Abita Springs and Fall Fest- Episode 167

Abita Springs and Fall Fest

Today, we’re headed across Lake Pontchartrain to the town of Abita Springs where we’ll discover some history, places to eat and drink, and a wonderful Fall Festival.

Joining me to discuss all things Abita Springs is Anthony Essaied, owner of the Abita Brew Pub and co-founder and President of the Abita Fall Fest. Jamie Foster is a volunteer with Abita Fall Fest and the owner of Solid Web Service. Evette Randolph is a Councilwoman in Abita Springs and a local actress. Together, they’ll help us learn about Abita Springs and the Fall Fest.


The Historic New Orleans Collection

Support comes from The Historic New Orleans Collection, the city’s premiere history museum, located at five twenty Royal Street in the heart of the French Quarter.

Check out their online publication called First Draft. Its’ a combination blog and online exhibition space. hnoc.org/firstdraft

Starting on October 20, 2022 and running through January 22nd the Historic New Orleans Collection will present an exhibit entitled Spanish New Orleans and the Caribbean. While we call the original city the French Quarter, there is an amazing amount of Spanish influence there. The exhibit will include more than 125 pieces from THNOCs own collection as well as from other museums in the United States and Spain.

Go to HNOC.org/Visit to plan your trip


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I have a book! The Beyond Bourbon Street Insider’s Guide to New Orleans officially released on May 1st. You can find it online at major retailers like Amazon, Bookshop, Barnes and Noble and more.

In New Orleans, Garden District Book Shop, Octavia Books, Blue Cypress have it, as well as The OW, a store located at 2850 Magazine. Owned by our partners at The Occasional Wife, the OW has a large supply of books in stock.

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If you love the show, the, podcast, and New Orleans, please consider picking up a copy. For more on the book, check out episode 157.


Tickets to Fall Fest can be purchased ahead of time or at the gate. In addition to their website, more information can be found on their Facebook page. Here’s a Spotify playlist of music from the acts scheduled to perform.

During the show we also discussed Anthony’s Abita Brew Pub, a great place to eat, family friendly, and featuring live music on most weekends. For general information about Abita Springs check out the town’s website.

We also discussed the annual Busker Festival. For more information on that spring event, check out this website.

Thank You

Thanks to Anthony, Evette, and Jamie for talking with me about Abita Springs and Fall Fest. Thanks also to Joel Sharpton of Pro Podcasting Services for editing the podcast.

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