Weekend Picks: Beign-yay! A whole muffu-lotta fall fests coming up!

Choosing between the Beignet Fest and Spoker Poker is tough. We say chow down on fried down then burn off the cals at Spoker Poker!

by Kiri Walton
October 5, 2018

So, first, I just want to apologize for that headline. Clint Durrett is the punny man of Very Local New Orleans. I’m just steering this ship. So, this weekend, we have a whole lotta festivals going on. Ah, fall festival season is just as rewarding as our main festival season in its own way. The festivals are smaller and more niche, but very local. And that’s what we’re all about here.


Jacob Reecher and Elizabeth Brina both take a sip of their brews during the 9th Annual NOLA on Tap Beer Festival at City Park in New Orleans on Saturday, September 22, 2018. (Photo by Peter G. Forest) Instagram: @forestphoto_llc

Well, this weekend kicks Oktoberfest into full swing here in New Orleans. THE Oktoberfest from Deutsches Haus, which celebrates 90 years in the Crescent City, so you know they’re going to go really big this year. It’s going to be a month-long festival of beer, brats and kraut. It all kicks off today, Friday, Oct. 5 with the annual keg-tapping. Get alllllll the Oktoberfest happenings and details in our roundup. 
Where: New Orleans on Bayou St. John across from City Park, 1700 Moss Street
When: Oct. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20; Fridays  4-11 p.m., Saturdays  1 –11 p.m.
$8 to enter; children 12 and under are free

Beignet Fest

Beignets are always worth a celebration. Every now and then we all deserve to stop and enjoy the fried dough and powdered sugar treat with some chicory coffee, even if we’re wearing black. It’s one of the easiest and best ways to treat yo’self in our city. Now we have an entire festival dedicated to beignets, in all their forms, sweet and savory. Indulge, New Orleans. These are the reasons we love New Orleans. This is the festival’s third year and they will have 30 different beignet dishes from a variety of vendors.
Where: Festival Grounds at City Park
When: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Rotary Club of Mid-City 4th Annual Spoker Poker

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A bar crawl through Mid-City with draaank specials, free food… on bikes? Wait, and there’s poker involved and you could win hundreds of dolares? OK, OK, and you also are helping survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Yeah, this is where you sign up. Read more about it here.
Where: starts at Finn McCool’s and winds through Mid-City
When: Saturday, Oct. 6 12:30-6 p.m.
$30 donation to participate; $15 donation just to give to this fundraiser event

Treme Fest


The 4th Annual Treme Fall Fest is honoring Chef Leah Chase and kicks off Friday with a Patron Party. Saturday is the street festival and Sunday is the Gospel festival. The Treme Fall Festival benefits St. Augustine Church and other historic landmarks in the neighborhood. You can catch performances from Casme`, John Boutte and Hot 8 Brass Band. See the full schedule above and get more details at tremefest.com.
Where: Henriette Delile & Governor Nicholls streets in Treme
When: Oct. 5-7; 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6


Muffuletta Fest

First, this festival is in Metairie, at some railroad tracks according to the website. This is just a suggested pick for anyone who really loves muffulettas. The 2nd annual Muffuletta Fest will have plenty of varieties of the very New Orleans sandwich annnnnd bocce ball. Don’t worry, the Italian-American Bocce Ball Club teach you if you don’t know how to play. More details
Where: METAIRIE “505 Frisco Ave., Metairie, LA 70005 – at the railroad tracks on Metairie Road!” from the website
When: Sunday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.


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