Munich is famous for its rowdy Oktoberfest, but you don't have to go all the way to Germany to partake in this fall tradition. In Missouri, St. Louis is proud to show off its German heritage at Oktoberfest celebrations held each year in September and October. From novelty steins to unlimited beer, there's a lot in store for beer-lovers in St. Louis during Oktoberfest and no shortage of ways to indulge in local and international brews this fall.
During 2020, many Oktoberfest events in St. Louis may be canceled or postponed, so make sure to check the official websites of the organizers for the latest details.
Soulard Oktoberfest, one of the biggest parties in St. Louis, will be held in October at the Soulard Farmers Market, the oldest continually run farmers market west of the Mississippi that was founded in 1779. Sponsored by Jagermeister and Budweiser, Soulard Oktoberfest features live music, a 5K run, stein-hoisting competitions, and plenty of brews from around the world in the beerhall.
In 2020, Soulard Oktoberfest is still scheduled to take place on October 9 and 10 at the Soulard Farmers Market Plaza. Tickets are required to enter the beerhall, and steins cost $10 each, but other events of the Oktoberfest are free to attend.
Urban Chestnut Oktoberfest
Urban Chestnut's Annual St. Louis Oktoberfest is held at the Midtown Brewery & Biergarten and includes German music, food, and, of course, beer. In 2020, the limited-capacity event will take place from September 19 to October 23, with social distancing and sanitation measures in place.
Hermann—located about halfway between Jefferson and St. Louis—celebrates its German roots all year long, but the small town along the Missouri River comes to life each weekend in October. Every year, thousands of visitors come to Hermann to enjoy polka music, German food, and local wines during its month-long Oktoberfest celebration. In 2020, these festivities take place every weekend in October.
There are many Oktoberfest events across town this month, but most visitors head to Hermann's two biggest wineries, Stone Hill and Hermannhof. Stone Hill, Missouri's award-winning winery, sits on a hill overlooking Hermann and is a perfect place to sip wine and take in the fall colors. For a more lively celebration, head to Hermannhof's Festhalle, which offers German music, lively crowds, and plenty of brats, sauerkraut, and other German food. There is also an Oktoberfest Bier Garten in Sesquicentennial Park on Gutenberg Street.
Budweiser Brewery Oktoberfest
In 2020, the Budweiser Brewery is closed for tours and the Oktoberfest celebration has not been rescheduled.
The Budweiser Brewery in St. Louis typically hosts a two-week Oktoberfest celebration in late September and early October at the St. Louis Biergarten, complete with German music and entertainment and a variety of German-style beers and food. The celebration begins Friday night with the tapping of the first keg and includes games like barrel rolling and stein relays. Nightly events featuring trivia and stein-hoisting contests fill out the week, and every Sunday is Family Day with added entertainment for kids including bounce houses, face painting, and a petting zoo.
Saint Charles Oktoberfest
This event has been postponed until September 24 to 26, 2021.
Saint Charles, a small suburban city about 25 miles northwest of St. Louis, hosts its own Oktoberfest each September that follows the traditions of the Munich festival. Held in Frontier Park along the banks of the Missouri River, the Saint Charles Oktoberfest features live music and dancing on the main stage and beer tents along the riverwalk as well as a parade, craft booths, an antique car show, and a wiener dog race throughout the park.
Children can spend their time at a special carnival featuring arts, crafts, and kid-friendly entertainment while adults can sample over 100 different beers at the five on-site beer gardens. The Saint Charles Oktoberfest grounds are also just a few blocks from Historic Main Street and its dozens of restaurants and shops as well as great hotels and resorts where you can spend the night.
This event has been officially canceled for 2020.
Belleville may be French for "beautiful village," but many residents in the Metro East town are actually of German descent. As a result, the city celebrates its own Oktoberfest event each September. During the event, dozens of vendors set up shop around the public square on Main Street to sell German specialties and many other kinds of food and drink. The event also features live music each evening, a wiener dog race, a corn hole tournament, a classic car show, and a kids' area with pumpkin decorating, face painting, and crafts.
Lee's Summit Oktoberfest
This event has been canceled for 2020.
Although it's located across the state on the border of Kansas, Lee's Summit is a great destination if you're looking for a unique Oktoberfest celebration in Missouri. Featuring three stages of live entertainment including musicians, dancers, and variety acts as well as a Biergarten, carnival, and multiple foods, arts, and crafts vendors, the annual Lee's Summit Oktoberfest has been a tradition for over 20 years.
Over 70,000 people are expected to attend this year's event, which takes place on September 27 and 28, 2019. Other attractions of the event include home-brew beer competitions, a wiener dog race, as well as a kids' area with crafts like pumpkin decorating, free activities, and a variety of games.