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Festivals in New Orleans – Gretna Heritage Fest

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New Orleans, a city steeped in rich traditions and diverse cultures, is renowned for its festivals. Among these, the Gretna Heritage Festival stands out as a celebration of heritage, music, and community spirit. This event not only highlights the city’s deep-rooted history but also offers a unique blend of entertainment and culinary delights. Dive into the essence of this festival and discover why it’s a must-visit in the Crescent City’s calendar of events this Fall season. 

History of the Gretna Festival 

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The history of this neighborhood event is deeply rooted in the city’s past. Located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, Gretna evolved from a quaint village to a significant center for river commerce and trade.

Despite its growth, the enduring passions of its residents for music, food, and culture have never wavered. Gretna Fest epitomizes this love, and what started in 1994 as a small community-based event, grew into an invitation for friends and family from near and far to converge in this historic part of town. 

Entertainment Booths 

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Photographer: Scott Threlkeld

This year, the 2023 Gretna Festival offers a diverse range of entertainment booths to delight all senses. The Italian Village immerses visitors in melodious Italian tunes while they savor delectable Italian dishes, wines, and cookies crafted by the St. Joseph Women’s Club. Nearby, the Asian Village beckons with a spread of authentic Asian cuisines and beverages. 

For those seeking respite, The Club Backstage in the Gretna Cultural Center for the Arts offers a cool indoor space, where attendees can catch the weekend’s LSU and Saints games on a projector or enjoy local performances, including a soulful Gospel set on Sunday morning. Additionally, the festival boasts an Art Tent, a dedicated Kids’ Corner, and an array of Craft Vendors, ensuring entertainment for all ages. 

Tickets & Dates 

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Photographer: Scott Threlkeld

Mark your calendars for an unforgettable experience! This year, the Gretna Heritage Festival kicks off on October 6th, from 4-11PM, continues October 7th, 11AM – 11PM, and concludes on October 8th, 11AM – 8PM. Set in the heart of Downtown Gretna at 327 Huey P. Long Avenue, it’s the place to be! Grab a single day pass for just $30 or indulge in all three days for $60. For those who have children, kids aged 5-12 get in for just $5 whereas the ones aged 4 and below can get in at no cost. With so much to do at such an affordable price, this festival is not to be missed! 

The Perfect Pair – Gretna Heritage Fest and New Orleans Swamp Tours  

After soaking up the culture at Gretna Fest, why not explore the natural beauty of Louisiana? Our New Orleans swamp tours offer the perfect complement to your festival experience. Dive into the heart of the bayous and witness the wildlife that makes the Pelican State so unique. From the excitement of Gretna Fest to the serenity of New Orleans swamp tours, make your trip a full-circle New Orleans adventure. Book your Louisiana swamp tour today and experience the city in all its dimensions! 

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