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New Orleans Attractions: French Quarter Festival 2023

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Welcome to the French Quarter Fest

As New Orleans’ most iconic neighborhood, it’s only fitting that the French Quarter get its own festival! This year, the French Quarter Fest will mark another unforgettable celebration of New Orleans music, food, art and culture right in the middle of the most historic streets in town. This annual event is an exciting combination of Mardi Gras’ street level festivities with Jazz Fest’s parade of local music. On top of that, there are no admission charges! That’s why, the French Quarter Fest quickly became the largest free music festival in the South and one of the most beloved recurring New Orleans attractions. 

The History of French Quarter Festival

French Quarter Festival 2023 People standing by banner

The French Quarter Festival has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a neighborhood celebration in 1984. In an effort to bring in more people to the Quarter, it has since evolved to become one of the largest free festivals in the US, and continues to get bigger and better with every passing year.

Filled with local music acts, signature dishes, family-friendly activities and culture from around New Orleans, this exciting festival draws in hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. Not only is it great fun for everyone involved, but its economic impact of $190 million is an incredible boost to Louisiana’s economy. 

French Quarter Festival 2023

Music stage at the French Quarter Festival 2023

Music Lineup

Music lovers will be jumping with joy over the spectacular lineup planned for this year’s French Quarter Festival! Headlining the show is none other than Irma Thomas — the one and only Soul Queen of New Orleans. Joining her on this 4-day event are some of the nation’s hottest young performers like Tank and the Bangas and Samantha Fish. Local legends like Rebirth Brass Band and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux with the Golden Eagles are sure to keep audiences on their feet. Best of all, the French Quarter Fest lineup always presents a diverse spread of regionally popular genres, so get your dancing shoes ready for jazz, R&B, Zydeco, and more.


French Quarter Festival 2023 is proving to be just as exciting in the kitchen as it is on the stage. Not only will festival goers have a chance to jam out to music from all over Louisiana, they’ll also have the opportunity to indulge in some truly classic New Orleans staples. Favorites such as Galatoire’s, Broussard’s, and Tujague’s will be serving up delicious Creole delicacies, while nearby neighborhood favorite Miss Linda the Yakamein Lady puts her own spin on noodle soups. Hungry festival goers who want to explore a newer addition to the New Orleans food scene can try out Addis NOLA, an Ethiopian restaurant based out of the Seventh Ward.   

French Quarter Fest: Schedule & Admission

French Quarter Festival 2023 crowd in front of Jackson Square
Photo: Paul Broussard

Get ready to enjoy four exciting days of musical performances, delicious food and special purchases. Taking place from April 13-16, the French Quarter Festival kicks off at 11 AM and runs through 8 PM. You’ll have the chance to enjoy live music at various iconic venues within the French Quarter, such as Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Bourbon Street, Preservation Hall, and more.

There is also a variety of food and beverage options available for purchase, but no outside food or drinks are allowed inside the venue areas. It’s important for attendees to also remember that it can get quite warm in April, so dressing for hotter weather and bringing some sunglasses is highly recommended. 

Learn More About the French Quarter

When you visit French Quarter Fest, take the opportunity to learn about the neighborhood’s incredible history. Luckily, a French Quarter tour is the perfect way to familiarize yourself with this special city that dates back over 300 years. With vibrant, knowledgeable tour guides, you’ll gain insight into how New Orleans culture shaped and transpired in this unique area.

Enjoy a fun and fast-paced education on New Orleans’ music, cuisine, architecture, and more as you stroll through the lively streets and alleyways of the Quarter. Whether you’re a history buff or just out for a great time, your journey begins with a French Quarter walking tour by New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours — book it today!

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