2016 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival

Nov 12–13, 2016
11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., both days
Armstrong Park
701 N. Rampart Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Admission: Free

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New Orleans’ Premier Brass Band Showcase

Welcome to the ninth annual Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival – New Orleans’ premier brass band showcase. If you love brass bands and gumbo – or, better yet, enjoying some delicious gumbo while listening to brass bands playing live in a beautiful New Orleans park – then this is the event for you.

The 2016 Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival takes place Saturday, Nov. 12, and Sunday, Nov., 13, from 11 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. both days in Louis Armstrong Park. Admission is free. The festival is produced and presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell.

Once again, we will host the finest display of traditional and contemporary New Orleans brass band jazz to be found anywhere on the planet. The world-famous, Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band once again will headline the event. They'll be joined by many of our favorites, including the Hot 8, the To Be Continued, the Pinettes, the New Breed, the Soul Brass Band and many more. If you like your New Orleans jazz funky, punchy and hot, this is the place to be.

And then there’s the gumbo.

As we’ve done for years, we will offer a smorgasbord of New Orleans' signature dish, in a variety of styles – including (dare we say it?) vegan. Gumbo z’herbes, shrimp and oyster, chicken and andouille, Creole filé, dark roux, gluten-free and – yes – vegan – all of these and more will be served in our expanded food court.

All 12 of our food vendors will offer their own unique interpretation of this New Orleans classic, along with other menu items. Sampling size portions will be available, so feel free to mix and match until you find your favorite.

For us, gumbo symbolizes the melting-pot nature of New Orleans’ culture. It’s a spicy, savory blend of ingredients and influences – much like the mélange of cultures that led to the advent of jazz in and around New Orleans’ historic Tremé neighborhood. The Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival is our way of paying tribute to our ancestors and our cultural traditions – with great food, music and fun.

As we did last year, we are merging our Arts Market with our Kids Area, with local artists leading interactive and creative workshops. Parents, take note: The Kids Area also will have enclosed areas for diaper-changing and nursing.

2016 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival Performance Schedule:

11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  Jack Brass Band
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.   Treme Brass Band
1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.     Paulin Brothers Brass Band
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.     New Breed Brass Band
4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.     To Be Continued Brass Band
6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.     Soul Brass Band

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.   Panorama Jazz Band
2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.    Caesar Brothers Funk Box
3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.    Pinettes Brass Band
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.    Hot 8 Brass Band
6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.    Rebirth Brass Band

As always, we will feature a large Arts Market, with dozens of local artists showcasing handmade fine art and home furnishings.

No, we’re not serving only vegan gumbo. If you love dark roux chicken and sausage gumbo, Creole filé gumbo, seafood gumbo and all sorts of other great stuff – from po-boys to shrimp ‘n’ grits – then come hungry.

On Saturday, Nov. 12, free parking is available in the parking lots of the Mahalia Jackson Theatre. Enter via Basin Street.

On Sunday, Nov. 13, parking is available for $15 per vehicle (cash only) at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre, and for $10 per vehicle (credit cards accepted) at Basin Street Station (501 Basin Street).

Admission to the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival is free. But we will have donation boxes set up at most of the park entrances. If you want to help us keep our events free, please support us with the donation of your choice. Thank you.

Like all of our events, the Tremé  Creole Gumbo Festival is completely free and open to the public - part of the community investment made by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. PLEASE: Except for those with small children or dietary restrictions, please do not bring outside food or beverages to the event - no coolers are permitted.

We realize that Armstrong Park is usually open to pets. But for the safety and comfort of our large audience, we ask that you respect your neighbors and leave your companion animals at home (except for service animals, of course). Thank you.

Please: No audio or video recording of our performers.

Tremé Gumbo Festival Archive:

2015's Line-up and Festival Details
2014's Line-up and Festival Details
2013's Line-up and Festival Details
2012's Line-up and Festival Details
2011's Line-up and Festival Details
2010's Line-up and Festival Details
2009's Line-up and Festival Details

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2016 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.