The 36th annual French Quarter Festival is returning to the heart of Louisiana. The world’s largest showcase of Louisiana food, music and culture will be back in New Orleans this April 11-14. Ranked as one of Rad’s best festivals in New Orleans, the event is entirely free and open to the public. Founded in 1984, the festival has promoted the city of New Orleans and showcased its culture and heritage for over 30 years. The festival has also won multiple awards over the years, including the best local festival, best large festival and best food festival.
“Showcasing New Orleans Culture and Heritage for over 30 years!”
The annual event, hosted by French Quarter Festivals Inc. celebrates the city’s culture and history and offers the largest showcase of Louisiana music in the world. Over 20 stages representing every genre from jazz to funk, gospel, classical cabaret and more can be found throughout the French Quarter. This year’s lineup offers over 250 local artists, with more names still to be announced! Artists such as Galactic, The DayWalkers and Frankie Boots will be making their festival debut; while other popular acts such as Alex McMurray and Kumasi will return. See the full lineup here. The festival also hosts over 60 local restaurants, serving food and beverages in Jackson Square; making up the ‘world’s largest jazz brunch’.
French Quarter Festival is held in the heart of New Orleans. You can view the festival at 400 North Peters, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130.
The nearest major airport is Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, located 15 miles west of the city centre. Most domestic and international airlines operate throughout this airport, making it easy to travel to and from this event. Getting around New Orleans is quick, easy and affordable thanks to the city’s transportation system.
Almost 40 different bus routes make up the RTA bus system, which serves a large range of neighbourhoods throughout the city. Four streetcar lines also run through the most iconic areas of the city; giving riders an authentic feel of the town. The city of New Orleans also offers ‘Paratransit’, a popular rideshare service; dedicated to providing transport for those who are unable to use regular transit services due to disabilities or disabling health conditions.
The official hotel of French Quarter Festival is the Omni Royal Orleans. The French Quarter hotel offers a piece of history in the heart of the city.
A number of alternative accommodation options such as hotels and Airbnbs can also be found within walking distance of the event. You can find a range of nearby options below.
One of the most popular attractions in New Orleans, and the basis of the festival is the French Quarter. The historical heart of the city is known for its vibrant nightlife as well as a range of colourful buildings. Located within the French Quarter is Bourbon Street, a historic street extending 13 blocks and famous for its many underground bars and strip clubs. Also located in the heart of the French Quarter is Jackson Square; a park and national historical landmark.
The garden district is a popular neighbourhood, with streets lined with everything from single-story cottages to grand historic mansions. Audubon Park is one of many popular local parks that offer running paths, a lagoon, picnic shelters, playgrounds and more.
New Orleans also offers a range of shopping districts and destinations. Magazine street is a popular street that follows the curve of the Mississippi River and features everything from antiques to modern gems. The Shops of the Colonnade – French Market features an old fashioned shopping area with local vendors. Everything from candy to clothing, gifts and more can be found at the market.
With so much to see and do in only four days, you can find everything from live music to the best local foods at French Quarter Festival. Check out Rad’s French Quarter Festival bucket list and add these events to your schedule!
Second-Line Kickoff Parade – Kicking off the festival on Thursday, the French Quarter Festival Second-Line Kickoff Parade passes through Bourbon Street before ending at the famous Jackson Square. Make sure to check out the historical parade, which will be running for its 36th annual edition.
Take a Dance Lesson – The French Market Traditional Jazz Stage and Chevron Cajun-Zydeco showcase will feature a range of dance classes throughout the entire weekend. All styles ranging from Traditional Jazz to 1920’s Charleston, Cajun Jitterbug and more are on offer and classes are free and open to the public.
Check out the Chevron Children’s STEM Zone – Hosted on the Riverfront at the Natchez Wharf, the Children’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math zone is fun for the whole family. Featuring interactive and fascinating activities, there’s always something to learn in the STEM Zone.
The next edition of French Quarter Festival will take place from April 11-14, 2019.
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