Munich is famous for its rowdy Oktoberfest, but you don't have to go to Germany to join this fall tradition. St. Louis is proud to show off its German heritage at Oktoberfest celebrations throughout the area. Here are the top places to celebrate Oktoberfest in the St. Louis region.
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Belleville may be French for "beautiful village," but many residents in the Metro East town are actually of German descent. Belleville throws its Oktoberfest party in September. 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. There's also live music each evening and a kids area with pumpkin decorating, face painting, crafts and clowns.
September 16-17, 2016
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The Anheuser-Busch Brewery in St. Louis is hosting a traditional Oktoberfest celebration with German music and entertainment, plus with a variety of German-style beers and food. The celebration begins Friday night with the tapping of the first keg. The celebration also includes games like barrel rolling and stein relays. Every Sunday is Family Day with added entertainment for kids including bounce houses, face painting and a petting zoo.
September 16-October 2, 2016
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Midtown St. Louis
Urban Chestnut and other local breweries are teaming up for an Oktoberfest celebration in along Washington Avenue in midtown St. Louis. The three-day event is filled with German music, food and beer. It's held at the Urban Chestnut Brewing Company at 3229 Washington Avenue. A glass beer stein is $10 and refills are $8.
September 23-25, 2016
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Following the tradition of the Munich festival, St. Charles also hosts its Oktoberfest at the end of September. The festival is held in Frontier Park along the Missouri River. There's live music and dancing all weekend long on the main stage and in the beer tents, plus a parade, craft booths, antique car show and wiener dog race. Children can spend their time at a special carnival featuring arts, crafts and kid-friendly entertainment. The St. Charles Oktoberfest grounds are also just a few blocks from Historic Main Street and its dozens of restaurants and shops.
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Hermann celebrates its German roots all year long, but the small town along the Missouri River really comes to life each weekend in October. Every year, thousands of visitors come to Hermann to enjoy the polka music, German food and local wines. There are Oktoberfest events throughout town, but most visitors head to Hermann's two biggest wineries, Stone Hill and Hermannhof. Stone Hill, Missouri's most 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 Hermannh of Winery's Festhalle, which has 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.
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Augusta's located in the heart of Missouri wine country and it doesn't take long to notice the area's strong German roots. Naturally, October is one of the best times of the year to visit. Although there's not an official town-wide Oktoberfest celebration, there's no shortage of festivities. For example, large crowds head to Mount Pleasant Winery each weekend in October for it's great views and to hear popular local bands. While in the Augusta area, check out the Montelle and Blumenhof wineries, and be sure to try an orginial brew at the Augusta Brewing Company.
Weekends in October 2016
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Soulard Neighborhood, St. Louis
Important Update for 2016: Soulard Oktoberfest is back on again. The previous organizers canceled this year's event because of financial and location issues, but a group of Soulard business owners has stepped in to take over the celebration. It will be held October 21-22, in Soulard Market Park. More details to be announced soon.