What many don’t know about French Quarter Festival, is that it actually started as a simple festival at the Louisiana World Exposition in 1984 as a means to show off the improvements that had been made in the French Quarter. Thirty years later, it’s a visitor and local destination that has mushroomed to take the title of the second largest festival in New Orleans, only second to Jazz Fest. This year’s milestone anniversary celebration will be from April 11 to 14 and includes over 1,300 musicians, more than 65 of New Orleans finest restaurants and is supposed to be bigger and better than ever – if that’s possible! Don’t worry, we’ve mapped out French Quarter Festival itineraries to help you get around broken down by music, food, family and experience. If you’d like a more in depth look at the festival through the eyes of our team and Debbie Davis of the Pfister Sisters, check out our recent episode of GoNOLA Radio! Oh, and don’t forget – there’s a lot more to New Orleans than just French Quarter Festival so make the most of your time while you’re celebrating and be sure to check out our 30 things to do in New Orleans for French Quarter Festival in honor of the festival’s 30th birthday!