"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 press release.
Deutches Haus had to move out of its longtime home at 200 S. Galvez Street in 2011 to make way for the University Medical Center development. It has held Oktoberfest events in Kenner's Rivertown. This year, it moves the event to its new home at 1700 Moss St.
Oktoberfest kicks off Oct. 6 with a celebrity "bartender" pouring the first beer at 6 p.m. and events run Friday and Saturday Oct. 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21. The beer selection includes a long list from German brewers such as Warsteiner, Paulaner, Spaten-Franziskaner, Hofbrau and Bitburger. Local German-style craft beers include NOLA Brewing Company's Darkest Before Dawn and 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 Brats and activities such as daily beer stein-holding contests, chicken dances and the Dachshund Dash on Oct. 21. The organization partners with the New Orleans Track Club to host the annual Oktoberfest 5K run/walk on Oct. 13. All participants get free entry to Oktoberfest, valid for remaining weekends with their race bib along with two free beers on race day.
Festival hours are 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is $8 and children under age 12 are free.