Located on Elysian Fields, the park anchors Frenchmen Street, known for its incredible music venues. It was named Washington Square Park in 1838 after the Washington 141st Field Artillery Regiment, but it has been around since the early 1800's in the Faubourg Marigny, one of New Orleans' earliest suburbs. The park is a peaceful place, lined with benches for relaxation and a beautiful spot to meet up with friends and enjoy the shade of the historic oak trees. You can find street performers playing music or juggling in and around the area. It also occasionally hosts special events such as festivals, art markets and concerts.