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Weekend Picks: French Quarter Fest, Duncan Plaza Marketplace, and More

French Quarter Fest and more is happening this weekend.

French Quarter Festival
A second line kicks off French Quarter Fest, which takes place April 16 - 19, 2020. (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

It’s that time of year again – French Quarter Festival weekend – and we couldn’t be more excited. This year is the festival’s 35th anniversary and New Orleans’ Tricentennial year, and we’re gearing up to celebrate in a big way. Enjoy lots of food, live music, and festival fun in the French Quarter all weekend long. Take a break from festing to stop by the Duncan Plaza Marketplace and view a Tricentennial art exhibit at the New Orleans Art Center on Saturday. The party doesn’t stop once the festival ends for the day; there’s live music performances going late into the night. Grab your sunglasses and walking shoes – it’s gonna be a fun weekend.

French Quarter Fest (Photo: Paul Broussard)


**Editor’s Note: French Quarter Fest has been cancelled on Saturday April 14, due to weather. It will resume. on Sunday, April 15.

French Quarter Fest – It’s not just the city that’s having a milestone birthday this year. French Quarter Fest turns 35, and the four-day festival is gearing up for a big weekend. From Thursday, April 12 to Sunday, April 15, head down to the French Quarter for performances from over 1,700 musicians across 23 stages and food and drink from over 60 vendors. For 12 can’t miss things to do at French Quarter Fest (including Tricentennial fireworks on Saturday night) click here. Admission to the festival is free!

NOTE: due to inclement weather, French Quarter Fest has been canceled for Saturday. Event organizers expect the fest to resume fully on Sunday.


Marketplace at Duncan Plaza – From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, head to Duncan Plaza for its newest pop-up experience, marketplace. Enjoy food, music, and a free “Twerk ‘n Tone” fitness class from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Bring a picnic blanket, kick back, and relax in the heart of downtown New Orleans.

New Orleans, 1818 – Stop by the New Orleans Art Center in the Bywater on Saturday for a look at the Tricentennial through an artist’s lens. Featuring iconic New Orleans landmarks, local author/artist Morgan Molthrop created monumental works of art specifically for New Orleans’ 300th birthday. The works will be on display Saturday, April 14 at the New Orleans Art Center located at 3330 St. Claude Ave.

Where Y’Art at the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery (Photo courtesy of the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery )


Art of Flavor: Part One – From 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, explore Where Y’Art’s latest exhibit that explores the distinct flavor of New Orleans in the abstract sense. Inspired by Chef Nina Compton and bar maven Abigail Gullo, the interactive exhibition will allow show goers to interact with the art on their own comfort level by scanning QR codes to discover more about the artists and the inspiration behind each piece. The exhibit is held at the Old No. 77 Hotel on 535 Tchoupitoulas St.


Every week we scout the live music lineups to bring you a few of our favorites. This weekend, check out the all-female brass band, The Pinettes, at Bullet’s Sports Bar on Friday night at 9 p.m. On Saturday night see the Pink Room Project at the Hi-Ho lounge at 11 p.m. or the Jam Brass Band at BMC. Derek Smalls and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will be at the Saenger on Saturday night too. There’s good music to catch all weekend long, every weekend in New Orleans.

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