Fall has officially arrived, and that means it’s time once again for Oktoberfest, the annual celebration of German culture and heritage. And if you head on down to Kenner, Louisiana, just outside of New Orleans, you’ll get to experience one of the most authentic celebrations that I have ever been to, the Deutsches Haus Oktoberfest.
Deutsches Haus is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and fostering everything German: the culture, history, heritage, etc. Their annual Oktoberfest (which runs the last three weekends in October) is their major fund raiser, and a much anticipated autumn event in the New Orleans area.
The Deutsches Haus Oktoberfest attracts a wide variety of folks, all united in their quest for a great time! And that usually involves good German music, which you’ll find plenty of at this Oktoberfest. There’s something for everyone: polkas, marches, waltzes, and even a tuba that travels through the crowd! >> Check out the band list and schedule.
And the food is absolutely amazing! You’ll get to indulge in a large selection of Bavarian favorites such as sauerbraten, bratwurst, spatzel noodles, German potato salad, giant Bavarian pretzels, strudel and so much more! And yes, there’s plenty of beer! You can savor over 20 different types of brews, and if that’s not your fancy you can enjoy a nice glass of wine or schnapps.
But what makes the Deutsches Haus Oktoberfest extra special is that not only can you can eat as many wieners as your stomach can handle, you also get to watch them race! Weiner dogs, that is! One of the most popular events here is their dachshund races. It’s such a popular event that they had to divide the races up into categories, from puppies all the way up to seniors. (They even have a category for handicapped dogs with carts!) The pups really seem to enjoy the love and attention from the adoring crowds, which usually includes plenty of dachshund spectators, too, many dressed up in adorable costumes. The races will be on Saturday, October 12, and the proceeds go to a worthy (and appropriate) cause, the Nola Dachshund Rescue.
The festivities begin soon, so make your plans now!
3 weekends: October 11-12, 18-19, 25-26