Celebrating the long heritage of what is believed to be the oldest neighborhood of free African Americans in the United States, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation hosts the annual Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival on the second weekend of November each year, just prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.
The festival is staged in Congo Square in the corner of Louis Armstrong Park, as well as in other sections of the park on North Rampart Street between St. Peter and St. Philip streets, directly opposite the French Quarter. Hours are from 11:00 a.m. until just after sunset (between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m.), and admission is free.
The highlight of the festival, in addition to the gumbo of its theme and other uniquely New Orleans culinary delights, is the great traditional New Orleans jazz performed by renowned artists, many of whom grew up in the historic Tremé neighborhood. These may include musicians seen in episodes of the popular HBO TV series "Tremé," as well as some of the city’s most popular brass bands.