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“Awash with Color:…

Feb 14 - May 21, 2016
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the new exhibition… more

18th Annual Dr.…

Feb 14 - Mar 31, 2016
Join us for the opening reception for the 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King… more

Krystal® Offering…

Feb 14 - 14, 2016
When it comes to Valentine’s Day, a double dose of sweetness is always… more

Mama's Music

Feb 14, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In Big Mama's Lounge. 21+ with valid photo I.D. 7-string guitarist Justin… more

My Furrever Valentine

Feb 14 - 14, 2016
On Valentine’s Day, adopt a new furry friend during the My Furrever… more

Patriot, Planter,…

Feb 14 - Mar 20, 2016
NOMA will present the first exhibition to focus on the works of Pierre-Joseph… more

The Foundation…

Feb 14 - 28, 2016
*Opening Reception: January 15, 2016 - 6pm-10pm The Foundation Gallery will be… more

The Historic New…

Feb 14 - May 7, 2016
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I, The Historic New… more

The Photography of…

Feb 14 - Mar 1, 2016
The Photography of Modernist Cuisine: The Exhibition, a collection of over 50… more

Tim Youd: 100 Novels

Feb 14 - 21, 2016
Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Tim Youd will visit NOMA to perform the… more

Valentine's Day River…

Feb 14 - 14, 2016
Spend a romantic evening aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen this… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Feb 15, 2016
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Krystal® Hosts Happy…

Feb 15 - 15, 2016
Why should Happy Hour be limited to one hour? Well at Krystal, it isn’t!… more

Monday Blues

Feb 15, 2016 - Jan 05, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Get your live local blues fix with Sean Riley. more

The Irish House…

Feb 15, 2016
This is the Biggest Irish Music Session in the south. On a Night you will see… more

The Maison Presents -…

Feb 15, 2016 - Jul 31, 2017
The Royal Roses grew out of the rich resurgence that traditional jazz is seeing… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Feb 16 - Sep 27, 2016
Join us for live entertainment featuring the Grammy Award winning ReBirth Brass… more

Saenger Theatre…

Feb 16 - 21, 2016
KINKY BOOTS is Broadway's huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy… more

Singer/Songerwriter…

Feb 16, 2016 - Jan 06, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. House of Blues New Orleans hosts a new weekly… more

Blaze Pizza's Wine…

Feb 17 - 24, 2016
Join as at Blaze Pizza New Orleans for Wine Down Wednesday. Purchase a glass of… more

“Awash with Color:…

Feb 14 - May 21, 2016
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the new 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.