Special fall festival edition brings music, community, and celebration back to the streets!
NEW ORLEANS — The non-profit French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) is excited to announce the return of French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron. Festival organizers didn’t want to let another calendar year pass without bringing back this celebrated tradition and critical economic driver back for fans, musicians, and local businesses. The one-time-only fall edition of French
Quarter Festival takes place September 30 – October 2 across venues and stages in the French Quarter neighborhood. Attendees will experience the world’s largest celebration of Louisiana’s food, music, and culture during the free three-day event.
As New Orleans makes its comeback, fall 2021 will deliver nearly a year’s-worth of events in a few short months. At the City’s request, FQFI organizers have consolidated festival activities into an action-packed three-days in order allow the city to focus its security and safety resources on the New Orleans Saints home game on Sunday, October 3. FQFI has shifted programming in order to maximize the concentrated schedule and present time-honored festival traditions, stages, and performances. The event will bring regional cuisine from more than 50 local restaurants, hundreds of Louisiana musicians on 19 stages, and special events that celebrate New Orleans’ diverse, unique culture. The festival will operate from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday, September 30 through Saturday, October 2.
“Throughout the COVID crisis, we have strengthened our ability 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. For fans, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy both French Quarter Fest and a Saints game on the same weekend! We’re bringing together our favorite hometown festival and hometown team – we couldn’t script a better celebration to memorialize the resilience of NOLA and the return to normal life.”
More than 200 Performances on 19 Stages
Tank & The Bangas, Irma Thomas, Soul Rebels, Kermit Ruffins
Plus more than 20 debuts including Rickie Lee Jones
The 2021 French Quarter Festival lineup is stacked with a broad range of Louisiana artists from several genres. Organizers have prioritized the booking of many bands from the 2020 lineup to curate more than 200 acts across 19 stages throughout the historic French Quarter. Artists making their debut include Rickie Lee Jones, Big Chief Juan Pardo & The Golden Comanches, Fermín
Ceballos + Merengue4FOUR, Sporty’s Brass Band, Chapel Hart Band, and Lilli Lewis.
Returning favorites include Tank and the Bangas, John Boutté, Amanda Shaw, and hundreds more. Attendees can experience Louisiana legends each night of festival, thanks to the Chevron Evening Concert Series, which returns in 2021 with Waterseed, Irma Thomas, and Big Chief Bo Dollis, Jr. & the Wild Magnolias. Fest fans visiting Jackson Square will find the GE Stage with a lineup of New Orleans’ most respected artists and culture-bearers including Preservation Brass, Robin Barnes, and James Andrews. The riverfront Abita Beer Stage brings three days of music including Tank and the Bangas, Rickie Lee Jones, Flow Tribe, Sweet Crude, Kermit Ruffins, and Dirty Dozen Brass Band. At the Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage, the lineup includes Little Freddie King, John Boutte, Deacon John, and Papa Gros. At the New Orleans Jazz Museum, brass bands will be featured Thursday-Saturday on the Louisiana Fish Fry Stage, and the WWL-TV Esplanade in the Shade Stage brings three days of music from crowd favorites like Tin Men, Sarah Quintana, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, Dash Rip Rock, Lynn Drury, and Astral Project. The complete schedule will be released in August. **Find music lineup highlights at frenchquarterfest.org.**
Culinary Lineup includes 50+ Vendors
A taste of the best of Louisiana’s cuisine
New Orleans is arguably the country’s culinary capital, with recipes that define its diverse culture and heritage. French Quarter Festival’s Culinary Lineup, sponsored by Broussard’s Restaurant & Courtyard, has earned recognition as one of America’s top food festivals by Yelp. The lineup offers attendees the opportunity to sample the most famous, can’t-miss dishes in the city. The 2021
highlights include Broussard’s Restaurant & Courtyard, Miss Linda the Yakamein Lady, Vaucresson Sausage, We Dats Chicken and Shrimp, Galatorie’s Restaurant, Morrow’s Nola, and many more. The festival is partnering again with hometown brewer Abita to bring back icy cold Abita flavors like Amber, Strawberry Lager, Light; there is also excitement about introducing Abita’s new hard seltzer, Spring Loaded Citrus Splash, into the menu. Other beverages include Jack Daniel’s Lynchburg Lemonade, Tequila Herradura Margarita, wines from Sonoma-Cutrer, Korbel, and Finlandia Bloody Marys made with Louisiana Fish Fry Hot Sauce.
The complete culinary lineup will be revealed in August.
Special Events, Programs, and Festival Extras
A celebration of culture
- FQFI is committed to a family friendly celebration and 2021. Families can enjoy youth performances at Ernie’s Schoolhouse Stage and kids-centric entertainment at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. Organizers are also thrilled to announce the return of the Chevron “STEM” Zone (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to the Natchez Wharf at the foot of Toulouse Street at the River. Programming details will be released in July.
- Free dance lessons sponsored by the French Market Corporation will return to the Chevron and French Market Traditional Jazz Stages.
