Fall Festival Season in New Orleans

Data News Weekly Selects Best Local Fall Festivals

Benjamin Bates

New Orleans is a city that loves to celebrate. As anyone knows there are countless festivals for everything under the sun. As we are now entering the fall, Data News Weekly have chosen a few festivals that we think our readers would enjoy.

National Fried Chicken Festival September 22nd-23rd

In its 3rd year this festival has grown from its initial location in Lafayette Square, to Woldenberg Park on the river.

During this two-day free outdoor festival one can come and enjoy food from its more than 35 food vendors and great music on its two stages.

This is a family friendly event that features cooking demonstrations, in addition to a fried chicken tender eating contest. As all things New Orleans Chefs also compete in a best fried chicken contest judged by local and national food critics.

And while we know it is the beginning of fall, we in New Orleans know it will more than likely be two hot days. For those who want an indoor/outdoor experience there are Moet Chicken and Champagne VIP tickets for sale that include access to a private climate-controlled lounge area near main stage. Also, there is VIP restroom access, a Moet mini bottle with an iconic chicken dish, as well as unlimited soft drinks and water. Other special experiences include the AT&T Football Fan Zone and the GoNola Misting Lounge. National Fried Chicken Festival is Free and Open to the Public!

Treme Fall Fest October 5th-7th

As the oldest African-American neighborhood in the United States, Treme’ is a place with a rich and vibrant history.

From October 5th-7th, this historic neighborhood will host its Annual Treme’ Fall Festival. It is a weekend that is true to the welcoming spirit of New Orleans, where people can come and enjoy the food and music of this true cultural treasure.

While it is a free fest, it is a donation-based event created by the Historic Faubourg Treme’ Association with the goal to benefit the historic sites located in the Treme’ neighborhood. The festival also supports preserving its architecture, culture and history.

The Treme’ Fall Festival takes place on the streets bordering the St. Augustine Catholic Church, located at the corner of Henriette Delille and Gov. Nicholls Streets. Along these streets where a unique history has taken place attendees will discover amazing music in addition to food and crafts from its many vendors.

In this the 300th year of the City, this is a festival we suggest for all to attend and witness and experience the splendor of a neighborhood that’s contributed so much to New Orleans Culture and the world.

Treme’ Fall Festival is Free and Open to the Public!

Gentilly Fest October 12th-14th

Pontchartrain Park in New Orleans is another historic African-American neighborhood, it is place where middle-class Blacks lived, loved and prospered. In its rich history it has produced many greats that contributed to the rich legacy of New Orleans and the world. Today it is still a neighborhood that represents the best of African-Americans.

On October 12th-14th Gentilly Fest takes place for a weekend that is chockfull of music, food and family fun. Starting in 2007, proceeds from the festival has gone to the local Police Department, Fire Department, EMS and other neighborhood organizations.

As is all festivals New Orleans, there will be food and plenty of it. There are over 20 local vendors that will be serving up a variety of dishes guaranteed to please the palate of festival goers.

The festival grounds will also feature retail booths where over 30 vendors will have for sale jewelry, art, clothing and much more.

The festival will feature three stages of live music ranging from R&B, Gospel, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Bounce and much more.

Given this is a family friendly event, there will be a Kid’s stage that will feature various dance teams and local musicians. In the Kid’s Village activities will also include horseback riding, rock climbing, storytelling and much more.

Gretchen Bradford, Chairperson and founding member of Gentilly Fest says, “The festival is unique because it is homegrown and produced by passionate volunteers who are residents in Gentilly and who care about maintaining the culture and history.”

“It began as a fundraiser immediately following Hurricane Katrina to support the first responders and neighborhood playgrounds. But we soon found out it was much greater than that. It’s a celebration, but it is also a reunion, uniting family and friends back together. Former residents who have moved away have made Gentilly Fest a vacation destination to return home every October. It is a fun-filled weekend with delicious food and great entertainment. This year we anticipate a bigger better more exciting festival. Must haves are commemorative Poster and T-Shirt.”

Gentilly Fest is Free and Open to the Public!

Westbank Heritage Festival Oct. 13th-14th

The Westbank Heritage Festival is again returning to the Alario Center on Oct. 13th-14th. The Festival includes a mix of local and national artist in a wide variety of Genres.

This year’s festival headliners include Juvenile, Partners-n-Crime (PNC), Raheem Devaugn, Tucka, Donell Jones, DJ Captain Charles, Shamarr Allen, Denisia, just to name a few. The two-day festival will be hosted by Downtown Lesli Brown and Gralen Banks.

“We are extremely excited to announce the incredibly talented and diverse group that round out this year’s festival lineup,” says Sharlyane Prevost, Westbank Heritage Festival organizer. “Our festival is truly unique. Not only does it provide opportunities for local Westbank businesses, but it also provides an opportunity for people to come out and see a lot of artist, who would otherwise be very expensive, free of charge. We encourage children and adults of all ages to come out, enjoy the free festival and see all of this year’s exciting new additions.” Westbank Heritage Festival is Free and Open to the Public!

Praise Fest Oct. 19th-21st

For those who love Gospel Music the 10th Annual Praise Fest will take place Oct. 19th-21st on Bayou St. John.

This event is a hand-clapping foot stomping extravaganza. The Praise Fest is an event that draws a diverse crowd that includes families, churches and community leaders.

Praise Fest is more than just music, but also feature other events inside the fest. On Oct. 19th it is Senior Day, on Oct. 20th there is a Health and Career Fair and closing out on Oct. 21st is the Finale Closing Celebration.

The Annual Praise Fest is an amazing event that features performances and speakers that are of local, national and international acclaim. It is truly a soul stirring experience and we suggest that you go out and support this great event.

In addition to a weekend filled with praise and music, Praise Fest will feature the following.

Praise Fest Is Free and Open to the Public!

We at Data News Weekly want to encourage our readers to go out and support our local festivals and small businesses that participate as vendors. We also as the “People’s Paper” ask that you do this not only on these days, but every day we should make a conscious effort to support African-American events and businesses.

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