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Top 2013 Oktoberfest Celebrations in the St. Louis Area

Places to Wear Your Dirndl or Lederhosen This Fall

By Deborah O'Brien

Munich is famous for its rowdy Oktoberfest, but you don't have to go to Germany to join this fall tradition. St. Louis is proud to show off its German heritage at Oktoberfest celebrations throughout the area. Here are the top places to celebrate Oktoberfest in the St. Louis region.

If you're lucky enough to travel to Germany this year, here's where you can find information on the 2013 Munich Oktoberfest. Prost!

Belleville, Illinois

Belleville may be French for "beautiful village," but many residents in the Metro East town are actually of German descent. Belleville throws its Oktoberfest party in September. Dozens of vendors set up shop around the public square on Main Street to sell German specialties and many other kinds of food and drink. There's also live music each evening and a kids area with pumpkin decorating, face painting, crafts and clowns.
2013 Oktoberfest: September 20 & 21

St. Charles, Missouri

Following the tradition of the Munich festival, St. Charles also hosts its Oktoberfest at the end of September. The festival is held in Frontier Park along the Missouri River. There's live music and dancing all weekend long on the main stage and in the beer tents, plus a parade, craft booths, antique car show and wiener dog race. Children can spend their time at a special carnival featuring arts, crafts and kid-friendly entertainment. The St. Charles Oktoberfest grounds are also just a few blocks from Historic Main Street and its dozens of restaurants and shops.
2013 Oktoberfest: September 27 - 29

Downtown St. Louis

Two local breweries, Urban Chestnut and Schlafly, are teaming up for an Oktoberfest celebration in along Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis. The two-day event is filled with German music, food and beer. It's held at the Urban Chestnut Brewing Company at 3229 Washington Avenue. A beer stein is $10 and $8 for refills.
2013 Oktoberfest: September 28 - 29

Soulard Neighborhood, St. Louis

The Soulard celebration has become the biggest Oktoberfest in the St. Louis area. Musicians from Germany and popular local bands play throughout the weekend, while area chefs serve up German specialties like bratwurst, rotkraut, pretzels and strudel. This year's festival will be held at Third Street and Lafayette Avenue. General admission is $10 a day.
2013 Oktoberfest: October 11 - 13

Hermann, Missouri

Photo courtesy Hermann Department of Tourism

Hermann celebrates its German roots all year long, but the small town along the Missouri River really comes to life each weekend in October. Every year, thousands of visitors come to Hermann to enjoy the polka music, German food and local wines. There are Oktoberfest events throughout town, but most visitors head to Hermann's two biggest wineries, Stone Hill and Hermannhof. Stone Hill, Missouri's most award winning winery, sits on a hill overlooking Hermann and is a perfect place to sip wine and take in the fall colors. For a more lively celebration, head to Hermannhof Winery's Festhalle, which has German music, lively crowds and plenty of brats, sauerkraut and other German food. There is also an Oktoberfest Bier Garten in Sequicentennial Park on Gutenberg Street.
2013 Oktoberfest: Weekends in October

Augusta, Missouri

Photo courtesy Mount Pleasant Winery

Augusta's located in the heart of Missouri wine country and it doesn't take long to notice the area's strong German roots. Naturally, October is one of the best times of the year to visit. Although there's not an official town-wide Oktoberfest celebration, there's no shortage of festivities. For example, large crowds head to Mount Pleasant Winery each weekend in October for it's great views and to hear popular local bands. While in the Augusta area, check out the Montelle and Blumenhof wineries, and be sure to try an orginial brew at the Augusta Brewing Company.
2013 Oktoberfest: Weekends in October

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