Spring is the busiest time of year in the Crescent City. New Orleans is alive with unique festivals, beautiful weather, and celebrations of our world-famous cuisine.

Read on for 6 reasons why a springtime visit to New Orleans is a one-of-a-kind experience.

Festival Season

Springtime is the heart of festival season. And no matter what kind of festival you prefer, there’s probably one for you in New Orleans.

The mother of all NOLA festivals is Jazz Fest. From April 25 – May 5, Jazz Fest brings headliners like The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Katy Perry, Diana Ross and much more.

Other festivals to check out include:

BUKU Music + Art Project –  March 22 – 23

Hogs for the Cause – March 29 – 30

Freret Street Festival – April 6

French Quarter Fest –  April 11 – 14

Bayou Boogaloo – May 17 – 19

Beauty of the Outdoors

New Orleans’ natural landscape is alive and beautiful during the spring. The city is full of lovely parks and outdoor scenery just waiting to be enjoyed.

New Orleans’ largest park is City Park, a 1,300-acre park created in 1854. Inside the park, you’ll find the Botanical Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

Other beautiful outdoor locations to visit include:

Bayou St. John – Mid-City

Jackson Square – French Quarter

Audubon Park – Uptown

Crescent Park – French Market District

Photo by MeRyan via Wikimedia Commons

Family Friendly Activities

Whether you’re bringing the kids for a day out or having a peaceful spring day with your significant other, the Crescent City has lots of family-friendly things to do.

Check out these spots that are fun for the whole crew:

Louisiana Children’s Museum – 420 Julia Street

The Audubon Zoo – 6500 Magazine Street

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas – 1 Canal Street

Butterfly Garden and Insectarium – 423 Canal Street

Wednesday at the Square Concert Series – Lafayette Square

Boiled Crawfish

Every local knows that springtime means crawfish season! During your spring visit, take advantage of the boiled crawfish craze by visiting New Orleans’ crawdad-serving establishments.

Here are a few great spots for boiled crawfish:

Deanie’s Seafood – 841 Iberville Street

The Galley Seafood – 2535 Metairie Road

Bevi Seafood Co. – 236 Carrollton Avenue

Cajun Seafood – 2730 South Broad Avenue & 1479 North Claiborne Avenue

Don’t forget about Crawfish Mambo festival on May 11, where you can eat more than your fill as the season comes to a close.

Local Craft Beer

April 7 is National Beer Day, but springtime in the Crescent City could be called New Orleans Beer Season. Local craft breweries and outdoor bars offer refreshing drinks and scenery for a perfect spring afternoon with friends.

Try these breweries, beer gardens and taprooms:

NOLA Brewing – 3001 Tchoupitoulas Street

Urban South – 1645 Tchoupitoulas Street

Courtyard Brewery – 1020 Erato Street

Parleaux Beer Lab – 634 Lesseps Street

Bayou Beer Garden – 326 North Jefferson Davis Parkway

Springtime Fun at Hotel Monteleone

Your springtime experience in New Orleans isn’t complete without a visit to our historic French Quarter hotel.

Our renowned Carousel Bar & Lounge offers a world-class list of craft cocktails and a schedule of fantastic live local music.

Criollo, our in-house restaurant, offers a breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu of delicious Creole-inspired dishes.

We also host the annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, a week-long celebration of the legendary writer who believed he was “made for New Orleans.” Join us on March 27 – 31 for one of the most unique festivals in the Crescent City, and become part of the rich literary history of our elegant hotel.

Don’t Wait to Reserve Your Stay with Us this Spring!

This spring, let us be your gateway to the French Quarter and all that lies beyond it. Book now and start planning your unforgettable trip to New Orleans!