French Quarter Fest set for Fall 2021

French Quarter Fest 2021 dates

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -French Quarter Fest, One of New Orleans most popular festivals, announced Thursday that this year’s fest will be held in the Fall.

French Quarter Festivals, Inc., the non-profit organization that produces the annual fest, announces dates for the 2021 festival.

The event will take place Sept. 30–Oct. 3, 2021.

In 2022, French Quarter Festival will return to its traditional April date.

“Although French Quarter Fest typically takes place in April, the ongoing COVID crisis has made it necessary for us to remain flexible,” said Emily Madero, CEO of FQFI. “As one of the largest free music and food festivals in the United States, we always want to ensure our impact is in the best interest of the City and our French Quarter neighbors and businesses.”

The annual festival celebrating Louisiana music, food and culture hires over 1,500 Louisiana musicians and attracts hundreds of thousands of fans. In 2019, the attendance was an estimated 825,000 with an economic impact of nearly $200M.

The 2020 French Quarter Festival was canceled due to COVID. The 2021 festival will have a modified layout that adheres to CDC protocols and guidelines.

FQFI produces three annual events with a mission to showcase the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans and contribute to the economic well-being of the community. In addition to French Quarter Festival, FQFI produces Satchmo SummerFest and Holidays New Orleans Style.

“We’re excited to continue our 38-year partnership with Louisiana musical artists, chefs, businesses and volunteers for our 2021 season,” Madero said. “We appreciate our partners and fans for their continued support, and we look forward to celebrating Louisiana’s incredible culture together in October.”

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