Special Events

GALA

Antoine’s Restaurant , 713 St. Louis Street
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Patron Party 7:00 – 8:00pm

Gala 8:00 -10:30pm Cocktail Attire – Dinner, drinks, and dancing! Patron tickets are $280 and Gala tickets are $180. In addition to single tickets, a limited number of VIP packages are available; packages include private gala seating with dedicated waiter and wristbands for front-of-stage access during festival weekend. Click here or call 504-522-5730 to purchase.

Special Events on Thursday, April 12, 2018

French Quarter Festival Second-Line Kickoff Parade
100 block of Bourbon Street to Jackson Square -10AM

Special Events on Friday, April 13, 2018

French Quarter Festival and NOLA Jitterbugs present free dance lessons – The French Market Traditional Jazz Stage and the Chevron Cajun-Zydeco Showcase will feature dancing and classes in the following: Traditional Jazz, 1920s Charleston, Swing Dance, Cajun Jitterbug, and Zydeco. Classes are taught by professional dancers from NOLA Jitterbugs and Dance Quarter. All classes are free and open to the public.

Special Events on Saturday, April 14, 2018

French Quarter Festival and NOLA Jitterbugs present free dance lessons – The French Market Traditional Jazz Stage and the Chevron Cajun-Zydeco Showcase will feature dancing and classes in the following: Traditional Jazz, 1920s Charleston, Swing Dance, Cajun Jitterbug, and Zydeco. Classes are taught by professional dancers from NOLA Jitterbugs and Dance Quarter. All classes are free and open to the public.

Let Them Talk: Conversations on Louisiana Music – Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint, 3rd Floor. Free and open to the public.

Film Festival at French Quarter Festival with Cinema on the Bayou – Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre. Free and open to the public.

Chevron Children’s Headquarters on the Riverfront at the Natchez Wharf Featuring the Chevron “STEAM” Zone (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) with interactive, fascinating fun for families. Community partners include: The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, The Nature Conservancy, Project Lead the Way, Audubon Nature Institute, Chevron, Fab Lab NOLA, New Orleans Pelicans, Notes for Notes, and the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park. Take part in hermit crab racing, test robots, build a motorized boat, and so much more! Also enjoy performances for kids and families on the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park Stage. Toulouse Street at the River— Saturday and Sunday, 11AM-5PM

Port of New Orleans Water Display at Woldenberg Riverfront Park by the boat, General Kelley 5PM

Battle of the Bands – traditional jazz bands compete in a rousing playoff – 400 block of Royal – 5:30-7PM

Special Events on Sunday April 15, 2018 

French Quarter Festival and NOLA Jitterbugs present free dance lessons – The French Market Traditional Jazz Stage and the Chevron Cajun-Zydeco Showcase will feature dancing and classes in the following: Traditional Jazz, 1920s Charleston, Swing Dance, Cajun Jitterbug, and Zydeco. Classes are taught by professional dancers from NOLA Jitterbugs and Dance Quarter. All classes are free and open to the public.

Let Them Talk: Conversations on Louisiana Music – Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint, 3rd Floor. Free and open to the public.

Film Festival at French Quarter Festival with Cinema on the Bayou – Le Petit Theater du Vieux Carre. Free and open to the public.

Chevron Children’s Headquarters on the Riverfront at the Natchez Wharf  Featuring the Chevron “STEAM” Zone (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) with interactive, fascinating fun for families. Community partners include: The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, The Nature Conservancy, Project Lead the Way, Audubon Nature Institute, Chevron, Fab Lab NOLA, Goldie Blox, New Orleans Pelicans, Notes for Notes, and the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park. Take part in hermit crab racing, test robots, play with water engineering sets and so much more! Also enjoy performances for kids and families on the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park Stage. Toulouse Street at the River— Saturday and Sunday, 11AM-5PM

St. Louis Cathedral Annual Spring Concert – Admission is free and open to the public. 3PM

Dancing at Dusk – You’ll be ‘In the Mood’ for a ‘Sentimental Journey’ with the sounds of Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Count Basie and other favorites from the 30s, 40s, and 50s. Come dance and swing at this festival favorite with The Tomcats. 400 block of Royal Street – 6:00-7:15PM