From Thursday, April 9 through Sunday, April 12, French Quarter Festival will celebrate the culture, food, history, and people of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood. With more than 1,700 local Louisiana musicians on 23 different stages throughout the French Quarter and Woldenberg Park, French Quarter Fest is definitely a place for incredible free music. And wherever there’s a festival in New Orleans, there’s food.
Sample traditional New Orleans cuisine like cochon de lait po-boys, barbecue shrimp, and crawfish as you walk through Jackson Square, Royal Street, Bourbon Street, and back down to the riverfront. So many musicians and vendors make it impossible to see everything, but we have a few recommendations to make this year’s French Quarter Fest a memorable event:Prep for #frenchquarterfest with these handy tips Click To Tweet
Seek Out Smaller Stages
The big stages, such as the Abita stage at the riverfront and the Jackson Square stage in Jackson Square host major acts like Rebirth Brass Band and legendary musicians like Ellis Marsalis and Allen Toussaint. However, smaller stages and venues like the Cajun/Zydeco Showcase stage (which opens on Saturday) features traditional Cajun music and dance. Similarly, the French Market hosts swing-dancing lessons and live hot jazz music.
Leave A Little Lagniappe in the Tip Jar
We’ve already mentioned the food, but French Quarter Fest also has plenty of beverages including wine, cocktails, and daiquiris. Every beverage stand has a tip jar; proceeds from each jar are given directly to the musicians. Add money to show thanks to such awesome local talent (after all, the festival is free!).
How to Get There
With our location in the heart of the French Quarter, getting to French Quarter Festival is easy – simply walk! The festival is known for snarling traffic, but you’ll get there quickly and easily on foot. To get to Jackson Square, exit our hotel onto Iberville Street, then turn left on the next street, Chartres Street. Follow along Chartres Street until you see Jackson Square!
While French Quarter Festival is a spring festival, any day feels like a celebration when you’re staying in the city’s historic epicenter. We can’t wait to host your next stay!