Photo courtesy of Downriver Festival

Downriver Festival returns, with a focus on gumbo and daiquiris

After last year’s shrimp and sno ball-themed Downriver Festival, organizers will return for the sixth annual installment with a renewed focus.

The 2018 theme of Downriver Fest, which takes place September 8 (Saturday) is “Gumbo & Daiquiris,” which will be showcased in addition to the festival’s general mission of celebrating the “impact of the Mississippi River through live music, food, and educational activities.” Javier Olondo & AsheSon, Treme-Lafitte Brass Band, Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, Bluezy Pink Magnolias, Arrowhead Brass Band and a Kinfolk Brass Band Second Line are on tap this year.

Additionally, there will be walking tours, a series of lectures, children’s activities and plenty of food. All of these components will, in some fashion, highlight the 2018 theme. For example, there will be a “History of the Daiquiri” lecture and a panel of local chefs sharing their favorite gumbo stories. For a full list of lectures, click here.

The 2018 Downriver Festival takes place on the grounds of the New Orleans Jazz Museum (400 Esplanade Ave.). For more information, click here. Did we mention it’s free?