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“Awash with Color:…

May 4 - 21, 2016
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the new exhibition… more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 4 - 4, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstar Band ft.… more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 4 - 4, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstars Band ft.… more

Comedy Gold hosted by…

May 04, 2016 - Jan 07, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages (content may not be appropriate for all ages).… more

David Hansen's Garden…

May 04, 2016
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

New Orleans Photo…

May 4 - 29, 2016
The New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA), is proud to be the first venue to … more

Siberian Invasion!…

May 4 - 4, 2016
Four funky acts descend upon Siberia for a night of groove and revelry:… more

Soiree d'Or, a…

May 4 - 4, 2016
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The Historic New…

May 4 - 7, 2016
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I, The Historic New… more

The Maison Presents -…

May 04, 2016 - Jul 26, 2017
The New Orleans Jazz Vipers play a free dinner show at The Maison every… more

YLC Wednesday at the…

May 4 - 4, 2016
Join us for Wednesday at the Square. The 12-week concert series takes place in… more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 5 - 5, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstars Band ft.… more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 5 - 5, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstars Band ft.… more

Heart of the House

May 05, 2016 - Jan 08, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Heart of the House puts the spotlight on House… more

Jazz in the Park

May 5 - Jun 9, 2016
Jazz in the Park returns this spring running from April 14th to June 9th, with… more

Novice Italian…

May 5 - 19, 2016
Students will develop basic language skills and a general understanding of… more

Novice Italian…

May 5 - 19, 2016
Students will develop basic language skills and a general understanding of… more

Shatner's World We…

May 5 - 5, 2016
Join William Shatner at the Orpheum Theater for his stand up comedy tour… more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 6 - 6, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstar Band ft.… more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 6 - 6, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstars Band ft.… more

“Awash with Color:…

May 4 - 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.