Get ready to celebrate the booming local vendors of Freret Street with live bands, food, arts, crafts and more. Freret Street Festival is coming up!
On Saturday, April 2nd, local vendors, restaurants and bands will set up their tents and tables for festivalgoers to enjoy a taste of the eclectic Freret Street.
From the 1990’s, the Freret Market has hosted this festival every year to show off the talents of the vendors of Freret Street and share their locally made products with visitors from near and far.
Festival hours are typically from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., and the festival is held on Freret from Napoleon to Valmont St. Best of all, entry is FREE! With seven blocks of live music, tasty food and more, you don’t want to miss out on this year’s festival!
215 vendors will be at the festival, showcasing their arts, crafts, and clothing. All products are handmade by local artists. You can expect to find clothing, paintings, jewelry, wall art, stationary, and more!
You can also shop at the flea market vendors for secondhand books, clothing, and other knick-knacks.
Checkout the festival’s website for a list of participating vendors.
No matter what kind of food you’re in the mood for, Freret Street Fest will satisfy your craving. From Crepes and cupcakes, to fresh juices, burgers and BBQ, this festival will host four major food areas with food trucks, Abita beer and small local vendors that are ready to satisfy your appetite.
Previous vendors have included Crepes a la Cart, The Fry Bar, Saucy’s BBQ, Boucoup Juice, and much more. You can see also check the full list of who’s cooking on the festival’s food page.
Throughout the entire festival you will hear live music from three different stages. Expect a variety of New Orleans original music styles from brass bands to funk and blues to keep you entertained (as if the food and shopping isn’t enough).!
Keep an eye on the festival website for the lineup of this year’s artists, as the list is subject to change.
In addition too all the food, music, and art you will also find a kid’s activity area, and even a doggie pit where you can adopt a pet and bring it home.
There are always a couple other surprises at Freret Street Fest, like second lines and other parades, but you’ll have to come check it out to see!
Freret Street will be blocked off from Napoleon to Valmont St. on the day of the event. There are two free parking lots nearby, one on Napoleon Ave and South Robertson St, and the other on the corner of Magnolia and Cadiz streets.
If you choose to ride your bike, there is a complimentary bike valet by Bike Easy at the corner of Freret and Jena, and also at the corner of Freret and Valmont.
You can also take public transportation with the streetcars or RTA Bus transit. Freret Bus 15 and Napoleon Bus 24 both will drop you right off at the festival, and the Claiborne 16 Bus will drop you off just a couple blocks away. You can also take the St. Charles Streetcar to Napoleon, and transfer to the Napoleon bus or walk about eight blocks to the event.
For updates and more information on Freret Street Festival, visit their website at www.freretstreetfestival.com.
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