2017 French Quarter Festival / NOLA Jazz & Heritage Festival

With Mardi Gras comes event-season in general. And does New Orleans ever know how to host events! We’d like to take a moment to remind you of a couple upcoming favorites so you can plan your New Orleans getaway in advance! And read past the festival information for a tip about parking

French Quarter Festival: April 6-9, 2017

What do 23 stages, a half-million people, amazing food, and dance lessons have in common? Why they’re all part of the annual French Quarter Festival in New Orleans! And Canal Street inn welcomes you as our guests during this four-day music showcase!

And yes, we said “free”. This is, in fact, the largest free music festival in the United States! The only costs to you are transportation to the festival, food, beverages, and merchandise. But if you simply choose to stroll around the French Quarter, listening to the 1700+ musicians on 23 stages offering music from almost any genre, then you don’t even need to break out the wallet!

Okay, so you might get hungry. The festival will feature food vendors offering everything from snoballs and pastries, to Cajun and street-food, to offerings from some of the best area restaurants… all in convenient take-and-eat format.

NOLA Jazz & Heritage Festival: April 28-30 and May 4-7, 2017

Stevie Wonder.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

Maroon 5.

Dave Matthews.

Kings of Leon.

Earth, Wind & Fire.


Meghan Trainor.


Alabama Shakes.

Patti LaBelle.

Do we have your attention yet? These are just some of the HUGE names coming to New Orleans for the Jazz & Heritage Festival!

Music, crafts, food… you’ll find it all at the Fair Grounds Race Course. The event is spread out across the entire infield, musicians play on 12 stages while food and craft vendors fill much of the space in between. But you won’t go hungry, you won’t go thirsty, and you’ll be greatly entertained during whichever of the days you choose to attend!

Unfortunately, this one isn’t free. Tickets range from $70 for a single day, purchased in advance ($80 at the gate), to $1400 for a combination multi-day pass and full weekend “Big Chief VIP Experience”… and a large number of options in between! Package tickets sell out quickly though, so we recommend planning your trip and purchasing your experience as soon as possible!

We’d like to offer this tip: parking for any New Orleans festival is a challenge. A BIG challenge. If you can find yourself a place to stay on, or near, the streetcar line, that’s your best option for getting around town during the event. If you choose to stay with us at the Canal Street Inn, you’re in luck: the streetcar line is just outside our front door! If you’re a walker, you’re still in luck when you stay with us: we are just 2.6 miles from the French Quarter, and 1.6 miles from the Fair Grounds Race Course!

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