Oktoberfest 2013 presented by Deutsches Haus kicks off at 4pm today at Kenner's Rivertown.
Spokesman Ray Sutherlin says the festival features nearly a dozen musical acts, 16 different beers and traditional German food.
"This is a special year for Deutsches Haus in that it's the 85th anniversary of bringing German culture and language and heritage, German food to the New Orleans area," Sutherlin said.
"Germany, like Louisiana, is very popular for their sausages, so there will be sausages of all kinds. The really popular Deutsches Haus German meatloaf with carrots and bacon, which is a Rhineland style," Sutherlin said.
Besides offering traditional German food and music, the festival will hold special events such as the Dachshund Race on Oct. 12 and Beer Stein Holding Contests each day of the festival.
"It is actually holding a German beer stein at arms length and to see how long you can do that. That sounds quite easy but I assure you it is not," Sutherlin said.
Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni will officially kick off the festivities this evening by tapping the "first keg" at 6pm.
Oktoberfest will run for the next three weekends. Hours are 4pm to 11 pm on Friday and 1pm to 11pm on Saturdays. Admission is $6, but attendance is free for children under 12.