Frequently Asked Questions

What is Satchmo SummerFest?
Satchmo SummerFest is a three-day local music showcase located within one block of the historic French Quarter: two stages and food booths are located in Jackson Square; a third stage and children’s area is located in the Louisiana State Museum’s Arsenal; the Satchmo Symposium takes place in Le Petit Theartre du Vieux Carre. Satchmo SummerFest features local music with a focus on contemporary and traditional jazz and brass bands. The community festival also features the ‘Red Bean Alley,’ festival food booths operated by some of New Orleans finest restaurants, open throughout the festival weekend. On Thursday, August 4, Satchmo SummerFest 2016 will kick-off with a ticketed reception at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, the official hotel of French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

What is the cost to attend Satchmo SummerFest?
Daily admission is $5 (children 12 and under are free). Wristbands will be provided at the gates to allow festival-goers the option of coming and going throughout each day.

Is there an official hotel?
Yes. The historic Omni Royal Orleans, located in the heart of the neighborhood, is the official hotel of French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest. The Omni Royal is also the site of the Opening Night Reception on August 4. Located on the most fashionable corner, St. Louis at Royal, the hotel is steps away from the best New Orleans has to offer. Click here to reserve your room.

Festival Map

When is the festival?
The festival usually falls on the first full weekend in August.
2016: August 5-7 (Please note: Opening Night Film and Reception is August 4)
2017: August 4-6 (Please note: Opening Night Film Reception is August 3)

Is the festival shaded?
Yes! Satchmo in the Shade is a tented area near the Chop Suey Cornet Stage. In addition, thanks to sponsors Where Y’at Magazine, NOLA Woodworks, and NOLA.com, picnic tables with shaded umbrellas will keep festival-goers comfortable all weekend long.

Where is Satchmo SummerFest held?
Satchmo SummerFest is located within one block of the historic French Quarter: two stages and food booths are located in Jackson Square; a third stage and children’s area is located in the Louisiana State Museum’s Arsenal; the Satchmo Symposium takes place in Le Petit Theartre du Vieux Carre. Detailed maps coming soon!

Where do I park?
Premium Parking has thousands of spaces along O’Keefe Avenue in the Central Business District, just a block away from RTA streetcars and buses, and the French Market has convenient parking located across the street from Jackson Square. The following RTA routes provide easy access 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”.

Who produces Satchmo SummerFest?
The festival is produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., a 501©(3) non-profit corporation. FQFI has a full-time staff of eight and a volunteer corps of nearly 2,000. The organization also produces other free community events, including French Quarter Festival in April and Christmas New Orleans Style in December.

How do I volunteer for Satchmo SummerFest?
Please call (504) 522-5730 or click here to learn about our many exciting team and individual volunteer positions. The festival is largely run by volunteers, whose tireless dedication has helped French Quarter Festival to grow.

How can I get a job or internship with French Quarter Festivals, Inc.?
French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is currently not accepting applications for full-time employment but does have openings for temporary, contract workers available before and during and event. Contact Stephanie@fqfi.org for details.
Undergraduate and graduate students interested in an unpaid internship (either for credit or not-for-credit) should send a resume and cover letter to FQFI, 400 N. Peters Street, Suite 205, New Orleans, LA 70130 or email julia@fqfi.org. Interns must be dependable and want to work in a fast-paced special events environment.

How does my group perform at Satchmo SummerFest?
The festival is a showcase for New Orleans musicians. Music performances at the free community festival are made possible in part by the French Quarter Musician Sponsors, ranging from music venues and restaurants to record companies and private individuals. Please call (504) 522-5730 or email us to learn more about entertainment sponsorship or the music application process. If you feel your band qualifies as a potential performer, please send a press kit (CD, press release, photo) to FQFI, 400 N. Peters Street, Suite 205, New Orleans, LA 70130.

How do I become a food vendor?
In order to qualify as a food vendor, you must own and operate a restaurant in the French Quarter, New Orleans, or the surrounding areas. Caterers, commercial vendors, or any company from outside of Louisiana are not considered. Restaurants that have more than 3 locations, or are considered a chain or franchise may not be considered. Each restaurant must go through an application and approval process as set forth by the Jazz Brunch Committee. 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. If you feel your restaurant meets these basic requirements, you may contact us at (504) 522-5730 or email georgia@fqfi.org to receive information.