On the first Saturday in April, Freret Street comes alive with music, food, crafts and more during the annual Freret Street Festival. The festival takes place on the blocks between Napoleon Avenue and Soniat Street, and is fun for all ages.
There are four stages positioned along the street with sounds of rock, swamp pop, brass bands and other New Orleans sounds, as well as Mardi Gras Indians, dancers, second lines and other performers. The kids area includes inflatables, a petting zoo, alligator meet and greets, arts and crafts, clowns, and stilt walkers.
Shop the market for clothing, handcrafted jewelry, fine art, organic goods and much more. Food choices reflect the vibrant restaurant scene that is associated with Freret Street. From Creole dishes and pizza, to gelato and seafood, there variety of choices will leave your stomach happy.
Most of Freret Street is residential but between Napoleon and Jefferson avenues, a vibrant commercial corridor has emerged. Restaurants and shops have been moving into long-vacant storefronts and an arts district of sorts has sprung up. All the businesses are open during the festival and shop owners, artists and restaurant owners are excited to show off their goods. Many have special events and sales.
The Freret Street Festival is free and parking spaces may be found in nearby lots or on neighboring side streets. It is also in walking distance from the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line.