Oktoberfest in Missouri

There are a number of German beer festivals for Missouri residents to celebrate Oktoberfest from mid-September to mid-October in 2018. 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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2018 Events

Ernte-fest - Friestatt, MO - Aug 17 to Aug 18, 2018
45th Annual event in 2018. 5 PM to Midnight. Has up to 10,000 visitors on a Saturday night. Hosted by the Freistatt Lion’s Club. Small cover charge for Bier Garten for ages 18 and over. Food and entertainment including bingo, chicken dance contest, bratwurst eating contest and anvil shooting. Credit cards not accepted (ATM on site). Children welcome inside Bier Garten with parent or legal guardian.

Oktoberfest in the Ozarks - Springfield, MO - Sep 8, 2018
Mother’s Brewing Company sponsors this Annual Oktoberfest from 12:30-10:00 pm. Event features local music, food, and lots of local craft beer. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $10 with kids under 15 free. Enjoy foods by FireLight Pizza Company, Horrmann Meat Company, Cecil’s To Go and City Butcher. They are selling glass boots and steins adorned with their logo, or feel free to bring a glass stein from years past. One token is good for one beer OR worth $5 at the merchandise station. If you want to fill that liter stein it’ll cost 2.

St. Louis German Cultural Society Oktoberfest - House Springs, MO - Sep 8 to Sep 16, 2018
First weekend is Sept. 8-9 and Second weekend is Sept. 15-16. The German Cultural Society hosts their annual Oktoberfest in September! So, gather your friends & join them for German food, fold dancing & live music in St. Louis. Admission is free.

Jefferson City Oktoberfest - Jefferson City, MO - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
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 have expanded it to include Friday evening, 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

Saint Charles Oktoberfest - Saint Charles, MO - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
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.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 28 to Sep 29, 2018
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.

Sertoma Oktoberfest - Springfield, MO - Sep 28, 2018
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 29, 2018
Join them for the 8th annual Public House Oktoberfest on Saturday from 11 AM to 11 PM. They will have a beer and wine tasting tent with many Missouri breweries and wineries. Plus, food vendors and live music too!

KC Oktoberfest - Kansas City, MO - Oct 5, 2018
KC Bier Co and Grünauer Restaurant’s Oktoberfest has grown too big for it’s brewery roots, attracting over 10,000 attendees that weekend, ahd has moved for 2018! Come celebrate authentic Bavarian-style beer, food, and entertainment at the Crown Center.

Hermann Oktoberfest - Hermann, MO - Oct 5 to Oct 28, 2018
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.

Faith Lutheran Church Oktoberfest - Branson, MO - Oct 5, 2018
Three days of authentic German food, live polka and dancing, and more!

Old West Octoberfest - Lexington, MO - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2018
Enjoy a new twist on the Old West, with music, food, vendors, and entertainment on Main Street

Rotary Club Oktoberfest Fundraiser - Kansas City, MO - Oct 11, 2018
Rotary Club of Johnson County Charitable Foundation. 10th annual. Food, drink, and fellowship. In addition to a silent auction, there will be a “famous” wine bucket drawing. New this year is a Grand Prize drawing for a 7 night, two bedroom condo in the Orlando area during the week of 2019 President’s Day PLUS $200 spending money! This event will be held in the Muehlebach Suite on the top floor of Boulevard Brewery – one of Kansas City’s premier event venues! Proceeds benefit Growing Futures Early Education Center and St. Mary’s Food Kitchen. $25 of your ticket price is tax deductible

Oktoberfest in Cole Camp - Cole Camp, MO - Oct 13, 2018
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.

7Cs Oktoberfest - Walnut Grove, MO - Oct 14, 2018
Enjoy an Oktoberfest at 7Cs Winery

 

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Past Events

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

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

Ernte-fest - Friestatt, MO - Aug 17 to Aug 18, 2018
45th Annual event in 2018. 5 PM to Midnight. Has up to 10,000 visitors on a Saturday night. Hosted by the Freistatt Lion’s Club. Small cover charge for Bier Garten for ages 18 and over. Food and entertainment including bingo, chicken dance contest, bratwurst eating contest and anvil shooting. Credit cards not accepted (ATM on site). Children welcome inside Bier Garten with parent or legal guardian.

Oktoberfest in the Ozarks - Springfield, MO - Sep 8, 2018
Mother’s Brewing Company sponsors this Annual Oktoberfest from 12:30-10:00 pm. Event features local music, food, and lots of local craft beer. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $10 with kids under 15 free. Enjoy foods by FireLight Pizza Company, Horrmann Meat Company, Cecil’s To Go and City Butcher. They are selling glass boots and steins adorned with their logo, or feel free to bring a glass stein from years past. One token is good for one beer OR worth $5 at the merchandise station. If you want to fill that liter stein it’ll cost 2.

St. Louis German Cultural Society Oktoberfest - House Springs, MO - Sep 8 to Sep 16, 2018
First weekend is Sept. 8-9 and Second weekend is Sept. 15-16. The German Cultural Society hosts their annual Oktoberfest in September! So, gather your friends & join them for German food, fold dancing & live music in St. Louis. Admission is free.

Jefferson City Oktoberfest - Jefferson City, MO - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
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 have expanded it to include Friday evening, 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

Saint Charles Oktoberfest - Saint Charles, MO - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
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.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 28 to Sep 29, 2018
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.

Sertoma Oktoberfest - Springfield, MO - Sep 28, 2018
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 29, 2018
Join them for the 8th annual Public House Oktoberfest on Saturday from 11 AM to 11 PM. They will have a beer and wine tasting tent with many Missouri breweries and wineries. Plus, food vendors and live music too!

KC Oktoberfest - Kansas City, MO - Oct 5, 2018
KC Bier Co and Grünauer Restaurant’s Oktoberfest has grown too big for it’s brewery roots, attracting over 10,000 attendees that weekend, ahd has moved for 2018! Come celebrate authentic Bavarian-style beer, food, and entertainment at the Crown Center.

Hermann Oktoberfest - Hermann, MO - Oct 5 to Oct 28, 2018
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.

Faith Lutheran Church Oktoberfest - Branson, MO - Oct 5, 2018
Three days of authentic German food, live polka and dancing, and more!

Old West Octoberfest - Lexington, MO - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2018
Enjoy a new twist on the Old West, with music, food, vendors, and entertainment on Main Street

Rotary Club Oktoberfest Fundraiser - Kansas City, MO - Oct 11, 2018
Rotary Club of Johnson County Charitable Foundation. 10th annual. Food, drink, and fellowship. In addition to a silent auction, there will be a “famous” wine bucket drawing. New this year is a Grand Prize drawing for a 7 night, two bedroom condo in the Orlando area during the week of 2019 President’s Day PLUS $200 spending money! This event will be held in the Muehlebach Suite on the top floor of Boulevard Brewery – one of Kansas City’s premier event venues! Proceeds benefit Growing Futures Early Education Center and St. Mary’s Food Kitchen. $25 of your ticket price is tax deductible

Oktoberfest in Cole Camp - Cole Camp, MO - Oct 13, 2018
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.

7Cs Oktoberfest - Walnut Grove, MO - Oct 14, 2018
Enjoy an Oktoberfest at 7Cs Winery

Please don’t drink and drive. We want everyone to get home safe. Use a designated driver or take public transportation. Uber and Lyft often offer ride credits for new users.

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.

    http://www.oldmunichburg.com/oktoberfest.html

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

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Oktoberfest-in-Cole-Camp/150471708311412

    • 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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