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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do in New Orleans this Week

Runners line up at the start of Crescent City Classic (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

It’s the week before Jazz Fest and you might expect the city to be quiet in anticipation of the festivities. But this is New Orleans after all, and opportunities abound to get out and enjoy all the sunshine, great food and music that this glorious city has to offer.

Friday, April 22

Johnny Lang
This bluesy guitar player, although not from New Orleans, sounds like he should be! A grammy-award winning artist, Lang has toured with the likes of Buddy Guy, Aerosmith, B.B. King, Blues Traveler and Sting. This is one show you won’t want to miss! Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm.
House of Blues
225 Decatur Street
Tickets: $35 for general admission, standing room

Saturday, April 23

Arts Market of New Orleans

This monthly arts market features arts, fashion and crafts from local artists. The event is free and open to the public. And to celebrate Easter Weekend, this month’s market features an Egg Hunt for the kiddos. The hunt starts at 10am in front of the Kid’s Tent.
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Palmer Park, S. Carrollton and S. Claiborne Aves in Uptown.

Saturday, April 25

Crescent City Classic After Party
Come enjoy all the fun of this road race without breaking a sweat! The post-race party features great food, music and beverages. Over the years this party has featured many Grammy-winners, along with some of the best local acts that New Orleans has to offer. The party gets going around 9am and lasts until 1pm.
Admission: $5

Sunday, April 24

Chris Owens French Quarter Easter Parade
This is New Orleans and you know we can’t let any major holiday pass without a parade. So, yes, we have an Easter parade, complete with colorful floats, trinkets and marching bands!
Corner of Canal and Bourbon Streets

Thursday, April 28 (note: this event was moved from Wednesday due to weather concerns)

Swing in the Oaks – City Park
This annual free concert in the park is presented by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. What better way to enjoy music than sitting on the lovely Goldring Woldenberg Great Lawn at New Orleans City Park? After all, City Park was recently named as one of 12 of America’s Coolest City Parks by Travel and Leisure. Feel free to bring your own blanket, food and drink. Or, make it even easier on yourself and purchase your refreshments on site. Music starts at 5:30pm but get there early to grab a great picnic spot.

City Park
1 Palm Drive

So, these are our top picks for things to do in New Orleansthis week. Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

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