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 lineup featuring local artists to this year’s festival. To accommodate the thousands of annual attendees, Oktoberfest St. Louis will run along Washington Avenue, 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.

“Every year attendance at Oktoberfest St. Louis continues to grow, and this year we wanted to focus on the live music aspect of the festival,” said David Wolfe, co-founder UCBC. “Partnering with the Kranzberg Arts Foundation to utilize the Circus Flora tent as a main stage is a great way for us to support local musicians in a unique setting and include our neighbors from Grand Center in the festivities. It’s always fun when the circus comes to town, and this year’s Oktoberfest will be one to remember.”

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.

Oktoberfest St. Louis 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.

“We are thrilled to work with Urban Chestnut for this year’s Oktoberfest St. Louis,” said Chris Hansen, executive director of the Kranzberg Arts Foundation. “As members of the Grand Center neighborhood, we appreciate this opportunity for the Kranzberg Arts Foundation and Urban Chestnut to highlight the development of our district and to support and showcase our local artist community in a fantastic street festival setting.”

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, are now available for purchase at oktoberfeststl.com.

Via Press Release