By L.A. Fougerousse
We all love Baton Rouge, but being stuck in your dorm or apartment for spring break can get you feeling stir crazy. Lucky for you, you happen to live just one hour away from one of the most unique and vibrant cities in the world. If you need a break from Netflix and napping, a trip to New Orleans will cure you of any Red Stick restlessness.
Now that you’re craving a cruise across the Bonne Carre, here’s a taste of what’s happening this weekend in the Big Easy.
French Quarter Fest
Come enjoy a day listening to great music, noshing on classic New Orleans cuisine, and exploring the city’s one-of-a-kind exhibitions of art and culture. Billed as the world’s largest block party, the 32nd annual French Quarter Festival is in full swing this weekend, April 9-12. Best of all—this fest is free!
Second in attendance only to Jazz Fest, this Crescent City celebration boasts more than 1,500 musical performances, over 60 different samplings of local fare, and scores of local artists displaying their unique work. With performances by Louisiana musicians representing almost every genre, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Throughout the weekend, you can learn to swing dance from professional instructors at the French Market Traditional Jazz Stage, or you can head over to Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre to catch a few NOLA-themed films. Want to get your crawfish fix? Saturday’s your chance to compete in the Rouses World Championship Crawfish Eating Contest at the Old U.S. Mint. Check out Pirates Alley on Sunday to browse the work of over 100 New Orleans artists and support local talent.
Restaurant Sampling in Jackson Square
For my favorite part of the fest, stroll towards the river to Jackson Square to taste some of the best food the Big Easy has to offer at the best prices. Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse will be serving up $8 deliciously messy Prime Rib Debris Po-Boys. For an update on a traditional Southern favorite, try K-Paul’s Chicken Grillades with Cheddar Cheese Grits. At $5, why not try it twice!
Ready for a cocktail? Need I ask? Pat O’Brien’s will be representing NOLA as they serve up their famous Hurricanes for $8. You can also try some sweet boozy treats from Plum Street Snowballs. For $5 Plum Street will spike your frozen snowball with Bacardi, sweet raspberry liqueur, tequila, or SoCo Caramel, serving up a summer childhood classic with an adult twist.
Of course, we want you to drive responsibly. Before you head home, walk off those Hurricanes by heading over to Woldenberg Park to watch the sun go down over the Mississippi.
For times, locations, and a complete list of all FQF has to offer, visit fqfi.org.