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End of the Rainbow…

Sep 25 - 29, 2016
Come join for the exhibition of  End of the Rainbow, which is an extension… more

First Annual…

Sep 25 - Oct 4, 2016
Come out and learn the role the Black Panther Party played in the recovery of… more

Grand Golden Gamble

Sep 25 - 25, 2016
Longue Vue’s third annual Grand Golden Gamble fall fundraiser invites… more

Historic New Orleans…

Sep 25, 2016 - Apr 09, 2017
The Historic New Orleans Collection is gearing up for an exciting new… more

Mama's Music

Sep 25, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In Big Mama's Lounge. 21+ with valid photo I.D. 7-string guitarist Justin… more

Modgun by Robert…

Sep 25 - Dec 18, 2016
The public is invited to tour the newly installed ModGun by Robert Tannen, the… more

New Orleans Fried…

Sep 25 - 25, 2016
Join us for the first-ever Fried Chicken Festival. The free, outdoor… more

NOLA Horror Film Fest

Sep 25 - 25, 2016
The NOLA Horror Film Fest is a film festival created by horror filmmakers for… more

Pippin

Sep 25 - Oct 2, 2016
In the carnival circus of Charlemagne’s crusades, the young prince Pippin… more

Saenger Theatre…

Sep 25 - 25, 2016
Join us for the sensational season opener with a brand new production of THE… more

Steamboat NATCHEZ…

Sep 25 - 25, 2016
- New Orleans is a town rich in musical history and has long influenced musical… more

The New Movement…

Sep 25 - Dec 18, 2016
The future begins at Beta, as the latest talents emerging from TNM's… more

The New Movement…

Sep 25 - Dec 18, 2016
Sunday night is home to School Night at TNM - a show that features the… more

Trinity Artist Series…

Sep 25 - 25, 2016
Join us for Flutist Laura Patterson, percussionist Brittany Piatz, pianist… more

World Famous Gospel…

Sep 25 - Dec 25, 2016
Join us for our new Gospel Brunch experience which includes local talent… more

“A Building With A…

Sep 26 - 30, 2016
In 1974, roughly two years before the founding of the CAC, the artist Gordon… more

Big Easy Tradtional …

Sep 26 - 26, 2016
Join us for  the Biggest Irish Music Session in the south. This will be a… more

David Hansen's Garden…

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

House of Blues…

Sep 26 - Dec 26, 2016
Need a cure for your Monday Blues? Get a dose of free live local blues music by… more

House of Blues…

Sep 26 - Dec 26, 2016
Join Nicole Lynn Foxx and special guest comedian DC Paul every Monday night in… more

End of the Rainbow…

Sep 25 - 29, 2016
Come join for the exhibition of  End of the Rainbow, which is an extension… 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.