French Quarter Festival in New Orleans
Great live music and food from New Orleans’ top restaurants highlight a big event in the city’s oldest neighborhood.
In comparison with some other popular Louisiana events, the French Quarter Festival is a bit of a youngster – not yet 30 years old. But this annual spring event has become one of the most anticipated and best-attended celebrations in the state.
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 450 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.
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.
For details of the next French Quarter Festival, see www.fqfi.org.