One of the last festival holdouts in New Orleans has officially thrown in the towel for 2020. French Quater fest, which originally rescheduled from April to October 2020, has decided to cease planning for this year’s event, and instead refocus their energy for April 2021. In a statement from French Quarter Festivals this morning the festival is taking “caution for the safety of our fans, musicians, staff, and partners as a top priority.”
“It’s with great sadness that we announce that we’re no longer moving forward with plans to host French Quarter Festival In October”
In the 37-year history of the festival, this is the first cancellation or large scale postponement. French Quarter Festival began in 1984 and has been able to deliver a positive economic impact on the community ever since. The festival has created thousands of jobs for musicians, helped sustain the local business, and provided priceless cultural impact to thousands of visitors.
With the cancellation of French Quater Festival, this also means its sister festival, Satchmo Fest, will also be postponed until 2021. The one-day food and music festival was originally scheduled for August 2020.
The organizers behind the event plan to take the remainder of this year to refocus energy on creating new ways to deliver their mission. French Quarter Festival looks forward to returning together on April 8-11, 2021, and Satchmo for August 1, 2021.