2019 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival

Nov 16–17, 2019
Armstrong Park
701 N. Rampart Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Admission: Free

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Brass Bands & Local Favorites in Armstrong Park
Plus: Gumbo Cooking Demonstrations

Welcome to the 12th 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 New Orleans jazz in a beautiful downtown park – then we've got you covered!

The 2019 Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival takes place Saturday, Nov. 16, and Sunday, Nov., 17, from 11 a.m. to 7:30 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.  

New: Treme Creole Gumbo Festival and Congo Square Rhythms Festival will combine forces TOGETHER on one weekend!

This fall, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation will present two of its  popular festivals on one weekend  - Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival and Congo Square Rhythms Festival. The festivals will take place Saturday, November 16th and Sunday, November 17th in Congo Square and Louis Armstrong Park.  Admission is still free and open to the public. There will be two stages of music celebrating the New Orleans traditions that spring from the African diaspora: jazz, funk, contemporary and traditional brass band, gospel and rhythm & blues!  African drumming and dance will be a continued highlight at Congo Square Rhythms Festival, as well as, the annual Mardi Gras Indian “battle” – with tribes from various neighborhoods.

More than just music, this double-festival weekend will feature loads of local food and an incredible arts market.

There will be two food courts, each offering a mix of classic New Orleans cuisine.  We’ll, of course, have a smorgasboard of New Orleans’ signature dishes: varieties of gumbo, red beans and rice, crabmeat beignets, deep fried bell peppers, jambalaya, poboys, fresh produce, seafood and more!

We will have two art markets. The Congo Square Market will feature art, crafts, jewelry, locally produced bath and beauty products and imported items from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.

The Tremé Market will feature original local art, crafts, jewelry and unique handmade items. These festivals are our way of paying tribute to our ancestors and our cultural traditions-  through food, music, drumming and dance.  By bringing these two festivals together– we are hoping to make a bigger impact on our city. A complete line-up is listed below:


Saturday, Nov. 16
11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.   Red Hot Brass Band
12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.   Cole Williams Band
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.   James Andrews & the Crescent City All-Stars
3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.   Big Six Brass Band
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.   Charmaine Neville Band
5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.   Tonya Boyd-Cannon
Sunday, Nov. 17 
11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.   LPO Brass Band
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m   Free Agents Brass Band
2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.   Tremé Brass Band
3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.   Hot 8 Brass Band
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m   Pinettes Brass Band
6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.   Rebirth Brass Band
Saturday, Nov. 16
10:45 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.   Drum Circle 
11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   Harbinger Project
12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.   Glenn Hall & Backatown
2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.   Corey Henry & the Tremé Funktet
3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.   Big Sam's Funky Nation
5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.   Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.   Soul Rebels
Sunday, Nov. 17 
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   Drum Circle
12:00 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.   African Dance
12:00 p.m. to 12:10 p.m.   Tekrema
12:15 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.   N'Kafu & Culu
12:35 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.   Kumbuka African Dance & Drum Collective
12:55 p.m. to 1:10 p.m.   N'Fungola Sibo
1:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.   Chakra Dance Theatre
1:35 p.m. to 1:55 p.m.   Seguenon Kone
2:00 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.   Garifuna
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.   Bamboula 2000
3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.   Mardi Gras Indian Battle
4:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.   Big Chief Bo Dollis Jr & the Wild Magnolias




As always, we will feature a large Arts Market, with dozens of local artists showcasing handmade fine art and home furnishings. A complete list of vendors is available here.

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. A complete list of vendors is available here.

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 Arts Market vendors.

Thanks to a partnership with Blue Bikes, the 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.

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) for $20/day.

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.

The Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival is produced and presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. The Foundation is the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, and uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest for year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. For more on what we do, please visit us at www.jazzandheritage.org.

This program is supported in part by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans.


Click the links below to download documents.

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival & Congo Square Rhythms Vendor List

Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival Menu

Congo Square Rhythms Festival Menu

Tremé Gumbo Festival Archive:

2018's Line-up and Festival Details
2017's Line-up and Festival Details
2016's Line-up and Festival Details
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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2019 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:

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