FRANKLIN, TN - SEPTEMBER 25:  Sammie 'Big Sam' Williams of Big Sam's Funky Nation performs onstage at the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival - Day 2 on September 25, 2016 in Franklin, Tennessee.  (Photo by Mickey Bernal/Getty Images for Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival)

Wednesdays at the Square: where to park, what to pack

Festival season is almost upon us and Wednesday at the Square are a perfect pregame to get ready for the raucous calendar ahead.

by Mary Staes | March 20, 2019

Festival season is almost upon us, and the Wednesdays at the Squareconcert series will be a perfect pregame to get ready for the raucous calendar ahead.

The concert series, sponsored by the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans, is smaller than other festivals, and for many professionals, the Lafayette Square venue is perfect for after work.

If you work a little farther than the CBD, there’s lots of parking near the Rouses on Baronne Street, but don’t forget to pay the meter. The square’s central location makes parking at a meter pretty easy, and since people are leaving work, there are lots of spaces so you don’t have to pay a lot.

Admission is free, but you should probably bring cash. Food costs tickets, and while you can pay with your card for them, the cash line is ALWAYS shorter.

Pro tip: Take a walk around the square and plan your food first. You don’t want to be left with one last ticket, knowing you could’ve kept that money in your pocket.

As far as where to use the restroom, there are portable toilets there, but as always, you’ll want to pack toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

You should probably bring a chair or blanket, at a minimum, if you have a little one with you. You can also bring water, but outside alcohol isn’t allowed.

Be prepared for a pretty big crowd, especially if the weather is nice. Crowd size also depends on who’s playing, but let’s be honest, all of the musical acts are good! On March 20, Big Sam’s Funky Nation kicks off the series, and it closes out on May 22 with Mia Borders.

Check here for the full band lineup for this year’s Wednesday at the Square concert series.

Lafayette Square
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S Maestri Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Mon-Sun 6am–10:30pm
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Mary Staes

Mary Staes

Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether we're natives or not.

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