Membership/Sponsorship Opportunities

Festival Membership

Festival memberships ensure a strong future for French Quarter Festivals, Inc. by funding education programs that reach out to the community, employ musicians and artists, impact young generations of performers, preserve our unique culture and heritage, and add to the quality of life in our community.

Bourbon Street Level

  • Early notification of upcoming events, ticket sales, promotions, and festival news
  • Subscription to the ‘Fest Family’ Newsletter
  • ‘Fest Family’ window cling

$35.00 – Click here to join

Royal Street Level

  • Early notification of upcoming events, ticket sales, promotions, and festival news
  • Subscription to the ‘Fest Family’ Newsletter
  • ‘Fest Family’ window cling
  • One French Quarter Festival commemorative shirt
  • 10% off any one-time order of merchandise

$75.00 – Click here to join

Old U.S. Mint Level

  • Early notification of upcoming events, ticket sales, promotions, and festival news
  • Subscription to the ‘Fest Family’ Newsletter
  • ‘Fest Family’ window cling
  • One French Quarter Festival commemorative shirt
  • 10% off any one-time order of merchandise
  • Signed and numbered French Quarter Festival poster
  • French Quarter Festival commemorative hat
  • 1 year subscription to OffBeat Magazine
  • Invitation to participate in exclusive merchandise pre-sales
  • Invitation to special FQFI events and other community events

$200.00 – Click here to join

Woldenberg Park Level

  • Early notification of upcoming events, ticket sales, promotions, and festival news
  • Subscription to the ‘Fest Family’ Newsletter
  • ‘Fest Family’ window cling
  • One French Quarter Festival commemorative shirt
  • 10% off any one-time order of merchandise
  • Signed and numbered French Quarter Festival poster
  • French Quarter Festival commemorative hat
  • 1 year subscription to OffBeat Magazine
  • Invitation to participate in exclusive merchandise pre-sales
  • Invitation to special FQFI events and other community events
  • Advanced notice of date and placement for volunteer teams at French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest
  • Acknowledgment within the official FQFI newsletter
  • Two tickets to our exclusive indoor VIP hospitality area during French Quarter Festival on Friday

$500.00 Click here to join

Jackson Square Level

  • Early notification of upcoming events, ticket sales, promotions, and festival news
  • Subscription to the ‘Fest Family’ Newsletter
  • ‘Fest Family’ window cling
  • One French Quarter Festival commemorative shirt
  • 10% off any one-time order of merchandise
  • Signed and numbered French Quarter Festival poster
  • French Quarter Festival commemorative hat
  • 1 year subscription to OffBeat Magazine
  • Invitation to participate in exclusive merchandise pre-sales
  • Invitation to special FQFI events and other community events
  • Advanced notice of date and placement for volunteer teams at French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest
  • Acknowledgment within the official FQFI newsletter
  • Listing on French Quarter Festivals, Inc. website
  • Two tickets to invitation-only speakers reception at Satchmo SummerFest
  • Two tickets to a dinner cruise aboard the Steamboat Natchez
  • Two tickets to our exclusive VIP hospitality area during French Quarter Festival for one day of the festival

$1,000.00 – Click here to join

French Quarter Level
  • Early notification of upcoming events, ticket sales, promotions, and festival news
  • Subscription to the ‘Fest Family’ Newsletter
  • ‘Fest Family’ window cling
  • One French Quarter Festival commemorative shirt
  • 10% off any one-time order of merchandise
  • Signed and numbered French Quarter Festival poster
  • French Quarter Festival commemorative hat
  • 1 year subscription to OffBeat Magazine
  • Invitation to participate in exclusive merchandise pre-sales
  • Invitation to special FQFI events and other community events
  • Advanced notice of date and placement for volunteer teams at French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest
  • Acknowledgment within the official FQFI newsletter
  • Listing on French Quarter Festivals, Inc. website
  • Two tickets to invitation-only speakers reception at Satchmo SummerFest
  • Two tickets to a dinner cruise aboard the Steamboat Natchez
  • Two tickets to our exclusive VIP hospitality area for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of French Quarter Festival

$5,000.00 – Click here to join

Festival Sponsorship

Thank you to title sponsor Chevron and all our generous sponsors! Contact Stephanie Loman (stephanie@fqfi.org) to learn how to join our group of supporters.

THANK YOU to our 2016 Musician Sponsors!
Acadian Ambulance, Alternative Tees, aos, Backroom at Buffa’s, Barcadia, Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights, The Blood Center, Bob & Norma Simms, Café Beignet, Café Reconcile, Charcoal’s Gourmet Burger Bar, Chevron, Councilmember Brossett, District D with Harrah’s of New Orleans, Councilmember Ramsey, District C with Harrah’s of New Orleans, Court of Two Sisters, Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, Crescent Transport, Derbes Family Foundation, Dickie Brennan & Co. Restaurant Group, East Jefferson General Hospital, Ericksen, Krentel & Laporte, LLP, Erin Rose, F.E.S.S., Inc., Francher Perrin Group w/ Gardner Realtors, The Frenchmen Hotel & Gallery, Galloway Johnson, Tompkins, Burr and Smith, Gootee Construction, Inc., GW Fins, Haydel’s Bakery, Herman, Herman & Katz, Holy Cross School, Hotel Modern, Hotel Provincial, Jacques-Imo’s Café, Jester’s, John Humphries Designs, Johnny’s Po-Boys, Kathleen & Edmund Schrenk, LaDivina Café Gelateria, Lafitte’s Guest House & Gallery, Leefe, Gibbs, Sullivan & Dupre, Linda & Mark Caplan, Lost Love Lounge, Louise H. Moffett Family Foundation, Louisiana Public Health Institute (SmokeFree NOLA), Lowry-Dunham, Case & Vivien Insurance Agency, Lucky Dog, McLoughlin Family Foundation, Meyer The Hatter, Mid City Pizza, Mignon Faget, Morris Bart, MOXY Hotels, NCIS: New Orleans, New Orleans Food & Fun Tours, New Orleans Hotel Collection, NOLA Lending Group, Original New Orleans Po-Boy, The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, Outreach Process Partners, LLC, Pan-American Life Insurance Group, Patrick Gros, CPA, APAC, The Penthouse Club, Pet Care Center, Pontchartrain Hotel , Praline Connection, Ralph’s on the Park, Ransdell Restorations, LLC, Ruth’s Chris Steak, Sal Borelli, Samuel Loudenslager, Sheraton New Orleans, Silver Slipper Casino, Slidell Memorial Hospital, Southern Silkscreen, Spotted Cat Music Club, Steamboat Natchez & Grayline, tasc Performance, Theatres at Canal Place, Toulouse Royale, Tropical Isle, Tujague’s, Vinson Guard Service, Voleo’s, Voodoo Harley Davidson, Wendy & Joseph Dalvisio, Whole Foods Market, Zapp’s Potato Chips, Zarico Rouges Group

Musician Sponsorship

Want to donate NOW? Every amount counts!

