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.
The French Quarter Festival in New Orleans has been celebrating music since 1984. 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. More than 20 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.
Naturally, food is a big star here. More than 70 food and beverage booths located throughout the area feature authentic local cuisine from the area’s oldest and most beloved restaurants, as well as up-and-coming stars of the culinary scene.