Celebrating Oktoberfest in the Crescent City: What You Need To Know

Here’s how to get in on the fun, without catching a flight to Munich:

by Mary Staes
October 18, 2018

Cheers! With the cool weather starting to kick in, it’s the perfect time to grab a few brews.

If you were wondering, Oktoberfest is a time to celebrate Bavarian traditions, including traditional food, music, and here in New Orleans, even a wiener dog race.

Here’s how to get in on the fun, without catching a flight to Munich:

Deutsches Haus’ Oktoberfest

You’re probably thinking, ‘Wait, didn’t Deutsches Haus close so they could move?’ The answer is yes, but that doesn’t stop anything.
The fest is now taking place at their new place on Bayou St. John, across from City Park. You can get German food, drinks, souvenirs and a kids corner until sunset.

This weekend, there’s a dachshund race. That’s right.

Because what’s cuter than a wiener dog running “fast”? We can’t think of anything either.

Urban South Brewery’s Oktoberfest Lager

Urban South describes this as a “full bodied, malty Märzen celebrating the Oktoberfest season. “ You can get a can at local retailers or head to their Tap Room on Tchoupitoulas Street.

Port Orleans Brewery Kolsh

On tap at the brewery’s Tchoupitoulas tasting room, this beer is hailed as a “light and slightly fruity German style ale. Crisp and clean with a slight toasted wheat flavor.”

Trinity Lutheran Church’s Oktoberfest

The church in Algiers Point will be celebrating on the last weekend in October. The best deal is the $15 Oktoberfest plate, complete with bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad, pumpernickel bread and apple strudel.

Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether...

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