YLC Wednesday at the Square

YLC Wednesday at the Square Presented by AOS Interior Environments is a free 10-concert spring music series with food and drink for sale supporting Young Leadership Council's mission to young professional leadership through community service. Explore this page to learn more!

YLC Wednesday at the Square
Presented by AOS Interior Environments

Free 10-Concert Series • Wednesdays 5-8 pm at Lafayette Square

March 20 – May 22, 2019  • Rain Dates: May 29, June 5, June 12

WATS crowd shot from stage


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.

Get Down & GiveNOLA at YLC Wednesday at the Square: May 1

On May 1st, Young Leadership Council and Greater New Orleans Foundation will co-host Get Down & GiveNOLA at Wednesday at the Square, in support of GiveNOLA Day the following week on May 7. GiveNOLA Day is a 24-hour event hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation to inspire people to give generously to nonprofits making our region stronger, creating a thriving community for all. At giving stations located throughout Lafayette Square, concert goers will be able to pre-schedule GiveNOLA Day donations and learn more about this important initiative.

Location and Parking

YLC Wednesday at the Square takes place at Lafayette Square in downtown New Orleans, which is located off St. Charles Avenue across from Gallier Hall. For more specific directions, see the map below.

Parking is available at metered spots around the downtown area. 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. Recommended parking with Lanier Parking at the Poydras Center Parking Garage (Navigate to 511 Camp Street). Special event rate is $10 beginning at 4PM. Please note payment is accepted by credit or debit only.

Bike to the Square

Park your bike at the Bike Valet at the Square, sponsored by Blue Bikes. Blue Bikes is a fast, convenient and affordable transportation system for residents and visitors to move around New Orleans. Traffic and parking problems are a thing of the past when you’re rolling to the next Wednesday at the Square. Download the Social Bicycles app or visit bluebikesnola.com to start riding! Use promo code WATS2019 for a $2 account credit (20 minutes in ride time).

Please make sure your bicycle is secured to an appropriate structure. If a bicycle is locked to a barricade it will be removed at the end of the concert. 

Wednesday at the Square Map

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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. Here are the food vendors and their menus: 

Ajun Cajun Yakiniku Poboy (Garlic Ribeye Beef) 
Gumbo (Seafood, Sausage, Okra) 
Shrimp Yakisoba (Fried Noodles)  
Crab Stick and Cucumber Salad  
Seaweed and Cucumber Salad 
Fogo De Chao Shrimp Skewers 
Picanha Skewer 
Brazilian Empanadas 
Bacon Wrapped Chicken 
Magazine Pizza Pizza slices: 
Cheese, Pepperoni, Supreme 
Macho Man (all meat) 
Mona’s Gyro Sandwich 
Falafel Sandwich  
Gyro Plate 
Frey Smoked Meat Company Ribs and Pulled Pork Sliders
Manning’s Sports Bar and Grill Pulled Pork Sandwich
Nachos (plain or with pork)
Jambalaya Guy Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya 
Chicken and Sausage Jamburrito 
Let Us Cater For You LLC Ghetto Burger 
Hot Crab Dip  
Cajun Deep Fried Turkey Wing 
BBQ Hot Link 
Veggie Chili 
Cajun Mac N Cheese 
Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls A variety of 6 of the most popular flavors changing week to week
Crêpes à la Cart Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella
Bacon & Cheese
The Green Goddess 
The Black & Gold  
Butter & Sugar
Oceana Grill Blackened Catfish Tacos 
Oceana Nachos 

Artist Village

Drawing from a wide range of artistic talent throughout South Louisiana, our Artist Village is made-up of 12 vendors each week. Walking through the village you will find artists making their first appearance at YLC Wednesday at the Square, as well as all your favorites from years past. Be sure to check them all out! Here are this year’s artist vendors:

Coralie Jewelry
BitLu Boutique
Still Waters Jewelry
Bywater Clothing
Joshua Lee Studio
1 of 1 Blazers
Valois Designs
Arts Kinetic
NOLA Silver
Passion Lilie
Jane Brewster

Official Wednesday at the Square Tee

Official Wednesday at the Square t-shirts are now available online at Bywater Clothing!  All proceeds will support the Young Leadership Council’s community service projects.

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.


Announcing the 2019 YLC Wednesday at the Square Lineup

YLC and Title Sponsor AOS Interior Environments are excited to announce the 2019 YLC Wednesday at the Square music lineup! Our 2019 season kicks off Wednesday, March 20 and continues each week through May 22. Read the full announcement, below!

Read The Announcement

Volunteer at the Square

YLC Wednesday at the Square is made possible by hundreds of volunteers who serve beer, sell food and drink tickets, and give audience surveys each week week of our concert series. Don’t miss this opportunity to have a great time while supporting YLC’s mission to build leaders through community service. Volunteers receive three Abita beers, food tickets, and a complimentary t-shirt.

Sign Up to Volunteer

YLC VIP Passes Now On Sale

Upgrade your concert experience with with the YLC VIP Pass! Benefits include access to an exclusive viewing area next to the stage, three Abita beers, dedicated restroom, and more! All proceeds from VIP Pass sales support YLC’s leadership development programs and volunteer-led community service projects.

Buy VIP Passes

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Sponsorship opportunities, including private hospitality tents and video board signage featured on the stage are open for the 2019 concert series. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Liz Waller at liz@ylcnola.org.