All the happenings

Special Events on Thursday, April 6, 2017

French Quarter Festival Second-Line Kickoff Parade sponsored by Jimmy John’s led by New Wave Brass Band, 100 block of Bourbon Street to Jackson Square -10AM

Opera at the Upper Pontalba presented by the French Market; operatic performances with musical accompaniment sponsored by the French Market. Upper Pontalba building on Jackson Square, at Chartres St. near St. Peter. 7PM

2017 Gala at Antoine’s Restaurant – For information and to purchase tickets click here. – Patron Party 7PM; Gala 8PM

Special Events on Friday, April 7, 2017

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.

Whitney Bank Film Festival at French Quarter Festival with Timecode: NOLA – Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre. Free and open to the public.

Special Events on Saturday, April 8, 2017

Pirates Alley Juried Art Show – presented by the New Orleans Art Association; over 100 artists displaying original fine art in Pirates Alley, Pere Antoine Alley, Cabildo Alley, and Royal Street – 8AM-6PM

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.
Whitney Bank Film Festival at French Quarter Festival with Timecode: NOLA – 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: Note for Notes, Audubon Institute, New Orleans Pelicans, The George Rodrigue Foundation for the Arts, The Nature Conservancy, Project Lead the Way, and the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park. Make your own instrument, explore the Cajun landscape, test robots, and more! Also enjoy performances for kids and families on the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park Centennial Stage. This year the National Park Service turns 100! Festival organizers will host a centennial celebration for kids, with birthday cake and a sing-a-long! 11AM-5PM

Children’s Museum Activities & Fun at the Hermann-Grima House, sponsored by Chevron Hermann-Grima House will feature a historic photo booth, crafts, book giveaways, and educational projects. Community partners include the Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden Museum, Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans Public Library, Preservation Resource Center, and Young Audiences of Louisiana. The Hermann-Grima House is located at 820 St. Louis Street – 11AM-5PM.

La Belle Galerie presents Opera at Dusk – operatic performances by Soprano, Carmen Barika with musical accompaniment; sponsored by La Belle Galerie. Muriel’s Jackson Square- 4:30PM

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

Special Events on Sunday April 9, 2017

Pirates Alley Juried Art Show – presented by the New Orleans Art Association; over 100 artists displaying original fine art in Pirates Alley, Pere Antoine Alley, Cabildo Alley, and Royal Street – 8AM-6PM

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, presented by Timecode:NOLA – 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: Note for Notes, Audubon Institute, New Orleans Pelicans, The George Rodrigue Foundation for the Arts, The Nature Conservancy, Project Lead the Way, and the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park. Make your own instrument, explore the Cajun landscape, test robots, and more! Also enjoy performances for kids and families on the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park Centennial Stage. This year the National Park Service turns 100! Festival organizers will host a centennial celebration for kids, with birthday cake and a sing-a-long! 11AM-5PM

Children’s Museum Activities & Fun at the Hermann-Grima House, sponsored by Chevron Hermann-Grima House will feature a historic photo booth, crafts, book giveaways, and educational projects. Community partners include the Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden Museum, Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans Public Library, Preservation Resource Center, and Young Audiences of Louisiana. The Hermann-Grima House is located at 820 St. Louis Street – 11AM-5PM.

St. Louis Cathedral Annual Spring Concert – Admission is free and open to the public. 7PM

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

Gala

Antoine’s Restaurant
713 St. Louis Street

Thursday, April 6th, 2017
Patron Party 7:00 – 8:00pm
Gala 8:00 -10:30pm
Cocktail Attire – Dinner, drinks, and dancing!
Click here for tickets

Established in 1840, Antoine’s is the country’s oldest family-run restaurant, a favorite of locals, and a beloved New Orleans institution.

In 2015, Antoine’s Restaurant turned 175 years old! Obviously they have been doing something right throughout the years to have lasted long enough to be considered the oldest continuously operated family-run restaurant in the country. Throughout the years Antoine’s remained iconic and famous for great service, atmosphere, culinary delights and New Orleans originals – like Oyster Rockefeller, Eggs Sardou, and the famous puffed soufflé potatoes -that were all born here. Guests have included famous movie stars, musicians, presidents, popes, generals, and New Orleans’ most prominent families.

The names of each of the dining rooms at Antoine’s Restaurant are steeped in history. During the French Quarter Festival Opening Night Gala, enjoy the original Main Dining Room, the Mardi-Gras themed Rex, Proteus, and 12th Night Revelers rooms, the Mystery Room, 1840 Room, the Last Room (or Tabasco Room) and the Wine Cellar, which holds approximately 25,000 bottles when fully stocked. French Quarter Festival is the only time of the year when Antoine’s allows a non-profit community organization to ‘take over’ – celebrating the opening of French Quarter Festival at this grand Gala event.

Guests will enjoy tastings by Antoine’s and other festival favorites, and open bar courtesy of Abita Brewing Company and Republic Beverages.


Whitney Bank Film Fest with Timecode: NOLA

Whitney Bank Film Festival at French Quarter Festival with Timecode: NOLA – Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre. Free and open to the public.

Let Them Talk

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