Event Details

YLC Wednesday at the Square is a free, 10-concert Spring music series in Lafayette Square. Read on to learn more!

About YLC Wednesday at the Square

YLC Wednesday at the Square is a free, 10-concert music series in the heart of New Orleans’ Central Business District. Proceeds from food and drink sales benefit the Young Leadership Council’s community service projects, designed not only to improve the quality of life in the Greater New Orleans area but also to foster leadership skills in young professionals.

Interested in Performing?

Is your band interested in performing at YLC Wednesday at the Square? Interested groups should send all materials and contact information to YLC’s talent selection committee by emailing ylctalent@gmail.com.

See You At The Square!

YLC Wednesday at the Square takes place at Lafayette Square in the heart of New Orleans’ Central Business District. Please see the 2018 concert map, below. 

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YLC Wednesday at the Square is located at Lafayette Square on St. Charles Avenue in the CBD across from Gallier Hall. For more specific directions, see the map below

Parking is available at metered spots around the downtown area. Please pay the meter or you will be ticketed! There are also a number of downtown office buildings that have open parking garages for a fee. In addition, public transportation is encouraged – be sure to plan ahead. We encourage biking as well, but please make sure your bicycle is secured to an appropriate structure. For your convenience, Bike Easy is providing bike valet service. Ride over to on South Maestri Street near St. Charles Ave and valet your bike with them. If a bicycle is locked to a barricade (beyond those used by the bike valet), it will be removed at the end of the concert.

Cost and Tickets

The concert series is free and open to the public, supported by sponsors and food and drink sales. Food and drink tickets may be purchased at designated booths at the square.

A VIP Area is available for patrons who wish to have the best YLC Wednesday at the Square experience. VIP Passes offer access to an exclusive viewing area in front of the stage, three Abita beers, and exclusive bathroom on-site. VIP Passes will be available for purchase in 2019.

Food and Drink

Outside food and beverages are prohibited. Please remember, this is a fundraiser and your food and drink purchases at YLC Wednesday at the Square keep the concerts free.  All food and beverage is available for purchase using tickets. Tickets can be purchased at each concert with cash or credit card, but may not be purchased in advance. Check out our 2019 list of food vendors here.

Attention: Pet Owners

For the protection of our YLC Wednesday at the Square patrons, all pets must be kept on a leash with a maximum length of 6 feet at all times. Animals exhibiting aggressive behavior are not permitted. Owners are asked to immediately remove an animal that exhibits aggressive behavior. By entering the concert area, owners agree to be solely liable for the actions of their pets. If we find your pet to be a risk to other patrons, you will be asked to leave.

Volunteers Needed!

YLC Wednesday at the Square Volunteers receive a YLC Volunteer t-shirt, food tickets, and a wristband for three beverages while volunteering at Lafayette Square. If you love live music and meeting new people while supporting a great cause, Wednesday at the Square is the ideal volunteer experience for you! If you are interested in volunteering at YLC Wednesday at the Square, follow this link or email info@ylcnola.org.

Lost and Found

Please call the YLC Office at (504) 585-1500 x 0 or email info@ylcnola.org.

Sponsorship Interest

Sponsorship opportunities, including private hospitality tents, are currently available for the 2019 concert series. Please contact Liz Waller at liz@ylcnola.org.