Deutsches Haus celebrates its 90th anniversary in New Orleans with its annual Oktoberfest at their new location 1700 Moss Street, along Bayou St. John in Mid-City.
The festival runs three weekends: October 5 – 6, October 12 – 13 and October 19 – 20, with Friday hours 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. and Saturday hours 1 p.m. – 11 p.m. Admission is $8 per person with children 12 and under free. Deutsches Haus members are free.
“We’re so excited to host Oktoberfest at our new home here in Mid-City for the second year,” Jack Gonzales, president of Deutsches Haus, said. “Last year, our first year back in the city, was a huge success, expecting this year to be even bigger and better than ever. Best of all, we are excited that construction of our new Haus is almost complete and will serve as a beautiful backdrop for this year’s festival.”
The festival kicks off with the traditional ceremonial “Tapping of the First Keg” on Friday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. by Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. This year boasts even more beers on tap than previous years with over 25 selections including traditional imported favorites from Warsteiner, Paulaner, Späten, Franziskaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Köstritzerand Bitburger, as well as local craft beers brewed in the German style, including a Festbier by Urban South.
For non-beer drinkers, there will be 14 German wines and more than 22 flavors of Schnapps. Food selections include: German sausage (Bratwurst, Wiesswurst and Knackwurst) with sauerkraut, schnitzel, imported cheeses direct from Germany and Austria, Bavarian pretzels, Flammkuchen, strudel and many other classic German-inspired dishes.
Festivities for the 2018 Deutsches Haus Oktoberfest include crowd favorites such as daily beer stein holding contests (Masskrugstemmen), chicken dances and a children’s area with activities. For dog lovers, on Saturday, Oct. 13, Oktoberfest hosts the Schnauzer costume contest and parade, with all breeds welcome starting at 6 p.m. The following weekend, the infamous Dachshund Dash will return on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m.
Traditional and contemporary German music and polka dancing will return with even more this year, including special performances by Grammy nominated musician, Alex Meixner and his band; polka-experts, The Bräts; Matt Tollentino and The Royal Klobasneks as well as other Deutsches Haus Oktoberfest favorites Das Ist Lustig, Prost and Musikanten. For history buffs and culture enthusiasts, exhibits will detail the history of Oktoberfest and Germans in New Orleans. Beer steins, flower headbands, dirndls, lederhosen, hats and other souvenir items will be available for purchase in the gift shop.
On Saturday, Oct. 6 at 12 p.m., Deutsches Haus’ Oktoberfest partners with New Orleans Track Club (NOTC) to host the annual Oktoberfest 2 mile walk/run. All participants will gain free entry to Oktoberfest on race day and one additional day with your race bib. The Oktoberfest Race is open to all runners and walkers, NOTC members and nonmembers alike.
The new Deutsches Haus is scheduled for completion in late 2018, just in time to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the organization.