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5 Oktoberfests happening this September in and around St. Louis

Beer festivals abound each fall, and we're here for it. Here's what's happening in September, and keep an eye on our site for another roundup of festivals happening in October.

Lieferbrau Brewery Oktoberfest
Saturday, Sept. 16 - noon to 11 p.m., Lieferbrau Brewery, 118 E. Market St., Red Bud, Illinois,
Who says Oktoberfest can’t be in September? Throw on your lederhosen and dirndls and enjoy German beer and food at the brewery this Saturday. Live music from Scattergun Jack goes from 7 to 11 p.m. Free admission.

Saint Charles Oktoberfest
Friday, Sept. 22 - 4 to 11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23 - 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 24 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Frontier Park, 500 S. Riverside Drive, Saint Charles,
Toast to tradition, music and memories at Saint Charles Oktoberfest. Not only one of the most popular Bavarian festivals in the nation, it’s also becoming one of the largest family-friendly festivals in the Midwest. Enjoy events such as the Wiener Takes All race (a wiener dog race) and a bratwurst-eating contest on Saturday, or the Mind Over Miles 5k/10k race and the Antique Car Show on Sunday. Free admission.

Old Bridgeview Brewing Oktoberfest
Thursday, Sept. 28 - 4 to 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 29 - 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30 - 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 1 - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Old Bridgeview Brewing, 16 E. Front St., Washington,
Old Bridgeview Brewing is hosting its second annual Oktoberfest featuring a keep-the-mug special with discounted refills, German-style beer releases and German food all weekend. German beers already on tap include Offenfest - Marzen, Put On Your Drinking Pants - Kolsch, and Fraulein Hilda - Berliner Weiss. They will be releasing their Munich Dunkel and Schwarzbier on Thursday, Sept. 28. Specialty foods include bratwurst, schnitzel sandwiches, pretzels, sauerkraut and German potato salad. Free admission. 

Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. Oktoberfest 
Friday, Sept. 29, and Saturday, Sept. 30 - noon to 11:30 p.m., Grove Brewery & Bierhall, 4465 Manchester Ave., St. Louis,
This two-day, indoor/outdoor event consists of live music, traditional German food and delicious beer. They will be serving their Oachkatzlschwoaf Oktoberfest Lager and hosting games such as a stein-holding competition. Want to upgrade to an exclusive experience? Purchase a Prost Pack that includes two one-liter Urban Chestnut steins with two stein fills and enjoy 15% off Urban Chestnut food. Tickets available online.

Friendship Brewing Co. Friendtoberfest
Saturday, Sept. 30 - noon to 10:30 p.m., Friendship Brewing Co., 100 Pitman Ave., Wentzville,
Join the Friendship Brewing Co. team as they host their second annual Friendtoberfest. Enjoy Bavarian food specials provided by The Caboose Kitchen and live German music with The Wurst Bavarian Band at 2:30 p.m. Games include a sausage toss, stein-holding and costume competition. German beers on tap include Fest Friends, Marzen Boogie, Kölsch, Heffy Dog, Noch Mal, Hopfen Pils and Weizenbock. Free admission.

Editor's note: This article was updated at 11:20 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18, to clarify that Old Bridgeview refills are discounted.