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Backyard Grooves

Jul 23, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages.   more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jul 23 - 23, 2016
Join us for live music with Piano Man Lucy Blackledge. more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jul 23 - 23, 2016
Join us for live music with Stevie J Blues Solo. more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jul 23 - 23, 2016
Join us for live music with BB King Allstar Band ft. Larry Johnson & Jonte… more

Carousel Gardens…

Jul 23 - 31, 2016
Now is a great time to buy your season pass. The season pass even gets you… more

Double Dose

Jul 23, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
ActionActionReaction and friends keep the dance floor energized with mixes of… more

Jazz Yoga with Susan…

Jul 23 - 30, 2016
Jazz Yoga with live meditative music by Peter Nu, continues at the Old U.S.… more

Mama's Music

Jul 23, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In Big Mama's Lounge. 21+ with valid photo I.D. 7-string guitarist Justin… more

Photo Exhibition -…

Jul 23 - 30, 2016
Join us for the Photo Exhibition - "MAAFA: The Past We Inherit; the Future… more

Rivertown Theaters…

Jul 23 - 24, 2016
Click your heels together and join the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and… more

Tales of the Cocktail

Jul 23 - 24, 2016
Join us for the 14th Annual Tales of the Cocktail Festival! Tales of the… more

The House of Groove

Jul 23, 2016
The House of Groove is a House Party and a live improvised musical journey… more

The Illusion

Jul 23 - Aug 6, 2016
Strange things happen when you wander into a magician’s cave. Pridamant,… more

The New Movement…

Jul 23, 2016 - May 23, 2026
Join us at the New Movement for  stand -up comedy show - Go… more

The New Movement…

Jul 23 - Dec 31, 2016
At each Megaphone Show, we invite a special guest/local… more

The New Movement…

Jul 23 - Dec 31, 2016
Chris Trew is joined on stage by two audience members chosen at random who have… more

A Method to Our…

Jul 24 - 24, 2016
Join us for the second event in our summer series: “A Roaster’s… more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jul 24 - 24, 2016
Join us for live music at the BB King's Blues Club with Jeremy Joyce. more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jul 24 - 24, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for Keith Stone Band. more

Soul Full Sunday…

Jul 24 - 24, 2016
Ashé Cultural Arts Center brings back the quarterly Sunday Brunch with… more

Backyard Grooves

Jul 23, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages.   more

Guide to the French Quarter Festival - Kick Off to New Orleans’ 2016 Festival Season

Break out the party hats. Clink your glasses in celebration. 2016 marks the 33nd 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 2016 French Quarter Festival:

Save the Date

April 7-10, 2016

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. Or ride a bike and take advantage of the bike parking or try the BeMyDD service. 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: Sasha Masakowski, Irvin Mayfield, The Dukes of Dixieland, Charmaine Neville, Amanda Shaw, Robin Barnes, 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. 

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.