French Quarter Festival

French Quarter Festival 2014
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French Quarter Festival 2014

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
French Quarter
29.960475, -90.062921 (View Map)
4 Days (Mon, 10 Apr 2017 - Thu, 13 Apr 2017)
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The French Quarter Festival is the largest free music festival in the south of the USA! It is expected that the 2014 will be biggest yet which makes the French Quarter Fest. the biggest free music festival EVER (…in the south ;-))! Come on over to¬†the historic French Quarter (Vieux Carr√©) and enjoy 3 days of free music on 20+ outdoor stages and numerous participating venues throughout the area! I’ll see you there, along with 1,400+ musicians and 560,000 others!


French Quarter 2013 highlights

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The First French Quarter Festival - band in 1983

The First French Quarter Festival – band in 1983

The French Quarter Festival is an annual free music festival hosted in the historic region of¬†Vieux Carr√© in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisana. It was initially ‘founded’ in 1983 but wasn’t until 1984 when the first festival was held. The first festival gave rise to some 1,000 musicians across 10+ stages in and around the French Quarter. The music genres at the festival are varied and you’ll be sure to find some jazz, world, blues, gospel, classical, brass band, rock and pop in the area along with some other eclectic music styles.

The organisers of the French Quarter Festival (French Quarter Festivals, Inc) pride itself on their free events and also host the Satchmo Summerfest in August and the Christmas New Orleans Style in December which are other great times to be in New Orleans.

A little quote from one of New Orleans residents on the festival:

‚ÄúThe best free show on earth next to Mardi Gras. Better than Mardi Gras because it‚Äôs music. It‚Äôs part of our culture, a part of our history,‚ÄĚ said patron Kevin Oliver.

A fireworks show is normally held on the Mississippi River to mark the end of the festival (going out on a bang and all that!).

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…or you can also check out some more photos at this page on NOLA Defender (Thanks Brandon for the tip-off!)

Lineup & Schedule

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Official lineup Page for the FQF.

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The 2013 lineup was as follows:


2013 French Quarter map

2013 French Quarter map

Music performances take place throughout the French Quarter in various venues and also on outdoor stages (20+ of them) spotted around various parks including¬†Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park,¬†Bourbon Street, Royal Street, Bienville Street, the French Market, St. Mary‚Äôs at the¬†Ursuline Convent, and Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint.


There is a HUGE amount of food vendors at the French Quarter Music Festival this coming year. Some vendors have had their ‘spot’ for 10+ years serving up the same dishes! Along with the street vendors are the 65+ participating restaurants that serve up cuisines from around the world also known as the ‘Worlds largest jazz brunch!’.

crawfish and goat cheese crepes

crawfish and goat cheese crepes

Festival favourites include: crawfish and goat cheese crepes, cochon de lait po-boys, crawfish bisque, Oysters Bonne Femme. Make sure to visit some of the areas best restuarants to get your tastebuds going; a couple of my favourites: Antoine’s, Desire Oyster Bar, Galatoire’s & G W Fins.

A selection of the food menu:

Vendor Since 2007
Demi Baked Alaska with Chocolate Sauce
Oysters Bonne Femme
Shrimp Regua
Bombay Club 
Vendor Since 2002
Beef Brisket Sandwich $7
Gulf Seafood Escabeche $7
Chocolate Chip Cookies $5
Court of Two Sisters 
Vendor Since 1984
Crawfish Louise $6
Turtle Soup $5
Crépes à la Cart 
Vendor Since 2007
Crépe with Shrimp and Tasso Cream Sauce $7
Black & Gold (Nutella & Banana) Crépe $6
Nutella Crépe $5
Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse¬†
Vendor Since 2011
Prime Beef Debris Po-Boy (Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse)
Bourbon BBQ Shrimp Po-Boy (Bourbon House)

If you’re on a bit of a budget you could visit the page on ‘Cheap Eats’ which I discovered from a good ol’ google search!


The festival is FREE and there are no tickets. Easy.

Flights & Transportation

The nearest international airport to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is the¬†Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport¬†and is located roughly 14 miles (22.5 KM) from the venue, it normally takes between 15-25 minutes to travel from the airport to the festival dependent on traffic and the route taken. You’ll be able to get a taxi and it will likely cost you around $20.

To get the best flight deals I would use¬†SkyScanner¬†as they take¬†0% commission¬†and are rarely beaten on price. Feel free to do a quick check on prices using their official flight checker below (note: Results will open in a new browser window so you won’t leave this page¬†ūüėé ):

Additional transport info and a map of this festivals location can be found in the tabbed ‘Map & Transport Hubs‘ section below.

Hotels & Accommodation

The cheapest accommodation options I could find in and around New Orleans, Louisiana during festival period (mid April 2014) are shown below:

*** Prices will rise the closer you get to the festival dates so book early and avoid disappointment… ***

Hotels Combined

For a full list of good hotels to stay in during the festival period I would highly recommend visiting – New Orleans Page for more hotels.

If you are on a super shoe-string budget then search HostelWorld and get a bed in a hostel for as little as $17.50! Р(Private rooms often $29.80)

Note that there is¬†NO OFFICIAL TENT CAMPING at the French Quarter Festival this year. However, you are allowed to ‘camp’ in your RV or Motorhome at the nearby¬†New Orleans West KOA¬†it seems to be a popular camp-site according to the¬†numerous 5-star reviews at TripAdvisor.


We currently have not been able to interview anybody at the French Quarter Festival, if you work for the festival and would like to answer a few questions for this section of your listing, please contact me so that we can get something arranged, thank you.

Outside of the Festival

If you’re coming from far and wide to attend next years festival then make sure you give yourself ample time to explore outside of the festival grounds as New Orleans is a gem of a city with¬†many things to see and do. Obviously the city is renowned for it’s music culture as we all know, but did you know that it’s home to Antoine’s, the oldest continuously operated restaurant in Louisiana (est. 1840), or that the name “Uncle Sam” was¬†coined on the wharfs of New Orleans before Louisiana was a U.S. territory¬†‚ÄĒ goods labeled ‚ÄúU.S.‚ÄĚ were said to be from ‚ÄúUncle Sam.‚ÄĚ and that the card game Poker was invented here back in the early 1700’s. Read some more¬†interesting facts about New Orleans here¬†and¬†here¬†if you’re interested.

If you have any questions or need more information on this festival then please¬†leave a comment below.¬†NB. You will also find tabs below which display¬†photo galleries,¬†live festival news,¬†transport information¬†etc ‚Äď make sure you check them out before you leave and visit again soon as festival pages are being continually updated with new info!!

Additional Resources

Post last updated by Paul Thomson on April 30, 2014
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