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"Let Them Eat Cake!"…

Oct 27 - Nov 9, 2016
Join us for Exhibition for "Let Them Eat Cake!"  Fine Art… more

Art is the Driving…

Oct 27 - Dec 30, 2016
Art has a power that reaches beyond personal visual expression. This exhibition… more

Creole Italian…

Oct 27 - 27, 2016
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is pleased to announce its latest edition… more

Crimestoppers "A…

Oct 27 - 27, 2016
Crimestoppers "A Night of Blue" will feature blues music from local… more

Danse Macabre- The…

Oct 27 - 30, 2016
The Historic New Orleans Collection will be offering a special Halloween-themed… more

Dave Ferrato Open Jam…

Oct 27 - Dec 29, 2016
Dave Ferrato and Band Host a Thursday Night Open Jam Series! Any and all… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Oct 27, 2016
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Education Gallery…

Oct 27 - Nov 27, 2016
Artists and Sense of Place Residency Show featuring artwork created by students… more

Halloween New Orleans

Oct 27 - 30, 2016
Join us for the annual Halloween New Orleans, a weekend-long LGBT… more

Heart of the House

Oct 27, 2016 - Jan 08, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Heart of the House puts the spotlight on House… more

Historic New Orleans…

Oct 27, 2016 - Apr 09, 2017
The Historic New Orleans Collection is gearing up for an exciting new… more

Jazz in the Park

Oct 27 - Nov 3, 2016
Jazz in the Park returns for its 10th season this fall running from September… more

New Orleans Secrets…

Oct 27 - 28, 2016
Part ghost hunt, part séance...there's nothing else in New Orleans like… more

Ogden After Hours…

Oct 27 - 27, 2016
Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at Ogden After Hours… more

Ogden Museum of…

Oct 27 - Nov 8, 2016
Each year, the Ogden Museum celebrates Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead),… more

Saenger Theatre…

Oct 27 - 30, 2016
Join us for the Illusionists- Live from Broadway. This mind blowing spectacular… more

Save our Cemeteries &…

Oct 27 - 27, 2016
Save Our Cemeteries is proud to offer an exclusive evening reception at… more

Thursdays at Twilight…

Oct 27 - 27, 2016
Stroll through the New Orleans Botanical Garden at twilight, settle indoors at… more

Anne Rice's Vampire…

Oct 28 - 28, 2016
Join us for the 28th Annual Vampire Ball featuring Anne Rice  Lestat Fan… more

Boo at the Zoo

Oct 28 - 29, 2016
Bring your little ghosts and goblins to Boo at the Zoo Presented by Bryan… more

"Let Them Eat Cake!"…

Oct 27 - Nov 9, 2016
Join us for Exhibition for "Let Them Eat Cake!"  Fine Art… 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.