Oktoberfest in Missouri

There are a number of German beer festivals for Missouri residents to celebrate Oktoberfest from mid-September to mid-October in 2019. 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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2019 Events

Ernte Fest - Friestatt, MO - Aug 16, 2019
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.

Mother’s Brewing Oktoberfest - Springfield, MO - Sep 7, 2019
Mother’s Brewing Company sponsors this annual Oktoberfest. Event features local music, food, and lots of local craft beer. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $10 (pre-purchased, $12 at the door) with kids under 15 free. Enjoy foods by FireLight Pizza Company, Horrmann Meat Company, and Black Sheep Burgers & Shakes. 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 tokens.

St. Louis German Cultural Society Oktoberfest - House Springs, MO - Sep 7 to Sep 15, 2019
The German Cultural Society hosts their annual Oktoberfest over two weekends in September! So, gather your friends & join them for German food, folk dancing & live music at Donau Park in St. Louis. Admission is free.

Saint Charles Oktoberfest - Saint Charles, MO - Sep 27 to Sep 29, 2019
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. 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. Since 1986.

Lee’s Summit Oktoberfest - Lee's Summit, MO - Sep 27 to Sep 28, 2019
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 27 to Sep 28, 2019
Annual event featuring alpine goodwill games (including stein hoisting, barrel roll, brat toss, carry the wench, tricycle race, log rolling, barrel toss, striking hammer and pulling the keg) and 5K run/walk on Saturday. Beer, brats, live music and more. 21 and up for this party put on by Sertoma (SERvice TO MAnkind). $5 entry and $5 parking.

Jefferson City Oktoberfest - Jefferson City, MO - Sep 28, 2019
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

Public House Oktoberfest - Rolla, MO - Sep 28, 2019
Join them for the annual Public House Oktoberfest on Saturday. They will have a beer and wine tasting tent with many Missouri breweries and wineries. Plus, food vendors and live music too!

Oktoberfest in Cole Camp - Cole Camp, MO - Sep 28, 2019
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.

KC Oktoberfest - Kansas City, MO - Oct 4 to Oct 5, 2019
KC Bier Co and Grünauer Restaurant’s Oktoberfest host. Come celebrate authentic Bavarian-style beer, food, and entertainment at the Crown Center.

Faith Lutheran Church Oktoberfest - Branson, MO - Oct 4 to Oct 6, 2019
Three days of authentic German food, live polka and dancing, and more!

Hermann Oktoberfest - Hermann, MO - Oct 5 to Oct 28, 2019
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.

Oktoberfest Fall Festival - Excelsior Springs, MO - Oct 5, 2019
Crafters, vendors, and artists. Craft beers, barrel roll, bed racing competition and more!

Oktoberfest in the Ozarks - Jacket, MO - Oct 5, 2019
2nd annual Munich-style Oktoberfest at Whistling Springs Brewing Co

Rotary Club Oktoberfest Fundraiser - Kansas City, MO - Oct 10, 2019
Rotary Club of Johnson County Charitable Foundation. Food, drink, and fellowship. In addition to a silent auction, there will be a famous wine bucket drawing.

7Cs Oktoberfest - Walnut Grove, MO - Oct 13, 2019
Enjoy an Oktoberfest at 7Cs Winery

You should also peruse list of the nearby Oktoberfest festivals in surrounding states: Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.

 

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We hope you enjoy these celebrations of Oktoberfest. Let us know below which one you've headed to and which one you like the best!

We have added maps with the locations of each Oktoberfest. We may not have had the exact location for each Oktoberfest so in some instances we have placed the marker in the general vicinity of the Oktoberfest. Be sure to get specific directions from another source and do not solely rely on our map at the moment. We have also noticed that the markers may not show up on some mobile browsers. We will work to sort out this bug in the future.

Please confirm dates, locations and activities available at the Oktoberfest before going. That's one reason that we provide a website address when we find one. We attempt to ensure that the information for each Oktoberfest is accurate but there are bound to be a few errors. If you let us know when you find one, we will fix it. In some cases, we may link to last year's event when information for this year is not yet available. Do not be fooled.

The festivals listed range in size. Some events may have hundreds of thousands of attendees. Others may have only a handful. We're sorry that we don't have more information about attendance numbers at the moment. We will do our best to add this information as time goes on.

Professionalism varies as well. Some Oktoberfests are professional operations with large budgets. Others are local operations run by volunteers. Do your due diligence before making plans to attend so that you know what to expect. We will happily publish information about your experience with any Oktoberfest so that our visitors will be better informed in the future.

Some Oktoberfests are more family friendly than others. If you have small children, look for an Oktoberfest that has activities for kids. Other events start out with family friendly activities and become more adult oriented as it becomes later in the evening.

Not all Oktoberfest celebrations will be authentic German festival experiences. Some may simply be an excuse to drink rather than celebrate German heritage. Some may call themselves Oktoberfest but provide local or seasonal beer rather than authentic German Oktoberfest beer. Be sure to consider the type of celebration that you are looking to attend when you pick your Oktoberfest.

Activities offered at each Oktoberfest varies. Some activities that you may find are parades, keg tapping ceremony, beer gardens, Miss Oktoberfest or costume contests, stein holding contests, bratwurst eating contest, chicken dance, wiener races, keg toss, live German bands and local entertainment, polka dancing and fairground games. Some Oktoberfest events will just have beer and brats.

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.

We've got some other resources that would help you prepare for Oktoberfest as well. 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.

Do you run one of the Oktoberfests listed? Feel free to send us additional information and we will add it. We apologize for any errors: send us corrections or updates if you find them! We also love to list new Oktoberfests, and have advertising solutions if you'd like to reach a wider audience.

Find other fun things to do in Missouri in fall:

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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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