6 Best Oktoberfest Celebrations in St. Louis in 2014
Every fall, St. Louis shows off its German heritage at Oktoberfest celebrations throughout the area. Here are the top Oktoberfest celebrations in the St. Louis.
Oktoberfest at St. Louis Union Station
Explore Bavaria right here in the heart of St. Louis at Oktoberfest at Union Station. The festival will offer two stages featuring live performances showcasing German culture throughout the day and night. The mainstage will feature live music by the likes of a 20-piece Deutschmeister Brass Band and Uber Cool, while the German Cultural stage hosts live displays of various facets of Germany’s rich culture like Dance Troupes, contests, choral performances, and more. Learn the craft of brewing from an actual brewmaster at The Spaten Bier School, a 45-minute up close and personal session featuring a guided tasting and discussion of the different styles of beer, how they are brewed, and other factors played in their formulation. Each of the three sessions will be limited to 100 guests per session. Browse the German Market and discover the beauty of fine German needle point, grab a stick of landjager to snack on, feel the handmade craftsmanship of master Bavarian furniture making and woodwork, select a delectable German bakery treat from the konditorei, and more. Explore the world of German wine at the Rhineland Wineland Garden. October 3 from 3:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (3) and October 4 from 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
The Soulard celebration has become the biggest Oktoberfest in the St. Louis area. This year, general admission is just $5, and there will be a carnival modeled after Oktoberfest in Munich. Musicians from Germany and popular local bands play throughout the weekend, while area chefs serve up German specialties like bratwurst, rotkraut, pretzels and strudel. October 10, 11 and 12. Tickets are available here.
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 weekend in October, there is live music, lively crowds, an Oktoberfest biergarten in Seqicentennial Park on Gutenberg Street, plenty of german food and winery specials at Stone Hill and Hermannhof. Events begin October 4 and many are free. You can check out the Oktoberfest line up here.
Gateway Arch Oktoberfest Cruise
Every Sunday in October, you can cruise the mighty Mississippi on an Oktoberfest-themed riverboat. Enjoy a German buffet of beer rouladen, bratwurst/knockwurst, sweet & sour cabbage, knoodle kugle, hot german potato salad, rye & pumpernickel breads, tossed salad, German chocolate cake, coffee, and iced tea. There will also be a live German Band. The cruise is from 1 to 3 p.m. on October 5, 12 and 19. It’s $38 for adults and $18 for kids 3 through 12. Reservations are required (prices are all inclusive), call 1-877-982-1410 or book online here.
St. Charles Oktober Fest
St. Charles has one of the largest Oktoberfest festivals in St. Louis. The festival is held in Frontier Park along the Missouri River. There’s live music and dancing all weekend long, crafts, antique car show and wiener dog race. Children can enjoy a special carnival featuring arts, crafts and kid-friendly entertainment. September 26 through 28. You can find the full schedule of events, parking info and more here
Ottertoberfest at Saint Louis Zoo
This year, the Saint Louis Zoo will combine zoo-goers’ love of otters with the longstanding tradition of Oktoberfest, creating two weekends of Ottertoberfest. This fall event will feature traditional German biergartens, live music, kids’ activities and more. At the biergartens, visitors can purchase beer, bratwurst and other German specialties. Otter-related games and activities for children will include a River Ranger game, an “Otter Says” game and a river otter biofact table. An otter-themed craft will be available for children to create in addition to the games and activities. The event is held October 4-5, 11-12, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is FREE