New Orleans in April

If you’re looking for a fun and exciting travel destination in April, look no further than New Orleans, Louisiana! This vibrant city comes to life in the springtime, with temperatures averaging in the mid-70s and plenty of things to do.

From world-famous jazz festivals to mouth-watering Cajun cuisine, there’s something for everyone in New Orleans.

With all travel, though, there are pros and cons. As frequent travelers to the Crescent City in April, we have all the need-to-know details. Keep reading for more!

Tour Tips for April

Is April a Good Time to Visit New Orleans?

April is an excellent time to visit New Orleans. The city comes alive in the springtime, with perfect temperatures for exploring many attractions. The average temperatures are pleasant, it’s not too hot and there are no tropical storms yet.

All this makes April the perfect time of year to take in all the city’s sights and sounds. It’s actually the last month before the temperature starts rising into the 80s and above.

A downside can be the higher crowds during this month. We provide you with tips on how to plan an April visit later.

Is April Cold in New Orleans?

During April you won’t feel cold in New Orleans. The average highs reach 80 degrees Fahrenheit and it’s a great time of year to explore the city’s French Quarter, take a stroll along the Mississippi River, and enjoy world-class jazz clubs.

Weather

During April, New Orleans is mainly warm with average high temperatures from 76°F to 82°F (24-28°C), and averages lows of 61°F (16°C). There is less rain compared to the upcoming months, and the weather is more predictable. It’s a perfect time for being outdoors.

Keep in mind that the temperature rises throughout the month so that can affect what you may want to pack or do. More clothing tips later.

  • Early April: 76°F (24°C)
  • Mid-April: 79°F (26°C)
  • Late April: 82°F (28°C)

The temperatures are warm enough during the day to dress comfortably without a lot of bulk. More on clothing later.

Temperature progression on a typical day:

  • Morning (8 AM): 69°F
  • Afternoon (3 PM) 79°F
  • Evening (10 PM): 71°F

The sun is often out. However, there may be a rain shower here and there, but it won’t last long, and you can be out and about again in no time.

April is also a great month for outdoor activities, as it can often get too hot and humid in the upcoming summer months to enjoy. It’s an excellent time for jazzy and boozy steamboat cruises, festivals, and outdoor restaurants.

Local Opinion: This is a perfect month to enjoy all the outdoor activities New Orleans has to offer. There’s not as much rain, the temperature is wonderful, and there’s still no humidity. This is an excellent month to enjoy courtyard dining, riverboat cruises, and festivals like the world-famous JazzFest.

Rain

With hurricane season lasting from June 1st-November 30th, this is one of the best months to go to avoid tropical storms and hurricanes. You’re also less likely to experience the spring rain showers and have more time to get outside and enjoy New Orleans.

April is one of the months that rain is least likely to interrupt your French Quarter plans. Moreover, it’s mostly scattered rain showers that pass quickly.

What to Wear | Packing List

When it comes to what to wear in the Crescent City, there are no hard and fast rules.

During April in New Orleans, layering is a good idea as the temperature can vary greatly during the day. A light jacket or sweater is recommended for evenings, as temperatures can drop into the low 60s (15°C). Don’t forget to bring comfortable shoes – you’ll be doing a lot of walking!

When it comes to dressing appropriately for a visit to New Orleans, the best bet is to dress in comfortable and breathable clothing that allows you to experience the city comfortably. Casual attire such as shorts, jeans and t-shirts, or sundresses are all suitable options during the day. You’ll want to bring a light sweater or jacket for cooler evenings.

💡 Walking is the most common way to navigate the French Quarter, and the old brick sidewalks can often be uneven, making it easy to trip or stumble. Comfortable shoes are a must if you’re exploring New Orleans.

The dress code in New Orleans can be anywhere from jeans or shorts and a t-shirt to suits and dresses at a five-star restaurant. It all depends on the experience you want to have while you’re in town. It pays to check the dress code, and we were once unable to dine in a restaurant because we were wearing flip-flops.

If you’re planning on going later in the month, such as for JazzFest, which is typically in late April, you’ll want to pack lighter clothes like t-shirts and shorts or capris, as the temperatures in the afternoons can be in the high 70’s or low 80’s.

Local Opinion: If you’re planning on attending JazzFest, be sure to wear layers and comfortable shoes. You’ll want to visit several different stages spread out across the park, so you’ll want to be suitably attired for that.

Your favorite musician t-shirt would definitely be a great fit as well! Don’t have one? There are sure to be vendors at the festival or at the French Market for you to buy one (or two!)

