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Your Guide to Soulard Oktoberfest 2013

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The biggest party of the year in Soulard is still Mardi Gras, but the neighborhood's Oktoberfest celebration is growing in size and popularity. Soulard Oktoberfest 2013 is a three-day festival filled with German food, beer, live music and more. Here's everything you need to know to have a great time at Soulard Oktoberfest.

Soulard's celebration isn't the only party in town, for more ideas, check out the Best Places to Celebrate Oktoberfest in St. Louis.

When and Where:

Soulard Oktoberfest 2013 will be held Friday, October 11, through Sunday, October 13, at Third Street and Lafayette Avenue near Soulard Farmers Market just south of Downtown St. Louis. The festival is open October 11 from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., October 12 from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., and October 13 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Beer, Brats and More:

Food and drinks are a big part of the fun at any Oktoberfest celebration. In Soulard, there are beer tents and vendors throughout the festival selling popular German brews like Paulaner and Kulmbacher, as well as hometown beers including Schlafly.

When you get hungry, there are plenty of options for a bite to eat. Try a brat, pretzel or other German fare. Food prices range from $3 for a giant pretzel, to $5 for a bratwurst, to $12 for bar-b-qued ribs or roasted chicken.

Time to Polka:

Sure there will be polka music, but that's not all. Musicians will be playing at three different stages throughout the festival. Featured performers include Dorfrocker from Germany and local favorites like the Soulard Blues Band and Deutschmeister Brass Band.

Ticket Prices:

General admission tickets are $10 for each day. Children younger than 12 get in free. Adults can also get in for free if the are dressed in German attire. That means lederhosen, dirndls or shirts from previous Soulard Oktoberfest celebrations. If you really want to live it up, VIP tickets are also available. As a VIP, you get access to the exclusive VIP tents and port-a-potties, food and drink specials.

Getting There:

The festial grounds for Soulard Oktoberfest 2013 are at Third Street and Lafayette Avenue, near Soulard Market. Several parking lots near the festival grounds will be open. There will also be a shuttle running every 30 minutes to pick up passengers from near Busch Stadium and the Scottrade Center. For more information, see the Soulard Oktoberfest website.

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