If we were to assemble an international party consortium, the Germans would probably be the first group we would call. Sure the Brits can knock a few back and the Japanese can slurp that sake, but the Germans really are the global bosses of the party. Just look at the size of their beer mugs for proof! Plus, they dedicate half a month to the cause! Unfortunately, we St. Louisans don't have that much free time, but we can still throw down German-style for a solid three days. To do your part, head to the Soulard Oktoberfest from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (October 3 through 5). The intersection of South Eighth Street and Lafayette Avenue serves as the epicenter for the fair, and all kinds of music acts help to set a festive atmosphere. From alpenhorns to the Obenheimer Express (pictured; from the border area between Germany and France) and from Brave Combo (playing Friday and Saturday night) to the Deutschmeister Brass Band, music will flow through the streets of Soulard as readily as the German and German-style beers. German ambassador Klaus Scharioth even makes an appearance at the closing ceremony at 5 p.m. on Sunday! To learn more about the fest and to check out a music schedule, visit www.soulardoktoberfest.com; admission is free, but wristbands for beer consumption cost $1.
Oct. 3-5, 2008