Oktoberfest in Missouri

There are a number of German beer festivals for Missouri residents to celebrate Oktoberfest from mid-September to mid-October in 2017. There will be beer, brats and oompah music close to home for many residents as the Show Me State attracts tens of thousands of people to some of the St. Louis and Kansas City Oktoberfest celebrations. If you live elsewhere, we hope that you find a festival near you that you can attend.

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2017 Events

Ernte-fest - Friestatt, MO - Aug 11 to Aug 12, 2017

Oktoberfest in the Ozarks - Springfield, MO - Sep 9, 2017
Mother’s Brewing Company sponsors this Annual Oktoberfest from 1:30-8:00 pm. Event features local music, food, and lots of local craft beer. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $5 with kids under 15 free. Live Music. Enjoy foods by Firelight Pizza, Horrmann Meats, and Farmer’s Gastropub.

St. Louis German Cultural Society Oktoberfest - House Springs, MO - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017
First weekend.

Saint Charles Oktoberfest - Saint Charles, MO - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
A family friendly festival to celebrate the community and German heritage. 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. A donation of $5 to KEEN, a non-proift in St. Louis serving disabled kids, allows children to paint their own pumpkin, jump in the bounce houses and get their face painting in the kids zone. The event is held at Frontier Park off Riverside Drive, located between the Historic Downtown District and the Missouri River. Location: 500 S Riverside Dr, Saint Charles, MO 63301

Lee’s Summit Oktoberfest - Lee's Summit, MO - Sep 22 to Sep 23, 2017
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. It has been held for more than 20 years. 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.

Jefferson City Oktoberfest - Jefferson City, MO - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2017
Celebrate Jefferson City’s German heritage with this fall festival. The annual Oktoberfest hosted by the Old Munichburg Association includes live music, dancers, beer/wine garden serving authentic food, demonstrations, kids games, hot rod/classic car show, dachshund costume contest and derby. They are expanding it to include Friday evening this year, with a German dinner hosted by the Central United Church of Christ and live music & beer garden on Washington Street. Location: West Dunklin, Washington, and Broadway streets

Sertoma Oktoberfest - Springfield, MO - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2017
Admission is $5 for 21 and up for this party put on by Sertoma. Join in the 5K walk/run, live bands, Olympic style Oktoberfest games, and of course good beers and food.

Public House Oktoberfest - Rolla, MO - Sep 30, 2017

Faith Lutheran Church Oktoberfest - Branson, MO - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2017

Hermann Oktoberfest - Hermann, MO - Oct 1 to Oct 31, 2017
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.

St. Louis German Cultural Society Oktoberfest - House Springs, MO - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017
Second Weekend

Rotary Club Oktoberfest Fundraiser - Kansas City, MO - Oct 12, 2017
Rotary Club of Johnson County Charitable Foundation.

Oktoberfest in Cole Camp - Cole Camp, MO - Oct 14, 2017
Cole Camp, a historic town on the National Register of Historic Places, has been holding this event for more than ten years. It includes traditional German food and beer, gun show, bicycle tour and antique farm machinery displays (tractors and old engines). They also have a wine and beer tasting. The Prairie Day event, held at the same time, includes hayrides, nature exhibits, kids games, banjo concerts and star gazing in the evening.


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2016 Events

Grunauer Oktoberfest - Kansas City, MO - Sep 30, 2016
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. Featured foods are bratwurst, porkhoit with rye, brazen, gulaschsuppe, bread pudding, and bayerische crème.

Oktoberfest Joplin - Joplin, MO - Oct 8, 2016
Joplin’s signature fall festival.

You should also peruse list of the largest Oktoberfests in the United States as well as nearby Oktoberfest festivals in surrounding states: Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.

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:

Missouri Festivals
Missouri Corn Mazes
Missouri Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Missouri
Pumpkin Patches in Missouri

5 thoughts on “Oktoberfest in Missouri

  1. Daniel Holton says:

    We have Oktoberfest each year the first four week-ends of October. We have several different kegs of oktoberfest beer and over 25 different bottles of German beers. Along with special german wursts and other dishes not on our regular german menu. We are located above Bridal cave on Thunder Mountain, with a view for miles of the Ozarks. Hope to join the list for places to celebrate one of the best German traditions.Thank You, Daniel and Noelle

  2. D L Anderson says:

    There’s at least ten Oktoberfests in Missouri : You left off Jefferson City’s. This year it’s on Saturday the 29th (Yeah, in September, but close enough). I went to it in 2010 or 2011, mostly to watch the dachshund derby. They would pair off two dachshunds at a time to run against each other. At least 1/3 of the time, the “race” quickly disintegrated into a growling , snarling two-dog “dog ball” rolling around on the ground. Funny how bad temper and bad behavior is cute when the dog is small and adorable in appearance.


    There’s also an Oktoberfest in Cole Camp, but I’ve never been to it.


    • D L Anderson says:

      Well, I went to the Oktoberfest yesterday…It was hot, I got sunburned, and most disappointing of all-Not ONE dog fight in the weiner races! One dachshund went for another dog’s throat, but it was at the end of the race by the finish line, so humans quickly ended the fight before it even started. Dachshunds being well mannered and non violent-they hardly deserve to be called dachshunds. 🙁

      Oh, there’s another Oktoberfest : Friday 10/12, in Boonville. I saw it advertised inside the Boonville Isle of Capri casino yesterday. I’m not sure if this is Boonville’s or just an Isle of Capri thing, but FWIW…..

  3. Jason says:

    You have left off the most popular Oktoberfest celebration in Southwest Missouri, the Erntefest in Friestatt, Mo.

    This has been a staple celebration for almost 40 years. It’s very popular and many from all over Southwest Missouri attend, especially those with German heritage, of which there are many.

    I’ve never been myself, but my entire family has attended and I’ve heard the stories. Interesting fact about Freistatt: There are more people in the cemetery than walking the streets! Hahahaha! But, when it’s time for Erntefest, this is the place to be.

    Here is their website: http://www.erntefest.org

  4. Melissa Nilges says:

    I am not sure I am doing this correctly. I would like to share our Oktoberfest with all.

    October 22, 2016, 12pm-5pm at SunRise – 70 Bell Road, Wright City, MO 63390
    Hayrides, games, food, kettle corn, pumpkins, apple butter and much more.

    Thank you for posting. Much appreciated.

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