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29th Annual Fall…

Aug 26 - 28, 2016
This year’s show will feature exhibitors who have the latest products in… more

COOLinary New Orleans…

Aug 26 - 31, 2016
It is going to be a delicious summer!  During the month of August, enjoy… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Aug 26, 2016
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

End of the Rainbow…

Aug 26 - Sep 26, 2016
Come join for the exhibition of  End of the Rainbow, which is an extension… more

Entergy Giant Screen…

Aug 26 - Sep 6, 2016
When Dory said "just keep swimming" in 2003's Oscar®-winning film… more

House of Blues…

Aug 26 - Dec 30, 2016
Every Friday join us in the Voodoo Garden for live music, beer and drink… more

New Orleans Museum…

Aug 26 - 31, 2016
New Orleans Museum Month, now in its third year, is a collaboration between… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Aug 26 - 26, 2016
In conjunction with NOMA's special exhibition The Essence of Things:Design and… more

New Orleans Saints vs…

Aug 26 - 26, 2016
The New Orleans Saints kickoff their first preseason home game in the… more

Ogden Museum Presents…

Aug 26 - Sep 18, 2016
Join us at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art  for the exhibiition,… more

Stoned vs Drunk vs…

Aug 26 - 26, 2016
Join us at the New Movement for a stand -up comedy challenge. Also, enjoy… more

The Franchise

Aug 26 - Dec 30, 2016
The best of the cream of the crop. A showcase of the heavyweights. The… more

United States Marine…

Aug 26 - 28, 2016
Join us for Vietnam Wall in City Park. Veterans and active duty members of… more

“The National WWII…

Aug 27 - 27, 2016
The French Market welcomes The National WWII Museum's Victory Belles back to… more

Abita Springs Opry at…

Aug 27 - 27, 2016
The Abita Springs Opry returns to the French Market Farmers Market Every… more

Alliance Française…

Aug 27 - 27, 2016
Join us for our annual Fall Open House on August 27 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm to… more

Backyard Grooves

Aug 27, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages.   more

Didn't Wash Us Away: …

Aug 27 - 27, 2016
Join us for the Book Signing and Reception for Didn't Wash Us Away:… more

Double Dose

Aug 27, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
ActionActionReaction and friends keep the dance floor energized with mixes of… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Aug 27 - 27, 2016
Come join us at the Royal Sonesta for Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse featuring… more

29th Annual Fall…

Aug 26 - 28, 2016
This year’s show will feature exhibitors who have the latest products in… 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.