Party at Pontchartrain

Gentilly Fest offers family-fun Oct. 11-13

We’ve finally had a reprieve from the oppressive heat, and we can actually enjoy spending time outside. This weekend, celebrate fall with the family at the annual Gentilly Fest at Pontchartrain Park Oct. 11-13.

Since 2007, Gentilly Fest has shined a light on one of New Orleans’ historic neighborhoods. The free three-day festival offers food, music, arts and crafts and a robust Kids Village with its own entertainment lineup.

Organized as a nonprofit, Gentilly Fest proceeds are donated to the New Orleans Police and Fire Departments that serve the Gentilly community, as well as to recreational and cultural enrichment programs that benefit children, including Pontchartrain Park and Milne Playground sports programs and The Roots of Music.

The music schedule is robust with both a main stage and a gospel tent. Friday night will be headlined by funk band Matt Dillon and the NOLA Resistance at 8:30 p.m. Saturday night will bring literal booty shakin’ with BOUNCE ROYALTY (Featuring Choppa, Cheeky Blakk and DJ Jubilee) headlining the main stage at 8:20 p.m. after the Greater St. Stephen FGBC Choir creates a different type of spiritual experience at the gospel tent at 6 p.m. Sunday’s main stage will close out when rap group Partners-N-Crime pumps tha party at 6:40 p.m. after Tyrone Jefferson & Abundant Life Tabernacle takes us to church one more time at the gospel tent at 4:45 p.m.

More than 20 food vendors will offer a variety of dishes that reflect a range of cuisines. Reviewing the menus, my must-order list is growing longer than I can eat, even with sharing. There will be New Orleans festival favorites like crawfish pies, crab cakes, chargrilled oysters and yakamein. Caribbean dishes including jerk chicken, fish, curry chicken and goat will transport you to the islands. Even the rare Gumbo Z’herbes is promised to be available. And items like hot dogs, French fries, quesadillas and chicken on a stick will please the picky eaters.

The Kids Village is filled with activities, and the entertainment is scheduled to change every 20 minutes to match a child’s attention span. Dance teams, storytellers and musicians will perform while kids participate in rock climbing, horseback riding, pottery, garden crafts, video games, face painting and even exploring a New Orleans Fire Department fire truck.

Nearly 50 arts and crafts vendors will also be at Gentilly Fest. Handmade beauty supplies like soaps, lotions, lip balms and scrubs are advertised. Shoppers can browse jewelry, clothing and even second line umbrellas as well.

Gentilly Fest is free and it is also a fundraiser, so no outside food or drink is allowed. Chairs and blankets are welcome, but leave your coolers and pets at home. VIP Tickets are available online for $48 for one person – single day and $85 for two people – single day. VIP tickets include parking, special seating, wine from Fleur de LA Imports and food from Morrow’s.

The festival is located at Pontchartrain Park Playground, 5701 Press Dr. at Prentiss Ave. Festival hours are Friday, Oct. 11, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 12, 12-10 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 13, 12-8 p.m.

Main Stage Lineup

Friday, Oct. 11

6:00 – 6:30 – NOSACONN Presents

6:50 – 8:10 – Russell Batiste and Friends

8:30 – 10:00 – Matt Dillon and the NOLA Resistance

 

Saturday Oct. 12

*12:00 – 4:00 – DJ Raj Smoove

12:00 – 1:20 – Zydeco Mike

1:40 – 3:00 – Fermin & Merengue4-Four

3:20 – 4:40 – Micheala Harrison

*4:00 – 8:30 – DJ Slick Leo

5:00 – 6:20 – Ladies of Soul “Featuring Sharon Martin, Naydja CoJoe, and Rechell Cook”

6:40 – 8:00 – Casme’

8:20 – 10:00 – BOUNCE ROYALTY (Featuring Choppa, Cheeky Blakk and DJ Jubilee)

 

Sunday Oct. 13

*12:00 – 4:00 – DJ Raj Smoove

12:00 – 1:20 – SUZe’ the Band

1:40 – 3:00 – Tonya Boyd-Cannon

3:20 – 4:40 – Bamboula 2000

*4:00 – 7:00 – DJ Slick Leo

5:00 – 6:20 – Dawn featuring Frankie J of Chocolate Milk

6:40 – 8:00 – Partners-N-Crime

 

Gospel Tent Lineup

Saturday Oct. 12

1:00 – 1:30 – Holy Cross

1:40 – 2:10 – Connie & Dwight Fitch (St. Raymond-St Leo the Great)

2:20 – 3:00 – Pentecost

3:10 – 3:45 – Zulu Ensemble

3:50 – 4:25 – Watson Memorial

4:35 – 5:15 – First Grace
5:20 – 5:55 – Jessica Harvey &The Difference

6:00 – Greater St. Stephen FGBC Choir

 

Sunday Oct. 13

12:45 – 1:15 – Men of Bethel Colony

1:20 – 1:50 – Drea Marie

2:00 – 2:35 – Pure Culture

2:45 – 3:20 – Collage 3

3:30 – 4:05 – House of Faith

4:10 – 4:40 – Bishop Onassis/Christ Temple/Justi5ied

4:45 – Tyrone Jefferson & Abundant Life Tabernacle

 

 

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