Directly across the Mississippi River from downtown New Orleans and the French Quarter is a section of the city sometimes called “New Orleans’ best kept secret” known as Old Algiers. Founded only a year after the city proper, in 1719, Old Algiers is situated on a sharp bend of the river. Because of this geographic feature, the area is commonly called Algiers Point.
Although somewhat isolated from the rest of the city, Old Algiers knows how to celebrate in typical New Orleans fashion! The Old Algiers RiverFest, taking place this year on April 6 & 7 is two days of street festivals featuring music, food and cultural offerings.
This festival continues to expand but holds fast to its goals: preserving the traditional jazz and indigenous music that came of age along this bend of the Mississippi River. It is an authentic New Orleans cultural experience that any visitor should feel proud to attend! Old Algiers Riverfest features performances by some of the top names in traditional jazz, gospel choirs, brass bands as well as the renowned Mardi Gras Indians. Of course there will also be local cuisine, arts and crafts and children’s activities along the levee near the Canal Street/Algiers Ferry landing. This festival is free to attend!
It may be a bit off the beaten track, but Algiers Point is worth the ride across the river – which is also free for pedestrians. Plus, the trip across the Mississippi offers some amazing views of the city’s skyline.
Lodging in New Orleans and Algiers Point
We have member bed and breakfasts all over the city of New Orleans. We also have several Algiers Inns as well that would love to host you during your visit to the Riverfest, or any time you come to the Crescent City. Look forward to seeing you!