This video talks about how we keep the fest free – thank you to our generous musician sponsors!

Become a French Quarter Festival Musician Sponsor today!
2017 French Quarter Festival Dates: April 6-9

$500 ‘Shorty’ Sponsor
• Underwrites one performance on a Street Stage

$1,000 ‘Slim’ Sponsor
• Underwrites one performance on Riverfront, Jackson Square, U.S. Mint or a Street Stage
• Merchandise pack

$2,500 ‘Professor’ Sponsor
• Underwrites multiple acts or a larger group on the Riverfront, Jackson Square or U.S. Mint stages
• Sponsor Hospitality Passes
• Merchandise pack, including one official festival poster, signed and numbered by the artist

$5,000 ‘Fats’ Sponsor
• Underwrites a headlining artist on a Riverfront, Jackson Square or U.S. Mint stages
• 2 tickets to the 30th Anniversary Gala
• Sponsor Hospitality Passes
VIP access for two
• Merchandise pack, including two official festival posters, signed and numbered by the artist
• Early renewals* receive logo placement on the 2016 French Quarter Festival brochure and website.

$10,000-$20,000 ‘Pops’ Sponsor
• Underwrites a headlining artist on the Riverfront or on the Jackson Square stage
• Sponsor Hospitality Passes
• 4 tickets to the Opening Night Gala
• One reserved parking space during the entire weekend of French Quarter Festival
VIP access for four
• Merchandise pack, including eight official festival posters, signed and numbered by the artist
• Early renewals* receive logo placement on the 2016 French Quarter Festival brochure and website.

In addition to the benefits listed above, the following is included with all sponsorship levels:
• Placement on the French Quarter Festival Entertainment Schedule (200,000 produced)
• Sponsor will be identified as the Presenter of Entertainment via stage signage (produced by FQFI)
• Sponsor banner may be displayed during artist performance
• Performance introduction by Stage Manager
• Become a part of the Festival — introduce your band (optional)
• A Tax-deductible donation to a 501©3 nonprofit corporation

To hear more about Musician Sponsorship at French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest contact rschick@fqfi.org.

Multimedia

French Quarter Festival Photo Gallery
View past photos from French Quarter Festival.

French Quarter Festival Video Gallery
Preview the excitement of French Quarter Festival
Watch highlights of the 2016 French Quarter Festival
Celebrate the 15th anniversary of Satchmo SummerFest

French Quarter Festival App
Click here to get the iPhone app

Click here to get the Android app

The free French Quarter Festival App is provided courtesy of our generous sponsor, GE Digital. Features include:

- Music Lineup:
See every artist and where they are playing.

- Food Lineup:
See every food item available at French Quarter Festival and which area they are located in.

- Artist Info:
Click on any artist in any list and read their bio, watch videos, go to the artist web site or go to iTunes to download their latest release.

- Map:
See a map of the entire event.

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Thank you, Festival Sponsors!

Priority Volunteer Registration

Keep the Fest Free!

French Quarter Festival 2015 Volunteer Registration is NOW OPEN!!

Volunteers make our Free Festival possible!
Volunteering with French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is a great way to meet new people, have fun and support the heritage of New Orleans.

There is a job for every interest at our Festivals. Click here to see the Volunteer Job Descriptions.

If you have questions or concerns about what volunteer positions will fit your needs best, please e-mail the volunteer coordinator, at volunteer@fqfi.org.

If you would like more information about upcoming volunteer opportunities please sign up for E-letter mailing list at the top of the page.

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Volunteer Requirements

  • All volunteers must be 16 years and older.
  • All volunteers will be required to sign a waiver online or upon check-in.
  • All volunteers serving alcohol must be 21 or older and will be required to read & sign the LA Responsible Alcohol Vendor Handbook. (Please read this by clicking here.)
  • All volunteers must abide by the Volunteer Guidelines. (Please review them by clicking here.)

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Volunteer Benefits

Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one shift (of up to 5 hours) and will receive:

  • A limited edition collectible volunteer t-shirt, to be worn while volunteering.
  • Food tickets for each volunteer, who works a complete shift.
  • Loads of appreciation from the community & Festival Staff and the satisfaction of a job well done!

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Tutorial Videos

Ready to sign-up to be a French Quarter Festival Volunteer?
These tutorial videos will teach you the steps if you need help.

If you have questions or concerns about volunteering or your registration status please contact kylee@fqfi.org.

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Volunteer Groups

Want to volunteer with your group?
We love volunteer teams! If you’d like to bring a group to volunteer, please create a group name. Once you register and sign-in you will be able to sign up your team (using their email addresses).

Group slots fill quickly, so the earlier you sign up the better!

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Volunteer Sign-up

Unable to volunteer this year?
Sign up for our E-Letter at the top of the page and you will receive information about upcoming volunteer opportunities.

If you are ready to sign-up please click the calendar link that was sent to you in your invitation letter.

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About

Our Mission

French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) annually produces three festivals: French Quarter Festival, Satchmo SummerFest, and Christmas New Orleans Style. FQFI is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the Vieux Carré and the City of New Orleans through high quality special events and activities that showcase the culture and heritage of this unique city, contribute to the economic well-being of the community, and instill increased pride in the people of New Orleans.

About French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

French Quarter Festivals, Inc. – The Facts!

  • In 2017 – French Quarter Festival celebrates its 34th Anniversary; Christmas New Orleans Style celebrates its 33rd anniversary; and Satchmo SummerFest celebrates its 17th anniversary.
  • French Quarter Festival was first produced in 1984 as a way to bring residents back to the Quarter; following the World’s Fair and extensive sidewalk repairs in the French Quarter.
  • More than 2,000 community volunteers help to make the festival a success.
  • French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is a private, non-profit 501c(3) organization.
  • French Quarter Festival is the largest, free music festival in the South.
  • Chief sources of funding are: sponsorships, beverage and merchandise sales, vendor fees, and annual Gala.
  • 23 stages throughout the French Quarter celebrate local music and represent every genre from traditional and contemporary jazz to R&B, New Orleans funk, brass bands, folk, gospel, Latin, Zydeco, classical, cabaret, and international.
  • New Orleans great restaurants, create the food and beverage offerings know as “The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch” in Jackson Square, the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint and Woldenberg Riverfront Park during festival weekend; Satchmo SummerFest hosts New Orleans restaurants, known as “Red Bean Alley”, with Louis Armstrong-inspired dishes and great local cuisine. Louisiana restaurants are invited to participate in these festivals.
  • French Quarter Festival has been consistently voted “favorite festival”, “favorite food festival”, and “favorite event open to the public” by locals.

