It’s been two years since Louisiana’s largest free festival of culture, music and food was last held in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
But that will change in April, when the 2022 French Quarter Festival returns. The coronavirus pandemic forced organizers to cancel the event in 2020 and 2021.
“We have worked and waited patiently and now the countdown to our 2022 spring festival has officially begun,” said Emily Madero, president and CEO of French Quarter Festivals Inc., the nonprofit organization that organizes the event. “We’re coming back with a bang with more than 1,800 local artists, more than 50 chefs and restaurants, new interactive experiences for attendees, and a citywide evening show. The FQFI is proud to kick off the New Orleans festival season with a truly authentic celebration and we welcome everyone to join us for some unforgettable days.”
Thousands of people are expected to pack the French Quarter to witness more than 260 acts that will take place on the festival’s 20 stages from April 21-24. The event will kick off three straight weeks of music as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival takes place the following two weekends at the Fair Grounds racetrack.
Singer Tarriona “Tank” Ball was on hand to help herald the festival’s return, according to The Times Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate.
“I love the food, I love the people, I like how open and free it is,” Ball said. “We are happy to be back.”
Music will be played from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. The complete program will be published at the end of March.