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"The Elements" Kids…

Jun 24 - 24, 2016
Painting with a Twist is offering two summer sessions of "The… more

"The Elements" Kids…

Jun 24 - Jul 15, 2016
Painting with a Twist is offering two summer sessions of "The… more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jun 24 - 24, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstar Band ft.… more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jun 24 - 24, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstars Band ft.… more

BB King's Blues Club…

Jun 24 - 24, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for Keith Stone Band. more

Carnival…

Jun 24 - 30, 2016
The artists behind Carnival are bringing an intimate indoor garden to Longue… more

Carousel Gardens…

Jun 24 - Jul 31, 2016
Now is a great time to buy your season pass. The season pass even gets you… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Jun 24, 2016
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Hell Yes Next:…

Jun 24 - 24, 2016
Following in the paths of notable competitions like the Funniest Person in… more

Hell Yes Next:…

Jun 24 - 24, 2016
Following in the paths of notable competitions like the Funniest Person in… more

Hell Yes Next:…

Jun 24 - 24, 2016
Following in the paths of notable competitions like the Funniest Person in… more

House of Blues…

Jun 24 - Dec 30, 2016
Every Friday join us in the Voodoo Garden for live music, beer and drink… more

In Good Company…

Jun 24 - Jul 2, 2016
The House of Bernarda Alba was completed in 1936 while the Spanish Civil War… more

Maafa Art Exhibition

Jun 24 - Jul 1, 2016
Ashé Cultural Arts Center presents its first Maafa Exhibition, featuring… more

MMA fights produced…

Jun 24 - 24, 2016
Fight Card Thanh Le vs Steven Banaszak Carlos Vera vs David Garcia Ron Jacobs… more

Nola Beats For…

Jun 24 - 24, 2016
All proceeds from the concert will be donated to the OneOrlando Fund, and the… more

Painting with a Twist…

Jun 24 - 24, 2016
Painting with a Twist is offering a summer sessions of "The Elements"… more

Saenger Theatre…

Jun 24 - 24, 2016
Join Cohen and Cooper for an unscripted, uncensored and unforgettable night of… more

Stoned vs Drunk vs…

Jun 24 - 24, 2016
Join us at the New Movement for a stand -up comedy challenge. Also, enjoy… more

Stoned vs Drunk vs…

Jun 24, 2016 - May 24, 2026
Join us at the New Movement for a stand -up comedy challenge. Also, enjoy… more

"The Elements" Kids…

Jun 24 - 24, 2016
Painting with a Twist is offering two summer sessions of "The… 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.