New Orleans is undoubtedly a city synonymous with celebrations, and its celebrations always include the best festivals. While Mardi Gras may be the first to pop into your head, don’t forget the French Quarter Festival, a jubilee of arts, music and more. New Orleans will open its walkways and roads to guests of the 33rd Annual French Quarter Festival April 7-10, 2016.
The French Quarter Festival is New Orleans’ second largest festival, that takes place throughout the historic French Quarter and at Spanish Plaza. The four-day festival will include over 1,700 musicians and artists, 70 restaurants and more than 700,000 people.
French Quarter Festival Music
The music lineup is crazy, rivaling the timelines of many a big music fests. Bands and performers, all of which are local to Louisiana, include:
- Spirit of New Orleans Brass Band
- Rebirth Brass Band
- Trumpet Black and the Heart Attacks
- Diablo’s Horns
- Allen Toussaint
- “Big Al” Carson
- The Big Easy Band featuring DJ Jubilee
- Ellis Marsalis
- Benny Grunch and the Bunch
- Big Easy Playboys
- Dikki du and the Zydeco krewe
- And more—many, many more.
These bands and performers will play day and night, on 23 stages set up through the French Quarter. So pick your favorite spot, or most anticipated sets, and set up shop in the grass for a great time.
Kids at the French Quarter Festival
Kids are always a welcome sight at this festival, as it’s not half as extreme as let’s say, Mardi Gras. Bring them and introduce them to the Children’s Headquarters. The courtyard of the Hermann-Grima House, located at 820 St. Louis Street, will be filled with great hands-on activities from local museums for kids to enjoy. The Hermann-Grima House will also have stations that feature crafts, entertainment and fun-filled educational projects for kids of all ages.
Furthermore, families can enjoy a riverfront kids area at the Audubon Aquarium Riverfront Plaza. Here, you will find a Kids’ Performance Tent with live music.
Adopt an Artist
The French Quarter recently initiated a Musician Sponsorship Program, which invites the public to “adopt an artist” during the festival. Sponsorship has ranged from individual offerings to corporate and foundational support. This support helps keep the festival free for the community to enjoy.
For more information on the musicians, artists, restaurants and sponsors of the ever-popular and highly acclaimed French Quarter Festival, visit French Quarter Festival’s website. As time nears the Festival’s beginning day, more bands will be added to the lineup and more restaurants will be listed on the menu. This is one celebration in the great city of New Orleans not to be missed.