Pumpkin spice lattes are rolling out at the local coffee shops, and football is back in full swing. Ah, yes. The fall season is officially here. Before you let your calendar fill up too quickly, be sure to check out these events and activities near Covington and Slidell this fall:
1. Abita Springs Brewery Tour
20184 Louisiana 36
Residents of Springs at River Chase are just a short drive from the Abita Springs Brewery, which offers eight flagship brews, five seasonal beers, three harvest brews, hard sodas, and more. For $5, Abita Springs offers a 30-minute brewery tour, which includes four 4 oz. tastings of Abita's unique beers. If you visit the brewery on a Saturday this fall, you can expect food trucks to be there as well.
2. Hickory Maze and Pumpkin Fest
36524 Ed Yates Rd
Whether you're looking for a pumpkin patch or a corn maze, this place has all of your fall fun in one location. Here you can find a six-acre corn maze, which is open every Friday evening in October from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is sure to throw you for a loop! In addition, you can’t miss firing the corn cannons, taking a hayride, or picking the perfect pumpkin!
3. The Mortuary Haunted House
4800 Canal St
The Mortuary is regarded by locals as the scariest haunted house in New Orleans. Unique to other haunted houses in the area, The Mortuary is the only haunted house in Louisiana offering multiple floors with REAL ghosts. This frightening experience begins on Friday evenings in September just after dusk, and tickets on these evenings are discounted to $20. This year's haunted house will run through November 6, and the regular admission price is $30 per person.
4. Slidell Food and Fun Fest
1050 Robert Blvd
This fall festival has been an annual tradition in Slidell for nearly 50 years and is scheduled to take place this year from October 21-23. Slidell Food and Fun Fest has something for everyone, whether you're looking to dance the night away to live music, indulge in gourmet food, or get an adrenaline rush on the fair rides. Admission to the festival is free, but there is a charge for food and rides.
5. Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival
625 Willis Ave
If you appreciate live music, you won't want to miss the annual Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival. This year's event takes place September 23-25 and features a number of nationally acclaimed musicians with a Louisiana connection. Some of the most anticipated shows include Marc Broussard and Danielle Nicole. You can score a weekend pass for this event for just $25.
Are you planning to check out any of these fall events in Covington and Slidell? Which ones are you most excited about? Share with us in the comments section.