April Festivals

March 29-April 7

NOLA Pyrate Week Art, music, food, merchandise, wetlands cleanup, general swashbuckling for pirates and pirate lovers. The family-friendly parade is Friday in the French Quarter, at 6:30, beginning at St. Peter and Chartres Streets with a Louisiana Pyrate Wench Pageant, Pyrate Fashion Show, Merchants Market music on Saturday and Sunday at the Balcony Music Club. Some events are for those 21 and older. Various locations, New Orleans.

April 3, 10, 17, 24

YLC Wednesday at The Square If you're looking for some mid-week fun, Lafayette Square is the place to be. Join the YLC in the CBD, where New Orleans and Louisiana artists will hit the stage, bringing the sounds of jazz, R&B, brass band, new rhythms and more. When you're ready to take a break from dancing, browse the pop-up galleries for arts and crafts Food and drink tickets will be on sale. Grab a chair or a blanket and join locals for the biggest mid-week block party in the city. Admission: Free. Lafayette Square on St. Charles Avenue.

April 6

City Park Big Bass Fishing Rodeo and Fishtival
The country's oldest freshwater fishing contest for children and adults with music, crafts, exhibits, food, raffles, auctions and giveaways. Registration, 6-8 a.m., weigh-in at 11 a.m., with prizes awarded in five categories. The "fishtival" starts at 9 a.m. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children age 12 and younger. City Park, 1 Palm Drive,

Freret Street Festival Often referred to as the "New Orleans Revitalization Celebration," the Freret Street Festival celebrates all things new and upcoming in the Freret Neighborhood. More than 200 vendors with food, crafts and collectibles, inflatables and a petting zoo for kids, adoptable animals and four stages of music. Admission: Free. 4400-5300 blocks of Freret Street, between Napoleon and Jefferson.

Jammin' on Julia Support our arts district at this art walk with live music, libations and more. Galleries on Julia and Camp Streets will be showcasing their newest exhibitions, along with some local talent and customary cuisine unique to the arts district. Jammin' on Julia is the perfect way to kick off the festival season and support the arts. Admission: Free. Julia Street Arts District from St. Charles Avenue to Commerce Street.

April 11-14

French Quarter Festival Join locals in April as we celebrate French Quarter Festival's 30th birthday. Head to the French Quarter to experience one of the largest free music festivals in the south. More than 400 hours of live music from more than 1,300 local musicians will be performed on 21 outdoor stages. When you're not dancing, check out the world's largest jazz brunch, children's stage, patio tours, art shows, dance lessons, the music colloquium and more. Admission: Free. Woldenberg Park, New Orleans.

April 18, 25

Jazz in The Park Concert Series Louis Armstrong Park opens its gates to the public this April with the Jazz in the Park Concert Series. Local favorites Flow Tribe, James Andrews, Shannon Powell's All-Star Band and Glen David Andrews will be performing. Before the music ends, check out The Marketplace at Armstrong Park. Produce and crafts from local farmers will be on sale to promote the nutritional benefits of fresh food. Local favorites Flow Tribe, James Andrews, Shannon Powell's All-Star Band and Glen David Andrews will be performing. Admission: Free. Louis Armstrong Park, Basin at Marais.

April 20

Crawfest 2013 The annual music, food and arts festival will feature 25 local food and art vendors, more than 18,000 pounds of crawfish, and music by The Funky Meters, Stooges Brass Band, Mississippi Rail Company, Mia Borders, Kristin Diable, Honey Island Swamp Band, The Wild Magnolias and more. Admission: Free for music; Crawfish and unlimited soft drinks are $10 per person, $5 for children under 12; free for Tulane students, faculty and staff. Tulane University, 6823 St Charles Ave.

April 25-28

New Orleans Giant Puppet Festival A showcase of puppetry in a variety of sizes and styles. All events at Marigny Opera House are for all ages, and the Mudlark hosts adult-only nighttime performances on Friday and Saturday. Admission: $7-$20 per show. Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand, and Mudlark Public Theatre, 1200 Port St., New Orleans.

April 26

Zoo-to-Do for Kids The Audubon Nature Institute presents Zoo-to-Do, a child-friendly benefit party with music, crafts, games, an interactive video game center, inflatables and a tween tent. Entertainment also includes face painting, live music from local artists, strolling performers, and youth sports/cheerleading clinics. Admission: $25 ($20 members). Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St.

April 26-May 5

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Presented by Shell Jazz Fest features seven full days of music over two weekends by national acts, local and regional favorites on multiple stages. Contemporary and traditional crafts, abundant local foods, cultural programs and educational seminars will also be open to the public. Live recordings from your favorite artists will also be on sale. Admission: $65 at the gate. Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots, 1751 Gentilly Blvd.