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“Giants of Jazz: Art…

May 22 - Dec 17, 2017
This spring, art and music converge as The Historic New Orleans Collection… more

Cecilia Vicuña: About…

May 22 - Jun 18, 2017
Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen traces the artist’s long career to… more

David Hansen's Garden…

May 22, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Monday Blues

May 22, 2017 - Jan 05, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Get your live local blues fix with Sean Riley. more

New Orleans Museum of…

May 22 - Oct 8, 2017
Jim Steg (American, 1922 -2001) was the most influential printmaker to be based… more

New Orleans Museum of…

May 22 - Oct 1, 2017
In celebration of beloved chef, civil rights activist, and art collector Leah… more

New Orleans Museum of…

May 22 - Oct 8, 2017
Paintings from throughout Scully's career are presented with a selection of… more

Newcomb Art Museum -…

May 22 - Jul 9, 2017
Spanning several generations, five Puerto Rico-based artists Zilia… more

Senga Nengudi:…

May 22 - Jun 18, 2017
In 1975, artist Senga Nengudi began a series of sculptures, entitled R.S.V.P.,… more

The Georgian…

May 22 - Oct 16, 2017
For more than a century, a King George sat on the British throne. The Georgian… more

The Historic New…

May 22 - Oct 21, 2017
The Historic New Orleans Collection's Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for… more

The Irish House…

May 22, 2017
This is the Biggest Irish Music Session in the south. On a Night you will see… more

The Maison Presents -…

May 22 - Jul 31, 2017
The Royal Roses grew out of the rich resurgence that traditional jazz is seeing… more

The Somerton Suitcase…

May 22, 2017
The Somerton Suitcase is live every Monday night at VASO on Frenchmen St. Catch… more

"Organ & Labyrinth"-…

May 23 - 30, 2017
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Beyond the Canvas:…

May 23 - Jul 9, 2017
Spanning several generations, five Puerto Rico-based artists Zilia… more

Singer/Songerwriter…

May 23, 2017 - Jan 06, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. House of Blues New Orleans hosts a new weekly… more

The All-Star…

May 23 - 30, 2017
The only Classic Americana show of its kind in New Orleans, each week featuring… more

Chicken on the Bone…

May 24 - Dec 6, 2017
Want to enjoy some nightlife? No trip to New Orleans is complete if you have… more

Comedy Gold hosted by…

May 24, 2017 - Jan 07, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages (content may not be appropriate for all ages).… more

“Giants of Jazz: Art…

May 22 - Dec 17, 2017
This spring, art and music converge as The Historic New Orleans Collection… more

Guide to the French Quarter Festival - Kick Off to New Orleans’ 2017 Festival Season

Break out the party hats. Clink your glasses in celebration. 2017 marks the 34th anniversary of the French Quarter Festival.

Back in 1984, this music event began as a small, neighborhood festival geared towards locals. Today, it has grown to host more than half a million locals and out-of-town visitors.

There's much to love about this longtime festival favorite, like its 23 stages and 400-plus hours of live entertainment. But a large part of its popularity is due to its price tag—it's absolutely free to hear all of that outstanding music! It is known as the South's largest free music festival. 

Here's what you need to know about the 2017 French Quarter Festival:

Save the Date

April 6-9, 2017

Where Is It?

The festival takes place throughout the French Quarter, with stages and events between Bourbon Street and the Mississippi Riverfront, spanning from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue.

How To Get There

Take a New Orleans streetcar or bus to the venue. Or ride a bike and take advantage of the bike parking. Learn more about transporation options to the festival. 

Music Lineup

You won't believe the variety of music you'll hear at this festival, from traditional jazz to New Orleans funk and classical to zydeco. Here are a just a few of the notable artists performing this year: Amanda Shaw, Irma Thomas, Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, Aaron Neville, The Dixie Cups, Cubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, The Soul Rebels, the all-female Original Pinettes Brass Band, John "Papa" Gros and so, so, so many more. Get the full line up here

What To Eat

Though the event is free, you definitely want to bring your wallet to enjoy the amazing festival foods. Make sure you visit each of the food and beverage zones to eat the best of the best from New Orleans. Vendors will be located in Jackson Square, the Jax Brewery parking lot, the Woldenberg Riverfront Areas and the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint.

Feast on cochon de lait po'boys, boiled crawfish and snoballs. Sip on Abita Beer, Pat O'Brien's Hurricanes and more. This is a great opportunity to sample a variety of New Orleans' best dine-in restaurants, like Galatoire's, Broussard's, Antoine's and Court of Two Sisters. More than 60 food vendors will be on hand. 

Get Your Groove On

Check out the free dance lessons at the French Market Traditional Jazz Stage, the Chevron Cajun/Zydeco Stage and the Children's Stage.

Best Way To Stay In-the-Know

Get the free French Quarter Festival app, available for iPhone and Android. Receive up-to-the-minute announcements, music schedules, menus, shuttle information and more.

Where To Stay

Search our listings for a variety of affordable New Orleans accommodations.