Sazaracs are cool and all, but bust out your finest leiderhosen (or just a nice pair of suspenders, whatever you’ve got) because we are in peak Oktoberfest season. So, gimme those German beers, brats and everything in between. If you’re looking to dip your toe into German culture, or just an excuse to drink the latest, greatest beer outdoors, we’ve got you covered:
Deutsches Haus: The granddaddy of them all, “the German presence in the Gulf South” holds its Oktoberfest actually in October, starting this Friday, October 5. There will be “oom-pah” music (which is a lil’ different from the brass we’re used to, but still just as fun), 20 different German beers (including an exclusive new brew called FestBier from Urban South), brats and kraut for days and lots of fun events stretching over three weekends. This year also marks the spot’s 90th anniversary in the Crescent City, so there’s even more reason to celebrate. And for the parents in the room, their festivities are kid-friendly, so bring ’em along! Check out the full list of events at their website.
Brieux Carre: On Saturday, Oct. 6, the Marigny brewery is closing out Oktoberfest with a bang. Good German beer, food and fun. There will also be stein hoisting competitions, if you dare compete against the greats. The festivities start at 11 a.m., so get there early!
Tchouptoberfest: NOLA Brewing Co. is holding its second-annual Oktoberfest party on Oct. 13 form 4-9 pm. Food will be coming from Cochon Butcher, among others, so come hungry! They’ll also be featuring a fest-special beer called, what else, “Tchouptoberfest!” More information here.
Rivertown Oktoberfest: Right along the Mississippi on October 12, there will be Oktoberfestivities with live music, fun and games and, of course, beer. Best of all? It’s free! More information here.
Gretna Oktoberfest: For a more cultural experience (read: not revolving around beer drinking competitions), head on over to the German-American Cultural Center in Gretna. On October 13, the GACC will be holding its annual Oktoberfest celebrations, and what better way to learn about the German experience in Louisiana than by spending the day in the heart of it? The GACC is the historical center of the German immigrant experience in the region, and you’re welcome to explore the history of it through exhibits, lectures and more.
Port Orleans: If you want to head somewhere Uptown, Port Orleans has you covered on Saturday, Oct. 6. They’re busting out a special menu just for the occasion, along with a “mostly goat” petting zoo, live music from local polka band, The Bräts. More information here.
Bratz Y’all: While their big Oktoberfest party was the third week of September, that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate your own way this month. I mean, they have brats and beer. At the end of the day, that’s really all you need!