Attendance Overview

  • French Quarter Festival 2016 attendance – over 760,000 people
  • Satchmo SummerFest 2016 attendance – over 24,000 people
  • French Quarter Festival attendees are 49% locals and 51% visitors
  • Satchmo SummerFest attendees are 53% locals and 47% visitors
  • Visitors from as many as 37 states have attended FQF. Top 5 states – Louisiana, California, New York, Texas, Florida
  • Visitors from as many as 12 countries have attended FQF: top Countries – Canada, United Kingdom, Norway, France, Germany

Economic Impact

According to an analysis of the French Quarter Festival Visitors Survey conducted by The University of New Orleans (UNO) Hospitality Research Center, in 2016 French Quarter Festival generated a total economic impact of $188.6 million; the festival also generated a total of $15.7 million in tax revenue for state and local governments.

  • FQF employs more than 1,700 local musicians during Festival weekend
  • FQF hosts over 60 local restaurants which make up the “World’s Largest Jazz Brunch” at the Festival.
  • FQF employs only local companies during the Festival (sanitation, stages, sound, security, etc.). All money spent to produce the festival stays within the local economy.

Future Festival Dates

FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL presented by Chevron

2017: April 6 – 9

2018: April 12 – 15

2019: April 11 – 14

2020: April 16 – 19

SATCHMO SUMMERFEST presented by Chevron

2017: August 3 – 6

2018: August 2 – 5

2019: August 1 – 4

2020: July 30 – August 2

Meet the Staff

Meet Our Staff

Stephanie Loman, Acting Director

Stephanie Loman is a native Louisianian who earned her B.A. in Cultural Resources Management from Southeastern Louisiana University and her M.A. in Arts Administration from University of New Orleans. She has worked for several local cultural institutions, including Louisiana Nature and Science Center, WYES, Contemporary Arts Center, The National World War II Museum, and 3 Ring Circus Arts and Education Center, with a range of experiences in event production, membership, development, research, archives, and historic preservation. Stephanie was hired to work as the French Market Traditional Jazz Stage Manager at the 2009 French Quarter Festival and joined FQFI as full-time team member in 2011 as Operations Manager. In 2015, she transitioned into the role of FQFI’s Development Officer before being appointed Acting Director.

AJ Gaulton, Operations and Production Manager

AJ has years of event experience that dates back to college where he was a leader on the official sports game day management team. After receiving his B.A. in Marketing from Pacific University in Portland, OR, he moved to New Orleans to pursue the live event production field. In addition to being employed by the New Orleans Pelicans, he held vital roles during the NBA All-Star Weekend and Essence Festival before landing at French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

Julia Moore, Manager of Volunteers, Educational Programming, and Membership

Julia Moore is a native of Rhode Island who earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island. Her love of New Orleans music and culture inspired her to move to New Orleans for graduate school, and she never looked back. She received her M.A. in Political Science from the University of New Orleans in May 2013. She has worked for several nonprofits and schools in the New Orleans area including Second Harvest Food Bank of New Orleans and Acadiana, Each One Save One, and Sarah T. Reed High School; with a range of experiences in volunteer coordination, fundraising, event planning, youth leadership, and education.

Greg Schatz, Entertainment Manager

New York native Greg Schatz majored in music at Ithaca College for one year and later received a B.A. from Cornell University, where he studied anthropology and ethnomusicology. He moved to New Orleans in 1995 to pursue a career in music. As a composer, bass player, accordionist, and keyboard player, he works with several ensembles around New Orleans and has performed at clubs and festivals in Europe and around the U.S., including French Quarter Festival. In fall 2008, he joined the staff of French Quarter Festivals, Inc. as Entertainment Manager.

Becca Schick, Merchandise and Musician Sponsorship Manager

Becca Schick is a native New Orleanian who earned her B.A. in Sports Management with a Business Minor from The University of West Alabama and her M.B.A. from Saint Leo University. She has extensive event production and sponsorship experience and held positions with New Orleans Pelicans, New Orleans Fair Grounds, New Orleans Zephyrs, and Live Nation before joining the team at French Quarter Festivals, Inc. In her spare time you can find her on the softball field reliving her collegiate memories.

Rebecca Sell, Marketing and Publicity Manager

Rebecca Sell brings over a decade of journalism, tourism, marketing, non-profit, and management experience to FQFI; she is also a licensed tour guide who conducts walking tours of the French Quarter. Rebecca has been published in several regional publications including New Orleans Magazine, Biz New Orleans, and Southern Woman. She resides in the historic Bywater and can be found parading with the Muffalottas and serving on their board in her free time.

Dave Stover, Business Manager

Dave Stover embodies the perfect mix of talents for French Quarter Festivals, Inc. – he is a professional musician and a professional accountant. Stover attended Florida State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1995. Shortly after graduation he moved to New Orleans to pursue a career in music. As a bass player, Stover has enjoyed sharing the stage with many of the city’s incredible musicians performing a myriad of musical genres. After Hurricane Katrina, Stover moved to Nashville to further his education by studying accounting at Middle Tennessee State University. After two years away he returned home to New Orleans and joined the French Quarter Festival staff in the fall of 2009.

Heather Twichell, Food and Beverage Manager

Heather Twichell has been involved with French Quarter Festivals, Inc. since 2000 when she served as an intern. Since then she has worn many hats for the organization ranging from volunteer to Operations Manager and Development Manager. She has also held positions at the House of Blues, Gucci, Aveda, and the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel but always felt the pull of her events background calling. In 2017, Heather returned to her French Quarter Festival family with great excitement and now serves as Food and Beverage Manager.

Contact Us

Address
French Quarter Festivals, Inc.
400 North Peters Street, Suite 205
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 522-5730
Toll Free: (800) 673-5725
Fax: (504) 522-5711
info@fqfi.org

Staff
AJ Gaulton
Operations and Production Manager
aj@fqfi.org
(504) 227-3120

Stephanie Loman
Acting Director and Development Officer
stephanie@fqfi.org
(504) 227-3123

Julia Moore
Manager of Volunteers, Educational Programming, and Membership
julia@fqfi.org
(504) 227-3125

Greg Schatz
Entertainment Manager
greg@fqfi.org
(504) 227-3120

Rebecca Schick
Musician Sponsorship and Merchandise Manager
rschick@fqfi.org
(504) 227-3126

Rebecca Sell
Marketing and Publicity Manager
rebecca@fqfi.org
(504) 227-3119

David Stover
Business Manager
stover@fqfi.org
(504) 227-3124

Heather Twichell
Food and Beverage Manager
heather@fqfi.org
(504) 227-3127

2017 Board Members

2017 Officers
President – Jeremy Thibodeaux
Vice President – Robert Rizzuto
Treasurer and Secretary – Barrett Cooper

2017 Board of Directors
Leslie T. Alley
Zeid Ammari
Stu Barash
Charlie Bateman
David Bilbe 
Michael Biri
Howard Boyd                            
Richard Eglé
Janice Foulks
Chimene Grant
Dino Hanson
Shelley Hardison
Jim Letten          
Tim Laughlin
Brent McCrossen
Brittany McGovern
Deborah J. Moench
James L. Moffett, III
Trey Reinhardt 
Dennis Pearse
Jon Smith
Kristian Sonnier
David Teich
Adrienne Thomas
Tim Williamson

2017 Executive Committee
Errin Bellan
Darryl Berger
Cindy Brennan
Ralph Brennan
Clyde Butler
Greg Hoffman
Ronnie Kole
Alex I. Lewis, III
Ann Masson
Warren S. Newton
Lea Siegel
Jon Stern
Gordon Stevens
Richard Stewart
Brenda Thornton
Michael Valentino
Ann Wills

Become a Part of the Fest!

