Urban Chestnut Brewing Company’s (UCBC) annual Oktoberfest St. Louis returns for its eighth year at its Midtown Brewery & Biergarten. The three-day festival begins Friday, Sept. 28, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 30.
The theme for this year’s celebration is Biergarten to Big Top. The free-to-attend festival will feature a full lineup of rock, blues, polka and oompah-thumping music on two stages as well as performances throughout the festival by members of Circus Flora.
Urban Chestnut partnered with the Kranzberg Arts Foundation to bring a full music line up featuring local artists to this year’s festival. To accommodate the thousands of annual attendees, Oktoberfest St. Louis will run along Washington Ave., beginning at UCBC’s Biergarten, west to the Big Top Tent, the home of Circus Flora in Grand Center. Bier begins pouring and the festival grounds open Friday, Sept. 28, at noon, followed by a ceremonial keg-tapping at 6 p.m. This year’s honorary guest keg-tappers are Kranzberg Arts Foundation founders – and event partners – Ken and Nancy Kranzberg.
In addition to the live music and circus performances, Oktoberfest St. Louis will feature Urban Chestnut’s award-winning O-Katz Oktoberfest Lager, Zwickel Bavarian Lager and Schnickelfritz Bavarian Weissbier in 16-ounce and liter pours. UCBC’s brewmaster and co-founder Florian Kuplent also brewed a limited edition Dunkel which will only be available during the festival. The recipe dates back to 1967 and is from Brauerei Erharting, the German brewery where Kuplent completed his first apprenticeship. Traditional Oktoberfest food offerings, including pretzels, brats, porchetta sandwiches and Lebkuchen (heart-shaped gingerbread cookies) will be available for purchase. Additionally, some of St. Louis’ favorite food trucks will be on-site during the festival.
St. Louis Oktoberfest offers something for all ages. New to this year’s Oktoberfest will be a festival market, open throughout the weekend, featuring local artists and vendors selling handmade artisan goods. Masskrugstemmen, the popular Oktoberfest stein-holding competition, will take place Saturday. Sunday will feature family-friendly activities, including performances by Circus Flora as well as a children’s tent with cookie decorating, music, coloring and more. The pet lovers and pet care experts from Purina will bring dog-friendly fun to Oktoberfest St. Louis family day with activities for both two and four-legged family members throughout the day.
A portion of proceeds from the entire weekend will go directly to local, emerging artists and community arts organizations affiliated with the Kranzberg Arts Foundation.
Entry is free at Oktoberfest St. Louis, and to alleviate lines, all bier, food and commemorative Oktoberfest steins can be purchased via cash-only during the festival. ATMs will be available on-site at the festival. VIP tables, which include reserved seating in the Big Top Saturday night with a dedicated beer server - reserve your spot now!
Urban Chestnut - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
3229 Washington Ave
St. Louis MO 63103
Friday (9/28): Noon - midnight
Saturday (9/29): 11am - midnight
Sunday (9/30): Noon - 7pm
Entry is FREE at Oktoberfest St. Louis. Festival-goers may buy an authentic 1-liter glass stein for $12 at the festival and get 1-liter fills for $12. 16oz pours will be available for $7 each. An assortment of food items will be available for purchase. Food trucks and carnival food will be onsite at various times throughout the weekend.
Musical acts include
Marquise Knox, Al Holliday and the East Side Band, Sean Canan, The Deutschmeister Brass Band, The Bolzen Beer Band, and more!