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French Quarter Fest Celebrates 35 Years

March 27th, 2018 | New Orleans Events

New Orleans is gearing up for the French Quarter Festival, set to take place April 12-16 this year in Jackson Square.

The free annual music fest in the French Quarter celebrates its 35th year with over 300 musical acts on 23 stages, the best food vendors in the country and music genres that range from jazz to reggae.

French Quarter Fest was originally created to bring residents back to the Quarter following city repairs after the 1984 World’s Fair. It was a small, neighborhood affair focused on celebrating the culture and music of Louisiana. Last year, an estimated 700,000 were in attendance.

Headlining guests include percussionist Cyril Neville, who always draws extraordinary numbers, and recent Grammy-winners Lost Bayou Ramblers, whose effervescent rhythms will get everyone dancing. Stages are set up around the Quarter, and Decatur Street will transform into a block party with Zydeco acts Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, Amanda Shaw and more.

Hotel St. Pierre couldn’t be more accomodating for guests attending the fest, located just blocks away from Jackson Square. Our guests don’t have to worry about parking, taxi fares or traffic. To get to Jackson Square, simply take a right when you leave the hotel and take your first left on Dumaine Street. Four blocks down, Chartres Street will lead you right to Jackson Square.

The French Quarter Fest is free, with over 60 food vendors. Crowds are big. Guests often bring chairs or blankets to set up in the park or along the river. Make sure to pack a hat and sunglasses or sunscreen in case it’s sunny, or a poncho and umbrella in case it rains.

The schedule for the fest is chock full, so make sure to check out all that’s planned in advance so you don’t miss out. Enjoy the world’s largest jazz brunch in Woldenberg Riverfront Park, dancing classes, film screenings and more.



Booking your stay in The Big Easy? Check out the affordable, colonial Hotel St. Pierre, located in the heart of the French Quarter.