French Quarter Fest reschedules dates for 2020

Organizers for the French Quarter Festival announce a big change to next year’s festival dates. The festival, originally scheduled for April 2 to April 5, will now take place April 16 to April 19, 2020.

The big change comes due to potential impacts from the NCAA Women’s Final Four which is scheduled for April 2 to April 5, 2020, organizers said in a release.

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

“Although French Quarter Fest typically takes place the second weekend of April, we’ve had to change that date multiple times in the festival’s history due to Easter and other events. As one of the largest free music and food festivals in the United States, we always want to ensure our impact and footprint is in the best interest of the City and our French Quarter neighbors and businesses,” the release said.

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

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 $200 million.

“Since 1984, the French Quarter Festival has been a vital part of the city’s cultural economy and a world-class live event that both our residents and visitors look forward to every year,” mayor LaToya Cantrell said. “Not only does the festival provide entertainment for all, it generates a positive economic impact for the city and shines a light on our local musicians, artists and culture bearers. The later dates for French Quarter Fest will ensure that April will be a great and thriving month for our city and the cultural economy.”

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

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District C Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer said that the event is vital.

“French Quarter Festival is an icon in the heart of the Vieux Carre and has established itself as the largest free music festival in New Orleans. As a major contributor to our city’s cultural and tourism economy, the four day festival creates hundreds of jobs for local artists, musicians and vendors. We look forward to another fantastic year of French Quarter Festival’s continued success,” Palmer said.

Stephen Perry, president and CEO of New Orleans & Company, said he also recognizes the significance of the event and importance of moving the dates.

“French Quarter Fest is beloved by residents and visitors from around the world. It has become a much-anticipated, annual kick-off of our busy spring festival season. Its continued growth and success are critical to our city’s economy and to all the vendors and culture bearers that it employs each year. We applaud the festival organizers’ spirit of cooperation. Moving the dates in 2020 will ensure another stellar festival and help generate the maximum economic impact for our community,” Perry said.

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

Jay Cicero, Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation President and CEO, added on behalf of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and Local Organizing Committee for the 2020 NCAA Women’s Final Four:

“It takes incredible coordination between the entire New Orleans hospitality community, New Orleans & Company, the City, NOPD, and our local and national event owners to schedule and successfully operate a series of major events like we have next spring. The French Quarter Festival has grown into another iconic New Orleans event, and we appreciate their partnership to help New Orleans continue to host the NCAA’s marquee championship events.”

“We’re excited to continue our nearly 40-year partnership with Louisiana musical artists, chefs, businesses and volunteers for our 2020 season. We appreciate our fans for understanding this change and look forward to offering the best lineup yet to showcase Louisiana’s incredible culture!” the release said.

In addition to French Quarter Fest, French Quarter Festivals, Inc. also produces Satchmo SummerFest.

For more information, visit the French Quarter Fest website at www.fqfi.org.