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French Quarter Festival in New Orleans
French Quarter Festival in New Orleans

The French Quarter Festival in New Orleans has been celebrating 30 years of free music. This annual spring event has become one of the most anticipated and best-attended celebrations in the state. This year, French Quarter Festival takes place April 6 through 9, 2017.

Billed as the largest free music festival in the South, French Quarter Festival attracts hundreds of thousands of people over three days. Some 18 stages in prime locations throughout the French Quarter in recent years have presented as many as 800 musicians representing every genre from traditional and contemporary jazz to R&B and New Orleans funk, from brass bands, folk, gospel and Latin to classical and international music.

The 2017 lineup is a who's-who of Louisiana legends, with a heavy emphasis on New Orleans artists. Aaron Neville makes his French Quarter Festival debut on April 6, kicking off four days of dancing in the French Quarter streets. Other big-name local performers include Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Amanda Shaw, Irma Thomas, Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, The Dixie Cups, The Soul Rebels and the all-female Original Pinettes Brass Band.

Naturally, food is a big star here. More than 70 food and beverage booths located in Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and the Louisiana State Museum, Old U.S. Mint feature authentic local cuisine from the area’s finest restaurants. Some of the oldest and most beloved restaurants include Court of Two Sisters, Antoine's and Tujague's Restaurant. Newer arrivals on New Orleans' dining scene include The Big Cheezy, Boucherie and Kingfish. 

Click here for details on the next French Quarter Festival.

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