Like tinsel, guitar solos, and incriminating legal papers, sauerkraut is best finely shredded. Enjoy this slivered specialty of the Old World with today’s Groupon to Oktoberfest, presented by Deutsches Haus at the Rivertown Welcome Center in Metairie. Choose from the following options:
- For $3, you get one one-day ticket to Oktoberfest (a $6 value).
- For $5, you get two one-day tickets to Oktoberfest (a $12 value).
- For $10, you get four one-day tickets to Oktoberfest (a $24 value).<p>
Oktoberfest takes place on the following days and times:
* Friday, October 14 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
* Saturday, October 15 from noon to 11 p.m.
* Sunday, October 16 from noon to 8 p.m.
* Friday, October 21 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
* Saturday, October 22 from noon to 11 p.m.
* Sunday, October 23 from noon to 8 p.m.
Children 12 and younger and active military enter free every day, and guests donning lederhosen or dirndl get in free on Sundays.
Deutsches Haus preserves the ancestral heritage of Germany with two weekends of feasting and revelry at the annual Oktoberfest. Twenty-three varieties of beer ($6 for 16 oz.) flow freely during the outdoor festivities and hail from the beer-centric lands of Germany, Europe, and the underground lairs of speakeasy re-enactors. Libation tastings take place on Saturdays while traditional cuisine bastes the belly in beef goulash with spatzel noodles ($13), and sandwiches stuffed with schnitzel and black forest ham ($6) provide fuel for authentic dancing. Live German bands such as Prost! and Dixie Hofkappelle rile up the crowd with favorites such as “Edelweiss” and the chicken dance, and puppet shows and face painting provides alternative entertainment for younglings.
The volunteers at Deutsches Haus have worked since 1928 to celebrate German culture and introduce locals to the country’s music, food, language, and history. The chirp of accordions and the crackle of bratwurst on a grill hint at events, including Oktoberfest and Volksfest festivals. Beers from German breweries such as Paulaner and Warsteiner run in straw-hued rivulets from mugs, and vendors dressed in dirndls and lederhosen sell traditional steins. During weekly meetings of the Schlaraffia, a jovial, international fraternity, guests belt out literary and humorous compositions to entertain one another or try to teach robots to laughs.