2020 French Quarter Fest, Satchmo Summer Fest canceled due to coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced organizers of the French Quarter Fest and Satchmo SummerFest to cancel both events for 2020.

Instead, both festivals will resume in 2021, French Quarter Festivals, Inc. announced in a release.

Photo by Zack Smith Photography, Courtesy of French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

“At the City’s direction and out of caution for the safety of fans, musicians, staff and partners, French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest 2020 have been canceled,” organizers said. “For the remainder of the year, FQFI will refocus our energy on innovating to create new ways to deliver on our mission in 2020.”

Organizers say French Quarter Fest will take place on April 8-11, 2021, and Satchmo SummerFest will return on July 30 – August 1, 2021.

Previously, French Quarter Fest organizers planned to postpone the 2020 event to October due to COVID-19 fears.

Many local businesses, artists, and hospitality workers rely on the income produced by French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest.

In 2019, French Quarter Festival alone generated nearly $200 million in economic impact for the city and hired over 1,700 local musicians. Visitor spending at festivals produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. create or support nearly 2,100 full and part-time jobs for our community.

Today, organizers launch a Resilience Campaign to ensure survival of this unprecedented situation and bring back the beloved events in 2021.

Donors will receive festival merchandise and recognition on our the website. More information about the Resilience Campaign and FQFI is available at fqfi.org.