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Downriver Festival 

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The Downriver Festival features live music, cooking demonstrations, panel discussions and more. The festival's 2016 theme is "Oysters and the Future of Our Coast," and panel discussions at the Old U.S. Mint address the oyster industry, coastal restoration and culinary topics. Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes (pictured) & Louisiana Sunspots, Fredy Omar con Su Banda, Honey Island Swamp Band and others perform at a stage at the Mint. There are cooking and oyster shucking demonstrations by chefs Kevin Belton and Jason Klutts and others at the French Market. Walking tours of Crescent Park, depart at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. from the Mint's first-floor gift shop. Free admission.

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