Musician

Are you interested in performing at one of our festivals?

FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL
French Quarter Festival is April 6-9, 2017. Click here to submit an application before the November 1 deadline!

SATCHMO SUMMERFEST
Satchmo SummerFest is August 3-6, 2017. Click here to submit an application.

The Entertainment Committee, comprised of French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) board members, former board members, artists, and others, approves all applications. The Committee’s objective is to ensure the best possible selection of performers for French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest in order to create a diverse and a quality experience for festival-goers. Selection is made at the discretion of the Committee.

Contact greg@fqfi.org for more details.

Artist

The French Quarter Festival 2017 call for artists is officially closed. Below are guidelines for those who wish to submit for future years.

Submission Guidelines
The purpose of this call is to design artwork for the 34th annual French Quarter Festival poster. The final version of the artwork is subject to change, as the FQFI Merchandise Committee reserves the right to request changes to the design. The design must contain one or more the following to qualify:

• French Quarter scene
• New Orleans music related
• New Orleans food related

There is no size limit. However, traditionally a standard vertical design with a single image and central focal point with vibrant festive colors tends to sell better than other variations. (Please refer to past festival posters on page 2.) There is no text required on the artwork, it will be digitally added to the poster and t-shirt set up. When designing the artwork, please keep in mind that the image will be silkscreened onto t-shirts and needs to translate well as both a poster and t-shirt image.

Selected Art and Honorarium
The selected artist will receive media and press coverage before, during, and after the festival. The artist will also be provided with booth space in Jackson Square to sell his or her original artwork, greet fans, and personalize posters for all four days of the festival. FQFI will grant a monetary honorarium to the selected artist along with 25 posters to sell or give away, 10 poster t-shirts, and other selected items at the company’s discretion. The artist will sign and number all festival posters prior to the event. The poster will be displayed at the merchandise booths, in press releases, on the website, in festival materials including, but not limited to, brochures, kiosks, and festival signage.

Judging and Selection of Poster
The selected design will be determined by the FQFI Merchandise Committee. The committee’s decision will be final. No further correspondence shall be entered into. French Quarter Festivals, Inc. reserves the right not to select artwork if, in its sole discretion, no suitable entries are received. FQFI reserves the right to disqualify any entrant or entry at its sole discretion. No correspondence shall be entered into. All submitted work must be original and not based on any pre-existing design. The selected artist will be required to sign a contract assigning all ownership of the artwork to French Quarter Festivals, Inc. All entries will become the sole property of French Quarter Festivals, Inc. and may be displayed publicly on the FQFI website.

Acceptance
Participation constitutes the entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules. By participating in the call, the entrant is representing and warranting that he/she has read, understood, and agrees to be bound by these rules. Including the guides and rules referred to herein, these Official Rules constitute the entire agreement between the entrant and French Quarter Festivals, Inc. in relation to the contest.

Past Posters

Poster by Isabelle Jacopin

Poster by Tami Curtis

Festival Sponsorship

Thank you to our generous sponsors! Contact Stephanie Loman (stephanie@fqfi.org) to learn how to join our group of supporters.

THANK YOU to our 2016 Musician Sponsors!
Acadian Ambulance, Alternative Tees, aos, Backroom at Buffa’s, Barcadia, Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights, The Blood Center, Bob & Norma Simms, Café Beignet, Café Reconcile, Charcoal’s Gourmet Burger Bar, Chevron, Councilmember Brossett, District D with Harrah’s of New Orleans, Councilmember Ramsey, District C with Harrah’s of New Orleans, Court of Two Sisters, Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, Crescent Transport, Derbes Family Foundation, Dickie Brennan & Co. Restaurant Group, East Jefferson General Hospital, Ericksen, Krentel & Laporte, LLP, Erin Rose, F.E.S.S., Inc., Francher Perrin Group w/ Gardner Realtors, The Frenchmen Hotel & Gallery, Galloway Johnson, Tompkins, Burr and Smith, Gootee Construction, Inc., GW Fins, Haydel’s Bakery, Herman, Herman & Katz, Holy Cross School, Hotel Modern, Hotel Provincial, Jacques-Imo’s Café, Jester’s, John Humphries Designs, Johnny’s Po-Boys, Kathleen & Edmund Schrenk, LaDivina Café Gelateria, Lafitte’s Guest House & Gallery, Leefe, Gibbs, Sullivan & Dupre, Linda & Mark Caplan, Lost Love Lounge, Louise H. Moffett Family Foundation, Louisiana Public Health Institute (SmokeFree NOLA), Lowry-Dunham, Case & Vivien Insurance Agency, Lucky Dog, McLoughlin Family Foundation, Meyer The Hatter, Mid City Pizza, Mignon Faget, Morris Bart, MOXY Hotels, NCIS: New Orleans, New Orleans Food & Fun Tours, New Orleans Hotel Collection, NOLA Lending Group, Original New Orleans Po-Boy, The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, Outreach Process Partners, LLC, Pan-American Life Insurance Group, Patrick Gros, CPA, APAC, The Penthouse Club, Pet Care Center, Pontchartrain Hotel , Praline Connection, Ralph’s on the Park, Ransdell Restorations, LLC, Ruth’s Chris Steak, Sal Borelli, Samuel Loudenslager, Sheraton New Orleans, Silver Slipper Casino, Slidell Memorial Hospital, Southern Silkscreen, Spotted Cat Music Club, Steamboat Natchez & Grayline, tasc Performance, Theatres at Canal Place, Toulouse Royale, Tropical Isle, Tujague’s, Vinson Guard Service, Voleo’s, Voodoo Harley Davidson, Wendy & Joseph Dalvisio, Whole Foods Market, Zapp’s Potato Chips, Zarico Rouges Group

Musician Sponsorship

Want to donate NOW? Every amount counts!

This video talks about how we keep the fest free – thank you to our generous musician sponsors!

Become a French Quarter Festival Musician Sponsor today!
2017 French Quarter Festival Dates: April 6-9

$500 ‘Shorty’ Sponsor
• Partially underwrites one musical performance

$1,000 ‘Slim’ Sponsor
• Underwrites one performance
• Merchandise pack

$2,500 ‘Professor’ Sponsor
• Underwrites multiple acts or a larger group on the Riverfront, Jackson Square or U.S. Mint stages
• Sponsor Hospitality Passes
• Merchandise pack, including one official festival poster, signed and numbered by the artist

$5,000 ‘Fats’ Sponsor
• Underwrites a headlining artist on a Riverfront, Jackson Square or U.S. Mint stages
• 2 tickets to the Opening Night Gala
• Sponsor Hospitality Passes
VIP access for two
• Merchandise pack, including two official festival posters, signed and numbered by the artist

$10,000-$20,000 ‘Pops’ Sponsor
• Underwrites a headlining artist on the Riverfront or on the Jackson Square stage
• Sponsor Hospitality Passes
• 4 tickets to the Opening Night Gala
VIP access for four
• Merchandise pack, including eight official festival posters, signed and numbered by the artist
• Early renewals* receive logo placement on the 2017 French Quarter Festival brochure and website.

