Frequent Questions

Can We Bring In Water

Yes you can bring in bottled water, we want you to stay hydrated! Other outside drinks such as alcohol are not allowed.

Can I bring my own alcohol/beer/wine to the festival?


Likewise, you are not permitted to take your alcoholic beverage with you when leaving the festival.

Can I bring my own chair to Oktoberfest?

You may bring your own chair to sit on in the open field. However, personal chairs are NOT PERMITTED inside any Entertainment Tent.

Is there a First Aid Station at the Festival?

The First Aid Station is located next to the Info Booth by the Katy Depot.

Is there a Lost and Found at the Festival?

Yes. Come see us at the Info Booth next to the Katy Depot. Or email us at info@saintcharlesoktoberfest.com. Any items not claimed will be donated 60 days after the festival.

Where do I pick up VIP Tickets?


Bring your sales receipt and picture identification to pickup your VIP Tickets on Oktoberfest weekend at the VIP Tent.

Where do I park for 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 AND FREE SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE from EPC off of Hwy 70 in Cave Springs at Exit 225 in St. Charles and from Life Storage off of Hwy 70 located between Zumbehl at Exit 227 and First Capitol/Hwy 94 at Exit 228 in St. Charles.

Can I enter my classic car in the Vintage Car Show?

We are in the final days. For more information, contact Elliot Cytron at 314-878-0534.

Can I bring my stein from a previous year's festival?

Of course!  You can bring a stein from last year or even ten years ago.  It’s always fun to see our previous steins.

Where do I sign up to run the Saint Charles Oktoberfest 5K?

Go to the EVENTS page on the left hand menu. Scroll down to the Saint Charles Oktoberfest 5K & Root Beer 1 Mile Fun Run Event to register.

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 register using the online entry form.

Why is Oktoberfest 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.

Can I bring my dog?

St. Charles City Parks Ordinance states that dogs are not allowed in Frontier Park during Special Events 🙁 Dogs that are participating in the WIENER TAKES ALL Event may be in the park on Saturday, September 23rd. You must have a bracelet in order to be in the park with your dog. Bracelets are only valid Saturday, September 23rd from 11 am – 6 pm. However, please keep in mind that lots of people and children and loud noises will be in the park as well. 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 here.

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 $5. Patrons can be served more quickly if beer vendors only have to look for your bracelet. Lastly, a portion of the braclet fee goes directly to non-profit organizations within the festival.