Wednesday at the Square in Lafayette Square
The Lafayette Hotel (pronounced LAFFY-ette by locals) is perched right on the edge Lafayette Square, a leafy, 2.5-acre site that’s one of the city’s oldest parks. It boasts a 150-year history of hosting public celebrations, inaugurations and concerts. Each year, 72,000 people continue that tradition when the Young Leadership Committee (YLC) rolls out Wednesday at the Square, a 12-week spring concert series. Best of all? The concerts are absolutely free. Second best of all? They’re right in your backyard if you’re staying at Lafayette Hotel. (So you really have no excuse not to go.)
Here’s a little more to know about the rocking Wednesday concerts.
What, when, where and why? Give us the details!
From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Lafayette Square’s outdoor stage hosts Louisiana musicians, who perform everything from funk to rock to rhythm and blues. The series starts on March 14 and closes on May 30.
Opening acts perform from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and headliners close out the show from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The early evening hour concerts attract an after-work crowd, as well as tourists, locals, people from neighboring cities and civically engaged members of the YLC. It’s a kid- and pet-friendly event (as long as Fido wears a leash) where plenty of participants kick off their shoes and two-step in the grass.
The Food and Drink Situation
Food and alcoholic beverages are for sale, and all proceeds benefit the YLC, a nonprofit dedicated to developing leaders via community projects. Yes, the money goes to a good cause, but that’s not the only reason you’ll want to grab a bite.
At Wednesday at the Square, over a dozen vendors serve up something for everyone. Nothing costs more than $10, but you do have to buy tickets—vendors don’t accept cash. Be warned: popular items may sell out, and lines for tickets can be long, so get your food early. Bring cash or credit to exchange for tickets, and let your appetite be your guide.
The Artist Village
Those white, 10’x 10’ tents aren’t sheltering VIPS—they’re housing artist pop-ups. You’ll find everything from original art to local fashion brands in the Artist Village, making it the perfect spot to score a souvenir.
See you soon!
It’s probably obvious that Wednesday at the Square is one of New Orleans’ most prominent springtime music events, right up there with Jazz Fest and French Quarter Fest. The major difference? If you stay at Lafayette Hotel, the music comes to you—which means that much energy to devote to dancing. For more information visit ylcnola.org/ylc-wednesday-at-the-square.