Oktoberfest in Louisiana
Have some fun in 2017 at an Oktoberfest in Louisiana. The state may only have 400,000 citizens with German heritage. But if there is one thing about the people of New Orleans – they love a good party! So I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a substantial increase in the number of people claiming German ancestry during September and October. You can look for them at one of these Louisiana Oktoberfest festivals:
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Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival - Morgan City, LA - Sep 1 to Sep 5, 2016
Food, music, arts & crafts, festival king and queen.
Louisiana Seafood Festival - New Orleans, LA - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2016
A rain or shine event held at New Orleans City Park. Enjoy oysters, crawfish, shrimp and more. Cooking pavilion with celebrity chef demonstrations, live music and art village. Free admission. More than 50,000 attended the three day event in 2014.
Oldies but Goodies Fest - West Baton Rouge, LA - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2016
All day music, great food, fun, and more. Starts daily at 11 am.
Gordon Biersch - New Orleans, LA - Sep 14 to Sep 14, 2016
Their Fest Bier Tapping Octoberfest party is happening Sept. 14th.
New Orleans Burlesque Festival - New Orleans, LA - Sep 15 to Sep 18, 2016
The main event is the declaration of the Queen of Burlesque, a striptease competition to jazz music.
Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival - Natchitoches, LA - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2016
14th annual event at Riverbank Stage in Downtown Natchitoches. 17th Annual Cane River Run hosted By The Independent Motorcycle Riders Of Natchitoches. Food, music, arts & crafts, kids games and dancing. Free Admission.
Sugar Cane Festival - New Iberia, LA - Sep 20 to Sep 25, 2016
Annual event for 70+ years hosted by the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival Association.
Alligator Festival - St. Charles Parish (Luling), LA - Sep 22 to Sep 25, 2016
Music, food, arts & crafts, golf tournament, 5K race and 1/2 mile kids run. Held at West Bank Bridge Park, it is a fundraiser for The Rotary Club of St. Charles Parish.
New Orleans Horror Film Festival - New Orleans, LA - Sep 22 to Sep 25, 2016
The NOHFF is held in the French Quarter at the Inn on Bourbon Hotel.
Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival - Bogalusa, LA - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2016
Features Marc Broussard, Danielle Nicole, Paul Thorn and so many more live performers on stage. Held in Cassidy Park in Bogalusa. Lots of family fun with children’s activities, food vendors, crafts and music from around the world.
Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival - Gonzales, LA - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2016
A combination of hot air balloons, music, food and entertainment at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. Admission is $2 for adults, free for kids 12 and under.
Steamboat Stomp - New Orleans, LA - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
Lots of Jazz on the Mississippi River. Live performances from featured bands and soloists. Takes place aboard the Steamboat Natchez. One of the last authentic steamboats on the Mississippi.
NOLA on Tap - New Orleans, LA - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Seventh annual beer fest for over 25,000 beer lovers. Features live music over 400 local, national and microbrewed beers plus lots of food, contests, games, and more.
Shreveport Oktoberfest - Shreveport, LA - Sep 25 to Sep 25, 2016
Bear Creek Bayou Music Festival - New Orleans, LA - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2016
Denham Springs Fall Festival - Denham Springs, LA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Red River Revel Arts Festival - Shreveport, LA - Oct 1 to Oct 8, 2016
Nearly 200,000 attend the largest outdoor arts festival in North Louisiana. Started in 1976 as part of Louisiana’s bicentenial celebration, 2016 is the 41st year.
Roberts Cove Germanfest - Roberts Cove, LA - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016
Roberts Cove is a small community that celebrates its German heritage with this annual festival the first weekend of October. Authentic German food, German beer on tap, live entertainment and family friendly environment with children’s activities. In conjunction with the event, they run a home brew contest sanctioned by the American Homebrew Association. The event is sponsored by the Roberts Cove Germanfest Association. Past attractions and entertainment have included live music by German bands and folk singers, an antique farm equipment display, blacksmith demonstrations, folklore presentations and the German Heritage Museum. Location: 7212 Roberts Cove Road, Rayne, LA 70578
Tamale Fiesta - Zwolle, LA - Oct 6 to Oct 8, 2016
41st anniversary event to celebrate the Spanish and Indian heritage of the town with hot tamales, entertainment, arts and crafts, dancing, parades, and children’s activities.
Gretna Heritage Fest - Gretna, LA - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
25 city blocks of rides/games, German beer garden, Italian Village, arts & crafts, live music and more.
Lake Charles Film & Music Festival - Lake Charles, LA - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
5th annual event. Independent film screenings, live music, cajun food and more.
Deutsches Haus Oktoberfest - New Orleans, LA - Oct 7 to Oct 23, 2016
This New Orleans Oktoberfest is quite a party! It is open Friday and Saturdays in October. They are open from 8:00 am through 11:30 pm. They feature authentic German music, foods, and beverages. Lots of fun activities throughout the day.