In addition to the benefits listed above, the following is included with all sponsorship levels:
• Placement on the French Quarter Festival Entertainment Schedule (200,000 produced)
• Sponsor will be identified as the Presenter of Entertainment via stage signage (produced by FQFI)
• Sponsor banner may be displayed during artist performance
• Performance introduction by Stage Manager
• Become a part of the Festival — introduce your band (optional)
• A Tax-deductible donation to a 501©3 nonprofit corporation

To hear more about Musician Sponsorship at French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest contact Rebecca Schick at 504-227-3126 or rschick@fqfi.org

Food Vendors

Are you interested in becoming a food vendor at French Quarter Festival or Satchmo SummerFest?

NEW VENDOR SELECTION PROCEDURE

The Jazz Brunch Committee, comprised of French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) board members, former board members, and others, approves all concessionaire applications. The Committee’s objective is to ensure the best possible selection of concessionaires for French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest in order to create a diverse menu and a quality culinary experience for festival-goers. Concessionaire selection is made at the discretion of the Committee.

Primary considerations of the Committee to select applicants include, but are not limited to:

*1. Preference is given to vendors who have already participated in the event and are in good standing due to past compliance with food vending requirements. Past festival vendors renewal applications are due each year in early December. After all past vendor applications are processed and if space permits, new vendors may be invited to participate in a tasting before the Jazz Brunch Committee.

*2. Preference for new applicants is given to restaurants located in the French Quarter Neighborhood, New Orleans, then the Greater New Orleans area, then Louisiana. Restaurants located outside the state of Louisiana are not eligible for consideration.

*3. Applicant must be an established, ongoing food service operation with a physical address, open to the public with regular operating hours. Catering companies will not be considered for participation. Applicant must have and be able to present a copy of a current Occupational License issued by the City of New Orleans (or appropriate city agency if restaurant is located outside of Orleans Parish, in which case a Temporary Occupational License from Orleans Parish must be obtained). Applicant must also have a permit to operate from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. Applicant should be listed in local and online restaurant guides.

*4. No chain restaurants (more than 3 in existence) will be considered.

*5. New applicants will not be given the option of vending alcoholic beverages at the Event.

*6. Applicant must be able to describe and execute up to three high quality menu items. All menus are subject to approval by the committee. Menu are then reviewed at a tasting before the committee.

*7. Applicant must be able and willing to cooperate with: *Health and sanitary requirements of the State of Louisiana *Mandated insurance requirements of FQFI *Electrical and fire safety requirements and inspections *City and state laws pertaining to food service, licensing, and tax reporting

*8. To be considered for an invitation to vend at French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest, applicant must first add their restaurant to our wait list for consideration.

  • Click here to add your restaurant to the wait list.
    You may also email Heather Twitchell, Food and Beverage Manager, heather@fqfi.org for more information. *

Media Credential Request

Thank you for your interest in French Quarter Festivals, Inc.! All media interested in covering the 2017 French Quarter Festival or Satchmo SummerFest will need an official media credential. For consideration, please click here to complete the application. All French Quarter Festival requests MUST be submitted by March 30, 2017. Satchmo SummerFest application deadline is July 24, 2017. Please note:

  • Freelance journalists and photographers without a specific assignment from a media outlet will not be considered for media credentials.
  • Credentialing is at the discretion of the French Quarter Festivals, Inc.
  • Submission of your media request does not guarantee credentialing.
  • Absolutely no requests will be processed after deadline.
  • Credentials will not be mailed and must be picked up in the Media Center.

French Quarter Festivals, Inc. media credential application.

Suppliers

Are you interested in becoming a supplier of French Quarter Festival or Satchmo SummerFest?

Please contact AJ Gaulton at aj@fqfi.org and list your:

  • name
  • business name
  • address
  • phone number
  • number of years in business
  • names of any festivals you have supplied in the past

Job and Internship Opportunities

Press

Press Releases

French Quarter Festivals, Inc.
Rebecca Sell, Marketing and Publicity Manager
400 N Peters, STE 205
New Orleans, LA 70130

The 34th Annual French Quarter Festival is April 6-9
What’s New in 2017

(January 24, 2017) New Orleans, LA – French Quarter Festivals, Inc. proudly announces details about the 34th Annual French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron. The largest showcase of Louisiana music in the world will take place April 6-9, 2017. Festival-goers can expect over 60 of New Orleans’ finest restaurants at ‘The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch,’ music from over 1,700 world-class, local musicians, and over a dozen special events. French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron has been called the “one thing to do in Louisiana” by the Huffington Post and voted “Best Festival in New Orleans” by New Orleans Magazine readers.

What started as a neighborhood festival and ‘locals’ event’ has grown into the largest event in Louisiana behind Mardi Gras, with an average economic impact of approximately $190 million.

More than 20 New Artists
Aaron Neville to make his festival debut on Thursday, April 6

French Quarter Festival organizers welcome more than 20 new acts to the 2017 Festival. On Locals’ Lagniappe Day, Thursday, April 6, Aaron Neville will make his debut on the riverfront Abita Beer Stage. The performance is presented by musician sponsor, AOS. Aaron Neville is synonymous with New Orleans, celebrated throughout the world as part of the legendary Neville Brothers and as a Grammy-winning solo artist. He has had numerous Platinum albums and Top 10 hits. His most recent album, Apache, was released in July 2016. French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is thrilled to welcome him to the Abita Beer Stage.

Other debuts include: Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole, Cole Williams Band, Cupid, Messy Cookers Jazz Band, Mo’Fess, Love Evolution, Perdido Jazz Band, T’Monde, Valerie Sassyfrass, and more.

Jack Daniel’s Stage Grows with Four Days of Music in New Location
Live music on more than 20 stages

Year after year, French Quarter Festival is voted ‘local favorite’ while also attracting a tremendous out-of-town audience. A huge part of the appeal is that attendees get a true and authentic New Orleans experience – a broad range of Louisiana artists and a diverse variety of musical styles and genres. Since 1984, French Quarter Festival has been committed to featuring New Orleans’ finest artists every day of the festival, on stages all over the French Quarter. The tradition continues in 2017 with the expansion of the Jack Daniel’s Stage, which moves from Bourbon Street to JAX Brewery. The stage will have entertainment all four days of festival. Artists include: Otra, Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, King James & The Special Men, Soul Rebels, and Corey Henry’s Treme Funktet. French Quarter Festival 2017 will also bring a stage to KIPP McDonogh 15 School for the Creative Arts located at 721 St Philip Street. The stage’s lineup will be released in March.

