Important Update for 2016: The Soulard Oktoberfest celebration will go on this year. Organizers previously canceled the event because of financial and location issues, but a group of business owners has stepped in to save the celebration. It will be October 21-22, at Soulard Market Park. More details to come.
The biggest party of the year in Soulard is still Mardi Gras, but the neighborhood's Oktoberfest celebration is growing in size and popularity.
Soulard Oktoberfest is a three-day festival filled with German food, beer, live music and more. Here's everything you need to know to have a great time at Soulard Oktoberfest.
Soulard's celebration isn't the only party in town, for more ideas, check out the Best Places to Celebrate Oktoberfest in St. Louis.
When and Where:
Soulard Oktoberfest is held each year in early October. The festival will be held along 7th Street near Soulard Farmers Market just south of downtown St. Louis. The festival is open October 9 from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., October 10 from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., and October 11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Beer, Brats and More:
Food and drinks are a big part of the fun at any Oktoberfest celebration. In Soulard, there are beer tents and vendors throughout the festival selling popular German brews like Paulaner and Kulmbacher, as well as hometown beers including Schlafly.
When you get hungry, there are plenty of options for a bite to eat.
Try a brat, pretzel or other German fare. Food prices range from about $3 for a giant pretzel, to $5 for a bratwurst, to $12 for bar-b-que ribs or roasted chicken.
Time to Polka:
Sure there will be polka music, but that's not all. Musicians will be playing at three different stages throughout the festival.
Featured performers include popular musicians from Germany and local favorites like the Soulard Blues Band and Deutschmeister Brass Band.
General admission tickets are $5 for each day. Children younger than 12 get in free. Adults can also get in for free if the are dressed in German attire. That means lederhosen, dirndls or shirts from previous Soulard Oktoberfest celebrations. If you really want to live it up, VIP tickets are also available. As a VIP, you get access to the exclusive VIP tents and port-a-potties, food and drink specials.
Beer and music a big part of the celebration, but you can find other fun things to do at Soulard Oktoberfest. Returning in 2015, there will be a carnival with rides and games for visitors of all ages. Admission to the carnival is free.
The festival grounds for Soulard Oktoberfest are along 7th Street near Soulard Market. Several parking lots near the festival grounds will be open. For more information, including shuttle bus and public transportation options, see the Soulard Oktoberfest website.