Frequently Asked Questions

What is Satchmo SummerFest?
Satchmo SummerFest is a three-day local music showcase located on the ground of the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint. Satchmo SummerFest features free, 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.

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When is the festival?
The festival usually falls on the first full weekend in August.
2015: July 30 – August 2
2016: August 4-7
2017: August 3-6

Is the festival shaded?
Yes! Sponsor Where Y’at Magazine provides music and misting tents to keep festival-goers comfortable all weekend long.

How much does it cost to attend Satchmo SummerFest?
The festival is FREE and there is no cost to attend any of the performances. The only costs are for food, beverage, and merchandise purchases on festival grounds, and certain off-site special events. In order to keep this festival free and open to the public, outside food and beverages are prohibited.

Where is Satchmo SummerFest held?
Satchmo SummerFest is held on the grounds of the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint.

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 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 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 to receive information.