Pin It
Favorite

Preview: Gretna Heritage Festival 

Kate Watson on the fest’s 20th anniversary, which features Gregg Allman, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Joan Jett

click to enlarge event_rec-1.jpg

The Gretna Heritage Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with three days of food, festivities and music by Gregg Allman Band (pictured), Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and others. What originally was a one-day, local affair has grown to a weekend-long event filling 25 blocks of downtown Gretna and expected to draw more than 100,000 attendees.

  "Just to be here 20 years later ... we never expected to be any bigger," says Ricky Templet, Jefferson Parish councilman and founder of the Gretna Economic Development Association, which created the festival. "The event's purpose, at the time, was to create a day of local community involvement; that has never changed."

  The festival features six music stages, more than 100 craft and merchant booths, carnival rides and amusements and food areas. Food vendors include local restaurants, West Bank Carnival krewes and food trucks. The Italian Village offers Italian cuisine, wines, Moretti beer and its own music stage. The German Beer Garden serves sausages, pretzels, German beer, wine, schnapps and locally brewed beer from Covington's Heiner Brau.

  There are more than 50 bands scheduled. Touring acts include Robert Randolph and the Family Band and Paul Rodgers of Bad Company. Also performing are The funky Meters, Amanda Shaw, Bonerama, Tank and the Bangas, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, the Brass-A-Holics, Cowboy Mouth and others.

  "We've moved to another level this year," says Gretna Deputy Police Chief Anthony Christiana. "The economic impact alone is projected to be $1.7 to $1.8 million."

  A portion of proceeds is donated to local nonprofit groups. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate, $47.50 weekend pass in advance.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Pin It
Favorite
Submit an event Jump to date

Latest in New Orleans Event Previews

More by Kate Watson

  • Gambit's 2017 fall restaurant guide

    Your guide to eating around New Orleans, organized by neighborhood
    • Oct 2, 2017
  • Gambit's 2017 spring restaurant guide

    Where to eat, from A to Z
    • Mar 27, 2017
  • More »

Spotlight Events

  • Hello Dawlin' @ Cafe Istanbul
    New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave. http://www.cafeistanbulnola.com

    • Through Nov. 25
  • Close Me Out @ Hi-Ho Lounge
    2239 St. Claude Ave. http://www.hiholounge.net

    • First Saturday of every month

© 2017 Gambit
Powered by Foundation