Bratwursts and beer — is there a better combination in the fall?
The German festival Oktoberfest is famous for its food and beverages, and one of the best celebrations in the country is right near the metro-east. St. Louis was ranked sixth in WalletHub’s list of the best places (aside from Germany) to celebrate the fall festival.
St. Louis beat cities like Chicago (14th) and San Francisco (12th), but came in behind Cincinatti, which took the No. 1 spot.
Urban Chestnut’s annual Oktoberfest takes place Sept. 22-24 at the Midtown Brewery and Biergarden at 3229 Washington Avenue. The festival runs noon to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Traditional food like beer, pretzels, brats, currywurst, roasted chicken and frikadellen will be available at the festival, as well as stein-holding contests, finger wrestling and polka dancing.
Entry is free all three days, and Sunday is generally considered kids day.
St. Charles’ Oktoberfest is also on the same weekend. The hours for this celebration are 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. This festival features a wiener dog races, an antique car show and a stein-holding and brat-eating contest.
Belleville is also hosting an Oktoberfest celebration on Sept. 15-16. German food, contests and a wiener dog race are the highlights
WalletHub used 23 metrics to determine where the best celebration was, ranging from the share of German population, the average price of a ticket and beer gardens per-capita.
It may not be as fun as traveling to Germany to celebrate — which WalletHub reported can cost about $5,000 for an American — but it’s much friendlier on your wallet.