Congo Square Rhythms Festival
It was in Congo Square that enslaved African people gathered on Sunday afternoons to practice their ancestral traditions. Their legacy lives on in our Treme Creole Gumbo / Congo Square Rhythms Festival, a free event that celebrates the music, food, and dance of our forebears, creating an event that is fun for the whole family.
We’ve combined two of our favorite festivals into one! The Treme Creole Gumbo and Congo Square Rhythms festivals sit on the outskirts of the French Quarter in Tremé, celebrating the neighborhood as a key proving ground in the birthplace of jazz!
March 25-March 27, 2022
The Treme Creole Gumbo / Congo Square Rhythms festivals will run in tandem on the same weekend. They take place in the streets of the Treme neighborhood and Congo Square, located in the heart of Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, La 70116.
Once again, our friends at Bike Easy (a nonprofit that promotes bicycle ridership) will staff a free bike valet. So, ride to the festival and leave your bike safe and secure. The festival takes place in Armstrong Park, which is right along the RTA bus route 91 (Jackson-Esplanade, map), and the Rampart-St. Claude streetcar line (map). Parking in the parking lots of the Mahalia Jackson Theatre is available. Enter via Basin Street. Additional parking is available in the lot at Basin Street Station (501 Basin Street).
Music, Food, and More
Musical lineup, food vendors, artists, and activities for The Treme Creole Gumbo Fest / Congo Square Rhythms Festival will be announced soon.
As always, we will feature a large Arts Market, with dozens of local artists showcasing handmade fine art and home furnishings.
We’ll have a host of great food vendors – including recent graduates of our Catapult Fund business accelerator program – offering a mix of classic New Orleans dishes and food from the Caribbean.
As we have done in the past, we are merging our Arts Market with our Kids Area, with local artists leading interactive and creative workshops for young people. So come enjoy the festival knowing that there will be supervised activities for the kids. Check back for a complete list of activities.
Thanks to a partnership with Blue Bikes, the Treme Creole Gumbo / Congo Square Rhythms Festival and Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival are easier to attend than ever! From November 16-17, Blue Bikes is offering a promo for festival guests. To take advantage of this great deal, download the Social Bicycles app (iTunes App Store & Google Play) available for Android and Apple devices or Create an online account at bluebikesnola.com. Select the Blue Bikes New Orleans network and sign-up for the Pay As You Go plan. Enter promo code [GUMBO2019] when prompted and press “Apply.” Confirm that an account credit has been applied before completing the registration. Once your account is created, simply enter your account number and PIN on any available bike to start riding.
Free Admission – Donations Accepted
Admission to the Tremé Creole Gumbo / Congo Square Rhythms 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.
No Outside Food or Beverages
Like all of our events, the Tremé Creole Gumbo / Congo Square Rhythms 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.
Brought to You By
The Tremé Creole Gumbo / Congo Square Rhythms Festival is produced and presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.
This program is supported in part by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest, and other funds, for year-round programs in the areas of education, economic development and cultural events. For more about the Foundation and what we do, visit us online at www.jazzandheritage.org.