The most famous street in New Orleans is Bourbon, inside the most famous neighborhood: The French Quarter. Of course, you do yourself a disservice to limit your visit to this small piece of our historic city, but certainly is an entertaining district, filled with Daiquiri shops, live music, shopping, dining and more.
To celebrate this famous neighborhood and continue to host the best parties in the nation (and maybe worldwide), New Orleans holds the French Quarter festival. 2013 marks its 30th year.
The French Quarter festival is only bested by Jazz Fest and Mardi Gras, it comes in as the third largest celebration the city hosts. It has grown so popular, in fact, that last year the event was expanded from three to four full days of events.
The 30th Annual French Quarter Festival will be held from Thursday, April 11 through Sunday, April 14. More than 1,300 musicians perform over the course of the weekend and over 60 restaurants set up booths in three food court areas: all around Jackson Square, at the Old U.S. Mint and along the Riverfront at Woldenberg Park. Some of New Orleans’ top artists and craftspersons will have work on display and for sale. There are also going to be two areas of fun for the kids to enjoy. On Saturday night, a fireworks display will erupt over the waters of the Mississippi River.
Because of an anticipated shortage of available parking in the French Quarter, bus shuttle service will take place between downtown parking lots and the festival site. The shuttle will have six buses running Friday through Sunday during festival hours, for free.
French Quarter Festival Lodging
If you are coming from out of town and will be staying overnight, we recommend you make your reservations early. Most rooms are sold out by the time the festival arrives. Check our listings of New Orleans bed and breakfasts for those with availability during the festival!