Gretna Heritage Fest set to return this fall, ‘exciting changes’ planned for 2022

GRETNA, La. (NOLA WEEKEND) - After a two-year absence, the Gretna Heritage Fest is set to return this fall, and organizers say some changes are in the works.

The popular West Bank festival will return to historic downtown Gretna from Oct. 7 to Oct. 9, organizers announced.

Officials say they will announce the music lineup and other festival details next week.

“Gretna Fest has been such a huge event in Gretna and the whole area for years, and we’re thrilled that it’s back,” City of Gretna Mayor Belinda Constant said in a release. “I think people will be very excited about the acts we’re bringing here this year, along with some other exciting changes.”

Some of those changes coming to this year’s event include a new look and new layout. For the first time, the festival will also utilize RFID wristbands for tickets and all transactions.

Gretna Fest 2022 will also feature a new kids’ corner with games, inflatables, bungee run, train rides and face painting. For adults, a new Club Backstage will bring live music, LSU and Saints watch parties and a full bar to the Gretna Cultural Center for the Arts.

The Gretna Heritage Festival is known for featuring performances by national entertainments and Louisiana favorites in historic downtown Gretna. In previous years, the festival encompassed 25 city blocks with food booths, a beer garden, a car show, carnival rides and games.

The festival was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Efforts to host the event in October 2021 were also unsuccessful after the Delta variant surge forced organizers to cancel the festival.

In 2019, the Gretna Heritage Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Advance tickets are already available for online purchase at the festival website, Single-day pre-sale tickets cost $20 and three-day weekend passes cost $45. General admission is free for children ages 12 and under.

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