French Quarter Festival in New Orleans

New Orleans holds a special place for me. I have both friends and family there. I also used to live there and even attended school in New Orleans. After I moved away I hadn’t been back in years, until recently. Just so happened that not only was it my birthday, but there was a French Quarter Festival happening.

French Quarter Festival in New Orleans ©2015 HollyDayz

The French Quarter Festival was incepted in 1984 and has been going strong sense. It was crowded in the French Quarter. Streets were shut down and people were walking everywhere. It was hard to get around unless you were on foot. Even on a humid cloudy day in the middle of the week the French Quarter was immersed with people.

French Quarter Festival ©2015 HollyDayz
French Quarter Festival ©2015 HollyDayz

There were a ton of food vendors all around. Many of them were in Jackson Square. There was also one of many stages set up for performers. The cool things about this festival is that all the performers must be from Louisiana. There were tons of people sitting around on their chairs and in the grass listening to live music. Some were dancing. It was a lot of fun to watch.

Eating some beignets ©2015 HollyDayz
Eating some beignets ©2015 HollyDayz

After walking around Jackson Square a bit I thought it only right to head over to Cafe Du Monde. The line was long and went down the block. The line moved pretty quickly considering how crowded it was. After waiting some time for the table to get cleaned and to place an order I finally got to taste the delicious beignets. I hadn’t had them in some time and they didn’t disappoint.

French Quarter ©2015 HollyDayz
French Quarter ©2015 HollyDayz
Having a little fun ©2015 HollyDayz
Having a little fun ©2015 HollyDayz

After leaving Cafe Du Monde we continued to walk around the French Quarter Festival. As it got later in the day they continued to block off more streets. I walked around a couple of stores before stopping at a vendor to get a drink. I don’t typically drink, but when it is your birthday and your in New Orleans it is only right! After grabbing a drink we walked over to the river front.

Right before the rain ©2015 HollyDayz
Right before the rain ©2015 HollyDayz

There was another stage with performances. We sat on some steps and enjoyed our drinks while looking out onto the water and grey skies. Tons of people were walking around. At the other end was another stage set up with people performing. It began to rain and we got up and headed away from the water. In true southern fashion once we crossed over the train tracks it wasn’t raining.

One of many stages ©2015 HollyDayz
One of many stages ©2015 HollyDayz

We continued to walk around and found another huge crowd with a stage set up. We stopped to listen to some more music.  It was such a fun time. We continued on afterwards stopping at different stores in the French Quarter. We then decided to grab some food. I stopped at a restaurant and ordered one of my favorites, a shrimp po boy.

Shrimp Po-Boy ©2015 HollyDayz
Shrimp Po-Boy ©2015 HollyDayz

After stuffing myself way too much, walking it off seemed to be the best solution. Continuing to walk around the French Quarter and enjoying the festival was the perfect way. I eventually made my way to the Cafe Du Monde Company Store. They had shirts, aprons, gift baskets, and so much more. We purchased beignet mix and coffee to take back with us.

You have to love the essence of the French Quarter. Things I haven’t seen in so long felt like yesterday. Guys taping dancing for some money, groups of people singing and playing music. That is the norm in the French Quarter and even cooler added on to the French Quarter Festival.

Hanging out at the French Quarter Festival ©2015 HollyDayz
Hanging out at the French Quarter Festival ©2015 HollyDayz

If you ever get the opportunity to go to New Orleans during the French Quarter Festival definitely go. It is a lot of fun, with amazing food and live entertainment. That is the typical norm in the French Quarter, but with the festival it was a lot of fun and a great time.

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36 thoughts on “French Quarter Festival in New Orleans

  • June 16, 2015 at 9:12 pm
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    I’ve never been to New Orleans, nor has it been on my wish list. But you did show some interesting things to consider…

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    • June 17, 2015 at 12:46 am
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      It is a great city with so much history.

