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French Quarter Festival

The biggest and best free festival Nola has to offer.


French Quarter Fest: Facts & Tips

French Quarter Fest is rapidly approaching; this year's festival will be happening from Thursday, April 12 to Sunday April 15. WWOZ will be there broadcasting live for those of you who can't make it in person.

With less than three weeks to go, check out these lesser-known facts about one of New Orleans' biggest and fastest growing festivals:

  • Over 1,700 local artists and over two dozen new acts will perform on 23 stages this year.
  • There was record-breaking attendance at last year's festival: nearly 733,000 people.
  • The first French Quarter Fest was held in 1984 and included flashdancing and breakdancing competitions along with great live music and food. Attendance was in the "hundreds."
  • On Saturday, April 14, French Quarter Festival will celebrate the Tricentennial with fireworks on the Mississippi River at approx. 9PM.
  • A shuttle runs from the Central Business District to help with parking, but you're likely to be better off on a bike-- Bike Easy hosts valet bike parking at the Canal Street entrance to Woldenberg Park. Bike parking is also available at the Old US Mint, the 600 block of Decatur, Ursulines between Decatur and North Peters, and at the Bienville and Conti Street festival entrances.
  • There is a Second Line kickoff on Thursday, April 12 at 10am rolling from the 100 block of Bourbon Street to Jackson Square.
  • Free dance lessons are available on Friday and Saturday at The French Market Traditional Jazz Stage and the Chevron Cajun-Zydeco Showcase.
  • There is an official French Quarter Fest iPhone app.
  • There are bag checks at the festival's main entry points.

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