Dean Arnett is the volunteer coordinator and MC for Deutsches Haus’ 2018 Oktoberfest celebration. This podcast with Arnett took place on Deutsches Haus’ new site on Moss Street, facing Bayou St. John. This year, Deutsches Haus is celebrating its 90th anniversary, and the organization will officially open its beautiful new building in November.
Today, the Deutsches Haus is among the city’s oldest cultural membership organizations; with over 600 members, it is also one of the largest. While not every New Orleanian has German roots, all locals love good festivals, and Oktoberfest is one of the most popular. The last remaining days to enjoy a taste of German culture are Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20. The gates at 1700 Moss St. will open at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Festivalgoers will enjoy the high-energy music of Alex Meiner and the synchronized footwork of the Pussy Footers marching group. On Saturday, gates will open at 1:00 p.m., and the 610 Stompers will be part of the entertainment lineup. In addition to enjoying abundant food, drink, and music, guests will be able to bet on their favorite weiner dog in a Dachshund race to benefit Animal Rescue New Orleans.
For additional information and to order tickets, visit deutscheshaus.org/oktoberfest-events.