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Tremé's iconic church celebrates 175 years with festival

A free fall festival celebrates the anniversary

The city of New Orleans is on its way to celebrating 300 years of existence, and the neighborhood of Treme is not too far behind. On Oct. 1-3, Tremé will celebrate 175 years of the St. Augustine Catholic Church with a fall festival.

The festival is sponsored by the Historic Faubourg Tremé Association, a nonprofit organization geared towards supporting architecture, culture and history of the historic neighborhood. The Treme Fall Festival is free and open to the public.

In 2015, the HFTA held the inaugural Tremé Fall Festival to raise money to fund restoration initiatives for the historic St. Augustine Church. Last year, the HDTA raised $25,000 in donations. The funds were used to paint the exterior of the church and to cover repair costs.

The festival includes a packed weekend of events. The celebration will begin Friday night with a patron jazz party. Saturday is an all-day street festival, and the festival will conclude with a celebratory Mass on Sunday.

The festival will also have a selection of New Orleans-centered art vendors.