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CANO & PhotoNOLA…

Feb 22 - 28, 2017
CANO is proud to announce our first photography exhibition in conjunction with… more

Clarence John…

Feb 22 - Mar 25, 2017
A Louisiana native, Clarence John Laughlin (1905 - 1985) ranks among the most… more

Comedy Gold hosted by…

Feb 22, 2017 - Jan 07, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages (content may not be appropriate for all ages).… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Feb 22, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Exhibition to feature…

Feb 22 - Mar 25, 2017
 The Historic New Orleans Collection will open its next exhibition,… more

Gordon Biersch…

Feb 22, 2017 - Feb 27, 2019
Come enjoy the  monthly Brewer's dinner where the Chef and Head Brewmaster… more

International House…

Feb 22 - 27, 2017
To many, Mardi Gras means purple, green and gold blinking beads and kegs of… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Feb 22 - May 21, 2017
NOMA is organizing A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s in cooperation… more

Second FRIDAY…

Feb 22 - Mar 4, 2017
'New Work by Max Seckel & Bruce Drinnon'. exhibition dates: February 10 -… more

The Maison Presents -…

Feb 22 - Jul 26, 2017
The New Orleans Jazz Vipers play a free dinner show at The Maison every… more

Yakamien:Terrence…

Feb 22 - 22, 2017
Join us for live music  featuring Yakamien: Terrence "Groove… more

Heart of the House

Feb 23, 2017 - Jan 08, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Heart of the House puts the spotlight on House… more

Lilith in Loa…

Feb 23, 2017
From Laurel Canyon to the West Village, Nashville to New Orleans, the LOA Bar… more

Terrance Osborne…

Feb 23 - 26, 2017
Coca-Cola is excited to announce that, for the second year, Barq’s Root… more

‘Greasing Goes Gold’…

Feb 24 - 24, 2017
The public is invited to gather at the main entrance of the recently renovated… more

Happier Hour Wine…

Feb 24 - Jun 30, 2017
Each week, we feature several wines from around the world along with small… more

Krewe Debauche Ball

Feb 24 - 24, 2017
The Krewe Of Debauche presents the 1st ever, Mardi Gras Debauchery Ball! Did… more

Mardi Gras Bourbon…

Feb 24 - 28, 2017
LIMITED VIP Mardi Gras Bourbon Street Balcony Tickets! Being "above the… more

Stoned vs Drunk vs…

Feb 24, 2017 - Jul 24, 2026
Join us at the New Movement for a stand -up comedy challenge. Also, enjoy… more

The Irish Cultural…

Feb 24, 2017 - Jan 22, 2027
Join us at the beautiful Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans every Friday… more

CANO & PhotoNOLA…

Feb 22 - 28, 2017
CANO is proud to announce our first photography exhibition in conjunction with… 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.