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A Louisiana Parlor:…

Aug 30 - Oct 11, 2015
This exhibition is in celebration of the acquisition of a superb Rococo Revival… more

Ashe Cultural Arts…

Aug 30 - Oct 4, 2015
Join us for Ashe to Amen: the Enduring Spirituality of People of African… more

Ashe Cultural Arts…

Aug 30 - Oct 4, 2015
Join us for Ashe to Amen: the Enduring Spirituality of People of African… more

COOLinary New Orleans…

Aug 30 - 31, 2015
It is going to be a delicious summer!  During the month of August, enjoy… more

Longue Vue House and…

Aug 30 - Oct 11, 2015
For the 10th Anniversary of the storm, Longue Vue will commemorate the revival… more

Louisiana SPCA’s…

Aug 30 - 31, 2015
In memory of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Louisiana SPCA is… more

New Orleans Museum…

Aug 30 - 30, 2015
New Orleans Museum Month, now in its second year, is a collaboration between… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Aug 30 - Sep 7, 2015
Ten Years Gone brings together six artists whose work engages with the broad… more

New Orleans Saints vs…

Aug 30 - 30, 2015
The New Orleans Saints kickoff their first preseason home game in the… more

NOBA Hosts…

Aug 30 - Sep 26, 2015
The New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) in partnership with Chalmette… more

NOBA's tuition-free…

Aug 30 - Sep 25, 2015
Beginning this weekend, the NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance, along with other NOBA… more

Pass It On -The Past…

Aug 30 - 30, 2015
Liberation Nation and Beats & Brushstrokes present The Past We Inherit; the… more

The Foundation…

Aug 30 - 31, 2015
The Foundation Gallery is thrilled to present Botanical Explorations, new work… more

The Sweat Social…

Aug 30 - Dec 20, 2015
Designed for wellness travelers visiting New Orleans, the Sweat Social offers… more

FestiGals Presents…

Aug 31 - 31, 2015
Don't sit on the sidelines this football season! Come learn how to get in the… more

Tai Chi/Chi Kung

Aug 31 - 31, 2015
NOMA, in collaboration with the East Jefferson Wellness Center offers wellness… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Sep 1 - 29, 2015
Join us for live entertainment featuring the Grammy Award winning ReBirth Brass… more

Pint Night

Sep 1 - 29, 2015
Join us every Tuesday at the Irish House for Pint Night.   more

The Historic New…

Sep 01, 2015 - Jan 09, 2016
The Historic New Orleans Collection marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane… more

The Katrina Decade:…

Sep 01, 2015 - Jan 09, 2016
The Historic New Orleans Collection marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane… more

A Louisiana Parlor:…

Aug 30 - Oct 11, 2015
This exhibition is in celebration of the acquisition of a superb Rococo Revival… more

Guide to the French Quarter Festival - Kick Off to New Orleans’ 2015 Festival Season

Break out the party hats. Clink your glasses in celebration. 2015 marks the 32nd anniversary of the French Quarter Festival.

Back in 1984, this music event began as a small, neighborhood festival that organizers hoped would lure local residents back to the French Quarter. 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 2015 French Quarter Festival:

Save the Date

April 9-12, 2015

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 streetcar or bus. Or ride the free Capital One Bank Second Line Shuttle, which departs from the Central Business District.

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, Charmaine Neville, The Dukes of Dixieland, Irma Thomas, New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings 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, Jax Lot, the 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. 

What's New

Along with dozens of new acts, 2015 welcomes Allen Toussaint to the festival. Toussaint is one of the most influencial figures in New Orleans R&B and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011. Catch Toussaint on Thursday, April 9 at 3:45 p.m. on the Abita stage. Get there early to hear the Rebirth Brass Band and stay after Toussaint's performance to hear the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.  Get the full music line up.

Get Your Groove On

Check out the free dance lessons at the French Market Traditional Jazz Stage, the 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.