Gear up to celebrate the unique and vibrant culture of New Orleans’ French Quarter this upcoming spring! The 33rd Annual French Quarter Festival is just around the corner, boasting musicians, food, and tours all with FREE admission once again.
Twenty-three stages will be placed throughout the French Quarter during this four-day celebration, featuring over four hundred musical performances. Genres will include anything and everything: traditional and contemporary jazz, rhythm and blues, Cajun and zydeco, New Orleans funk, classical, swing, rock, and international sounds that will bring a smile to any music lover’s face. This year’s lineup includes:
Thursday, April 7
Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band
Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra
Fredy Omar con su Banda
The Joe Krown Trio
Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
The Tin Men
Friday, April 8, 2016
Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Hot 8 Brass Band
Irma Thomas, Soul Queen of New Orleans
Leroy Jones’ Original Hurricane Brass Band
Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners
Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington and the Roadmasters
Waylon Thibodeaux Band
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Big Chief Bo Dollis, Jr. & the Wild Magnolias
Big Sam’s Funky Nation
Casa Samba Extravaganza
Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue
Little Freddie King
Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns
New Breed Brass Band
New Orleans Classic Jazz Orchestra
The New Orleans Jazz Vipers
Tank and The Bangas
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers
Goat in the Road (Comedy Troupe)
Guitar Slim, Jr.
Guitarist John Rankin
The Original Pinettes Brass Band
Rockin’ Dopsie and the Zydeco Twisters
Shannon Powell Traditional All-Star Band
Treme Brass Band
And these are only a few of the artists performing throughout the weekend! See the festival's website for more details regarding lineups and schedules.
More than sixty food and beverage booths will be scattered around the historic French Quarter, with prices ranging from $3-$11. Pat O’Brien’s Hurricanes, jambalaya, crawfish étouffée and other New Orleans classics will be available for purchase.
Keep up with all vendor updates at French Quarter Fest's website.
In addition to the incredible live music, this year will host some special events, including dance lessons, parades, art shows and talks with some of the biggest legends in NOLA music. Click here to see the special event schedule for this year.
Official 2016 Poster by Isabelle Jacopin
Every year the French Quarter Festival Team selects an official painting to represent the spirit and culture of the French Quarter. This year’s beautiful poster was painted by French Artist, Isabelle Jacopin. 2,000 Silkscreened prints are available starting at $50 each. Click here to get yours before they sell out!
How to Get There
French Quarter Fest is located throughout the New Orleans French Quarter. The French Quarter is accessible via car or public transportation, like the streetcar line. Many public parking lots will be open nearby with a daily parking fee, especially nearby local hotels or the river.
Admission to French Quarter Fest is completely free!