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.

French Quarter Fest

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 8-11, 2021.

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.

Naturally, food is a big star here. More than 70 food and beverage booths located in Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and the New Orleans Jazz Museumfeature 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 Boucherie and Kingfish.