Celebrating the cultural, economic, environmental & inspirational impacts and contributions of the Mississippi River to the Crescent City.

The fifth Annual Downriver Festival on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 celebrates the environmental, cultural, and economic impact of the Mississippi River and the land it built through live music, cooking demonstrations, presentations, panels, and walking tours that explore this year’s theme “Shrimp and Sno-balls.”

Come for the last taste of summer with shrimp and your favorite  sno-balls. The Mexican Consulate will host a tequila tasting, featuring varieties from all around Mexico. Discussion panels will begin at 11 and include “Shrimp: From Net to Table to Economic Powerhouse” with Chef Ryan Prewitt of Peche and Lacy McManus from GNO Inc. Amy Kirk from the Louisiana Children’s museum will be leading a conversation entitled “Water and the Next Generation” with in impressive group of area environmental educators. There will also be a panel covering the history of ice—for sno-balls and for shrimp—and Kevin McCaffrey will lead a discussion on the Asian influences on Louisiana’s shrimping industry.” Other panel topics will include “Photographing the Mississippi” and “Color Dat! New Orleans Chromatics.”

Grab your coffee to-go and start the day with a one-mile walking tour along the riverfront coordinated by Water Collaborative. Discover the river’s rich history and learn how it still nourishes cities, chefs and culture bearers. Along the way, guides will describe the history of jazz and blues along the Mississippi as well as the river’s ecological importance.

Festivities begin with a second line at 10:30 a.m. led by the Kinfolk Brass Band starting in Jackson Square and winding its way through the historic Vieux Carré to the New Orleans Jazz Museum. Bands start at 11 a.m. under the shade of the music tent. The lineup includes Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes & the Louisiana Sunspots, Javier Olondo & AsheSon, Fredy Omar con su Banda, the Arrowhead Jazz Band, Bluezy Pink Magnolias, Bookoo Rueda dance group, Soul Brass Band & Dancing Man 504.

Misting fans and large shade tents will be strategically placed throughout festival grounds. The New Orleans Jazz Museum's air-conditioned restrooms will also be available. Inside, visitors can also explore the Museum's exhibitions, including Women of Note which highlights women in the evolution of jazz from its beginnings in the early 20th century to today's vibrant music scene.

The festival is free and open to the public Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint. For a full schedule of entertainment, activities and music schedule, visit DownriverFestival.org.