Please note that there’s a lot of sun and not a lot of shade at the park, so you may want to bring a hat, definitely sunglasses, and sunscreen!

What should you pack to wear for your trip?

  • Light layers. Jeans, t-shirts, sweatshirts or sweaters. Hooded jackets are great because you can take it on and off easily, and you can put your keys and other important items in the front pockets.
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Jacket
  • Umbrella. The easier to carry, the better.
  • If you’re planning on dining out at a nicer restaurant, you’ll need the appropriate clothes for that.
  • Backpack. This is useful for carrying any items you may purchase throughout the day or anything you need to carry. DO NOT carry any valuables in here, as pickpocketing is common in the French Quarter.

How Busy/Crowds/Rates

In 2022, 475,000 tourists came to enjoy Jazzfest. This is roughly half of the million people that come to revel in the decadence that is Mardi Gras. During Jazzfest, the French Quarter and surrounding areas like Frenchman Street, the Garden District, and the Warehouse District will be busy.

The JazzFest (official name: Jazz & Heritage Festival) usually takes place in the last week of April until early May.

You’ll want to check for reservations at the smaller and more popular places or be prepared to wait in line. Again, this is where comfortable shoes and clothing come in.

If you do go during Jazzfest, it will be crowded and hard to move around the French Quarter,

Tip: Find out what the restaurants require. Always expect to wait at the Cafe’ Du Monde, no matter what time of year it is.

Local Opinion: Research is your friend here. Make a plan ahead of time for meals. Browse menus and check websites to see if they accept reservations and make them in advance. If your ideal places are already booked, check review sites for other places you might enjoy, but didn’t think about or know about.

Hotel Search: Check hotel deals here (sort by price and review): New Orleans via booking.com  and save the link if you found one.

New Orleans is generally always busy on the weekends. If you’re looking for a quieter visit, you may want to plan your trip during the week, when local establishments and the French Quarter aren’t so busy.

Things to Do | Tours and Attractions

There are plenty of activities to enjoy in New Orleans during April. There are also walking tours, ghost tours, and steamboat cruises available for visitors. For those looking for something a bit more adventurous, you can take a swamp tour or visit some of the local plantations.

Steamboat Cruise

April is a perfect time to take a steamboat cruise. The weather is warm, but not too hot, and the sun is more apt to shine. You’ll definitely enjoy standing or sitting by the rails with a beverage in your hand.

You will feel like you stepped back into time when you board the boat as jazz music plays and the whistle sounds out across the French Quarter.

If you’re looking for a fun and relaxing way to experience New Orleans, take a steamboat cruise down the Mississippi River. These cruises are especially popular in April when the weather is perfect for enjoying the view from the river.

Best time: The weather is best during the day when the sun is out, and that’s the best time to see the sites. If you’re looking for something more romantic, the dinner or evening cruise may be more suited to your needs.

Ghost Tours

New Orleans is well-known for its ghosts and hauntings, and there are plenty of ghost tours available to explore the city’s spooky side. These tours are great for those who want to learn more about the city’s history and legends. If you dare!

Local Opinion: Be sure to pick one that takes you to the oldest bar in New Orleans, Jean Lafitte’s Blacksmith’s Shop. This is one of our favorite “haunts”. It’s said that the fireplace is haunted by the pirate Jean Lafitte. We’ve never seen a ghost there, but the ambiance is fun and creepy.

Plantation Tours

There are several plantations around New Orleans that are worth visiting. Some of the most popular ones are the Oak Alley Plantation, the Laura Plantation, and the Destrehan Plantation. These plantations offer a glimpse into Louisiana’s history and culture, and they’re a great way to learn more about the state’s plantation era.

Local Opinion: Oak Alley’s tree-lined driveway has inspired many scenes in movies and novels. It’s a must-see if you’re taking a plantation tour. And if you’re lucky, a steamboat is docked just across the levee and you can see that as well!

Events

Jazzfest

Every spring, the city of New Orleans hosts its annual Jazz & Heritage Festival, featuring some of the world’s best jazz musicians. This is a great opportunity to experience the city’s unique culture and history! Jimmy Buffet, Norah Jones, Melissa Etheridge, and many more popular artists have graced the stages at this popular event.

French Quarter Festival

The French Quarter Festival is held each April in New Orleans, with live music, food, art and more. It’s one of the largest free festivals in the United States and is a great way to experience the city’s joi de vivre!

Summary

If you’re planning a trip to New Orleans in April, you won’t be disappointed. The perfect temperature and plenty of activities make it an ideal time to visit this unique city. Pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable trip!

Laissez les bons temps rouler!–Let the good times roll!

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