ธ The NOLA Pirate Pub Krawl winds through the Quarter. (Details)

๐Ÿ„ "Alice ... Dreaming of Wonderland" is at the Lafon Arts Center with a circus of surprises and live music. (Details)

๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ Taylor Swift Night is at the House of Blues. (Details)

๐ŸŽค Delgado Foundation hosts a celebrity roast of Michael Hecht, GNO Inc.'s president and CEO. (Details)

๐ŸŽธ ChazFest returns to the Broadside with live music and food. (Details)


๐Ÿข The Krewe of Turtles parade rolls through the French Quarter at 10:30am and ends at Brennan's. PSA: It's a fast parade so be on time. (Details)

๐Ÿถ Mid City Mid Fest is a 4/20 celebration of marijuana, music, art, food and dogs at Bayou Wine Garden. (Details)

๐Ÿšฌ LA420, a new cannabis-themed festival, is at Washington Square Park with music, food and education. (Details)

๐ŸŽฅ An HBO documentary called "The Welcome Table" films its final scene near Music Box Village and needs extras. (Details)

๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท The Croatian Fest is in Belle Chasse. (Details)

๐Ÿงฉ The Autism Festival is at Westwego Farmers Market. (Details)

๐Ÿ“š Friends of the New Orleans Public Library hosts its annual used book sale. (Details)

๐Ÿฉฐ Parsons Dance with The Allen Toussaint Orchestra is at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. (Tickets)

๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ The Historic New Orleans Collection holds a race-style game that pits teams against each other to solve a historical French Quarter mystery. (Details)

๐ŸŽ๏ธ NOLA Motorsports Park hosts "Cars & Coffee" for car enthusiasts to show off their rides. It's free. (Details)

๐Ÿชถ Longue Vue Gardens hosts a 460th birthday bash for William Shakespeare. (Details)


๐Ÿ๏ธ "Moana Jr." is at Rivertown Theater in Kenner. (Tickets)


๐ŸดSaba adds Seder plate offerings during Passover. (Details)

๐Ÿšฎ City Park Conservancy hosts an Earth Day of Service cleanup. (Details)

Looking ahead:

  • Swing in the Oaks is Wednesday at City Park. (Details)
  • Bianca Del Rio is at Mahalia Jackson Theater on Wednesday. (Details)

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