The GE Digital Big River Stage returns with every genre from Bounce to Rockabilly. Artists include Alex McMurray, Brass-A-Holics, Partners N Crime & The Big Easy Band featuring DJ Jubilee, and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers. The stage, which will have music all four days of festival, has over 20 bands performing. The always-popular Popeyes Brass Band Jam will bring three full days of brass bands to the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint. Performers include Leroy Jones’ Original Hurricane Brass Band, The Original Pinettes Brass Band, Red Wolf Brass Band, Storyville Stompers Brass Band, and many more.

Musician Sponsorship Program
Sponsors contribute over $1 million since program’s inception in 2012

The 2017 French Quarter Festival will feature over 1,700 local artists. Festival-organizers remain committed to growing the Musician Sponsorship Program; every dollar donated goes directly to the artists. Since its inception in 2012, the initiative has raised $1 million in contributions. In 2016, over 100 individuals, foundations, and businesses signed up to support local musicians by ‘adopting an artist.’ Sponsors come from all over the United States – from California to Maryland to Michigan to Washington State – to help keep French Quarter Festival free – a true community event. In 2017, AOS Interior Environments sponsors Aaron Neville, and Pan-American Life Insurance Group is underwriting all Latin and world music for a second year. Making a debut is Aloft New Orleans Downtown sponsoring Sweet Crude and Alexis and the Samurai. The Festival is still accepting 2017 sponsorships. Contact Becca Schick, Musician Sponsorship Manager, at 504-227-3126 or rschick@fqfi.org for more information.

Opening Night Gala returns to Antoine’s

Thursday April 6, the French Quarter Festival Opening Night Gala will return to Antoine’s Restaurant. Established in 1840 Antoine’s is the country’s oldest family-run restaurant. During the Gala, guests will enjoy the original Main Dining Room, the Mardi Gras-themed Rex, Proteus, and 12th Night Revelers rooms, the Mystery Room, 1840 Room, the 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.

Gala guests will enjoy music by Players Ella and Louis Tribute Band, tastings by Antoine’s and other festival favorites, an open bar courtesy of Abita Brewing Company and Republic Beverages, and mingling with the Merry Antoinettes. Tony Green and Gypsy Jazz will perform at the Patron Party, which takes place from 7-8:00 pm, immediately before the Gala which takes place from 8-10:30 pm. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.fqfi.org or by calling 504-227-3124. Patron tickets are $250 and Gala tickets are $155 ($175 beginning April 1). 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 at festival.

A Showcase of New Orleans’ Finest Cuisine

In a city famous for its wealth of delicious and unique traditional food, French Quarter Festival gives attendees a taste of the best of the best at the ‘‘The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch”. More than 60 vendors feature classic New Orleans dishes as well as cuisine from the finest restaurants in the region. A number of restaurants have been with the festival since its beginning in 1984, and have been great partners for 30 years: Antoine’s, Pat O’Brien’s, Trey Yuen, Tujague’s, Vaucresson Sausage, Desire Oyster Bar, and Court of Two Sisters. Other festival favorites returning for 2017 include Galatoire’s, Muriel’s, Praline Connection, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, Restaurant R’evolution, Broussard’s, Love at First Bite, Royal House, GW Fins, House of Blues, Jacques-Imo’s, K-Paul’s, Mrs. Wheat’s, Lasyone’s Meat Pies, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Three Muses, and more. A full list of restaurants, including new vendors for 2017, will be released in March.

Sponsors help to keep this a true community event
Chevron returns as Title Sponsor of French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest

French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is proud of its history of providing high-quality community events at no cost and being accessible to all. In order to keep the Festival free and open to the public, the organization relies heavily on the contributions of sponsors and partners, beverage and merchandise sales, and vendor fees. Festival organizers welcome the return of Chevron as Title Sponsor of both French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest. “Chevron is thrilled to return as presenting sponsor of the 34th annual French Quarter Festival,” said Leah Brown Public Affairs Manager, Chevron Gulf of Mexico. “Chevron values local arts and culture. Our partnership with French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is one way we fuel the social and economic vitality of New Orleans and Louisiana.”

Abita Brewing Company, Brown-Forman, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, NOLA.com/Times-Picayune, OffBeat Magazine, Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, Tropical Isle, Rouses, and WWL-TV also return as Major Sponsors of French Quarter Festival.

GE Digital has signed a three year agreement to return as a major sponsor supporting a riverfront stage as well as the Festival’s official apps. The FREE French Quarter Festival iPhone and Android App lets fans receive up to the minute announcements, downloadable music schedules, complete menus, special events, merchandise updates, and unique offers to enhance their festival experience.The updated app will be released late March.

Additional returning sponsors include: Amtrak, Antoine’s Restaurant, The Berger Company, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, Crescent Crown Distributing, Cumulus New Orleans, Data News Weekly, DownBeat Magazine, French Market Corporation, Hermann Grima House, The Historic New Orleans Collection, House of Blues, Inthenola.com, I.T.S. Fire Alarm Security, LLC, KKAY, KREWE du optic, Laurel Outdoors, Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, Live Free Magazine, Louisiana Cookin’, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, Louisiana Lottery, Musician’s Performance Fund, New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park, New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, New Orleans Original Daiquiris, NOLA Jitterbugs, Palm Court Jazz Café, Pat O’Brien’s, Pepsi, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Preservation Hall, Renaissance Publishing, Rentech Solutions, Republic National Distributing, Rolland Safe and Lock, Royal Sonesta, Steinway and Sons, Taste of the South, The Vinyl District, Uptown Messenger, WBOK, Westin New Orleans Canal Place, WHERE Magazine, Where Y’at, Windsor Court Hotel, Whitney Bank, WWOZ, WWNO 89.9 FM, WRNO 99.5, WYLD, and Zapp’s Potato Chips.
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16th Annual Satchmo SummerFest moves to Jackson Square
Things you NEED to know! Facts about the Fest

Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron is moving to Jackson Square in 2016, bringing the best of New Orleans’ traditional jazz, cuisine, and culture to one of the most famous and iconic parks in the world. Satchmo SummerFest is a celebration of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong and his life, music, and legacy. It is the only traditional jazz festival in New Orleans. The annual event, produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., takes place August 5-7, 2016. Since its inception, Satchmo SummerFest – previously held at the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint – has grown to annually attract an average of 40,000 music lovers from all over the world.
Here are five facts about the move and what to expect in 2016:

1. Why move? The move will help FQFI achieve its goal of growth for Satchmo SummerFest, a Festival which began in 2001 as a way to commemorate Louis Armstrong’s 100th birthday. Moving to Jackson Square immediately provides extra space and increases future potential for expansion into the neighborhood. For 2016, a third stage has been added – the Fleurty Girl Back o’ Town Stage, inside the Louisiana State Museum’s Arsenal; the Satchmo Symposium, three days of fascinating lectures and discussions about Louis Armstrong, expands into Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre (doubling past capacity). French Quarter Festivals, Inc. looks forward to adding more music stages and programming in the years to come.

