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.

We hope you enjoyed last year’s list.  We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks.  Stay tuned!

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2016 Events

We update the dates and location for each Missouri Oktoberfest when they are announced throughout the year. If you have updated information about an event, or we are missing one, please let us know!

Ernte-fest – Friestatt, Mo – August 12-13, 2016

Oktoberfest In The Ozarks – Springfield, MO – September 10, 2016
Mother’s Brewing Company sponsors this 6th 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.
Location: 215 S. Grant Ave., Springfield

St. Louis German Cultural Society Oktoberfest – St. Louis, MO – Sept 10-11 & 17-18, 2016

KC Oktoberfest – Kansas City, MO – Sept 16-18 2016

Jefferson City Oktoberfest – Jefferson City, MO – September 23-24, 2016
Celebrate Jefferson City’s German heritage with this fall festival. The 16th 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

Saint Charles Oktoberfest – Saint Charles, Missouri – September 23-25, 2016
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, Missouri – September 23-24, 2016
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.

Public House Oktoberfest – Rolla, MO – Sept. 24, 2016

Sertoma Oktoberfest – Springfield, MO – September 30 – October 1, 2016
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.
Location:  Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, 3001 N Grant, Springfield, MO

Grunauer Oktoberfest – Kansas City, MO – September 30 – Oct 1, 2016
 7th 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. 
Location: 101 West 22nd Street, Kansas City, MO 64108

Hermann Oktoberfest – Hermann, MO – Weekends in October
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.

Sweet Springs Oktoberfest – Sweet Springs – October 1, 2016
Held Saturday from 9 AM to 4 PM. There’s a craft show, farmer’s market, art show, dog show, baked pie contest, beer and wine garden. Pumpkin painting, face painting, hay tunnel and bouncy castles for kids. Also a 5K fun run.

Faith Lutheran Church Oktoberfest – Branson, MO – October 1-2, 2016

Oktoberfest in Cole Camp – Cole Camp, MO – October 8, 2016
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.

Oktoberfest Downtown Joplin – October 8, 2016

Oktoberfest Village – Springfield, MO – October 8, 2016
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.

Oktoberfest Joplin – Joplin, MO – October 8, 2016
Joplin’s signature fall festival.

Oktoberfest 2016 Fundraiser – Kansas City, MO – October 13, 2016
Rotary Club of Johnson County Charitable Foundation.

2015 Events

Soulard Oktoberfest – St. Louis, MO – not happening in 2016

Hyvee Oktoberfest – Springfield, MO – September 26, 2015

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

4 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

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