Things to do in the French Quarter: Jazz in the Park 2016

The shoulder seasons in New Orleans French Quarter – that is to say, spring and autumn – are the generally agreed upon to be the most pleasant months to be in the city. Or more specifically, to be outside when you’re in the city. And in this vein, People United for Armstrong Park is making music a la carte via the tenth season of Jazz in the Park.

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This New Orleans music tradition brings local legends to the historic Louis Armstrong Park, right on the border of the French Quarter and the historic Treme neighborhood. These free, family friendly concerts happen from 4-8pm on Thursdays, starting on Sep 8 and lasting until November 3. Expect food, beer, arts and crafts and more to be present in force, along with a variety of New Orleans music. Although the concert series is Jazz in the Park, the Crescent City’s most celebrated genres such as soul, funk, brass, and zydeco are all represented.

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French Quarter Fun before the Fest

With its location so close to the French Quarter, there are many different options for things to do before this free New Orleans festival. Basin St. Station, New Orleans’ visitor center, is a proud sponsor of Jazz in the Park. A great stopping point to learn more about the city, Basin St. Station houses an authentic New Orleans souvenir shop and train museum, along with information about some of the best things to do in the French Quarter and beyond. The station also serves as a great public parking option for those driving in for Jazz in the Park. A part from being a museum, Basin St. Station is also one of the stops for City Sightseeing New Orleans, the city’s Hop-On Hop-Off tour. Their red, double decker buses run daily from 9:30AM to 5:30PM with live guided narration about New Orleans’ top attractions. After spending the day learning more about the French Quarter and other neighborhoods, riders can Hop-Off in the Treme or at Basin St. Station and boogie a few blocks over to Jazz in the Park!

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New Orleans Music at Jazz in the Park

“Soul provider” Nigel Hall will be headlining the opening date, bringing a foundation of funk to the start of this festival. If you’re into brass, the Sep 15 Jazz in the Park features Corey Henry and his funk-shop backing band (the Treme Funktet), while local legends (and internationally acclaimed show-stoppers) the Soul Rebels take the stage on October 6. Hometown hero John Papa Gros and his band will be playing their “genre-bending gumbo” of New Orleans funk, rock, and jazz on October 13, and Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers will be finishing out the entire affair in November. With that said, the entire lineup throughout the season is going to be great; you can find out more information here and watch the videos below to get ready for the fun.

Jazz in the Park Lineup

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