Freret Street Festival
Photo by Derek Bridges
One of the most anticipated spring events in the always-stellar lineup of the festival season in New Orleans, the Freret Street Festival stands out as the biggest neighborhood festival in the city. This free festival is usually held on the first Saturday in April (April 7 this year) on the stretch of Freret Street from Napoleon to Valmont. It’s only a five-minute walk from the hotel!
The festival once again will feature about 200 vendors, a food court, Big Easy Rollergirls, and pet adoptions from Zeus Place, the fellow Freret Street neighbor. The three stages will host a great lineup of live, local music, including the Jon Cleary Band with Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Margie Perez, dance demos, and much more.
The festival has been growing since the mid-1990s as a vital part of the renaissance Freret Street is currently experiencing. The eight blocks stretching from Downtown to Uptown New Orleans parallel to St. Charles Avenue are known as a popular destination for food, shopping and entertainment. The street hosts many restaurants, specialty shops, art galleries, bars, coffee shops, and more.
The weather will most likely be glorious, so dress light, but don’t forget the sunscreen, as you’ll be likely to spend a day in the sun. The Freret Street Festival is located near the University District, which contains the Tulane and Loyola campuses. The area is easy to navigate and get to from the French Quarter and other areas by car and public transportation. There’s an off-street parking in the lot at the corner of Cadiz and Magnolia Streets, and plenty of street parking on adjacent streets.