On the last weekend of September and every weekend during October, visitors can enjoy a piece of Germany in the heart of New Orleans at the Deutsches Haus in the Rivertown section of Kenner.
Oktoberfest celebrates German heritage with:
- Live Traditional Music
- Traditional German Folk Dancing
- Lots of Cold Beer
- German wines and liquors
- Authentic German Cuisine
Delicious Delights Include:
- Sauerbraten (braised marinated roast beef)
- Krautwickel (ground beef stuffing rolled in cabbage)
- Kasseler Rippchen (smoked pork shank braised in a citrus sauce)
- Sauerkraut (pickled cabbage)
- Kartoffelbrei (creamed potatoes)
- Bratwurst Sausage
- Giant Bavarian Pretzels
- More than 20 German beers to wash it all down!
Come for the Party, Join the Parade
Oktoberfest attracts up to 15, 000 visitors every year. Every night during the event, visitors pack the outside courtyard and Biergarten to hear authentic live music. German bands set the beats for traditional dances that often involve knee-slapping, twisting and chanting.
Usually held on the first or second weekend of the event, the Oktoberfest parade rolls from Convention Center Boulevard straight to the Deutsches Haus and ends with a party featuring live music, dancing and drinking.
Incorporated in 1928, the Deutsches Haus was formed as a benevolent and social organization that evolved from the Deutsche Gesellschaft von New Orleans, a group that provided support for the numerous German immigrants in the New Orleans area.
The Deutsches Haus has grown into an organization with a mission to celebrate and foster the rich culture, musical heritage, language and history of the German people. It also has one of the largest private archives of German memorabilia in the country, which contain records from various German consulates, local German newspapers, genealogical records and more.