The Gretna Heritage Festival celebrates is 20th anniversary this year. Covering 25 city blocks, the festival features music by national and local acts, a food court, an Italian village, a German beer garden, arts and crafts and rides and games.

Fifty musical acts will perform on six festival stages. The lineup includes main stage headliners Gregg Allman, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Late addition Paul Rodgers (Bad Company, Free), another classic rock act, has been added to Saturday’s main stage lineup.

This year’s dozens of local acts include Lena Prima, the funky Meters, Cowboy Mouth, Honey Island Swamp Band, Bonerama and Carlo Ditta.


Admission to the festival is $20 per day. Single day tickets will be available at the gate for $25. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

Shuttle rides and parking

Free shuttle rides and free parking are available from the Oakwood Shopping Center, Gretna Bus Terminal at Whitney Avenue and Westbank Expressway as well as Jefferson Parish School Board Headquarters at 501 Manhattan Blvd in Harvey. Free parking is also available at 3rd and Derbigny.

Ferry rides

The Gretna-Canal Street ferry will be in operation between the Canal Street Ferry Dock and the Gretna Ferry Landing. Hours of operation are Friday 4 p.m.-midnight; Saturday 2 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; and Sunday noon-9:30 p.m.

The ferry will leave Canal Street at the top of each hour and leave Gretna at the bottom of each hour. Ferry rides are $4 per person round trip, collected at the Canal Street terminal.

Food trucks

Six of the area’s popular food trucks in the area will be serving festivalgoers throughout weekend. The trucks are The Cluck Truck, The Holy Grill, Rollin’ Fatties, Queen of Wheels, The Red Stove and Kenny’s Cajun & Creole.


Gretna is across the Mississippi River from New Orleans, accessible by car via the Westbank Expressway, Lafayette Street exit to the service road and a right on Huey P. Long Avenue.


For more information about the Gretna Heritage Festival call 504-361-7748 or visit

Gretna Heritage Festival music schedule


Main Stage

7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.: The Guess Who

9:30 p.m.-11 p.m.: Greg Allman Band

Riverfront Stage

4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.: Todd O’Neill Band

6:15 p.m.-7:45 p.m.: Truth & Salvage Co

8 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.: Cowboy Mouth

Gretna Fest Stage

5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.: Daria & the Hip Drops

7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.: Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers

9 p.m.-10:30 p.m.: Chee Weez

Market Stage

5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: Tank and the Bangas

7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.: Lagniappe Brass Band

9 p.m.-10:30 p.m.: Brass A Holics

Post Office Stage

4 p.m.- 6 p.m.: The Boogie Men

6:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: The Strays

7:45 p.m.- 9:15 p.m.: Paul Sanchez

Italian Village Stage

5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.: Gregg Martinez & the Delta Kings

7:30 p.m.- 9 p.m.: Louisiana Spice


Main Stage

5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.: Big Smo

7:45 p.m.-9:15 p.m.: Paul Rodgers of Bad Company

10 p.m.-11:30 p.m.: Lynyrd Skynyrd

Riverfront Stage

2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: Southern Arrow

4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: The Breton Sound

6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: DJ Wick - IT The Instigator

8 p.m.-9:30 p.m.: Phosphorescent

Gretna Fest Stage

2:30 p.m.- 4 p.m.: The Jukebox Heroes of New Orleans

4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.: Vox and the Hound

6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.: Drake White

8:30 p.m.-10 p.m.: Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Market Stage

4:45 p.m.-6:15 p.m.: Rachel Fleetwood & the Vieux Carre Band

6:45 p.m.- 8:15 p.m.: August Rush

9 p.m.-10:30 p.m.: Honey Island Swamp Band

Post Office Stage

1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.: The Tricks Band

3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.: da Rockits

5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.: Social Set

7:30 p.m.- 9 p.m.: The Dana Abbott Band

Italian Village Stage

3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.: Swingaroux

5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.: Carlo Ditta

7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.: Lena Prima


Main Stage

2:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m.: The Vettes

5 p.m.-6:15 p.m.: Funky Meters

7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Riverfront Stage

2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: Bonerama

4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: You, Me, & Apollo

6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Cherub

Gretna Fest Stage

2:30 p.m.-4 p.m.: Baby Bee

4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.: Amanda Shaw

6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.: Marc Broussard

Market Stage

3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: Five Finger Discount

5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.: The Scorseses

7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.: Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes

Post Office Stage

2 p.m.-3 p.m.: Little White Lies

3:15 p.m.- 4:45 p.m.: Mrz Crowley

5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: Christian Serpas

7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.: 90 Degrees West

Italian Village Stage

2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: Joe Clay

4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: Paul Ferrara

6 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.: The Wiseguys