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Oktoberfest guide for 2013

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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - St. Louis is known to be a drinking town, and no drinking town is complete without a full list of Oktoberfest events.

What is Oktoberfest? It's a 16 day festival held each year in Germany. It runs from late September through early October.

St. Louis has a few versions of this illustrious celebration to choose from.

Oct. 11, 12, & 13: Soulard Oktoberfest, Soulard.
Soulard Oktoberfest is probably the largest and most well-known Oktoberfest celebration in the area. This year it will be held two blocks east of Soulard Market, with the main entrance at 3rd & Lafayette. They've released the schedule of bands playing, which include The Dorfrockers, Chikeria, Pokanauts, and the Soulard Blues Band. General admission is $10, VIP tickets are available starting at $75. Parking will be limited, so check the parking map to find the best spot. And be sure to sign up to get Oktoberfest alerts via text by texting OKTOBERFEST to 70000. You can also download the mobile app to get up-to-date information on the festival. For more information, click here.

Oct. 27 & 28: Hermann Oktoberfest, Hermann, Mo.
The town of Hermann has a list of events for people of all ages throughout the weekend. From guided tours of White House Hotel, to self-guided tours of historic Hermann's Museum at the German School, and live entertainment at area wineries, this celebration is one you won't want to miss. Click here for more information.

Oct. 6, 13, 20: Oktoberfest Cruise at Gateway Arch, downtown.
A German buffet, music, and dancing will be featured on this riverboat cruise. The boat departs at 1 p.m. and returns at 3 p.m. three Sundays in October. The buffet includes bratwurst, knockwurst, sweet and sour cabbage, knoodle kugle, hot German potato salad, and more. Admission for adults is $38, children 3-12 get in for $15. Group rates of 20+ people get in for $35 each. Reservations are required. Click here for more information.

*St. Charles and Midtown held their Oktoberfest celebrations at the end of September.

Sept. 27, 28, & 29: St. Charles Oktoberfest, St. Charles, Mo.
First up is this event in St. Charles, which begins Friday with Glockenspiel performers at Schlafly Field and wraps up Sunday with a performance from yodeler Kerry Christensen in the Barefoot Wine Garden. There's also a Swiss Meat brat eating contest, vintage car show, wiener dog race and fashion show, and a walk benefitting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In an effort to combat underage drinking, you must purchase a $2 wristband from one of the ID booths to drink beer. For more information on the event, including a schedule, click here. Be sure to tweet your pictures using the hashtag #okstc.

Sept. 28 & 29: Oktoberfest St. Louis 2013, Midtown.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company is partnering with Schlafly to bring you Oktoberfest St. Louis 2013. Music acts are lined up for both days, and there will be a strict no tab policy to help keep things moving. Patrons are encouraged to use cash, and an ATM will be on-site. Beer steins will be for sale, which will give you discounts on 1 liter refills throughout the festival. For more information, click here.

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