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“Wednesday night festival awesome”
Review of Lafayette Square

Lafayette Square
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Ranked #89 of 381 things to do in New Orleans
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

If you are in NOLA in May, make sure you don't miss this awesome free blues concert. There's loads of stalls selling beers and food, the atmosphere is great. Don't miss following the jazz band down the street to the after party - this was one of the best things I have ever done! Had a brilliant night.

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Reviewed 30 May 2014

For a pleasant early evening engagement hang out at a well organized festival in a clean, spacious park. Located in the Central Business District, get there early to get a spot on the grass. Then spread your blanket or rug, pop your chair in a bag, pet your pet, and relax, but no outside food or drink.
Every Wednesday in the spring there is a free concert of local musicians at the square. The 2014 concert series ran from March 19, and the last one for this season is June 4. The Young Leadership Council runs the spring series (Wednesday at the Square). The fall series (Harvest the Music) is run by Second Harvest Food Bank and takes place from mid-September through October. Both are a 12 week series and are fundraisers.
We are here for the first time on Wednesday, May 7. We watch people, hear good music, enjoy food from the vendors of local restaurants, and have a few drinks.The music consists of 2 bands playing from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. The Iguanas are the headliners. I can not remember the name of the first band. Pay $1 each for separate tickets at the ticket counters. Use these at a particular stall for food and drink. A large audience is milling about sitting and standing, chatting it up, laughing, being entertained and being entertaining, consuming.
Lucas and I attempt to get close to the stage, but to no avail since dancers below the stage are having a ball we must view their fun from a distance. On the balconies in buildings surrounding the square are folks listening to a concert and watching the crowd.

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

If you happen to be lucky enough to be in New Orleans during Wednesday at the park (this year March 19- June 11) and are in the area; it is worth a stop! They have local music playing and people relaxing in chairs. Tents line the park where they have food and drinks from local venders. It is a cute little festival and a great way to spend some time on a Wednesday from 5-8pm. The venders all take tickets as a form of payment. These you can buy throughout the park and marked booths. All proceeds are donated to the Young Leadership Council. So its a good time for a good cause!

1  Thank Ashley D
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Reviewed 18 May 2014 via mobile

Lafayette Square is more than just a square! First off, it's NOT in the French Quarter but in central business district. Technically, it's a square but there are some statues, well kept grounds and beautiful old oak trees. It sits between Camp and St Charles so you can sit under the trees and watch the street car glide by beautiful Gallier Hall and do some great people watching. But on second thought..... It is JUST a square. It is mostly local so in hopes of keeping it that way..... It's just a square!

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Reviewed 24 April 2014

I must start off by correcting some other reviews. The concert series is in the spring, not summer (for 2014 it runs from March 19 until June 4), The fall series typically runs from mid-September through October.
Both series are free to attend and are fund raisers. The Young Leadership Council http://wednesdayatthesquare.com/event-details/ runs Wednesday at the Square while the Second Harvest Food Bank http://www.harvestthemusic.org/ runs Harvest the Music in the fall.

Even though there are 2 different organizers both, series are set up identically and have fantastic food, drink (beer, wine, liquor, soft drinks, water) and music for sale at each concert, which consists of 2 bands playing from 5-8 ( the fall series ends a little earlier due to shorter days). Chairs, blankets, pets, and even hipsters are allowed (JK), although outside food and drink are not since it is a fund raiser.

There is also a small art market that sells handmade/painted art from local artists, much of unique to the area.

(At the time of this review, Harvest the Musics' website has not been updates with series dates or band for 2014.)

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