Get your music, food and French Quarter cravings met all in one place at French Quarter Fest, the largest free music festival in the South. For four days (April 12–15, 2012) you can hear over 800 local musicians on 21 stages plus taste delicious food from over 65 of New Orleans finest restaurants, also known as “The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch.”
The French Quarter Fest is keeping traditional jazz music alive with Louisiana musicians as well as an International Stage where traditional jazz bands from all over the world will perform.
For the first time since Hurricane Katrina, fireworks on the river are back on Saturday night. Sit along the banks of the mighty Mississippi and watch the show!
You can also learn to dance at the French Quarter Fest. Learn the Charleston, Swing, Zydeco and how to second line at various stages in between music sets.
All of the French Quarter Festival events are free and accessible by the historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar which will drop you off at the front steps of our New Orleans bed and breakfast. Elegant peaceful rooms in the Garden District offer a lovely complement to your fun vacation at the French Quarter Festival.
The annual Tennessee Williams Festival is slated for March 21 – 25 in New Orleans.
The five-day fête honors the legendary Tennessee Williams, his works, and literary life in the adopted city he called his “spiritual home” and features two days of master classes; a roster of lively discussions among distinguished panelists; celebrity interviews; theater, food and music events; a scholars’ conference; a poetry slam, writing marathon and breakfast book club; French Quarter literary walking tours; a book fair; short fiction, poetry and one-act play competitions; and special evening events and parties.
And don’t forget the Stella and Stanley shouting contest on the last day in the French Quarter.
Southern Rep Theater is celebrating their 25th anniversary with ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ March 21 – April 15. Originally scheduled for the cancelled 2006 post-Katrina season, Streetcar finally makes a triumphant return.
The location for this performance is 527 Elysian Fields Avenue, the Michalopoulos Studios. One hour prior to each performance there will be a free themed walking tour. Discover where Stanley and Stella Kowalski lived, worked, and played in 1947 New Orleans.
They told me to take a street-car named Desire, and then transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at—Elysian Fields.” —Blanche
Don’t forget, the Grand Victorian is just a Streetcar named St. Charles away from the Tennessee Williams Festival activities. We still have space available for the March 21-23 weekend. Join us for this interesting side of culture in New Orleans.