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Art is the Driving…

Dec 9 - 30, 2016
Art has a power that reaches beyond personal visual expression. This exhibition… more

Celebration in the…

Dec 09, 2016 - Jan 01, 2017
City Park's annual holiday lighting exhibit and festival returns with one of… more

Chakula cha Jua…

Dec 9 - 9, 2016
What Could Happen Next? Is a two-act comedy play that the entire family can… more

Christmas in The…

Dec 9 - 31, 2016
Christmas in the Crevasse is now open featuring hayrides on 5 acres of farm… more

Christmas New Orleans…

Dec 9 - 31, 2016
There's no place like New Orleans for the holidays during Christmas New Orleans… more

Clarence John…

Dec 09, 2016 - Mar 25, 2017
A Louisiana native, Clarence John Laughlin (1905 - 1985) ranks among the most… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Dec 09, 2016
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Exhibition to feature…

Dec 09, 2016 - Mar 25, 2017
 The Historic New Orleans Collection will open its next exhibition,… more

Festival of the…

Dec 9 - 11, 2016
Enjoy great food, live entertainment, crafts, Santa's Very Merry Forest and… more

Free Photos with…

Dec 9 - 17, 2016
Enjoy cocoa, cookies, and free photos with Santa. The former site of the D.H.… more

Happier Hour Wine…

Dec 09, 2016 - Jun 30, 2017
Each week, we feature several wines from around the world along with small… more

Historic New Orleans…

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

Holiday Home and…

Dec 9 - 31, 2016
Just in time for the holiday season, The Historic New Orleans Collection will… more

Holiday Movies on the…

Dec 9 - 16, 2016
The Downtown Development District and Riverwalk present three weekends of free… more

House of Blues…

Dec 9 - 30, 2016
Every Friday join us in the Voodoo Garden for live music, beer and drink… more

Jefferson Performance…

Dec 9 - 11, 2016
The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged) is a fast paced, hysterical, whimsical… more

Jonathan Weiss Dark…

Dec 9 - 31, 2016
Tour company Jonathan Weiss Tours will donate 15% of proceeds during the month… more

Luna Fete: 2016

Dec 9 - 10, 2016
    LUNA (Light Up NOLA Arts) Fete returns this December to… more

Miracle on Fulton…

Dec 9 - 24, 2016
NOV 22 – DEC 24 Hourly Snowfall 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Gingerbread… more

Napoléon: General.…

Dec 09, 2016 - Jan 07, 2017
M.S. Rau Antiques will host a comprehensive exhibition Napoléon:… more

Art is the Driving…

Dec 9 - 30, 2016
Art has a power that reaches beyond personal visual expression. This exhibition… 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.