The French Quarter Festival in New Orleans has been celebrating more than 35 years of free music. Kicking off with a lively parade, 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 16-19, 2020.
Billed as one of the largest free music festival in the South, the 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, R&B, New Orleans funk and brass bands to folk, gospel, Latin, classical and international music.
Past festivals have featured an all-star lineup of Louisiana music legends, including big-name local New Orleans performers like Rebirth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins, Chubby Carrier, John Boutté, The Soul Rebels, Cyril Neville and dozens more. Musicians for the 2020 festival in April will be revealed in March.
Naturally, food is a big star here with more than 70 food and beverage booths located around Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, the Louisiana State Museum and the Old U.S. Mint offering authentic local cuisine from the area’s finest restaurants. Some of the city's oldest and most-beloved restaurants include Court of Two Sisters, Antoine's and Tujague's Restaurant, with newer arrivals like The Big Cheezy, Boucherie and Kingfish often participating as well.
Click here for more information on the French Quarter Festival, including a full schedule announced in March.