It’s hard to boil French Quarter Fest down to just numbers. But if you had to, it would look something like this: 23 stages, 1,700 musicians, and 700 hours of music. As the fest’s executive director Marci Schramm puts it, “You can’t see Louisiana music on this scale anywhere.”
During French Quarter Fest, the sounds of local and regional musicians waft through the French Quarter’s iconic (if not actually French) architecture. So, too, does the aroma of dishes like oysters bonne femme from Antoine’s, hot sausage po-boys from Vaucresson Sausage Co., boiled crawfish from Rouses, and more.
This year’s festival happens April 6-9, but you can get a sneak peek with the video below:
French Quarter Festival Video Transcript
Fresh Johnson: There’s always something going on in the beautiful French Quarter, but for a long weekend in April, the Quarter plays host to the largest free music festival in the country. The French Quarter Festival is one of the true highlights of springtime in New Orleans.
Marci Schramm: We have 21 stages, over 1400 musicians, 700 hours of music. You can’t see Louisiana music on this scale anywhere.
Anne Wills: Great art, great food; it’s for the people.
Johnson: No matter what it is you’re looking for, the French Quarter Festival has got it. From traditional jazz, to zydeco, to bounce rap, and rock ‘n’ roll. And you can’t forget about the great food. Scattered around the French Quarter you’ll find some amazing local vendors serving up some amazing Louisiana cooking.
Schramm: Getting to the festival shouldn’t be a problem,
Wills: I always tell people, please leave your car at home.
Schramm: Of course, there’s the charming streetcar, buses; I mean lots of public transportation, but it’s always a bike-friendly city, and we provide bike parking. The riverfront’s great, and Jackson Square is great, but I always encourage people to go out and explore the smaller stages.
Wills: You can really just sort of walk through this incredible neighborhood Not just the festival, but seeing all the business and the restaurants and bars, and everything that is out there to enjoy.
Johnson: Wherever you end up at at the French Quarter Festival, you will be at the center of it all. I’m Fresh Johnson for GoNola TV. Thanks for checking us out — we’ll see you down here.