Don’t miss the French Quarter Festival, a favorite among New Orleans locals and visitors, from April 21 to April 24. The French Quarter Fest is a FREE annual music festival held in the French Quarter with endless amounts of Louisiana food, fun, and music! The fest will feature more than 60 food and beverage booths scattered throughout the French Quarter and more than 20 stages, featuring more than 300 Louisiana performers throughout the three-day weekend festival.

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Festival Facts

French Quarter Festival was first produced in 1984 as a way to bring residents back to the Quarter following the World’s Fair and extensive sidewalk repairs in the French Quarter.

More than 1,500 community volunteers help to make the festival a success.

French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is a private, non-profit 501c(3) organization.

Chief funding sources are sponsorships, beverage and merchandise sales, vendor fees, and annual Gala.

More than 20 stages throughout the French Quarter celebrate local music and represent every genre from traditional and contemporary jazz to R&B, New Orleans funk, brass bands, folk, gospel, Latin, Zydeco, classical, cabaret, and international.

New Orleans’s great restaurants serve food and beverages in Jackson Square, the Jazz Museum at the Mint, JAX Brewery, and Woldenberg Riverfront Park during French Quarter Festival weekend; Satchmo SummerFest hosts New Orleans restaurants with Louis Armstrong-inspired dishes and great local cuisine. Louisiana restaurants are invited to participate in these festivals.

French Quarter Festival has been consistently voted “favorite festival,” “favorite food festival,” and “favorite event open to the public” by locals.

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