For the first time in seven years, Deutsches Haus' Oktoberfest will be held in Mid-City.
Deutsches Haus announced earlier this year that the festival would end its run in Kenner's Rivertown and move to the organization's new home in Mid-City at 1700 Moss St.
[jump] “We’re thrilled to bring Oktoberfest back to New Orleans and Mid City; our home for almost 90 years,” Deutsches Haus president Jack Gonzales said in a prepared statement. “We invite everyone, from families and German enthusiasts to beer lovers and foodies, to join us in this momentous occasion of celebrating our new home.”
The festival, which stretches three weekends, kicks off Oct. 6 with a celebrity “bartender” pouring the first beer at 6 p.m. The beer selection includes a long list of imported German brewers such as Warsteiner, Paulaner, Spaten, Franziskaner, Hofbrau and Bitburger. Local German-style craft beers include 40 Arpent Brewing Company’s Festbier, NOLA Brewing Company’s Darkest Before Dawn, Urban South Brewery’s Oktoberfest and 2nd Set Pilsner, among others. More than 10 German wines and 22 types of schnapps round out the drinks selection.
For food, guests can expect a familiar spread of German favorites, including bratwurst, weisswurst, knackwurst, sauerkraut, stuffed cabbage rolls, schnitzel and cheeses from Germany and Austria. Bavarian pretzels, strudel and other classic German dishes are offered as well.
Entertainment includes German music and polka band The Bräts and activities like the daily beer stein-holding contests, chicken dances and the Dachshund Dash on Oct. 21. On Oct. 13 at 7 p.m., the organization is partnering with the New Orleans Track Club to host the annual Oktoberfest 5K run/walk. All participants get free entry to Oktoberfest, valid for remaining weekends with their race bib along with two free beers on race day.
The festival runs Oct. 6-7, 13-14, and 20-21. Friday hours are 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday hours are 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is $8 per person and children under 12 are free. For more information, visit www.deutscheshaus.org or www.oktoberfestnola.com.