Photo via Deutsches Haus' Facebook page.

Oktoberfest relocates to the banks of Bayou St. John this fall

Deutsches Haus will bring its annual Oktoberfest celebration to New Orleans for the first time in seven years when the event takes place on the banks of Bayou St. John this October. The New Orleans Advocate reports that the party will take place over three consecutive weekends—October 6 & 7, 13 & 14 and 20 & 21—at the location where Deutsches Haus plans to build its new clubhouse (1700 Moss Street).

Past editions of Oktoberfest have featured plenty of German food, music and beer, as well as competitions like the beer stein holding contest and Dachsund Dash dog race. The festival has taken place in Kenner’s Rivertown district for the past six years, as Deutsches Haus’ original clubhouse on South Galvez Street was razed to make way for University Medical Center in 2011 (the building was flooded in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina, though it was eventually rebuilt).

Deutsches Haus plans to construct their new home on a five-acre site across from City Park. According to the New Orleans Advocate, the new plan calls for a 10,000-square-foot, 300 capacity building with an adjacent beer garden.The organization hopes to complete the project by the summer of 2018, but infrastructure that will service Oktoberfest should be in place by the time the event rolls around.