French Quarter Festival

French Quarter Festival

It’s April and that means festivalpalooza in New Orleans. Today, we want to introduce you to the French Quarter Festival. The festival runs from April 11 through April 14. Started in 1984 this festival has become one of the city’s premiere events. Whether you love music, food, or both, this is the festival for you. It is produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., whose mission is to promote everything that’s wonderful about NOLA. Showcasing the unique cultural diversity of our city, this long weekend celebration has something for locals and visitors alike.

French Quarter Festival Poster

Official 2019 French Quarter Festival

Poster of Irma Thomas by Ayo Scott

It’s All About the Music

There are over twenty stages set up for your free music enjoyment. From Jazz to R&B, cabaret or traditional brass bands, there is something for everyone. The musicians start at 11am each day and play well into the evening. There are even bands that specialize in children’s entertainment like The Swing Setters and Katy Hobgood Ray. And if the sweet sounds of Irma Thomas, Magnolia Sisters, and Galactic weren’t enough to get you to the French Quarter there’s our next topic of conversation, the FOOD!

Pat O'Brien's Hurricane French Quarter FestivalHouse of Blues Voodoo Shrimp of CornbreadBaked Alaska from Antoine's


Food for the Soul

It is hard to describe how mouth-watering the culinary offerings will be this year at the French Quarter Festival. The tantalizing menus created by the 60+ restaurants and vendors participating are food for the soul not just the body. You simply must try the Voodoo Shrimp over Cornbread from the House Of Blues. Exquisite. And don’t miss the crab cakes from the Blue Crab. To. Die. For. Then satisfy that sweet tooth with a Baked Alaska with chocolate sauce from Antoine’s. Classic and delicious. For the adults, partake of a beverage from Pat O’Brien’s Bar. The Hurricane is world-famous of course but their Bloody Mary is lovely and refreshing. However, you may prefer a draft beer from Abita Beer or a daiquiri from New Orleans Original Daiquiris, both excellent choices.

It would take multiple trips to experience everything at the French Quarter Festival. You should try to make it at least once. After that heavy celebrating take a walk with The Savvy Native. It will make you feel better about all that food you just ate. Tour Historical Treme, the oldest African American neighborhood in the country, or St. Louis Cemetery #1, the final resting place of some very famous residents. We love our city and want you to love it too. We can’t wait to show you around!

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