John Fluevog Opens in NOLA: In honor of his line’s 45th anniversary, John Fluevog will be opening his first Southern store in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Famous for his quirky and stylish footwear, Fluevog has been featured on the feet of celebrities like Jack White, Madonna, and most recently Beyoncé in her recently released Formation video. Enjoy cocktails with the designer himself April 7, in celebration of the boutique’s newest location. This event takes place from 6-9 p.m.
French Quarter Festival:
Listen: The 33rd annual French Quarter Festival takes off April 7 and lasts through the 10. The festival features 23 stages that’ll be placed throughout the French Quarter during this 4 day celebration. Over four hundred musical performances are scheduled to play during the festival, so musical genres like traditional and contemporary jazz, rhythm and blues, Cajun and zydeco, New Orleans funk, classical, swing, and rock can be heard from the square.
Eat: More than sixty food and beverage booths will be scattered around the historic quarter, where you can feast on New Orleans classics like jambalaya, crawfish étouffée, and beignets.
Do: In addition to the food and music, this year’s festival features special events like the Whitney Bank Film Festival, where you can catch a movie or documentary between musical acts. Professional dance lessons will be taught by the NOLA Jitterbugs and Dance Quarter, where you can learn the quick steps of everything from the 1920’s Charleston to the Cajun Jitterbug. Find out more special events going on here.
New Orleans Jazz Fest:
Listen: This momentous musical event takes place from April 22-May 1. Spanning over two separate weekends, you can catch musical acts like Pearl Jam, Stevie Wonder, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, just to name a few.
Eat: Dive deep into the rich heritage of Louisiana cooking with everything from fresh gulf seafood to mouthwatering muffuletta. This year’s food demonstrations highlight the rich flavor of the bayou state.
Do: You can buy crafts from local and global artisans in the Congo Square African Marketplace, the Heritage Marketplace, and the Louisiana Marketplace where you’ll find handmade paintings, pottery, jewelry, and even African drum carvings.
Learn: “Mahalia Jackson, often called the greatest gospel singer, returned to her hometown to appear at the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April of 1970. While attending the Louisiana Heritage Fair in Congo Square (then known as Beauregard Square), she and Duke Ellington, who also appeared at the event, came upon the Eureka Brass Band leading a crowd of second-line revelers through the Festival grounds. George Wein, producer of the Festival, handed Ms. Jackson a microphone, she sang along with the band and joined the parade…and the spirit of Jazz Fest was born” (nojazzfest.com).