By Lisa Payne-Naeger

If you live here, you know the unmistakable signs of autumn. There’s a crispness to the air. The sun shines bright in a clear blue sky. The landscape is beginning to bloom with vibrant crimson, gold and orange. And in the distance, there’s the faint resonance of accordions. What? Yes, accordions and oompah music. And brats over a grill. Funnel cakes, beer, wine, and generally a great atmosphere of fun and libation. It’s Oktoberfest in St. Louis, and there is no end to the fun to be had.

St. Charles Oktoberfest
Frontier Park on Riverside Drive
St. Charles, MO 63301

It doesn’t matter how many events you attend during Oktoberfest, but you must include the St. Charles Oktoberfest in your celebration plans. Head on down to the St. Charles riverfront for some of the fall’s best entertainment, food and fun you’ll find in the St. Louis area. This year’s event features an antique car show, a 5k run, a 10k run and a Samuel Adams Raise the Stein beer drinking contest. The entertainment schedule is full of polka bands as well as other kinds of musical entertainment. There is special entertainment and events for kids as well, so this is truly a family fun event. Stroll the vendors and come away with fall fest treasures to remember your Oktoberfest celebration by. See you at the riverfront Sept. 22 through Sept. 24.

Stone Hill Winery
1110 Stone Hill Highway
Hermann, MO 65041
(573) 486-2221

During the fall, in St. Louis, it’s a great time to drive through the countryside and enjoy the beautiful fall colors. And during Oktoberfest, Stone Hill Winery, in Hermann, celebrates every weekend. Once you arrive, you will find there’s plenty of live German music each Saturday, and other Oktoberfest music in Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Dance and enjoy wine, beer and wine slushies along with plenty of German food. Brats, sauerkraut, pretzels, German potato salad and more will surely satisfy your Oktoberfest appetites. So, hop in the car and make the short scenic drive. You don’t want to miss this great Oktoberfest tradition.

Anheuser Busch Brewery
12th and Lynch Streets
St. Louis, MO 63118
(800) 342-5283

Oktoberfest is truly the season for beer lovers to enjoy. And where better to enjoy beer than the world’s most widely enjoyed brewmaster, Anheuser Busch? This fall celebrate Oktoberfest in St. Louis at the brewery in Soulard. Take a brewery tour, and enjoy the flowing beer in the outdoor Biergarten. The home of the Clydesdales has been the beer brewing capitol since the 1800’s and the beer tradition is extra rich during Oktoberfest. 

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Schneithorst’s Restaurant And Bar
1600 S. Liindbergh Blvd.
Ladue, MO 63131
(314) 993-4100

After you make the rounds of all the Octoberfest celebrations it’s time for a good old fashioned German style dinner, and maybe another drink or two. Schneithort’s has been a great place to do just that for over 60 years, in St. Louis. The Bavarian atmosphere carries you back to the old world and the food seals the deal. Whether you are there for breakfast, lunch or dinner you will find reasonably priced German sausages, potato cakes and schnitzel to your heart’s delight. And depending on whether you are in the mood for stroganoff or burgers, you will enjoy a great selection. They are centrally located at Lindbergh and Clayton roads, so there’s no excuse to not make Schneithorst’s a stop on your Oktoberfest calendar. 

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