Oktoberfest 2018 takes place on the grounds of the new Deutsches Haus at 1700 Moss Street. A brand-new Deutsches Haus is almost ready, just not in time for Oktoberfest 2018. The original Haus structure on Galvez Street in Mid-City (dating to the early 1900s) was demolished to make room for the new hospital complex. The organization is a non-profit that is the “German Presence in the Gulf South,” relocated from its original location and temporarily moved to Kenner. Germans constitute the largest foreign minority of immigrants to New Orleans. But the new Deutsches Haus is rising anew on a beautiful oak tree–shaded 4.5-acre site overlooking Bayou St. John.
“We’re still finishing the building interior,” said Jack Gonzales, Deutsches Haus Board President, “and we expect it to be finished in the fall, but not in time for our annual Oktoberfest. But all the activities of this year’s fest will be on the grounds of the new Haus.”
The new Haus has a 500-person capacity event room, several bars (for great German beer), a commercial kitchen, a huge beer cooler, community room for movies and educational activities, offices for the local Honorary German Consul, administrative offices for the Haus staff and board meetings, and more. It also has a warehouse containing photos, artifacts and actual pieces of architecture from the old Haus that will be incorporated into the new building.
The annual event will feature German food including brats, sauerkraut, schnitzel, sauerbraten, German cheeses and desserts and large Bavarian-style pretzels. There will be over 20 different German beers and over 20 different schnapps.
Traditional German oompah music and special dance performances that will include the “chicken dance” will be presented each day. A beer stein–holding contest returns for both men and women (work on your biceps!).
Oktoberfest is family and pet friendly, with a Schnauzer costume contest and parade (don’t worry, all breeds are welcome), and the annual Dachshund Races.
Many children’s activities are planned, including crafts by the New Orleans Children’s Museum. On Saturday, October 6 at noon, the Oktoberfest two-mile run kicks off the event.
Hours: Friday: October 5, 12 and 19: 4p until 11p; Saturday: October 6, 13 and 20: 1p until 11p. Cost $8 (children 12 and under free). 1700 Moss Street. Donations benefit the Deutsches Haus (deutscheshaus.org).