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Weekend Picks: French Quarter Fest and More

The French Quarter gets its fest on, while musical performances keep your toes tapping from the CBD to the Lakefront.

Jackson Square is one of 23 stages at French Quarter Fest, which features more than 1,700 musicians and 300 performances over four days, plus incredible food and art at every turn.

Stages pop up throughout the French Quarter for the 39th annual French Quarter Fest all weekend long, with enough music and food to last four days. Looking for even more to do this weekend? Dive into a musical celebration of our coast and culture along Lake Pontchartrain, or spend some quality time at Longue Vue House and Gardens. If you’re looking for a low-key affair, raise a glass at the Catahoula Hotel’s wine mixer, or grab some homemade goodies at Piety Street Market.


1. French Quarter Fest  From Thursday ’til Sunday, head to NOLA’s oldest neighborhood for a jam-packed schedule of music, food, and fun. First time at the fest? Check out our Insider’s Guide for all you need to know! Admission is free.

Over the course of four days, more than 1,700 musicians will perform on 23 separate stages across the French Quarter and the Mississippi Riverfront.


2. New Water Music — At 4 p.m., head to Lake Pontchartrain for a free, public performance debuting New Water Music from composer Yotman Haber. In a choreographed presentation, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and community musicians will perform from the water for an experience unlike any other.

3. Longue Vue Easter Egg Hunt — Grab the kiddos and a basket, and head to Longue Vue from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Face painting, lawn games, plant sales, and more await! Tickets $10.

At the western edge of New Orleans lies the manicured estate of Longue Vue House and Gardens. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

4. Catahoula Wine Mixer — Celebrate spring with the Catahoula Hotel‘s newly expanded wine menu. Learn all about the selections and where they come from with on-site reps, concluding with a screening of Step Brothers. The event is free with the option for a $25 wrist band that provides all-you-can-drink house pours and half-off bottles.

5. Piety Street Market — More than 50 vendors gather near the pedestrian bridge entrance of Crescent Park, offering art, jewelry, clothes and more eclectic finds to tickle your fancy from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Free. 


Bastille at Champion’s Square On Friday at 7:30 p.m, British band Bastille brings their Wild, Wild World tour to Champion’s Square. Tickets from $28.

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