It’s a great weekend to celebrate fall: spend some time outdoors, hear some free music, check out different beers for a cheap price — and help raise money for the Louisiana SPCA (LA/SPCA). WWL-TV chief meteorologist Carl Arredondo (http://www.wwltv.com/weather/?nTar=OPUR&iq_id=7823934) says it will be sunny, with highs in the mid-70s — good weather for the second annual New Orleans on Tap beer festival at City Park today (Saturday, Oct. 1).
The free festival is from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. by the boathouse at the Big Lake (across from Christian Brothers School on Friedrichs Avenue). There’s music, prizes — and if you need it, a free cab ride home.
Admission is free, but festivalgoers buy tickets to pay for refreshments, games and more. Beers from home brewers and local, national and international breweries are available in two sizes: samples start at $1, and large beers are $3 and up. Local brewers represented include Abita, NOLA Brewing, Lazy Magnolia, Covington Brewhouse, Heiner Brau Microbrewery and Bayou Teche Brewing. Other labels available are He’Brew, Harpoon, Blue Moon, Paulaner, Ommegang, Sam Adams, Kronenbourg and many others. (For a complete list of beers or more information, visit www.neworleansontap.org.) Food offerings include jambalaya, Zapp’s chips, hamburgers, hotdogs and sno-balls.
Live music starts at 2:30 p.m. with Rotary Downs, followed by Flow Tribe at 5 p.m.
Festivalgoers also can enter raffles for Saints vs Falcons tickets from findargyle.com, a $429 bicycle from East Bank Cyclery, and a $250 pair of tickets to the LA/SPCA’s Howling Success benefit gala Nov. 5.
Southern Eagle is sponsoring free cab rides after the event.
Tickets go on sale at City Park at 1 p.m. Saturday, and packages include an interactive Around the World Pass that allows attendees to try beer offerings from around the world. (Passholders get a free New Orleans on Tap T-shirt.) Other ticket packages are $20 for 22 tickets, $50 for 58 tickets and $100 for 120 tickets.