One of the nation’s largest free outdoor music festivals is right around the corner, and it’s in our favorite location.
We’re talking about New Orleans’s annual French Quarter Festival, where more than one dozen stages are set up around the French Quarter and some of the area’s best musicians play for free. This year’s festival is Thursday, April 10 through Sunday, April 13.
Music lovers will find a wide range of music to enjoy, like traditional and contemporary jazz, New Orleans funk, classical, swing, rock, rhythm and blues, Cajun and zydeco, Latin, and just about any other genre you can think of that makes this city’s cultural mix unique.
The 2014 musical line-up is finally out, and it includes hundreds of local bands. Here’s a list of our favorites for each day of the festival:
Thursday, April 10
- Chris Owens
- Flow Tribe
- Preservation Hall Brass Band
Friday, April 11
- Dr. John and the Nite Trippers
- Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys
- Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue
- George Porter, Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners
- Rebirth Brass Band
Saturday, April 12
- Charmaine Neville
- Glen David Andrews
- Irvin Mayfield and the Jazz Playhouse Revue
Sunday, April 13
- Hot 8 Brass Band
- Jeremy Davenport
- Raw Oyster Cult
- Storyville Stompers Brass Band
- Treme Brass Band
The French Quarter Festival is about more than just music, though. Food plays a big role too. (Are you surprised?)
Festival-goers should check out the “world's largest jazz brunch“ in Woldenberg Riverfront Park and the French Quarter in between music sets. Some of the most well known restaurants in the city will be set up and serving their favorite dishes. You’ll find all of New Orleans’s favorite dishes there – po-boys, crawfish, jambalaya, and even drinks like the hurricane. The best part is, most of the dishes are priced in the $10 or less range. You can’t beat that.
When you’re not eating or listening to music, you can walk through the patios and gardens of homes in the French Quarter, which are usually closed off to the public. There will also be an art show in Pirate’s Ally, and fireworks over the Mississippi River.
Even if you can only go to the festival for one of the four days, it’s worth it. The weather should be consistently warm by April, and this festival is the perfect way to experience everything New Orleans has to offer in one, concentrated area.
If you are planning on coming, then we recommend booking a room in the French Quarter so that you will be walking distance to all the festivities. This is especially important when you need a place to take a break or use the restroom! Plus, you’ll save money on transportation costs.
We recommend these hotels in the French Quarter. They are the hotels we recommend to our friends and family, anyway, since they are clean, have friendly staff, are in a good location, and have a great atmosphere.