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French Quarter Festival
1:56 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

2013 French Quarter Festival Schedule

Thursday – Friday music schedule.

If you're headed out to the French Quarter Festival this weekend, it's about time you got your itinerary down. Take a look at what's when with the complete festival schedule, plus links at the bottom of the post to our complete festival coverage and a map of where's it's at when you get there.

Click on the schedule images to bring up larger versions.

The 2013 French Quarter Festival starts Thursday, and runs through Sunday, April 14.

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French Quarter Festival
1:16 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

2013 French Quarter Festival Traffic Advisory

The New Orleans Police Department has released traffic restrictions for the 2013 French Quarter Festival. The Festival begins this Thursday, April 11, and lasts until Sunday, April 14.

Throughout the Festival, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., North Peters/Decatur Streets will be  restricted when pedestrian traffic between Iberville and Dumaine Streets necessitates the closure.

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French Quarter Festival
12:01 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

2013 French Quarter Festival Map

Map of the 2013 French Quarter Festival.

Find out where it's all at this weekend with this map of the 2013 French Quarter Festival.

The map highlights music stages, bars and clubs with performances, and everything from food booths to restrooms to ATM locations. You can click on the map for a larger version, or download the map here.

The French Quarter Festival begins this Thursday, April 11.

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Arts & Culture
5:27 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Bogalusa Festival Takes Honors at Conference

The Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals has named the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival its New Event of the Year.

Organizers held the inaugural festival in September. The Bogalusa Daily News reports that it drew a couple of thousand people despite a daylong rain.

At the fairs and festivals association's recent annual conference in Baton Rouge, the Bogalusa festival also picked up a first-place award for its poster.

Festivals
2:38 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Lockport Festival Set for March

Lockport's annual Main Street Market is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 16 at the Bayouside Park.

The Daily Comet reports the market will include artisans selling clothing, jewelry, pottery, lawn ornaments, purses, wood crafts, art and other novelty items. Food and drink will be available at the nearby Bayou Lafourche Folklife and Heritage Museum.

Proceeds benefit the museum.

Business
3:39 pm
Sat February 2, 2013

Voodoo Music Festival Sold to SFX Entertainment

The Voodoo Music Experience has been bought by SFX Entertainment, a New York-based producer and promoter of concerts and other live entertainment, according to an article on Billboard Magazine's website.

Though SFX — a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications — has recently been acquiring dance music properties, Robert F.X. Sillerman, the company's president, told Billboard the mutli-genre Voodoo festival is a great fit for them.

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Music
5:16 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Prima to be Honored with Local Music, Food Fest

New Orleans singer and trumpeter Louis Prima is getting a festival in his honor.

The inaugural Prima Fest is set for March 7-10 at the Mississippi River Heritage Park. Admission will be $10.

The Times-Picayune reports that organizers have yet to announce the full musical lineup, but Prima's daughter, Lena Prima, will perform several times.

Sicilian Heritage Festival
1:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Folk Dancing Returning to Tangipahoa Sicilian Fest

Italian folk dancing is returning to the Sicilian Heritage Festival.

The Daily Star reports the festival will be held March 8-10 in the Tangipahoa Parish community of Independence.

Classes in folk dancing are planned for community members in advance of the festival, said board chairwoman Robin Abrams.

She said local dance instructor Lisa Maggio will supervise the classes.

This will be the fifth year for the festival.

Music
8:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Jill Scott, Maxwell Return to Re-Branded Essence

The Essence Music Festival is dropping the music — from its name, that is.

The festival held in New Orleans every July 4th weekend for the past 18 years has rebranded itself The Essence Festival. Organizers say the change is designed to showcase the event as more than a music festival.

Still, music will remain a focus for the 19th annual festival, which is July 4-7.

The lineup includes more than 30 acts — a number of them Essence veterans. On the roster are Jill Scott, Maxwell, New Edition, Charlie Wilson, Keyshia Cole, LL Cool J and Brandy.

Latest News
6:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Fair Grounds Announces Infield Festival

Officials announce the Infield Festival at the Fair Grounds.

For that lull in activity in New Orleans between Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest, a new event will debut next year. The Fair Grounds will be opening up the infield to mark the 100th anniversary of the Louisiana Derby.

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