There’s 8 celebrations of Oktoberfest in Missouri (ah! we’ve added a bunch now). That’s a pretty low amount given the fact that there are 1.5 million residents in Missouri claiming German heritage and two major cities – St. Louis and Kansas City – to draw people for the party. But who am I to judge. Here are the Missouri Oktoberfests:
Soulard Oktoberfest – St. Louis, MO – October 11-13, 2013
More than 40,000 are expected for the weekend at this 10th annual St Louis Oktoberfest. The AP listed it third on its list of the biggest Oktoberfests in 2011. Lots of live music featuring German bands and contests such as the brat eating contest, stein holding contest, strongest barmaid and most beautiful fraulein. VIP tickets available
Location: Arsenal St and S Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63118
Hermann Oktoberfest – Hermann, MO – First four weekends in October, 2013
Weekends in Hermann have been packed with events for Missouri Oktoberfest seekers. The Hermannhof Festhalle on East First Street has wine, beer and brats. The German Bier Garten at Sesquicentennial Park on Gutenberg Street has food, beer and live music. Breweries, wineries and other clubs/locations have special events planned as well. The Arts & Crafts festival is on the second weekend of October. See the extensive schedule for details on their website as it is too detailed to list here completely and not all events are open every day.
Location: Many locations throughout Hermann.
Saint Charles Oktoberfest – Saint Charles, Missouri – September 27-29, 2013
Local bands and German bands on the entertainment schedule. Wiener dog races, brat eating contest, parade, 5K and one mile fun run, and kids zone. No admission fee. You must buy a $2 wrist band to purchase alcohol.
Location: 500 S Riverside Dr, Saint Charles, MO 63301
Oktoberfest In The Ozarks - Springfield, MO – September 7, 2013
Mother’s Brewing Company sponsors this 3rd Annual Oktoberfest from 1-7 pm. Event features local music, food, and lots of local craft beer. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $5 with kids under 15 free.
Location: 215 S. Grant Ave., Springfield
Lee’s Summit Oktoberfest – Lee’s Summit, Missouri – September 28-29, 2013
70,000 are expected in Downtown Lee’s Summit for Oktoberfest to enjoy the German meals, three stages of entertainment, dancers, biergarten, carnival, arts and crafts. Contests include a home brew beer competition, wiener dog race and baby contest. Kids street has contests for kids, crafts such as pumpkin decorating, and free activities.
Lake Saint Louis Oktoberfest – Lake Saint Louis, MO – October 5-6, 2013
2013 will be the third year for this fundraising event for The Ambassadors of Lake Saint Louis. Food, carnival rides, bands, kids play areas and more planned.
Location: National Equestrian Center, 6880 Lake St Louis Blvd Lake St Louis, MO 63367
Oktoberfest Village – Springfield, MO – October 5, 2013
The Village on Park Central Square will have beer and live music throughout the day during the Taste of Springfield. Ceremonial keg tapping at 11:15 AM.
Jefferson City Oktoberfest – Jefferson City, MO – September 28, 2013
The 13th annual Oktoberfest hosted by the Old Munichburg Association includes live music, dancers, beer/wine garden serving authentic food, demonstrations, kids games, car show, dachshund costume contest and derby.
Location: West Dunklin, Washington, and Broadway streets
Hyvee Oktoberfest - 1720 W. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, MO – September 21, 2013
Lots of great food, music, and beer at Hyvee’s from 3-6 pm. Tickets are $5.
Oktoberfest in Cole Camp – Cole Camp, MO – October 12-13, 2013
Brown Derby’s 8th Annual Oktoberfest – Springfield, MO – October 12, 2013
Held from 1:30-4:30 pm at the Brown Derby International Wine Center, 2023 S Glenstone Avenue.
Grunauer Oktoberfest – Kansas City, MO – September 27, 2013
4th annual Kansas City Oktoberfest with live music, German food and beer. Advance tickets are $12 for the weekend and include your first beer. $15 at door.
Location: 101 West 22nd Street, Kansas City, MO 64108
Parktoberfest – Parkville, MO – September 21, 2013
5th annual day at the park with live music, 5K, beer garden and fun for kids including the Little King & Queen Parktoberfest contests.
Location: English Landing Park, Parkville, MO 64152
Oktoberfest Joplin – Joplin, MO – NOT HAPPENING IN 2013
Whether you have found a festival to enjoy or you will be celebrating from home, Funtober has some other resources that will help you prepare for Oktoberfest. Read about the history of Oktoberfest. Learn about Oktoberfest beer. Find the words to Oktoberfest music. Plan your Oktoberfest outfit. And try cooking some of these Oktoberfest recipes.
Find other fun things to do in Missouri in October: