Mardi Gras, Bourbon Tastings, Taco Fest all sound cool in New Orleans in March. But, with a city rich in French history, we thought Fête Française looked like a good bet to get some culture while visiting New Orleans.
Fête Française is a free outdoor festival hosted annually by Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans at our uptown campus off of Magazine Street. Fête carries the distinction of being the only true French festival in New Orleans.
This year’s theme will be the famed “Tour de France” so gear up for a day filled with French culture, music, dancing, cuisine as they celebrate their 20th year .
For one day during the year, a portion of Uptown New Orleans transforms into a Parisian getaway. This year’s fest takes place Saturday, March 23 at the corner of Pershing and Magazine Streets.
Each year, some of the best local vendors offer French-inspired fare for fest-goers to enjoy. French staples such as crepes, mussels, jams and champagnes can be found throughout the Fête. This year’s restaurant line-up is soon to be announced. Check for updates as they become available.
Live Entertainment at Fête Française
Featuring a healthy mixture of local + regional artists, Fête Française’s live entertainment is always a lively and engaging portion of the fest. Both New Orleanian and French-inspired artists are invited to take the stage. This year’s line-up includes:
Soul Brass Band
Bon Bon Vivant
Panorama Jazz Band
The Tin Men
Michot’s Melody Makers
Fête Française Activities + Fun
In addition to its line-up of local restaurants and performers, Fête Française also features games + activities, an auction and a local art market, La Marche. Its host of events activities make Fête Française a perfect family-friendly outing for all.
Admission is free, but, donations are encouraged. The event goes from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. 3/23/19.