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  • June 16, 2015 at 11:18 pm
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    New Orleans is one my favorite cities, but haven’t yet been to the French Festival. Gave me another reason to visit…

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    • June 17, 2015 at 12:48 am
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      It is always good to have more reasons to visit a place you really like! It is a lot of fun, so I hope you check out the festival next year.

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  • June 17, 2015 at 12:37 am
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    Gosh, I miss NOLA. I have never heard of this festival but I love that all of the performers have to be local! Nice touch. And oh, Cafe du Monde… longing sigh

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    • June 17, 2015 at 12:49 am
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      Yea, I thought it was pretty awesome that they all had to be locals to perform. I wish I had a beignet right now.

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    • June 17, 2015 at 8:22 am
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      Awesome! I have never been, thank you for the virtual tour. Those beignets looked yummy. Glad you had a great time.

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      • June 17, 2015 at 11:49 am
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        They are yummy. Hopefully you get there one day soon.

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  • June 17, 2015 at 1:24 am
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    The food looks yummy! And such a nice event to gather people and local performers.

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    • June 17, 2015 at 11:49 am
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      It was great. Everywhere I turned was performances and crowds of people.

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    • June 17, 2015 at 11:50 am
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      Oh that is awesome! I am sure you will have a ton of fun.

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  • June 17, 2015 at 7:18 am
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    My friend just moved to New Orleans plan to visit next moth your image give me a vision of great food and fun activities. The festival and performers & French quarters awesome.

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    • June 17, 2015 at 11:51 am
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      Oh I am sure you will have fun when you visit. There is much to see and do. There are always people performing even when the festival isn’t going on.

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  • June 17, 2015 at 11:00 am
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    I love me some NO they have the best spicy food on the planet. I know the music and atmosphere was beyond amazing.

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    • June 17, 2015 at 11:52 am
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      I am not big on spicy food, but they have great food in general. The atmosphere was so much fun.

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    • June 17, 2015 at 8:29 pm
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      I hope you get there soon.

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    • June 20, 2015 at 1:24 pm
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      Yes, it is a very fun place. I look forward to going back.

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  • June 17, 2015 at 8:51 pm
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    Po’ boys, beignets, and music! Life can’t be better than that. I’ve been to New Orleans for just a couple of days. Not during a festival, though.

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    • June 20, 2015 at 1:24 pm
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      As many times as I have been there I don’t recall it being during a festival. It was certainly a lot of fun.

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    • June 20, 2015 at 1:27 pm
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      You will have a lot of fun. So much to take in.

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  • June 18, 2015 at 3:03 am
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    This looks Awesome! I so want to get to New Orleans while I’m home this summer. Thanks for the info.

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    • June 20, 2015 at 1:27 pm
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      I hope you do, I am sure you will enjoy.

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  • June 18, 2015 at 8:08 am
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    My dream city! We have been planning our New Orleans trip for years it seems, but getting away is easier said than done. The beignets look great, a favorite of ours, luckily I make some great beignets, lol…thanks for sharing

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    • June 20, 2015 at 1:29 pm
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      I hope you get there sooner than later, you will enjoy yourself. Oh nice, I bought some mix so I could make some.

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    • June 20, 2015 at 1:29 pm
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      Thank you. Hopefully get you there soon.

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  • June 18, 2015 at 11:21 am
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    I really enjoyed New Orleans when I visited years ago. I need to get back there. Love the pictures.

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    • June 20, 2015 at 1:30 pm
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      Thank you. I enjoyed it, especially since I hadn’t been there in so long.

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    • June 20, 2015 at 1:31 pm
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      Well at least you will miss the summer heat and humidity if you go after October.

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  • June 21, 2015 at 7:32 am
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    I have been to NOLA several times but I have never heard of this festival. Looks fun! Eating is one of the best parts of New Orleans including beignets and that shrim po boy! Yum!

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  • June 23, 2015 at 10:56 pm
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    I’ll be visiting NOLA for the first time this July 4th weekend and I’m so excited. We’ll be staying in the French Quarter so I’ll be looking out for Cafe Du Monde.

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