Special Events


French Quarter Fest 2023 Special Events! 


  • Fans are invited to join festival organizers, sponsors, and partners to welcome this beloved event back to New Orleans on Thursday, April 13 at 10 a.m. for the French Quarter Festival Kickoff Parade. The parade departs from the 200 block of Bourbon Street and makes its way to Jackson Square for the annual opening day ceremony at the GE Stage.
  • Opening day of Fest will close with a bang as the legendary Irma Thomas, Soul Queen of New Orleans closes out the Chevron Stage and fireworks light up the night’s sky on Thursday, thanks to support from New Orleans & Company.

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. All classes are sponsored by the French Market Corporation and free and open to the public.

The Chevron Children’s STEM Zone

The Chevron Children’s STEM Zone will return to entertain and educate people of all ages Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15.