2. How will I keep cool? Satchmo SummerFest offers several ways to beat the heat! The Cornet Chop Suey stage will be completely under a shade tent for the musicians and the audience. Throughout Jackson Square, large picnic umbrellas, picnic tables, misting fans (and of course, the beautiful oak trees) will keep attendees shaded. Several indoor options are also available at Festival: the Fleurty Girl Back o’Town Stage inside the Louisiana State Museum’s Arsenal brings two full days of traditional jazz and dancing; Pops’ Playhouse for Kids, also inside the Arsenal, offers activities ranging from instrument making to scat lessons; and Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre will host the Satchmo Symposium with a world class lineup.

3. What else is new this year? Satchmo SummerFest welcomes an exciting new sponsor, Cornet Restaurant to the Red Beans and Ricely Yours Stage. Cornet Restaurant is owned by descendants of the Karnofsky family, Jewish immigrants who hired Louis Armstrong as a delivery boy when he was just seven years old, and then took him under their wing as a member of the family and gave him money to purchase his first cornet – setting the stage for his future. The Hotter than Hot Menu (formally Red Bean Alley) brings delicious fare from over a dozen of New Orleans’ finest restaurants. New vendors include Cornet Restaurant, Antoine’s Restaurant, Muriel’s Jackson Square, and Petite Rouge Café Camionette. Musical debuts include Grammy artist Catherine Russell, daughter of Louis Armstrong’s former bandleader Luis Russell, and clarinetist, saxophonist, educator and New Orleans native, Victor Goines; Goines has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993.

4. Where are the restrooms near Jackson Square? A free, air-conditioned bathroom trailer (as well as regular port-o-lets) for festival goers will be conveniently located directly across from the Decatur Street side of Jackson Square.

5. What about everyone who used to camp out on Barracks Street… how will they enjoy the new location? Jackson Square has a pedestrian mall, where fans who prefer to stay outside the gate can enjoy the celebration.

6. Where can I find the complete schedule, map, menu, parking info, and hours for Satchmo SummerFest? There are a few ways to find Satchmo SummerFest! Find everything on our website: www.fqfi.org, the full printed schedule will be included in the August issue of OffBeat Magazine (free) and on the streets the last week of July, the official schedule will also be handed out at the ticket booths at Festival, and the Symposium at Le Petit Theatre.
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2016 French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron
Record-breaking crowds from across the globe enjoyed the largest showcase of Louisiana food and music in the world

(April 12, 2016) New Orleans, LA – French Quarter Festivals, Inc. proudly releases numbers for the 33rd annual French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron. This year’s attendance figures indicate that over 760,000 festival-goers enjoyed the music, food, special events, and of course, the historic French Quarter. The record-breaking numbers mark a significant increase over 2015, when several days of rain reduced attendance to 386,000. Executive Director Marci Schramm reflected, “2016 French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron was one for the record books: amazing crowds, including so many locals and families; perfect weather; the best music and food in the world – everyone came out and just had a really good time! Our French Quarter neighborhood and our beautiful City have never looked better.”

Festival vendors also reported increases. Rouses had record sales at French Quarter Festival 2016, selling over 50,000 pounds of boiled crawfish. Beverage sales were also up: Abita served 675 kegs and 1,400 cases of beer, New Orleans Original Daiquiris sold over 42,000 daiquiris, and 690 gallons of Lynchburg Lemonade and Herradura Margaritas were enjoyed by French Quarter Festival fans. Over 128 tons of ice were used in festival beverages including Pat O’Brien’s, Tropical Isle, Abita, Jack Daniel’s, Plum Street SnoBalls. Haydel’s Bakery used over 200 pounds of white chocolate in their White Chocolate King Cake Bread Pudding.

The 2016 French Quarter Festival featured iPhone and Android phone apps, created by festival sponsor GE Digital, which were available free of charge. This year saw an increase in the number of users, bringing the total to over 70,000 App fans since its 2010 inception. In partnership with New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation and Solomon Group, the Festival launched a Social Media Lounge to provide new ways for fans to engage with the event.

The award-winning festival, which began in 1984, was created by then Mayor Ernest “Dutch” Morial, who appointed a group of visionaries who designed the festival as a way to bring people back to the historic French Quarter following lengthy construction prior to the World’s Fair. It has grown to become the largest showcase of Louisiana food and music in the world. Twenty-three music stages throughout the French Quarter presented the best in New Orleans music, representing every genre from traditional and contemporary jazz to R & B and New Orleans funk, brass bands, folk, gospel, classical, cabaret, opera, Cajun, Zydeco, world music, international, as well as a musical stage for children. Nearly 100 food and beverage booths located in Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Decatur Street, Spanish Plaza, and the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint made up the “World’s Largest Jazz Brunch,” a signature event featuring authentic local cuisine from renowned area restaurants, many of whom have been with the Festival throughout its entire 33-year history.

French Quarter Festival relies on strong community support to present the ‘kickoff to festival season in New Orleans’ – with nearly 1,500 volunteers, 300 musical acts, numerous generous sponsors – including the New Orleans Musicians Union AFM Local 174-496, businesses from all over the country who sponsor musical acts at festival, New Orleans Police and Fire Departments, EMS, permitting assistance from the City of New Orleans and partnerships with Parks and Parkways, Audubon Institute, and the Louisiana State Museum, among others. New sponsors included Chevrolet, Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, Crimestoppers, Moxy New Orleans, Smokefree NOLA, Solomon Group, Snickers Crispers, State Farm, and Whitney Bank.

Festival-goers attended a variety of free special events throughout the weekend, including 24 musical debuts, Whitney Bank Film Fest at French Quarter Festival, produced in partnership with Timecode: NOLA and Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, a symposium at the Old U.S. Mint, ‘Let them Talk: Conversations on Louisiana Music’; free dance lessons; two children’s areas – including the Chevron STEAM Zone- with music and activities; a Pirate’s Alley Juried Art Show; Battle of the Bands; Sunday’s ‘Dancing at Dusk,’ which filled the 400 block of Royal Street and beyond with dancers. In addition, organizers cite the incredible four days of perfect weather as a contributing factor to the success.

Over 500 guests, including Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Councilmembers Jason Williams and Jared Brossett, and Chevron top executive Mike Illanne attended the festival’s sold-out Opening Night Gala at Antoine’s Restaurant on April 7. Musical performances included Carl LeBlanc, John Rankin, the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, and special guests Jean Knight, the Dixie Cups, Fred LeBlanc, Big Sam, and Robin Barnes. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Roots of Music and Jackson Square improvements and beautification.

French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron is produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., (FQFI) the 501 © (3) nonprofit organization, which also produces Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron in August and Christmas New Orleans Style in December. For more information about any of these events, call (504) 522-5730 or visit www.fqfi.org.

