French Quarterly

Holiday Traditions, Past and Present

November 05, 2018
Traditionally, the winter holiday season in New Orleans was a two-week celebration, beginning on Christmas Eve with Midnight Mass and continuing through January 8th with the commemoration of the Battle of New Orleans. Celebrations were also held on New Year’s Day, with neighborly visits, family gatherings, and large parties, as well as on January 6th, the Epiphany, also known as Twelfth Night or Kings Day, the official start to the Carnival season leading up to Mardi Gras.

Exploring French Quarter Museums

November 05, 2018
My old friend from college, a real history buff, visited recently. Michael and I decided to spend a couple days visiting some of our best museums. We headed to the French Quarter Museums Association Visitor Center at 533 Royal Street, offering free information about all the participating museums in the Vieux Carré. The French Quarter Museum Association is a network of unique cultural and historical museums, all within a few blocks of each other, that tell diverse stories from all corners of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood.

The Professor Longhair Centennial "Me Got Fiyo" Sponsored By The New Orleans Jazz Museum

July 27, 2018
Professor Longhair at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 1977 by Michael P. Smith, New Orleans Jazz Museum Collection, 2003.003.63.
© The Historic New Orleans Collection
Henry Roeland Byrd, better known to the world as Professor Longhair or “Fess,” for short, stands as the foremost exponent of New Orleans piano style. As a vocalist, he was a classic blues shouter, and his idiosyncratic style is a rhythmic jambalaya reflecting the freewheeling, good-time spirit of the Crescent City. Urban legend suggests that The New Orleans Jazz Fest was begun to showcase his piano and vocal talents.

It’s Time To Get Dirty Again! Dirty Linen Night 2018

July 27, 2018
The evening of August 11, 2018 marks the 17th annual Dirty Linen Night celebration on Royal Street. For the second year in a row, the event is being presented by The Royal Street Art District, French Quarterly Magazine, and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, along with a long list of other generous sponsors. The event will once again encompass the 300–900 blocks of Royal Street. But as an extra treat this year, the shops of Wilkinson Rowe and several others along Chartres Street will be joining forces to bring an even bigger and more exciting event to the French Quarter.

Germaine Bazzle, New Orleans' "First Lady of Jazz"

May 07, 2018
One of the true legends of New Orleans jazz, the elegant and graceful Germaine Bazzle is one of our most important jazz vocalists and a respected music instructor. After growing up in our own Seventh Ward and graduating from our local Xavier University of Louisiana, she began a teaching career during the day and entertaining in a traditional jazz band at night.

Jazz in the Park Crab Festival

May 07, 2018
People United for Armstrong Park will present their second annual Jazz in the Park Crab Festival on May 11th, 2018 from 6 to 9pm in historic Armstrong Park. The Crab Festival will feature the smooth jazz of Michael Franks and the urban contemporary rhythm and blues of the successful British band, Loose Ends. It will be held in an historical area of the park called Congo Square where enslaved Africans gathered to set up markets, sing, dance, and play music starting in the late 1700’s. We continue to celebrate the cultural heritage of New Orleans on that sacred ground.

French Quarterly Magazine Summer 2018 Calendar Of Events

May 07, 2018
April 27-May 6
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Spring 2018 Calendar of Events

February 01, 2018
February 2
Krewe of Cork Parade
Cheers! This walking krewe celebrates “everything wine.” About 200 members donned in wine and grape related costumes saunter through the French Quarter handing out wine centric throws to lucky recipients. kreweofcork.com

February 4
Krewe of Barkus Parade
This parade has gone to the dogs! Man’s best friend takes center stage in parade. Escorted by their human owners, dogs are dressed up in their festive costumes as they walk down the streets in the French Quarter. It’s a must see! Barkus.org

February 9

Dirty linen 2017 – The Science of a Good Party

July 27, 2017
Well hello fall, and hello Dirty Linen.

The science of making a great celebration even better is making sure all the key elements come together to at the right time, in the right place.

This time around, experience what you have come to expect and so much more, as the art galleries and merchants of Royal Street band together to bring New Orleans an original version of this much-anticipated event. This year the annual party will be held Saturday August 12th from 6-9 pm.

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

February 03, 2017
The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival returns to the historic French Quarter for its 31st annual gathering to celebrate the genius of Tennessee Williams, who once called New Orleans his “spiritual home,” joined by contemporary artists who are as honest and unflinching in their examination of the human condition as the Festival’s patron playwright. Founded in 1986 by a group of cultural enthusiasts, the Festival has grown from a small gathering of 500 to a five-day literary and multi-cultural event, which sees 11,000+ seats filled yearly.

Holiday Shopping

October 31, 2016
It is no surprise that New Orleans is consistently ranked as one of the “Best Cities for Shopping” and during the holidays it is a real treat to be in the French Quarter where our thriving artists' community creates truly unique gifts. Window-shop and step inside as you stroll along the Vieux Carre’s scenic and historic streets while admiring the festive holiday décor and magnificent 18th century architecture.