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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 12-15, 2018.

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 2018 lineup is a who's-who of Louisiana legends, with a heavy emphasis on New Orleans artists. Irma Thomas takes the French Quarter Festival stage on April 12, kicking off four days of dancing in the French Quarter streets. Other big-name local performers include Amanda Shaw, Rebirth Brass Band, Cyril Neville and Swamp Funk, and many more.

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 the full 2018 French Quarter Festival schedule.

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