Spring is the perfect time to be in NOLA, with ideal weather, flowers in bloom, and the 27th Annual French Quarter Festival scheduled for April 9, 10 & 11, 2010! What was just a local music event in the French Quarter twenty years ago has now ballooned to three full days of fun with thousands in attendance from all over the world. This absolutely free event celebrates the New Orleans traditions of regional music, delicious food, and the unique culture of the area.
After Thursday’s “Thank Goodness it’s Festival” (TGIF) party and funraiser (tickets are only $50 and is open to the general public), 17 stages will host hours and hours of music featuring over 700 musicians (mostly from the NOLA area) playing all types of music. Whether you enjoy blues, funk, Zydeco, jazz, folk, or even gospel or opera, chances are you’ll hear it at this year’s French Quarter Festival. Watch the concerts with the attendees, or let it be the background to a myriad of different activities throughout the long weekend! Dance the evening away at Dancing at Dusk, fill your belly at the Oyster Eating Contest, enjoy courtyard tours at some of the beautiful and historic homes, take the kids to Children’s Headquarters for age-appropriate fun… there is so much to do that you’ll wish you had way more tme to enjoy it!
And you certainly won’t go hungry! Throughout the grounds of Riverfront Park, Jackson Square, and the Old U.S. Mint, food will be easily found from over 60 vendors offering some of the best eats and drinks of the area. For the past 26 years, area restaurants and other vendors have been setting up at the Festival and making sure the attendees have the energy to make it through each day!
Out-of-town festival goers are encouraged to book their travel accommodations now; as many area hotels and bed &breakfasts have reported that they are already experiencing strong reservations as repeat guests book ahead. The Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast is a wonderful choice for festival lodging. Only a 10 minute ride via streetcar to the festival; you can experience the fun all day and come home to a peaceful rest at night in the Uptown /Garden District of the city.
To book an accommodation, click here for online reservations.