French Quarter Fest Alternatives

New Orleans


The time has come! French Quarter Fest is this weekend!

If you agree with a lot of other locals, then FQF has become too crowded and way too big. Props to them for making this free festival all it can be! Some of us long for the good ‘ol days when it was a locals festival that no outsiders knew about.

Since we can’t change what’s already done, we wanted to offer New Orleanians a list of French Quarter Fest alternatives!


Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival

In under an hour, you can be at the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival. It’s free and runs from Friday-Monday. (April 12-14, 2019) Their food booths help support local non-profits and there are two stages of music for you to enjoy. You can also buy strawberry everything! (Someone grab me a strawberry pepper jelly!) Games, a parade on Saturday, and great weather make Ponchatoula a great alternative!


Earth Fest

Sunday, April 14th Jefferson Parish holding Earth Fest at Lafreniere Park from 11 am-3 pm.  There will a lot of activities to help make the Earth a better place along with food booths and live music. Some of the activities include free yoga, healthy cooking demos, compost class, blood donations, canned food drive, disc golf, and environmental education. It’s free to the public and will end with a concert. 


Blessing of the Fleet Festival

Jump in the car and drive 2 hours south to Grand Isle! You will find the Blessing of the Fleet Festival going on all weekend long. Not only will you find live music, but there is a kid’s crab race (BYOC: Bring your own crabs), a shrimp boot decorating contest, and live auctions. Any boat can be blessed that day, but they recommend signing up ahead of time so you can get a plaque and participate.


Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration

If you’re going to be in Grand Isle, then you might as well check this out too! After flying across the Gulf of Mexico, many birds land in Grand Isle to rest. Last year, they identified 168 different species. It’s a very popular spot for songbirds too! You can go on an expert-led bird watching tour, take a kayak tour through the island’s mangroves, and boat tours to pelican-rookery Queen Bess Island will also be offered as well as walking tours of the island’s historic homes.



NOMA Egg Hunt & Family Fest – right in Mid-City at the New Orleans Museum of Art

City Park Egg Scramble – egg hunts and more!



Just want to stay home and garden this weekend? See our favorite local nurseries!