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Eight Blocks of Fun at the Freret Street Festival in New Orleans

Enjoy all the Uptown corridor has to offer in one day at Freret Street Festival.

Gasa Gasa on Freret Street (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

One of the great New Orleans success stories is the transformation of Freret Street from a sleepy, under-occupied commercial strip to a real shopping, dining, and entertainment hub in the heart of Uptown New Orleans. Part of that transformation has included the Freret Street Festival, which happens this year on Saturday, April 7 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and features a diverse music lineup across three stages. Pet adoptions, food courts, and over 200 vendors will all make this year’s festival the best one yet.

The Freret Street Festival is known for its block party-feel, complete with music acts across three stages. It goes without saying that there will be an expanse of delicious New Orleans food – but I’ll say it anyway. Among the food vendors this year, you’ll find Ancora, Bratz Y’all, Dat Dog, Zippy Fruit, and more.

Dat Dog is one of the vendors at Freret Street Festival (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

The musical lineup for this year’s festival includes: Jon Cleary Band with Walter Wolfman Washington, Mike Dillon Band, Motel Radio, Sexy Dex & The Fresh, Chawa, Caesar Brothers Funkbox, Michot Melody Makers, Mainline, Margie Perez, Amanda Ducorbier, Organized Crime, Midriff Ayotemi, N’Fungola Sibo, Naibori Youth, and Dance Demonstrations by Nola Capoeira.

With over 200 New Orleans vendors selling hand-made art, fashions, food and gifts, it’s a high octane version of the monthly Freret Market that has grown to extend the full length of Freret from Napoleon Avenue to Valmont Street. Come discover (or rediscover) all there is to love about living local in New Orleans on Freret Street.

Paul Broussard is a native New Orleanian, photographer, writer, and culture junkie. He regularly photographs for Visit New Orleans, Zatarain’s, and other great New Orleans brands, and his photography and writings have appeared in several national and international publications including Bon Appetit magazine and The Times-Picayune. He is the co-host of the long-running Stage & Screen radio on WTUL 91.5 FM.

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