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On the first weekend of October, the famous Tremé neighborhood hosts the annual Treme Fall Festival. All weekend, visitors enjoy the music and food of this cherished New Orleans neighborhood. Treme Fall Fest is a donation-based event, created to raise money for St. Augustine Catholic Church. The festival is held on the streets bordering the church, located at the corner of Henriette Delille and Gov. Nicholls streets.
Some of the most famous musicians and artists come from New Orleans’ Treme, and many of them perform at the festival or showcase their work. Performers have included Kermit Ruffins, Shannon Powell, Leroy Jones, John Boutte and other renowned names. Artist Terrance Osborne has shown and sold work at the festival, too.
A patron party usually starts the weekend with special music and food on Friday night. Then on Saturday, there is a full day of live music, art and more. Sunday morning starts with a Gospel Mass at the church followed by a Gospel Extravaganza – a day of music with performances from local Gospel choirs. Performances have featured the St. Augustine choir and the Zion Harmonizers.
Both days also include children's activities with painting, building projects and entertainment, as well as free health screenings and tours of St. Augustine Church.
As the United State’s oldest African-American neighborhood, Tremé is a site of significant economic, cultural, political, social, and legal events that have shaped the course of events in Black America for the past two centuries.
The residents of this beloved neighborhood actively honor its history and culture, and visitors come from all over to experience it. Treme is home to celebrations like second-line parades and jazz funerals, museums dedicated to African-American life, art, and history, as well as Armstrong Park, a memorial to the great jazz legend Louis Armstrong.
St. Augustine Catholic Church
One of the most significant landmarks in the Treme neighborhood is St. Augustine Catholic Church. Since its dedication in 1842, St. Augustine has been a church of the free black citizens of New Orleans. It continues today as a vital component to the local community, as well as a landmark.
The Historic Faubourg Treme Association (HFTA) hosts the Treme Fall Festival to help with St. Augustine Catholic Church’s fund raising efforts to make needed repairs and improvements to this important historical site. Donations will be accepted prior to and during the celebration.