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"Prospect.3: Notes…

Nov 20, 2014 - Jan 25, 2015
Prospect New Orleans, the International Contemporary Art Biennial,  will… more

Andrew Jackson: Hero…

Nov 20, 2014 - Mar 29, 2015
THNOC's exhibition tracks Jackson's rise from humble beginnings to immortality… more

Boesman and Lena

Nov 20 - 23, 2014
American Theatre Project of New Orleans returns to Ashé Cultural Arts… more

Frankie Ballard…

Nov 20 - 20, 2014
Frankie Ballard is country music singer and songwriter who has recently… more

French Market's…

Nov 20 - 20, 2014
Join us for the The French Market's Annual Tree lighting at Washington… more

Le Petit Theatre…

Nov 20 - 23, 2014
This swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan will have you and your family hooked… more

Mistletoe Marketplace…

Nov 20 - 23, 2014
Kickoff Mistletoe Marketplace in the French Quarter at 4 p.m. on Thursday,… more

Rivertown Theaters…

Nov 20 - 20, 2014
Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts is proud to present the Tony… more

Smoothie King Center…

Nov 20 - 23, 2014
Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world… more

Symphony Chorus of…

Nov 20 - 20, 2014
Join us for the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans Cathedral Concert. more

Thanksgiving at The…

Nov 20 - 20, 2014
Enjoy brunch in The Blue Room for Thanksgiving. Dinner is a four-course menu… more

THE GUANTÁNAMO PUBLIC…

Nov 20 - 26, 2014
This traveling exhibit examines the history of the U.S. naval base in… more

The Mysterious…

Nov 20 - 23, 2014
You are invited to the Mysterious Wisterias Plantation for an evening of music… more

The New Orleans…

Nov 20 - 23, 2014
The New Orleans Fringe has become known for its offbeat and sometimes crazy… more

The twelfth Les…

Nov 20 - 20, 2014
The Historic New Orleans Collection joins the international music community to… more

The Victory Belles…

Nov 20, 2014 - Jun 24, 2015
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

Thursdays at Twilight…

Nov 20 - 20, 2014
You can't say Benny, "Aint Dere No More", cause he will be right here… more

Thursdays at Twilight…

Nov 20 - 20, 2014
The weekly Thursdays at Twilight series showcases some of the finest musicians… more

Workplace Wellness…

Nov 20 - 20, 2014
Join us for our monthly Workplace Wellness Luncheon. Each month we bring in… more

"Mysterious…

Nov 21 - 21, 2014
You are invited to the Mysterious Wisterias Plantation for an evening of music… more

"Prospect.3: Notes…

Nov 20, 2014 - Jan 25, 2015
Prospect New Orleans, the International Contemporary Art Biennial,  will… more

Guide to the French Quarter Festival - Kick Off to New Orleans’ 2014 Festival Season

Break out the party hats. Clink your glasses in celebration. 2014 marks the 31st 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 21 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. To keep the four-day event free to the public, French Quarter Festival relies on merchandise and poster sales, sponsorships, and food and beverage sales.

Here's what you need to know about the 2014 French Quarter Festival:

Save the Date

April 10-13, 2014

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 streetcar or bus. Or ride the free Capital One Bank Second Line Shuttle, which departs from the Central Business District.

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: Raw Oyster Cult, Bonerama, Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys, and BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet. 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. Thursday through Sunday, fill up as the festival hosts the "World's Largest Jazz Brunch." More than 60 food and beverage vendors will be located in Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park 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, Muriel's and Tujague's. More than 60 food vendors will be on hand. 

What's New

2014 welcomes Dr. John as the official headliner of the event. Dr. John hasn't performed at the festival since 1987 and he will be playing on Friday, April 11 on the riverfront Abita Stage at 4:30 p.m. He will be backed by this new Nite Trippers band along with special guests Rebirth Brass Brand and students from the Roots of Music after-school program. 

Get Your Groove On

Check out the free dance lessons at the French Market Traditional Jazz Stage, the 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.