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French Quarter Fest


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French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) annually produces three festivals: French Quarter Festival, Satchmo SummerFest, and Christmas New Orleans Style. FQFI is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the Vieux Carré and the City of New Orleans through high quality special events and activities that showcase the culture and heritage of this unique city, contribute to the economic well-being of the community, and instill increased pride in the people of New Orleans.

About French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

French Quarter Festivals, Inc. – The Facts!

In 2016 – French Quarter Festival celebrates its 33rd Anniversary; Christmas New Orleans Style celebrates its 32nd anniversary; and Satchmo SummerFest celebrates its 16th anniversary.
French Quarter Festival was first produced in 1984 as a way to bring residents back to the Quarter; following the World’s Fair and extensive sidewalk repairs in the French Quarter.
More than 2,000 community volunteers help to make the festival a success.
French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is a private, non-profit 501c(3) organization.
French Quarter Festival is the largest, free music festival in the South.
Chief sources of funding are: sponsorships, beverage and merchandise sales, vendor fees, and annual Gala.
23 stages throughout the French Quarter celebrate local music and represent every genre from traditional and contemporary jazz to R&B, New Orleans funk, brass bands, folk, gospel, Latin, Zydeco, classical, cabaret, and international.
New Orleans great restaurants, create the food and beverage offerings know as “The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch” in Jackson Square, the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint and Woldenberg Riverfront Park during festival weekend; Satchmo SummerFest hosts New Orleans restaurants, known as “Red Bean Alley”, with Louis Armstrong-inspired dishes and great local cuisine. Louisiana restaurants are invited to participate in these festivals.
French Quarter Festival has been consistently voted “favorite festival”, “favorite food festival”, and “favorite event open to the public” by locals.

Attendance Overview

French Quarter Festival 2014 attendance – over 732,000 people
Satchmo SummerFest 2014 attendance – over 57,000 people
French Quarter Festival 2013 attendance – over 560,000 people
Satchmo SummerFest 2013 attendance – nearly 54,000 people
French Quarter Festival 2012 attendance – over 574,000 people
Satchmo SummerFest 2012 attendance – over 27,500 people
French Quarter Festival attendees are 49% locals and 51% visitors
Satchmo SummerFest attendees are 53% locals and 47% visitors
Visitors from as many as 37 states have attended FQF. Top 5 states – Louisiana, California, New York, Texas, Florida
Visitors from as many as 12 countries have attended FQF: top Countries – Canada, United Kingdom, Norway, France, Germany

Economic Impact

According to an analysis of the French Quarter Festival Visitors Survey conducted by The University of New Orleans (UNO) Hospitality Research Center, in 2014 French Quarter Festival generated a total economic impact of more than $251.4 million, including $122.8 million in direct spending and $128.6 million in secondary spending. Additionally, the event generated over $18.6 million in state and local tax revenue.

FQF employs more than 1,500 local musicians during Festival weekend
FQF hosts over 60 local restaurants which make up the “World’s Largest Jazz Brunch” at the Festival.
FQF employs only local companies during the Festival (sanitation, stages, sound, security, etc.). All money spent to produce the festival stays within the local economy.

Earlier Event: March 18
Festival Bonfouca
Later Event: August 13
Dirty Linen Night