French Quarter Festival
Featuring the 'world's largest jazz brunch' (with more than 40 booths serving specialities from well-known New Orleans restaurants), the annual French Quarter Festival is a showcase for local musicians and a gourmet chance to savour New Orleans flavour. On the music front 13 stages operate in the historic Vieux Carre district with a programme ranging from brass bands to gospel and traditional jazz. As far as the food goes there are all the classic New Orleans specialities like Jambalaya, Gumbo and bread pudding, with lots more besides. All this is spiced up with dozens of special events, many of them free, like fireworks over the Mississippi, art exhibitions, courtyard tours, music workshops and parades. For more information contact the Festival office on (504) 522 5730.
Venue: New Orleans French Quarter, especially Jackson Square and the River Front
Date: 12 - 14 April 2013