Just as one festival shuts down in the Crescent City, another one springs up. Be in that number for the inaugural Treme Art & Music Festival from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday; and 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at Louis Armstrong Park.
The three-day festival will celebrate the fifth anniversary of Jazz in the Park, a Thursday concert series that began this year on April 14 and continues through June 2, with performances from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Armstrong Park.
The Treme festival “is the start of something magical,” said Emanuel Lain, president and founder of the community group People United for Armstrong Park. “There’s never a dull moment in New Orleans. You can go from Jazz Fest to our festival to Bayou Boogaloo. It’s a continuous party.”
The Treme festival music lineup includes:
Friday: A DJ, plus Davell Crawford.
Saturday: Raw Oyster Cult, Cory Henry and the Treme Funktet, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters, Treme Brass Band and Chawa.
Sunday: Little Freddie King, Darcy Malone and the Tangle and the Cesar Brothers. The name of another Sunday headliner could not be announced in time for this column, but Lain promises it’s big.
When compared to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, “I guess you can say we are a small festival, but I’m cool with that,” Lain said.
The festival offers the community a good time and the opportunity to promote and preserve Armstrong Park, one of the city’s cultural hubs, he added.
Also set to entertain at the festival are the Roots of Music marching band, the Sophie B. Wright High School marching band and various dance troupes, Lain said. Look for food vendors, arts and crafts and, of course, second-line parades. For information, visit the People United for Armstrong Park website pufap.org.
City Park photo contest
“The Heart of City Park” is the theme of a City Park photo contest that started May 1 and continues through June 30. Photos must be taken on park grounds, and winners will be announced in July.
The five categories are art and architecture; flowers, plants and trees; animals; people in the park; and recreation and sports. For information and registration forms, visit neworleanscitypark.com.
Help people with Down syndrome by taking part in “Cheer’s to GiGi’s” from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 12 at Tchoupitoulas Beer Garden, 840 Tchoupitoulas St.
The event is a benefit to help build a GiGi’s Playhouse in the New Orleans area like the more than 20 playhouses in the United States and Mexico that serve as achievement centers for adults and children with Down syndrome. They also offer free educational and therapeutic programs.
Tickets for the event are $20 for adults, $10 for teens and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. There is no charge for children younger than 5. Admission includes food, happy hour drinks and games. A raffle will be held, and Down syndrome support items will be sold.
To donate or contribute a raffle item, contact Lauren Ungar at email@example.com. For information, visit gigisplayhouse.org/neworleans.
Grab a list of French vocabulary at the door to help sell and buy items in French during a brocante, or rummage sale, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans, 1519 Jackson Ave.
You don’t have to speak French to take part, and items will include clothes, jewelry, toys, furniture, kitchen ware and vintage items. For information and to register as a seller, visit af-neworleans.org.
National gardens day
Celebrate National Public Gardens Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road. Get a free garden admission sticker and map at the Longue Vue gift shop. For information, call Longue Vue at (504) 488-5488.
Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.