The French Quarter is a lot of fun during the fest… unless you're a car. Fortunately, a host of options exist including bike park, extra buses, free pedicabs, and car service discounts. To help sort out the options (and avoid driving in circles), NoDef put together a quick guide of options.
For the two wheeled traveler, free bike parking and bike valet services are available at Festival.
Festival-goers can also hop into free French Quarter pedicabs.
New Orleans has convenient public transportation, including the streetcar and RTA buses. The new Loyola Streetcar line conveniently has stops near several parking lots in the CBD and drops off steps away from the French Quarter. Premium Parking has thousands of spaces along O’Keefe Avenue in the Central Business District, just a block away from RTA streetcars and busses.
The following are easy access routes to downtown and the areas surrounding the French Quarter.
RTA will provide extra bus and streetcar service during French Quarter Festival:
? #10 – Tchoupitoulas
? #11 – Magazine
? #55 – Elysian Fields
? #57 – Franklin
? #91 – Jackson/Esplanade
? #2 – Riverfront
? #12 – St. Charles
? #47 – Canal/Cemeteries
? #48 – Canal/City Park Streetcar
? #49 – Loyola/UPT
For more details and fare information please go to www.norta.com
Fares can be purchased from the conductor or in advance at one of the RTA’s ticket vending machines located at major transfer and boarding points throughout the city. Vending machines accept cash and coins only, and provide the option for $3 unlimited ride “Jazzy Passes”.
Festival attendees will have access to free pedicabs in the French Quarter, courtesy of Chevron. To catch a ride, look for the Chevron/Festival-branded pedicabs 10:30 am to 1:30 pm each day of the event.
Brown-Forman Company is offering festival-goers $20 off the Be My Designated Driver (BeMyDD) car service to ensure that fans get home safely. Two services are available: the Personal Driver Service from home, or the Pick Up Service from festival-grounds. Visit www.bemydd.com or call 877-U-BeMyDD (823-6933). Be sure to use French Quarter Festival promo code: NOLA and receive a $20 discount on the ride!
Bike Easy Valet Bike Parking is available each day of French Quarter Festival. The service is located at the Canal Street entrance to Woldenberg Riverfront Park. "Do it yourself" bike parking is also available at several locations: along the Mississippi floodwall at the Conti Street and Bienville Street entrances, and at Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Avenue, on the neutral ground.