1. Why do I need to buy a wrist band to drink beer?
There are several reasons. Saint Charles Oktoberfest is very concerned about underage drinking. For this reason, we require the purchase of a wristband to facilitate the purchase of alcohol for those patrons of age. If you are 21 or older, please present your ID at one of the ID booths and purchase a wrist band for $2. Patrons can be served more quickly if beer vendors only have to look for your bracelet. Lastly, there is no admission fee for Oktoberfest, nor does our festival receive $ from St. Charles City or county. Proceeds from wristband sales go toward providing YOU a fabulous OKTOBERFEST in the years to come.
2. Why is it called Oktoberfest when it’s in September?
The question is asked every year, and the answer is “marriage.” Royal marriage.
The first Oktoberfest was held in October 1810 in Munich, Germany, in honor of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese. The celebration lasted a full week. Over several years, the festival expanded to several weeks. Because Bavaria tends to get chilly in October, the festival was moved forward into September. To this day, Bavaria’s three week Oktoberfest begins in September and ends the first Sunday in October.
3. How can I become a vendor?
We would be happy to discuss the possibilities. Email our coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. How can I become a sponsor?
Become a sponsor by contacting email@example.com.
5. Can I bring my dog?
Hmmm, how do we answer this? St. Charles City Parks Ordinance states that dogs are not allowed on the Katy Trail or in Frontier Park Dogs that are participating in the WIENER TAKE ALL Event may be in the park on Saturday, September 29, HOWEVER, please keep in mind that lots of people and children and loud noises will be in the park also. Does your dog like lots of people and children and loud noises? YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BEHAVIOR OF YOUR DOG !!!!
If you are looking for a park to let your pooch run free, check out DuSable Park on the north side of St. Charles. See the website http://www.stcharlesparks.com/105/facilities/dusable-dog-park.php
6. How do I enter my Dachshund in the WIENER TAKES ALL race?
Go to the EVENTS page on the left hand menu. Scroll down to the WIENER TAKES ALL Event to download the entry form.
7. I want to run in Saint Charles Oktoberfest 5K.
Go to the EVENTS page on the left hand menu. Scroll down to the Oktobefest 5K & Root Beer 1 Mile Fun Run Event to register.
8. Can I enter my classic car in the AAA & NAPA AutoCare Vintage Car Show?
We are in the final days. For more information, contact
Elliot Cytron at 314-878-0534.
9. PARKING AT OKTOBERFEST.
St. Charles has an abundance of free visitor parking. Parallel parking is available along most streets including Main Street, Riverside Drive, and Second Street in the historic districts. There are also several large parking lots. The City Hall parking garage offers free parking weekdays after 4:00 p.m. and all day Saturday and Sunday. CLICK HERE for a map.
10. Picking Up VIP Tickets.
Bring your sales receipt and picture identification to pickup your VIP Tickets on Oktoberfest weekend at the Information Booth. The Information Booth will be located next to the Katy Depot in Frontier Park. See the PARK AND STAY page for a map. The Katy Depot is located approximately between parking areas 8 and 9. Information Booth will be open until 9 PM Friday and Saturday and 4 PM on Sunday.