It’s officially fall (!) so no surprise the first weekend of the equinox is packed with events right in line with the season’s festival-focused mindset. A horror film fest happens all weekend and the inaugural Landing Festival, also all weekend, pairs music from artists like Cake and Grace Potter with a beautiful lakefront location. One-day events on Saturday will make it tough to choose: attend Little Flea NOLA in the Lower Garden District, hop the ferry to Algiers for the Algiers Fall Festival, or help kick off Oktoberfest at NOLA on Tap in City Park.
1. NOLA Horror Film Fest — Rare Form on Esplanade Avenue hosts the fifth annual NOLA Horror Film Fest happening Thursday through Sunday. Feature films, short films, and screenplays are included in the festival lineup; tickets (prices vary) online.
2. The Landing Festival — Funk and rock come together at the South Shore Harbor. The inaugural festival (a joint effort between Galactic and Tipitina’s) presents local artists like the Soul Rebels and Glen David alongside national acts like Cake and Grace Potter. A two-day pass is $100 with other ticket package options available online.
3. Little Flea NOLA — Southern Animal Foundation, The Finery, and Electric Eggroll food truck present a special Little Flea NOLA market from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. in Sophie B. Wright Park (corner of Sophie Wright Place and Magazine Street) brimming with vintage clothing, furniture, collectables, jewelry, local artisans, and more. Free…although specialty cocktails available for sale benefit Southern Animal Foundation.
5. NOLA on Tap — The largest free-admission beer festival includes 400+ beer and 135 home brews. Sample beer at the City Park festival grounds from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. while supporting a good cause, the Louisiana SPCA. Drink tickets are available for pre-sale online.
Praline Party at Cafe Adelaide & The Swizzle Stick Bar — On Thursday from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., the descendants of two of New Orleans’ favorite aunts (Leah Johnson of Leah’s Pralines and Adelaide Martin Brennan of Cafe Adelaide) hold a praline-flavored soiree at Cafe Adelaide. Specialty praline sauce cocktails are the drink du jour, available for $4 throughout the event.