Each spring, thousands of attendees from near and far make their way to New Orleans’ historic French Quarter for the annual French Quarter Festival. This massive celebration highlights the food, music, art and culture of this beloved neighborhood. From the Riverfront all the way to Jackson Square guests can indulge in countless locals bites, live music performances, and special events and activities.
Now in its 37th year, the 2020 French Quarter Festival takes place April 16-19. See what’s in store for this year below.
French Quarter Fest Music Lineup
The four-day festival showcases over 300 musical acts across 20 stages throughout the French Quarter. The lineup includes a mixture of traditional and contemporary jazz, R&B, New Orleans funk, brass bands, folk, gospel, Latin, Zydeco, classical, cabaret, and international.
The 2020 French Quarter Festival lineup includes performances by:
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Little Freddie King
Mikhala “Jazz Muffin” Iversen
Papo y Son Mando
Robin Barnes & the Fiyabirds
St. Augustine Marching 100
The Nayo Jones Experience
The Original Pinettes Brass Band
Plus many many more! For a full lineup plus performances by day, visit HERE.
French Quarter Festival Food Vendors
In addition to nonstop live music, guests can make their way throughout the miles-long stretch of festival to indulge in the many delicious eats that the French Quarter has to offer. From savory to sweet and downright different, there’s always something delectable to try at FQF.
A few notable 2020 FQF vendors include:
Loretta’s Authentic Pralines
Plum Street Snowballs
Red Fish Grill
The Blue Crab
The Big Cheezy
And several more. Browse the full list of vendors HERE for previews of menus and where they’ll be located at the fest.
French Quarter Festival - Special Events
Beyond the delicious foods and lively performances, French Quarter Festivals Inc., works diligently each year to craft special events and experiences for festgoers. The annual FQF kickoff second line, various dance lessons, children’s zones and more are among the special events that guests can participate in. Stay tuned for more additions HERE.
French Quarter Fest Tickets
As always, the French Quarter Festival is FREE and open to the public. The only costs are for food, beverage, and merchandise purchases on festival grounds, and certain off-site special events.
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.