Louisiana Cotton Festival - Ville Platte, LA - Oct 10 to Oct 16, 2016
Cotton Queen and King, parade, carnival and live music.
Louisiana Cattle Festival - Abbeville, LA - Oct 13 to Oct 16, 2016
Annual event for 60+ years. Pageant, parade, livestock show, live music, cajun hospitality and more.
Andouille Festival - LaPlace, LA - Oct 14 to Oct 16, 2016
Dedicated to the sausage it is named after, event includes Andouille eating contest, gumbo cook-off and jazz brunch, among other activities.
Bridge City Gumbo Festival - Bridge City, LA - Oct 14 to Oct 16, 2016
2000 pounds of gumbo is served to visitors annually. Gumbo cooking contest, beautiful child contest, crafts, midway and delicious cajun cuisine. Held at Angel Square. Admission is $3. All day rides for $25.
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival - New Orleans, LA - Oct 14 to Oct 16, 2016
Live music, Southern barbecue and fun in Lafayette Square. Admission is free at Lafayette Square Park.
Louisiana Gumbo Festival - Thibodaux, LA - Oct 14 to Oct 16, 2016
annual event in the Gumbo Capital of Louisiana. Free admission, free parking.
Gretna Oktoberfest - Gretna, LA - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2016
Shreveport Brew - Shreveport, LA - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
Harvest Festival on False River - New Roads, LA - Oct 16 to Oct 18, 2016
Nationally known music artist plus carnival rides, food, over 100 arts and craft vendors, free Kids Zone, and adult Beer Garden.
Washington Parish Free Fair - Franklinton, LA - Oct 19 to Oct 22, 2016
A family fair started in 1911. It is believed to be the largest county/parish free fair in America and the second oldest parish fair in Louisiana. Parade, 5K run, midway, country market, fair queen, rodeo and live music.
International Rice Festival - Crowley, LA - Oct 20 to Oct 23, 2016
Louisiana’s oldest agricultural festival. Pageant, poker rice run, 5K run/walk, classic car show, parades, rice creole & cookery contest, rice eating contest, live music and carnival. It is usually held on the Friday and Saturday of the third weekend in October.
Rougarou Fest - Houma, LA - Oct 22 to Oct 23, 2016
Celebrate the folklore of Southeast Louisiana’s bayous with a family friendly festival. It is a fundraiser for the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center.
German-Acadian Coast Historical and Genealogical Society Oktoberfest - Destrehan, LA - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016
Greater Baton Rouge State Fair - Baton Rouge, LA - Oct 27 to Nov 6, 2016
51st annual fair. Petting zoo, pig races, lawn tractor pull, carnival and more. 2014 Admission was $5 with ride wristband an additional $10-15. $1 per ticket surcharge.
Blackpot Festival - Lafayette, LA - Oct 28 to Oct 29, 2016
11th annual event. Live music, cook-off, dancing and camping in Lafayette’s Acadian Village. Admission tickets are $20-30.
Voodoo - New Orleans, LA - Oct 28 to Oct 30, 2016
The musical lineup is typically announced in June. General admission for the three day event is $125. Shuttle and parking passes are also available. Held at New Orleans City Park.
Louisiana Pecan Harvest Festival - Colfax, LA - Nov 4 to Nov 6, 2016
Held annually on the first full weekend in November. Parade, Queen’s Ball, fireworks, live music and contests. Profits are donated to the parish schools.
Giant Omelette Celebration - Abbeville, LA - Nov 5 to Nov 6, 2016
Watch them cook a 5000 egg omelette. Egg cracking contest, arts & crafts show, antique car/implement show, charity walk and live music.
Treme Creole Gumbo Festival - New Orleans, LA - Nov 12 to Nov 13, 2016
Ninth annual event from 11 AM to 7 PM both days. Many varieties of gumbo, including a vegan gumbo contest. Live music including jazz and R&B. Free admission, held at Armstrong Park.
Big Easy Running Festival - New Orleans, LA - Nov 19 to Nov 19, 2016
Half and mini marathons. Tiered pricing structure for entry. Support the Second Harvest Food Bank by bringing a canned or other non-perishable food item. After party with live music.
Fleur de Lis Arts and Crafts Festival - Natchitoches, LA - Nov 26 to Nov 26, 2016
A one day indoor show of artisans and craftsmen held twice a year. In the fall it is the Saturday after Thanksgiving at the Natchitoches Events Center.
Some of these Oktoberfest parties might be on the smaller side. Try my list of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations in the United States for the most popular parties for German heritage. You should also check the lists of nearby states that also celebrate Oktoberfest: Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.
Whether you have found a festival to enjoy or you will be celebrating from home, Funtober has some other resources that will help you prepare for Oktoberfest. Read about the history of Oktoberfest. Learn about Oktoberfest beer. Find the words to Oktoberfest music. Plan your Oktoberfest outfit. And try cooking some of these Oktoberfest recipes.
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