Photos and Videos

All photos by Zack Smith, courtesy of French Quarter Festivals, Inc.




Merchandise

Sponsors

Thank you to our generous partners who make this festival possible!

THANK YOU to our 2016 Musician Sponsors!
Acadian Ambulance, Alternative Tees, aos, Backroom at Buffa’s, Barcadia, Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights, The Blood Center, Bob & Norma Simms, Café Beignet, Café Reconcile, Charcoal’s Gourmet Burger Bar, Chevron, Councilmember Brossett, District D with Harrah’s of New Orleans, Councilmember Ramsey, District C with Harrah’s of New Orleans, Court of Two Sisters, Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, Crescent Transport, Derbes Family Foundation, Dickie Brennan & Co. Restaurant Group, East Jefferson General Hospital, Ericksen, Krentel & Laporte, LLP, Erin Rose, F.E.S.S., Inc., Francher Perrin Group w/ Gardner Realtors, The Frenchmen Hotel & Gallery, Galloway Johnson, Tompkins, Burr and Smith, Gootee Construction, Inc., GW Fins, Haydel’s Bakery, Herman, Herman & Katz, Holy Cross School, Hotel Modern, Hotel Provincial, Jacques-Imo’s Café, Jester’s, John Humphries Designs, Johnny’s Po-Boys, Kathleen & Edmund Schrenk, LaDivina Café Gelateria, Lafitte’s Guest House & Gallery, Leefe, Gibbs, Sullivan & Dupre, Linda & Mark Caplan, Lost Love Lounge, Louise H. Moffett Family Foundation, Louisiana Public Health Institute (SmokeFree NOLA), Lowry-Dunham, Case & Vivien Insurance Agency, Lucky Dog, McLoughlin Family Foundation, Meyer The Hatter, Mid City Pizza, Mignon Faget, Morris Bart, MOXY Hotels, NCIS: New Orleans, New Orleans Food & Fun Tours, New Orleans Hotel Collection, NOLA Lending Group, Original New Orleans Po-Boy, The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, Outreach Process Partners, LLC, Pan-American Life Insurance Group, Patrick Gros, CPA, APAC, The Penthouse Club, Pet Care Center, Pontchartrain Hotel , Praline Connection, Ralph’s on the Park, Ransdell Restorations, LLC, Ruth’s Chris Steak, Sal Borelli, Samuel Loudenslager, Sheraton New Orleans, Silver Slipper Casino, Slidell Memorial Hospital, Southern Silkscreen, Spotted Cat Music Club, Steamboat Natchez & Grayline, tasc Performance, Theatres at Canal Place, Toulouse Royale, Tropical Isle, Tujague’s, Vinson Guard Service, Voleo’s, Voodoo Harley Davidson, Wendy & Joseph Dalvisio, Whole Foods Market, Zapp’s Potato Chips, Zarico Rouges Group

Volunteers

Volunteer Information: French Quarter Festival 2017

**Occurring April 6-9, 2017, the 34th annual French Quarter Festival presented will require community volunteers in a variety of roles throughout the festival weekend. Volunteer registration for French Quarter Festival is now open to the public! Click here for the volunteer calendar and signup page!

If you have a group you would like to sign up for French Quarter Festival in April 2017, or have any questions about becoming a volunteer with French Quarter Festivals, Inc., please sign up for E-letter mailing list at the top of the page or e-mail the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@fqfi.org and our team will get back to you.

Volunteer Requirements

  • All volunteers must be 16 years and older.
  • All volunteers will be required to sign a release waiver either online or at the checkin booth on the festival grounds.
  • All volunteers working in a beverage booth must be 21 or older and will be required to read & sign the LA Responsible Alcohol Vendor Handbook. For more information regarding alcohol guidelines in Louisiana, visit the ATC website here.
  • All volunteers must abide by the following Volunteer Guidelines.
    • Printable version of Volunteer Guidelines can be downloaded below:

Click Here To Download Our Volunteer Guidelines

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French Quarter Festival Volunteer Maps

River-Audubon Plaza

River-Kohlmeyer

River-Berger

River-Palm

Jax Brewery and Natchez Wharf

Jackson Square

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Tutorial Videos

Ready to sign-up to be a French Quarter Festival Volunteer?
These tutorial videos will teach you the steps if you need help.

If you have questions or concerns about volunteering or your registration status please contact volunteer@fqfi.org.

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Music

The performance lineup for French Quarter Festival is announced in the month of February, and a more complete schedule is released in March. The Festival showcases New Orleans and Louisiana musicians, with genres including traditional and contemporary jazz to rhythm and blues, funk, brass band, folk, gospel, rock, reggae, Latin, and classical.

Click here to view the 2015 lineup.

Satchmo SummerFest

Satchmo SummerFest features three days of music. Daily admission is $5. Click here for full music schedule.

French Quarter Fest

French Quarter Festival 2017 takes place April 6-9. Click here to view the partial lineup

French Quarter Festival is the largest showcase of Louisiana music in the world with over 1,700 Louisiana musicians. The detailed 2017 schedule will be released on March 21. In the meantime, check out the 2016 schedule and see what to expect!




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Festival Merchandise

2016 merchandise is available online! Visit our online store to order today!

Official Festival Map

The 2016 French Quarter Festival featured over 1,700 musicians performing on 23 stages located throughout the historic French Quarter and at Spanish Plaza.

Getting Around

Getting to Festival is easy, but parking is challenging. Arrive early to park in these lots located in the heart of the festival: 500 Decatur Street, 300 North Peters Street, 211 Conti Street, and various locations within walking distance.

New Orleans also has convenient public transportation, including the streetcar and RTA buses. The new Loyola Streetcar line conveniently has stops near several parking lots in the CBD and drops off steps away from the French Quarter. Premium Parking has thousands of spaces along O’Keefe Avenue in the Central Business District, just a block away from RTA streetcars and buses. The following are easy access routes to downtown and the areas surrounding the French Quarter: #10 Tchoupitoulas, #11 Magazine, #55 Elysian Fields, #57 Franklin, #91 Jackson/Esplanade, #2 Riverfront, #12 St. Charles, #47 Canal/Cemeteries, #48 Canal/City Park Streetcar, #49 Loyola/UPT. For more details and fare information please go to www.norta.com. Fares can be purchased from the conductor or in advance at one of the RTA’s ticket vending machines -located at major transfer and boarding points throughout the city. Vending machines accept cash and coins only, and provide the option for $3 unlimited ride “Jazzy Passes”.

  • Bike Easy Valet Bike Parking is available Friday-Sunday. The service is located at the Canal Street entrance to Woldenberg Riverfront Park. “Do it yourself” bike parking is also available at several locations: along the Mississippi floodwall at the Conti Street and Bienville Street entrances, and at Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Avenue, on the neutral ground.

Festival App

Download the free festival iPhone and Android app, provided courtesy of GE Digital.

Special Events

Click here to learn about all the happenings taking place at French Quarter Festival!

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