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The Gretna Heritage Festival, an annual celebration of Gretna's German culture, food and people is host to national & international entertainers, amusement rides, games, arts and crafts, German Beer Garden, and an Italian Village.
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Planetarium & MegaDome Cinema

Planetarium with Laser Light Shows, and MegaDome Cinema featuring Volcanoes of the Sea and The Planets!
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Arts, Entertainment & Culture

Let us entertain you!  Jefferson Parish diverse in its people and culture brings you entertainment year round.  Perhaps you prefer live theater, or maybe it's a lively festival, or you are more of a history buff.  Whatever your preference you are sure to find it in Jefferson. 


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The Jefferson Performing Arts Society (JPAS) has an exciting season with performances at the Performing Arts Center located in Metairie on the east-bank of Jefferson and at the Westwego Performing Arts Theatre and Teatro Wego! located on the westbank of Jefferson.  There is something for everyone, drama, comedy, kids theatre, and holiday presentations! 

Call the box office at 504-885-2000 or visit
for complete details and to purchase tickets.

About the Jefferson Performing Arts Society (JPAS)

Founded in 1978 by Dennis G. Assaf and Hannah Cunningham, Jefferson Performing Arts Society is a non-profit professional arts organization whose mission is to promote arts performance, training and outreach by providing a diverse range of quality programs that entertain, educate and enrich the cultural and economic vitality of Jefferson Parish, Greater New Orleans and the deep south. 

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Flat Stanley JPAS 2014


Rivertown Theatres logo

Theatre 13 was founded in 2009 by New Orleans theatre artists Gary Rucker and Kelly Fouchi as a side project to the already successful FourFront Theatre, which they co-founded in 2008.  The mission of Theatre 13 is to bring new and exciting productions to the New Orleans area while providing local theatre artists an opportunity to perform and create.

Theatre 13 will produce a wide range of professional theatrical performances, from musicals to children's theatre to more controversial and thought-provoking works.

In 2012, the City of Kenner awarded Theatre 13 the management contract for what is now known as The Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts.

Rivertown Theatres 2014 season Poster


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Audubon Nature Institute - Aquarium, IMAX, Butterfly Garden &Insectarium & Zoo
  • 6500 Magazine Street
  • New Orleans, LA 70118
  • Phone: 504-581-4629
  • Region: New Orleans

Walk beneath the vivid Caribbean Reef, marvel at the lush beauty of the Amazon Rainforest and journey the Mississippi River at the Aquarium of the Americas.  Penguins, sting rays, sharks and other MORE >>

Black Cat Productions
  • P.O. Box 2933
  • Gretna, LA 70054
  • Phone: 504-481-9014
  • Region: Gretna

Writing, Producing, and Recording Jazz, Gospel, and Contemporary Music Black Cat Productions, LLC is a music resource company committed to writing, producing, recording, and promoting various types MORE >>

Boomtown Casino
  • 4132 Peters Road
  • Harvey, LA 70058
  • Phone: 504-366-7711
  • Region: Harvey

Leave your worries behind and escape to Boomtown® Casino New Orleans for a little relaxation and fun. With live entertainment, three great restaurants and three levels of non-stop gaming action, MORE >>

German-American Cultural Center
  • 519 Huey P. Long Avenue
  • Gretna, LA 70053
  • Phone: 504-363-4202
  • Region: Gretna

Interprets the German immigrant contribution to Louisiana, 1720's to present. The GACC interprets the unique German immigrant contribution to Louisiana's history through exhibits, lectures, programs, MORE >>

Gretna Office of Tourism
  • 337 Huey P. Long Avenue
  • Gretna, LA 70054
  • Phone: 504-363-1580
  • Region: Gretna

 Friendly faces, historic places, architecture, museums, exhibits. Home to the Gretna Heritage Festival, Mel Ott Bronze, historic treasures, art walk, and National Historic District. Gretna City Hall MORE >>

Jefferson Parish Library
  • 4747 West Napoleon Avenue
  • Metairie, LA 70001
  • Phone: 504-838-1190
  • Region: Metairie

Whether you are on the east or west banks, a Jefferson Parish library branch can be found in the area. We specialize in fun resources for ALL ages, including young readers, teens, and adults. All 16 MORE >>

Jefferson Performing Arts Society
  • 1118 Clearview Parkway
  • Metairie, LA 70001
  • Phone: 504-885-2000
  • Region: Metairie

Founded in 1978 by Dennis G. Assaf and Hannah J. Cunningham, the Jefferson Performing Arts Society is a non-profit professional arts organization whose mission is to promote arts performance, MORE >>

Louisiana Children's Museum
  • 420 Julia Street
  • New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Phone: 504-523-1357
  • Region: New Orleans

Come Play With Us Today!Find something new and fun to do each time you visit the Louisiana Children’s Museum. Explore and experience 30,000 square feet of hands-on fun, engaging exhibits and exciting MORE >>

Painting with a Twist Gretna
  • 1900 Lafayette Street
  • Gretna, LA 70053
  • Phone: (504) 361-0574
  • Region: Gretna

It's Louisiana and everyone's an artist here...join in the fun and paint a memory. Looking for a fun day or night out while visiting Jefferson Parish? Unleash your creative side with Painting with a MORE >>

Rivertown Museums
  • 405 Williams Boulevard
  • Kenner, LA 70062
  • Phone: 504-468-7231
  • Region: Kenner

Open 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Tuesday thru Friday by appointment ONLY for groups, schools or camps. Open to the public on Saturdays only - tickets available at the Planetarium Box Office located at 2020 MORE >>

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JP Library

Few places offer the chance to escape...the Jefferson Parish Library is one of those places!  Locations throughout the east and west banks of the parish feature meeting space, business centers, teen centers, children's wing with storytime and puppet theatre.    

Guest speakers and storytellers are often part of the Louisiana experience at one of our 16 locations.

The Eastbank Regional Library is located at 4747 West Napoleon Avenue in Metairie.  This library features weekly agendas, guest speakers, how-to-clinics and more.  Visit the website for ALL locations of Jefferson Parish libraries...there is one near you.  

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