French Quarter Festival, New Orleans Event

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What do 21 stages, a half-milion people, dance lessons, and musician adoptions have in common?  Why they’re all part of the annual French Quarter Festival in New Orleans!  And Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast welcomes you as our New Orleans bed and breakfast guest during this amazing New Orleans Event.

April 12-15, 2012 marks the 29th anniversary of this New Orleans festival season kick-off event.  What started as a simple, neighborhood festival has blossomed into one of the largest music, food, and fun events in the United States.

In an effort to keep the festival truly free for attendees, an ‘adopt an artist’ program has been started for the 2012 event, and will continue for future events.  This Musician Sponsorship Program allows individuals, corporations, and foundations donate the costs required for the over 800 local artists.  Committed to keeping traditional jazz music alive, the Festival features twenty music stages host only Louisiana artists, and one International Stage welcomes jazz groups from all over the world.

Meanwhile, food will flow!  The French Quarter Festival has become recognized as a major food event in the United States.  New Orleans’ finest restaurants will participate in what has become known as The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch, serving classic New Orleans dishes during the entire festival.

The Festival is also home to the popular Children’s Headquarters for some fun for the entire family.  The Children’s Headquarters offers activities at two locations: the first is the Hermann-Grima House Courtyard offers activities that will let kids get their hands dirty, including a few from a bygone era (butter-churning, anyone?).  The second is the kids area at the Audubon Aquarium’s plaza on the riverfront, which will include a place for kids themselves to perform.  And don’t miss the fireworks on Saturday night at 9 pm!

Need some portable guidance during the event?  Make sure to check out the French Quarter Festival iPhone and Droid Apps, available for free download in March, 2012.

Our  uptown New Orleans bed and breakfast welcomes you to our city during the French Quarter Festival.  We hope you enjoy your stay with us!

Some minimum stays apply to holiday and special events. Call or e-mail now for details and to book your accommodations.

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