French Quarter Fest New Orleans

New Orleans is home to rich culture and traditions, delicious foods, and exciting festivals the whole family can enjoy! The French Quarter is section of New Orleans that contains renowned historic sites, famous restaurants and bars, and unique entertainment.

For the past 33 years, each spring New Orleans has been hosting an exciting music, food, and culture festival in the French Quarter called French Quarter Fest! This year French Quarter Fest boasts popular musicians, great food, and tours all with free admission yet again.

If you are interested in staying in the big easy during French Quarter Fest, then you will want to stay at a hotel that is located near the French Quarter so that you can be close to all of the action and excitement that this festival offers. There are a number of hotels conveniently located near the French Quarter, like the French Market Inn, Hotel St. Marie, Place d’Armes, the Prince Conti Hotel, and the Lafayette Hotel, all just minutes from top quality restaurants, entertainment, museums, and more! Book your stay at the at one of these great hotels in New Orleans through this spring and do not miss a thing this great city has to offer!

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French Quarter Festival in New Orleans

Get a taste of the great city of New Orleans by attending the French Quarter Festival April 6-9th! Twenty-three stages will be deliberately placed throughout the French Quarter for the four days that the festival takes place, and these stages will be home to over four hundred musical performances! There is music for all tastes and preferences in music at the French Quarter Fest; Genres will include everything, from jazz, rhythm and blues, Cajun and zydeco, classical, New Orleans funk, swing, rock, to international sounds that will delight all lovers of music!

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French Quarter Festival Musical Lineup as of January 24, 2017

Thursday, April 6 French Quarter Fest Musical Performances

Aaron Neville *
Bag of Donuts
Benny Grunch and the Bunch
Big Easy Playboys
Brother Tyrone & The Mindbenders
Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole *
Cha Wa
Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
Darcy Malone and The Tangle
Dr. Michael White
Ellis Marsalis
Evan Christopher’s Clarinet Road
Ingrid Lucia
Joe Krown
John “Papa” Gros
Lena Prima and Band
Love Evolution *
Mahogany Brass Band
Mia Borders
Naughty Professor
PresHall Brass
The PorterTrio
The Whiskey Penguins
Waylon Thibodeaux Band

Friday, April 7 French Quarter Fest Musical Performances

Alexis & the Samurai
Amanda Shaw
Audacity Brass Band
Banu Gibson and New Orleans Hot Jazz
Big Sam’s Funky Nation
Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band
Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters *
Charmaine Neville
Corey Henry’s Treme Funktet
Cullen Landry and the Midnight Streetcar Band featuring Al “Carnival Time” Johnson
Dayna Kurtz
Fredy Omar con su Banda
G and The Swinging Three *
Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue
Gina Brown & Anutha Level
Higher Heights Band Revue featuring Zion Trinity, Raging Rebelz and Early Brooks, Jr.
Hot Stuff featuring Becky Allen
Irma Thomas, Soul Queen of New Orleans
Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes
Kid Merv and All That Jazz
Lagniappe Brass Band
Leroy Jones’ Original Hurricane Brass Band
Louisiana LeRoux *
Lynn Drury Band
Marc Stone
Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns
Miss Sophie Lee
Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles
The Nayo Jones Experience *
New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings
Organic Trio
Panorama Jazz Band
Partners N Crime & The Big Easy Bounce Band featuring DJ Jubilee
Shannon Powell Traditional All-Star Band
Storyville Stompers Brass Band
Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots
Susan Cowsill
The Dixie Cups
The Mid-City Aces *
The Tin Men
Tonya Boyd-Cannon *
Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony
Tuba Skinny
Washboard Rodeo *

