No better way to celebrate all things New Orleans than attending French Quarter Fest! This FREE four-day festival has the best of New Orleans music, food and festival fun. From April 11- April 14, head to the French Quarter to rock your way through the weekend.
French Quarter Festival History
This festival has charmed New Orleanians since it first began in 1984, designed to remind locals how fabulous and fun the French Quarter can be. Stages are set up at every corner, food from the city’s finest restaurants fill booths in Jackson Square and beyond. It was a secret for a while, rewarding tourists who happened to be in town anyway the second weekend in April. Now this grand fete has evolved into something everyone adores – visitors and locals alike.
French Quarter Festival Music
Nearly two dozen stages rock the French Quarter and surrounding areas throughout the four-day weekend, starting early in the day and going on through the night. The 2019 festival is debuting a new stage, the Pan-American Life Insurance Group Stage, on the riverfront moonwalk across from Jackson Square.
Although the stages will be rockin' throughout the day, the Chevron Stage is adding some music into the night. On Decatur Street, enjoy a closing concert at 5:30pm on Thursday and Sunday and at 7pm on Friday and Saturday.
The lineup includes: Irma Thomas, Sweet Crude, Galactic, Fredy Omar con su Banda, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers, Little Freddie King, Bonerama, Walter Wolfman Washington and the Roadmasters, Amanda Shaw, Brass-A-Holics, Cyril Neville & Swamp Funk, Darcy Malone and the Tangle, Jeremy Davenport, Big 6 Brass Bands, Flow Tribe, and many, many more!
See the official website for a full schedule.
French Quarter Festival Food and Drink
Bring your appetite to the festival's signature event, the "world's largest jazz brunch" in Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Jackson Square and nearby-- a tantalizing spread of beverages and specialty items from some of the best known restaurants in the Crescent City. Sample Pat O'Brien's Hurricanes, Barbecue Oysters from Red Fish Grill, Prime Rib Po-boy from the Rib Room, Baked Alaska from Antoine’s, Shrimp Remoulade from Galatoire’s and Oysters Rockefeller from Desire Oyster Bar. You can’t try all the restaurants individually during one trip to New Orleans but you can try a lot of them during this weekend. There’s jambalaya, blackened catfish po-boys, crawfish étouffée, Cajun meat pies, deep fried cupcakes, white chocolate bread pudding, soft shell crab and more. More than 60 food and beverage booths are scattered throughout the historic French Quarter and the riverfront. All dishes are priced to sample and savor.
New in 2019, a reusable beer cup will be available to help with our carbon footprint. Pick one up to use and to keep as a souvenir!
Check out where each vendor is located on the official website.
The festival always kicks off with a parade on the 100 block of Bourbon Street. Join the second-line to Jackson Square on April 11th at 10am.
French Quarter Festival also features dance lessons, lectures, a children's STEM zone, crafts, art vendors and more.
Also new in 2019, French Quarter Fest has partnered with KultureCity to have a sensory inclusive program for attendees with autism, PTSD and other conditions. More information can be found at a station near the Audubon Aquarium.