- FQFI is exploring new partnerships to showcase our visual arts and culture. Stay tuned for details on JAMNOLA’s 2021 festival art installation debut.
- The Riverboat City of New Orleans is boarding FQF supporters for a celebratory dinner cruise with the Dukes of Dixieland, led by Grammy winner Kevin Clark, on the rooftop viewing deck on Wednesday, September 29th. From its decks fans will receive a sneak peek at the festival production as Woldenberg Park is getting its finishing touches for opening day. A generous portion of every ticket goes toward supporting FQFI. Tickets including cruise, dinner, music and live narration are available at https://reserve.neworleanssteamboat.com/FQF/8582.html.
- The NOLA.com Fest Family Experience will return this year. Members will experience French Quarter Festival like a true insider with a hospitality lounge, elevated viewing stand, private bars, air-conditioned restrooms, exclusive programming and more. Passes are sold as 3-day weekend passes (Thursday – Saturday) for $299, or daily passes for $129. The passes are now available online at https://frenchquarterfest.org/fest-family.
French Quarter Fest is Geauxing Green
Creating a more sustainable fest experience
Festival organizers are teaming up with the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) to launch a cleaner, healthier, and happier festival season in Louisiana. The Geauxing Green initiative will focus on marine debris prevention by using reusable, recyclable, and compostable food and drink products at the festival. In addition, attendees will be greeted by Green Team staff, who will be on hand throughout the festival grounds to guide the public in the use of recycling and composting stations. Accompanying educational materials focused on marine debris prevention will be visible on site. The partnership supports FQFI’s goal of being a leader in sustainable festival production in the Gulf South.
Sponsors Help Keep French Quarter Fest a True Community Event
Chevron returns as Presenting Sponsor of French Quarter Festival
and Satchmo SummerFest
The non-profit French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is proud of its history of providing high-quality community events that welcome locals and guests. The community event creates local jobs that have a ripple effect beyond artists and chefs; it also has a critical financial impact for hotels and small businesses, and generates tax revenue. In order to keep the festival free and maximize its positive impact, the organization relies heavily on the contributions of sponsors and partners as well as beverage and merchandise sales. Festival organizers welcome the return of Chevron as Presenting Sponsor of both French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest.
“Chevron is proud to once again serve as the presenting sponsor of French Quarter Festival, the largest showcase of Louisiana music in the world,” said Chevron Gulf of Mexico Public Affairs Manager Leah Brown. “We are especially excited about the positive impact the festival will have on local businesses. It will also be a chance to reunite with family, friends and visitors, support Louisiana musicians, and once again celebrate the Crescent City’s special culture, character and cuisine. Chevron thanks the French Quarter Fest staff for their longstanding partnership and invites everyone to join us!”
Additional sponsors include: Abita Brewing Company, Acadian Ambulance Service, Inc, Advocate-Times Picayune, AOS Interior Environments, Badine Land Limited, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, Bayou Rum, Sal Borelli, Brown-Forman, The Berger Company, Broussard’s Restaurant & Courtyard, Bond Moroch, Café Beignet, Clarion Herald, Crescent Crown Distributing, The Derbes Foundation, Dorignac’s Food Center, DownBeat Magazine, The Finance Authority of New Orleans, French Market Corporation, French Market Cold Brew, Friend of Fest, Finlandia, GE, Hancock Whitney, Harrah’s New Orleans | Caesars Rewards, The Helis Foundation, House of Blues, I.T.S. Fire Alarm Security, Jack Daniel’s, JAMNOLA, Jones Walker, Keesler Federal Credit Union, Korbel,Louisiana Division of the Arts, Louisiana Fish Fry, Louisiana Lottery Corporation, Luzianne Iced Tea, McLoughlin Family Foundation, Morris Bart, LLC., Music Performance Trust Fund, New Orleans Jazz Museum, New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, New Orleans Public Belt, OffBeat Magazine, Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, Pepsi, Pan-American Life Insurance Group, Park First, Port of New Orleans, The Plant Gallery, Reily Foods,Republic National Distributing Company, Riverboat Louis Armstrong, Royal Sonesta New Orleans, Sonoma-Cutrer, Steamboat NATCHEZ, Tequila Herradura, Touro, The Vinyl District, Tropical Isle, US Army Recruiting Battalion, Baton Rouge, VenueApp, The Westin New Orleans, Where Traveler, Where Y’at Magazine, Windsor Court Hotel, WGSO, WWOZ, WWL-TV, WWL-AM, and Zapp’s Potato Chips.
French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron is produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., (FQFI) the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which also produces Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron in August and Holidays New Orleans Style in December. FQFI’s mission is to promote the Vieux Carré and the City of New Orleans through high quality special events and activities
that showcase the culture and heritage of this unique city, contribute to the economic well-being of the community, and instill increased pride in the people of New Orleans. The 2019 French Quarter Festival generated an economic impact of nearly $200M.
For more information about French Quarter Festivals, Inc. or any of these events, call (504) 522-5730 or visit http://www.fqfi.org.
Contact: Rebecca Sell