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A New Orleans family created Beignet Fest in 2016. Amy and Sherwood Collins discovered through their journey with their son who was diagnosed at age three with autism that New Orleans has limited opportunities for children on the autism spectrum, so they started a festival to raise awareness and funds for local programs that serve children with special needs. You can read more about their efforts here.
Tickets are available for purchase HERE. We suggest pre-purchase as prices go up the day of the event.
Sure! You can donate to the Beignet Fest Foundation anytime here.
Beignet Fest is held at New Orleans City Park at the Festival Grounds (4 Friederichs Ave.). Note: Friederichs Ave. will be one-way, exit only at Wisner Blvd. on the day of the event.
Rideshare drop-off is at New Orleans Museum of Art (1 Collins Diboll Circle).
You can use the Canal Street Streetcar and disembark at the end of Carrollton Ave., then take a short walk thru City Park’s Big Lake area.
You may park along streets and in City Park in designated parking areas. Absolutely no parking on the grass inside the park! Violators will be ticketed by City Park Police.
Handicap parking is located at the Reunion Shelter Pavilion (4 Friederichs Ave.) at the main entrance of Beignet Fest. Spaces are limited. Guests allowed to park in these spaces with proper state-issued permit
There will be additional pay-to-park options at Deutsches Haus (1700 Moss St.) and Cabrini High School (Esplanade Ave. entrance).
Handicap parking is located at the Reunion Shelter Pavilion by the main entrance to the Festival Grounds. Spaces are limited. Guests will only be allowed to park in these spaces with a proper state-issued permit. There are also ADA port-a-lets on the grounds for patrons. We are also looking to make all food vendor booths wheelchair accessible. And we are excited to offer sensory-friendly activities for guests of all abilities in the Kids Village.
The event will be held rain or shine unless there is torrential rain predicted. In this case, we will make a decision in advance to move the event to another suitable date.
Bring a credit/debit card and cash to buy things, plus strollers, blankets, chairs, sunscreen, sunglasses, and maybe a hat. No outside food or beverage is allowed on the Festival Grounds.
DO NOT BRING outside food and beverage, pop up tents, weapons of any kind, illegal drugs or paraphernalia, unauthorized audio/video recording equipment, or pets/live animals.
Yes, there are limited ATMS on site for use. However, we highly encourage everyone to bring cash in advance of arrival. Most booths, including all drink booths, will accept credit/debit cards along with Google/Apple Tap to Pay.
Pets are not allowed at Beignet Fest. Service animals are always welcome. Service Animals are not pets, companion animals or therapy dogs. We apply the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, which define a service animal as “one that is trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability. The task(s) performed by the animal must be directly related to the person’s disability.”
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