Pull your dancing shoes out of the closet, and slather on the sunscreen: French Quarter Fest opens Thursday.
The free, local celebration — in its 33rd year — runs through Sunday.
The first-day music schedule is compact but high profile: Only five stages will be up and running, but they’ll showcase the fest debuts of long-running local rock band Cowboy Mouth and southwest Louisiana slide guitar ace Sonny Landreth.
Friday’s acts expand across 23 stages and include James Andrews, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Susan Cowsill and the Batture Boys, featuring Tommy Malone and Ray Ganucheau.
On Saturday, check out Flow Tribe, Linnzi Zaorski, Tank and the Bangas and a battle of the bands.
Sunday, it’s Jeremy Davenport, Paul Sanchez, Alex McMurray and dozens more.
There’s plenty of food from local eateries available, including a new-this-year food area in Spanish Plaza near the Riverwalk Outlet Collection.
Also new: The “Easy Rider” shuttle, which will pick up festgoers who pay $30 per car to park at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center lots, and drop them off at the Sheraton Hotel at 500 Canal St. Shuttle hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Otherwise, public transit is the way to go.