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GoNOLA Recommends: Top 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

As another round of holidays approaches, New Orleans is at the ready to throw down in typical fashion. Besides all the wonderful food to enjoy surrounding Easter and Passover in New Orleans, there are also adult scavenger hunts and unconventional Easter parades (as if there were an alternative). There are also plenty of non-affiliated events to enjoy, including two street festivals and a play!

Saturday, April 7:

The fabulous trophies you could win at NOLA Brewing's Easter Keg Hunt! (Photo courtesy of

1. Easter Keg Hunt – In New Orleans, kids aren’t the only ones who get to have fun with the Easter holiday. Adults are more than taken care of, with the Easter Keg Hunt presented by NOLA Brewing on the Saturday before Easter! The scavenger hunt leads participating teams through the Warehouse District on a search for clues to ultimately end up at the final destination where everyone will be rewarded with free beer and live bands. Awards will be given for Best team Name, Best Team Costume, Best Individual Costume and Last Place. Teams of two to six people can register online for $12 per person or for $15 per person the day of the event. Yay for adult scavenger hunts!

2. Freret Street Festival – Along six blocks of the up and booming Freret Street in Uptown New Orleans, the entertainment district will hold a festival, for no other reason than it’s festival season. The festival really encompasses the entire spectrum of NOLA-style fun, with more than 200 art and food vendors, and four stages of live music. Headliners include John Mooney, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes and Los Po-boy Citos. Not to mention, an adoption station for cats and dogs will be available, sponsored by Zeus’ Place. With a Kid Zone including mesmerizing inflatable playthings and a petting zoo, the entire family experience can be achieved.

Sunday, April 8:

3. Gay Easter Parade – The 13th Annual Official Gay Easter Parade is sure to be the highlight of anyone’s Easter Sunday celebration who attends. As every holiday is in New Orleans, naturally Easter is accompanied by a parade complete with Grand Marshalls in drag throwing out bunny and pastel-themed throws from frilly covered wagons into the crowd. The parade rolls along its traditional French Quarter route at 4:30 p.m. Check out all the other GLBT Easter fun going down in the Quarter, like the Chris Owens Easter Parade and the Easter Bonnet Contest at Good Friends Bar.

4. Jammin on Julia – The Saturday festival theme continues in the Warehouse District with a music and food extravaganza from 12 – 9 p.m. Jammin on Julia is a fundraiser for the New Orleans Art District Association that will close off five blocks of Julia St. in the heart of New Orleans’ downtown art district. The music lineup is stellar with stand outs, The Tin Men, Royal Teeth, Bonerama, Luke Winslow-King, to name a few. Afterwards, a multi-media party will follow showcasing some of New Orleans’ most promising creative industries. Best of all, this street festival is absolutely free!

See Streetcar Named Desire at the Michalopoulas Studio! (Photo courtesy of Southern Rep)

5. Streetcar Named DesireSouthern Rep presents Street Car Named Desire by the beloved New Orleans playwright, Tennessee Williams, performed at the Michalopoulos Studio – a stone’s throw away from Stella and Stanley’s Faubourg Marigny home in the play. Seeing one of the greatest American plays in the very city – and neighborhood, moreover – in which it’s set is a special experience, so don’t miss Streetcar’s run in New Orleans through April 15. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays – Saturdays and 3:00 p.m. for the Sunday matinee showings. Admission on Thursdays and Sundays is $29 and $35 on Fridays and Saturdays.