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2012 French Quarter Festival

French Quarter Festival.

Trombone Shorty. Photo by Derek Bridges.

2012 is the 29th Annual French Quarter Festival in New Orleans. It’s beginnings may have been modest, but it is now one of the largest festivals in the city. It’s also free. Make your plans to attend now; find a room at a Bed and Breakfast New Orleans.

More than 800 musicians will take to 20 stages between April 12 and April 15. That means non-stop music. Jazz, Cajun, Funk, Gospel, Blues, Zydeco… if you like to listen to it, you’ll probably find it at the French Quarter Festival.

More than 70 restaurants will set up food booths throughout the French Quarter: along Bourbon Street, in Jackson Square, and along the Mississippi River in Woldenberg Park. Grab easy eats like alligator sausage, po-boys, and handfuls of beignets.

French Quarter Festival welcomes Deacon John.

Deacon John. Photo by Peter Clark

All of the musicians are home-grown. They come from New Orleans and Louisiana, that’s it. What a wonderful thing.

Highlights of this year’s French Quarter Festival:

  • Cyril Neville
  • Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys
  • Deacon John
  • Soul Rebels
  • New Orleans Classic Jazz Orchestra
  • Papa Grows Funk
  • Tony Green and Gypsy Jazz


Many of our New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts are located in and around the French Quarter. Make life easier for yourself, and stay within walking distance of the fun.

For a complete festival schedule, please see French Quarter Festival.

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