Saturday, April 8 French Quarter Fest Musical Performances

Alex McMurray
Andre Bohren
Barbara Shorts and Blue Jazz
Big Chief Bo Dollis, Jr. & the Wild Magnolias
Big Frank & Lil Frank and the Dirty Old Men *
Chris Ardoin & Nu Step
Christian Serpas & Ghost Town
Colin Lake
Dash Rip Rock
Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers
Erica Falls
Gregory Agid Quartet *
Honey Island Swamp Band
Hot Rod Lincoln
John Rankin
Kenneth Terry Jazz Band *
Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
King James & The Special Men
Lars Edegran’s New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra
Lawrence Cotton Legendary Experience
Lillian Boutté & Gumbo Zaire
Lost Bayou Ramblers
Louis Ford and His New Orleans Flairs
Messy Cookers Jazz Band *
Naydja CoJoe
New Orleans Classic Jazz Orchestra
New Orleans Moonshiners
New Orleans Nightcrawlers
New Orleans Swamp Donkeys
Orange Kellin’s New Orleans Deluxe Orchestra
Perdido Jazz Band *
Players Ella and Louie Tribute Band
Red Wolf Brass Band
Robin Barnes
Roland Guerin
Tom McDermott and His Jazz Hellions
Shotgun Jazz Band
Some Like it Hot Traditional Jazz Band
Sons of Jazz Brass Band
Soul Project NOLA
Soul Rebels
Sweet Cecilia
Sweet Crude
Tank and The Bangas
Terrance “Hollywood” Taplin leads the Uptown Jazz Orchestra
Thais Clark& her JAZZsters
The Asylum Chorus
The Dukes Of Dixieland
The Iguanas
The Mr. *
The New Orleans Po’Boys
The New Orleans Suspects
The Original Pinettes Brass Band
The Pfister Sisters
The Ronnie Kole Show featuring John Perkins
The Smoking Time Jazz Club
Tim Laughlin
Tommy Sancton’s New Orleans Legacy Band
Treme Brass Band
Valerie Sassyfras *
Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters
Water Seed Music
Wayne and Same Ol’ 2-Step *

Sunday, April 9 French Quarter Fest Musical Performances

Anaïs St. John
Andrew Hall’s Society Brass Band
Astral Project
Babineaux Sisters Band
Bamboula 2000
Bill Summers & Jazalsa
Bucktown All-Stars
Chance Bushman & The Ibervillianaires
Charlie Halloran and the Quality 6
Clive Wilson’s New Orleans Serenaders
Cole Williams Band *
Corey Ledet
Creole String Beans
Dancing at Dusk with Tom Saunders and the Tomcats
Don Jamison Heritage School of Music
Garden District Band
Harpist Rachel Van Voorhees
James Andrews
Jeremy Davenport
Joe Cabral Thrio
John Boutté
John Mooney and Bluesiana
John Royen’s New Orleans Rhythm Band
Kid Simmons Jazz Band
Kris Tokarski Band
Leif Pedersen’s 1944 Big Band
Leroy Jones & New Orleans’ Finest
Linnzi Zaorski
Little Freddie King
Los Po-Boy-Citos
Magnetic Ear
Mason Ruffner
The New Orleans Jazz Vipers
New Orleans Rhythm Devils
Ovi-G and the Froggies
Palmetto Bug Stompers
Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show
Raw Oyster Cult
Red Hot Brass Band
Rockin’ Dopsie and the Zydeco Twisters
Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers
Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs
Soul Brass Band *
Steve Pistorius & the Southern Syncopators
Stooges Brass Band
The Friendly Travelers
The Pentones *
T’Monde *
Tony Green and Gypsy Jazz
Washboard Chaz Blues Trio
Wanda Rouzan and A Taste of New Orleans
Wendell Brunious

French Quarter Festival Food and Drink Vendors

In addition to great music that will get your feet moving, French Quarter Fest features some truly delectable food. Over sixty food and beverage booths will be located throughout the historic French Quarter, providing you with tons of delicious options for food while you are walking around and enjoying the music or sipping on a drink. There are food items ranging in prices from $3-$11, so you can even sample a few different foods without breaking the bank. Pat O’Brien’s Hurricanes, jambalaya, crawfish etouffee and other class New Orleans dishes and beverages will be available for purchase! In addition to great food and music, this year’s French Quarter Fest will host a few special events, including dance lessons, exciting parades, art shows and even talks with local music legends.

Finding a Place to Stay during French Quarter Fest

Once you have decided on coming to New Orleans for French Quarter Fest, the only issue you have to deal with is finding a beautiful place to stay that is close to all of the excitement. Thankfully, there are beautiful and historic places to stay in New Orleans that are in a prime location close to all of the entertainment and action in the French Quarter; the French Market Inn, Hotel St. Marie, Place d’Armes, the Prince Conti Hotel, and the Lafayette Hotel! When you plan on booking a hotel, you want to ensure that you do not have to walk great distances or face expensive cab fares to get to the places you want to visit. That’s where shines as your easy place to find hotel options! Not only are many of these hotels located right in the heart of the French Quarter of New Orleans, but each is in prime location for French Quarter Fest, like the French Market Inn which is also located within six blocks of Jackson Square, the French Market, Aquarium of the Americas, Bourbon Street, Harrah’s New Orleans Casino, and more!

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Book Your Stay at a French Quarter Hotel During French Quarter Fest!

Ideally located in or near the New Orleans French Quarter, the French Market Inn, Hotel St. Marie, Place d’Armes, the Prince Conti Hotel, and the Lafayette Hotel are close to all of the excitement that French Quarter Fest brings to the city. If you are visiting New Orleans this spring for French Quarter Fest or for any other reason throughout the year, do not hesitate to book your beautiful room today with!

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