Crisp cool air, a warm bratwurst, a stein of beer … it must be October or rather Oktoberfest. The traditional German festival is observed in Munich from mid-September to early October. But you don’t have to travel to Munich to get a taste of the real deal. From Hermann to St. Louis, you’ll find authentic food, drink, music, dance and more.
Located in Gasconade County, Hermann hosts its version of Oktoberfest every weekend in October. The festival includes an arts and crafts festival, fall-themed activities and tastings at many of the city’s breweries and wineries. For details, check out visithermann.com.
In St. Charles, Oktoberfest is held Sept. 27-29 with events throughout the weekend for both kids and adults. With events like the Wiener Takes All Race, Brat Eating Contest, Antique Car Show and more, the weekend is sure to be full of fun. In the kids area, youngsters can celebrate Oktoberfest by painting pumpkins or having their faces painted, jumping in a house made of air or showing off air-filled animals. Festival hours change daily. For details, visit saintcharlesoktoberfest.com.
Although famous for Mardi Gras, the Soulard neighborhood hosts an Oktoberfest celebration on Oct. 11-12. Located not too far from Anheuser Busch Brewery, it’s the perfect place to celebrate St. Louis’ German heritage. A full schedule of bands and activities, including those for kids, is at soulard-oktoberfest.com.
Zootoberfest, the St. Louis Zoo’s
annual celebration, is Oct. 5-6 and Oct. 12-13. Admission is free for all
guests. In addition to live music and fall-related kids’ games and crafts,
German beers – root beer for the kids – and other German treats are available
Though not billed as an official Oktoberfest, the city of Augusta’s annual Harvest Festival, Sept. 20-21, is fun for the whole family with events like a pancake breakfast, harvest parade, pie walk and more. For a schedule of events, visit augusta-chamber.org.
Brookdale Farms, located at 8004 Twin River Road in Eureka, also provides autumnal entertainment, including the biggest corn maze in the St. Louis area. Kids can enjoy inflatables, a petting zoo, a kid’s zipline, hayrides and more. Details at brookdalefarmsinc.com.
No matter where you go, don’t forget to make a simple toast. Lift your glass, mug or stein and say it loud: ‘’Prost!’’