Destrehan Plantation recently announced it plans to hold its 51st annual Fall Festival Fundraiser on November 11 and 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at its 130334 River Road location in Destrehan.
Admission to the event will be $9 for adults and teens, $5 for children ages 6 to 12, with children under 5 gaining free admission. Proceeds from the event will go towards annual operating costs and upkeep of the 236-year-old Destrehan Plantation’s historical buildings and grounds.
The festival will feature numerous Cajun and Creole food items, live entertainment and a large selection of craft vendors selling their wares.
“Some of the food we’ll have are shrimp po’boys, shrimp and grits, barbecue sandwiches, nachos, homemade sausage, amongst a variety of other things,” Destrehan Plantation Executive Director Tracy Smith said. “We will also have some of the simpler items like hamburgers and French fries.”
Over 160 craft vendors will be on hand at the festival, Smith mentioned, with at least 15 of those vendors attending the event for the first time. Vendors will offer numerous goods for sale, selling items like exotic woodwork, leather goods, scented candles, original jewelry and canvas paintings. Destrehan Plantation’s mule barn will round out guests’ vendor experience, housing antique dealers visiting from around the state with various antiquities for sale.
The Destrehan Planation Fall Festival’s live entertainment this year will feature Saturday performances from Kayla Woodson and Ryan Foret and Foret Tradition, with the Peyton Falgoust Band set to perform for festivalgoers on Sunday. Children’s entertainment at the festival will include pony rides, stuffed animal making, face painting and fall-themed arts and craft activities.
Smith said guest parking on Destrehan Plantation property is free, with additional parking available at the East Bank Bridge Park and along the Mississippi River levee.
“We have plenty of parking on site, but it will get filled up,” Smith commented.
As part of the event, guided tours of Destrehan Plantation will continue to be offered during the festival, discounted at $15 per adult, and free for children 12 and under.
“Normally it’s $26 per person, so quite a discount for the tour,” Smith said.
The festival’s organizers said they are expecting anywhere between 7,600 and 10,000 guests for the two-day event, based on prior attendance.
Destrehan Plantation is run by local 501c nonprofit River Road Historical Society, a group founded in 1968 with the purpose of restoration and upkeep of Destrehan Plantation.
Construction on Destrehan Plantation began in 1787 and was completed in 1790, which Smith said makes it the oldest standing building in St. Charles Parish and the third oldest in the metro New Orleans area.
For more information on the upcoming event, vendors, or live entertainment lineup and scheduling, visit www.destrehanplantation.org.