Oktoberfest returns to Deutches Haus in New Orleans after two-year hiatus

After two years, Oktoberfest returns to Deutsches Haus in New Orleans for the German-style festival along the banks of Bayou St. John.

Even though organizers get a late start, the festival will run over four weekends — each Friday and Saturday from Oct. 22 to Nov. 13. Friday hours are 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday hours are 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Photo courtesy: Deutsches Haus

The outdoor festival focuses on authentic German food and drink. Festival-goers can also sample many German beer selections that are only offered at Oktoberfest.

This year there are more than 20 beers on tap including traditional imported favorites from Warsteiner, Paulaner, Spaten, Franziskaner, Hofbräu, and Bitburger. There are also local craft beers brewed in the German-style, including Faubourg’s Oktoberfest, and select offerings Urban South. Other drink offerings include 10 different German wines and more than 22 flavors of Schnapps.

Featured food selections include German sausage (Bratwurst, Weisswurst, and Knackwurst) with sauerkraut, stuffed cabbage rolls, schnitzel, imported cheeses direct from Germany and Austria, Bavarian pretzels, roasted nuts, strudel, and many other classic German-inspired dishes.

Traditional and contemporary German music and dancing will return, with special performances by polka experts, The Bräts will be the headlining act nightly. Beer steins, flower headbands, hats, and other souvenir items will be available for purchase in the gift shop.

Other activities included the beer stein holding contest, or Masskrugstemmen and a humorous German group sing-along, called Schnitzelbank. The Chicken Dance will be ever-present, as will the classic sounds of Oomph music.

The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will make an appearance at Deutsches Haus for the opening of Oktoberfest NOLA on Friday, Oct. 22. They will proceed into the festival grounds at 5:30 p.m. and remain for visits and photos until 6 p.m.

The official opening of Oktoberfest with the traditional Tapping of the Keg kicks off at 6 p.m. Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell are among the participants in the ceremony.

Oktoberfest is located at Deutches Haus, 1700 Moss Street in New Orleans. Tickets are $10. Children ages 12 and under are free.

For more information, visit the Deutsches Haus Oktoberfest website.

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