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Cecilia Vicuña: About…

Mar 29 - Jun 18, 2017
Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen traces the artist’s long career to… more

Comedy Gold hosted by…

Mar 29, 2017 - Jan 07, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages (content may not be appropriate for all ages).… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Mar 29, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Gordon Biersch…

Mar 29, 2017 - Feb 27, 2019
Come enjoy the  monthly Brewer's dinner where the Chef and Head Brewmaster… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Mar 29 - May 21, 2017
NOMA is organizing A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s in cooperation… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Mar 29 - Oct 1, 2017
In celebration of beloved chef, civil rights activist, and art collector Leah… more

Saenger Theatre…

Mar 29 - 29, 2017
He is one of popular music's most deeply revered figures, the main creative… more

Senga Nengudi:…

Mar 29 - Jun 18, 2017
In 1975, artist Senga Nengudi began a series of sculptures, entitled R.S.V.P.,… more

Sippin' In the…

Mar 29 - 29, 2017
Come and enjoy great food and entertainment in one of the most beautiful and… more

The Maison Presents -…

Mar 29 - Jul 26, 2017
The New Orleans Jazz Vipers play a free dinner show at The Maison every… more

YLC Wednesday at the…

Mar 29 - 29, 2017
Join us for the 18th Annual Wednesday at the Square. The 12-week concert series… more

Dividing the Estate

Mar 30 - Apr 15, 2017
The third regional premiere of our season is the winner of the Outer Critics… more

Heart of the House

Mar 30, 2017 - Jan 08, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Heart of the House puts the spotlight on House… more

Jazz in the Park 1st…

Mar 30 - Apr 2, 2017
Join us for the 1st Annual Treme Crab Festival! Festival go-ers will experience… more

Lilith in Loa…

Mar 30, 2017
From Laurel Canyon to the West Village, Nashville to New Orleans, the LOA Bar… more

RAW: New Orleans =…

Mar 30 - 30, 2017
Join us @ RAW: New Orleans for a local creative explosion of film, fashion,… more

SoFAB’s New Spring…

Mar 30 - Jun 1, 2017
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFAB) has just introduced its spring… more

Thursdays at Twilight…

Mar 30 - 30, 2017
This very popular series with an array of musicians and Mint Juleps will… more

Happier Hour Wine…

Mar 31 - Jun 30, 2017
Each week, we feature several wines from around the world along with small… more

Hogs for the Cause

Mar 31 - Apr 1, 2017
Join us for Hogs for the Cause, the nation’s premier fundraiser for… more

Cecilia Vicuña: About…

Mar 29 - Jun 18, 2017
Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen traces the artist’s long career to… 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.