Urban Chestnut Brewing Company brings festive German charm to St. Louis with its ninth annual Oktoberfest
. The beer-fueled celebration takes place at both UCBC's Midtown Brewery and Biergarten (3229 Washington Avenue; www.oktoberfeststl.com
) and Circus Flora's Big Top tent (3401 Washington Avenue) Friday through Sunday (September 27 to 29). Traditional Oktoberfest eats will be available (think brats and pretzels), and there will be a selection of food-truck favorites on site. Handmade goods from local businesses and artists can be found at the Vendor Village outside of the Big Top. Most importantly, beer will be available in sixteen-ounce and one-liter pours throughout the festival grounds — buy a stein, or bring your own! Put your best arm forward for the stein-holding competition, or Masskrugstemmen, at 7:15 p.m. Saturday. The festivities run from noon to midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Sunday is also Family Day at the Big Top, with a petting zoo and Circus Flora performers. Entry is free, but you'll need cash or cards for beer and concessions.