Oktoberfest in Louisiana
Have some fun in 2016 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:
We hope you enjoyed last year’s list. We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
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Roberts Cove Germanfest – Roberts Cove, LA – October 1-2, 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
Deutsches Haus Oktoberfest – New Orleans, LA – October 7-8, 14-15, & 21-23, 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.
Location: Rivertown Exhibition Hall, 415 Williams Blvd in Kenner’s Rivertown
Revel in the Madness – Shreveport, LA – October 17, 2015
An afternoon of beer tasting from 2 PM to 6 PM. This is their 7th annual event. This is a charity event with an afternoon of beer tasting for $60 per person. They feature over 100 beers at this event. Sample all the beer and enjoy the free samples of signature dishes from the best restaurants in the area. Activities include the Spiegelau Beer Connoisseur Tasting Seminar. Lear how to correctly tell the differences in brews.
Location: Festival Plaza, 101 Crocket st, Shreveport, LA
Shreveport Oktoberfest – Shreveport, LA – Sept 17, 2015
(Information from 2013 event) The second year of this Shreveport Oktoberfest held at Zocolo Eatery & Drinkery promises more brats, beer, girls and music. Music from Prost! Band and Shreveport’s own, Bayou Gypsy. Tickets promise an “Ultimate German Feast” from the brat bar, plus spatzel and pretzels. Photo booth with the bier girls and Masskrugstemmen Contest.
Location: 436 Ashley Ridge Blvd, Shreveport Louisiana 71106
Gordon Biersch – New Orleans, LA – Sept 16, 2015
Their Fest Bier Tapping Octoberfest party is happening Sept. 16th from 6pm-8pm. Brewer Sonny Day
will be onsite along with free food and contests and live music. Located at Gordon Biersch Restaurant and Brewery on 200 Poydras St.
Pinewood Country Club Oktoberfest Golf Tournament and Party – Slidell, LA – October 10, 2015
German-Acadian Coast Historical and Genealogical Society Oktoberfest – Destrehan, LA – October 22, 2015
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.
Find other fun things to do in Louisiana in October: