Join Us for a Family-friendly Fall Festival!

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays
Oct. 1-2 • Oct. 8-9

Zootoberfest 2022 includes:

  • German-inspired food available for purchase, along with root beer and other soft drinks
  • Beer trailers throughout the Zoo serving a variety of fall festival draft beer (ages 21 and older) for purchase
  • Exclusive Zootoberfest beer stein with discounts for refills available for purchase (while supplies last)
  • Educational activity stations for all ages!
  • DJ entertainment throughout the event

Fall Season at the Zoo

Did you know? Our animals like this weather almost as much as you!

It's the perfect season to visit the Zoo's animals, exhibits and attractions. As the days get cooler, the animals are less likely to be seeking shade and retreating inside for relief. That means you and your family are more likely to see the animals out and about as they take in the milder temps right along with you!

Food and Beverages available

  • Specialty Food
    • Carousel Cafe: Cheddar bacon and pepper jack bratwursts
    • Safari Grill: Caramel apple dumplings, Bavarian pretzels and cheddar bacon and pepper jack bratwursts
    • East Refreshments: German-style pizza
    • Ice Cream Oasis: Autumn-decorated waffle cones, chocolate-dipped pretzel sticks with autumn sprinkles, apple cider floats, fall-themed cake pops
  • Other beverages include root beer, Bud Light, Saint Louis Zoo's own Big Cat Golden Pilsner and Wellbeing Intentional, a non-alcoholic I.P.A.

Note: Alcohol sales start at 11 a.m. on Sundays.

DJ Entertainment

Listen to some tunes that will make you groove from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day in Schnuck Family Plaza!

  • October 1: DJ MikeLuv
  • October 2: DJ Chris Brown
  • October 8: DJ Rico Steez
  • October 9: DJ Micro

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Fun for the kids!

Stop by four education stations for fun kid activities and craft stations for all! 

  • Monarch butterflies face many obstacles during their migration journey. Take the journey through our obstacle course on Historic Hill to see from a butterfly's point of view.
  • Create a beautiful bookmark about bird migration on the patio by Ice Cream Oasis or color an African painted dog paw print to take home near Dinoroarus.
  • In order for bears to hibernate, they need a safe, warm place to stay. Help create a den for the bears to hibernate using blocks near Grizzly Ridge.


  • Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for Boo at the Zoo or other Zoo special events, please contact

Media Partner

  • WARH 106.5 The Arch

Beer Trailers

Beverages available while supplies last. Alcohol sales start at 11 a.m. on Sundays.

  • South Entrance (Pineapple Paradise)

    • Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Oachkatzlschwoaf– Seasonal Lager– St. Louis, MO. Brewed for the annual Oktoberfest celebration, malty yet well-balanced like the bier traditionally served at Oktoberfest in Munich. A true "Festbier." (Pronounced "o-ct-zel-schwol"; translated as "tail of a squirrel")
    • Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Dorfbier– Dark Lager– St. Louis, MO. A deep reddish brown lager with a rich malty flavor. The sweetness of the malt is balanced by using another Bavarian friend, the Hellertau hop.
    • Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Bushelhead– Cider– St. Louis, MO. Clear golden pour with a white head. Sweet apple juice, and green apple skin. Light tartness on the finish.
    • Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Zwickel- German style Lager– St. Louis, MO. An unfiltered, unpasteurized lager. Smooth-drinking, vitamin-rich, naturally cloudy beer.
    • Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Schnickelfritz– Bavarian Weiss– St. Louis, MO. The unmistakable characteristics of this Bavarian Weiss bier are achieved with a decidedly fruity and phenolic yeast. You may note clove, nutmeg or even vanilla or banana-like aromas and flavors.
    • Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Big Cat Lager– Pilsner– St. Louis, MO. A salute to the Saint Louis Zoo, the straw-colored Lager features a pronounced herbal and spicy hop aroma, light malt profile, moderate bitterness and a slight sweetness from corn.
  • North Entrance (Pineapple Paradise)

    • Spaten Oktoberfestbier– Märzen – Germany. Thanks to an abundance of toasted malt and a lower hop bitterness, this dark reddish brown lager is loaded with sweet, caramel toffee flavors and aromas. All the taste and celebration of Oktoberfest packed into one bottle.
    • Hoegaarden– Belgian Wheat Ale– Belgium. Hazy gold appearance with a large, thick white head and good lacing. Yeastly, spicy aroma with tart citrus. Dry spicy flavor with the orange peel more evident in the aftertaste. Medium-to-light bodied, well carbonated.
    • Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse– Wheat Ale– Germany. Noted for its agreeable level or carbonation, its natural cloudiness, and its refreshing spicy and fruity flavor. Pours a cloudy, straw-yellow with a small, off-white head of foam. Aromas and tasts include banana, clove, cracked wheat and yeast.
    • O'Fallon Pumpkin Ale– Flavored Ale– St. Louis, MO. Taste of pumpkin, cinnamon, bit of nutmeg and other spices. Mild bitterness and a sweet finish. Moderate body, smooth with a pumpkin pie feel.
    • Goose Island Fest Bier– Oktoberfest– Chicago, IL. A delightful malt flavor, toasted oak, charred molasses, smoky herbs and spice blend rounds it out. A sweet edge to the barley malt, good balance, medium complexity.
  • Central Plaza (Starbucks)

    • Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier – Märzen - Germany. One of the two original brewers of the Munich festival! From the bottle, it pours a solid golden color with a modest head, slowly reducing to a thin layer. Bready malt in those nose. The mouth gets the same, with a light bitterness at the end. Prost!
    • Hofbräu Dunkel – Dark Lager - Germany. Dark brown in color, large to moderate off-white head. Distinct malty aroma, notes of brown bread and caramel. The Flavor is distinctly malty, but slightly less sweet than expected. Very moderate hop profile. 
    • New Belgium Atomic Pumpkin- Flavored Ale- Ft. Collins, CO. Pours a clear, deep gold with a nice fluffy white foam that lasts. The aroma is of sweetish malts and pumpkin pie spices. Then the slight bite of the habanero hits. It makes for a nice warming sensation. It is light bodied and very easy to drink. Overall a nice autumn offering.
    • Paulaner Hefe Weizen- Wheat Ale- Germany. A classic German wheat ale, aromas of wheat, light pear, banana and a touch of lemon. Flavor is dry wheat malt, lemon, banana and clove, fading a bit into a grainy wheat finish with a little residual citrus. Medium bodies with light to moderate creaminess and sharp carbonation. A benchmark wheat ale.
    • Paulaner Oktoberfest- Märzen-Germany. A Munich original, this amber treat was developed to celebrate the original Oktoberfest over 200 years ago. A full bodied beer with its rich malt flavor, dark toffee note and underlying fruitiness has a masterful hop balance. 
    • Samuel Adams- Octoberfest- Boston, MA. A traditional Fall classic, malty, slight sweet, caramel taste, not hop bitterness and a very smooth finish. It is a crime that this beer is only available 2-3 months out of the year!
  • Carousel Cafe Plaza

    • Ayinger Oktober Fest- Märzen- Germany. A beer with total German character. Open for big gulps of flavor and texture. Rich and expressive for the fall festival, made for celebration, song and food.
    • Weihenstephaner Festbier- seasonal Lager- Germany. A full rich bodies, hoppy seasonal lager. Especially brewed for the Festbier season. This beer truly represents the Bavarian way of celebrating- straight from the worlds' oldest brewery. Prost!
    • Stiegl Grapefruit Radler- Grapefruit Beer- Germany. Real grapefruit juice gives this deliciously refreshing Radler (mixed beer drink) its amber natural cloudiness and pleasant tangy taste. The refreshingly fruity taste makes Stiegl-Radler Grapefruit a wonderful thirst quencher.
    • Logboat Knothole- Märzen- Columbia, MO. A full-bodied, rich, toasty, medium amber lager. Best enjoyed by the half liter in a Bavarian beer garden!
    • Public House Bierleichen- Märzen- Rolla, MO. A distinctively complex Marzen-style Lager that is amber in color and brewed using traditional German ingredients. This lager delivers rich, toasty and bready flavors that finishes with a soft, malty sweetness.
    • The Civil Life Brewing Company- Oktoberfest- St. Louis, MO. A fine example of a great traditional style Bavarian brew. Pilsner and Vienna malts with some caramel aroma and roasty depth. The final product is a beautiful copper color with deep toasted malt character and a clean, dry finish.
  • Red Rocks

    • Bell's Octoberfest-Märzen -Kalamazoo, MI.  Crafted as a flavorful session beer and perfect for autumn, Octoberfest spends a full six weeks fermenting. With herbal hop aromas, this balanced amber lager focuses on lightly toasted malt that lends body without too much sweetness.
    • Boulevard Bob's 47-Märzen- Kansas City, MO.  A traditional fall seasonal beer, Bob's 47 Oktoberfest is a medium-bodied, dark amber brew with a malty flavor and well-balanced hop character. Classic Munich-style lager.
    • Schlafly Pumpkin Ale- Flavored Ale- St. Louis, MO.  Blending the species of the harvest with the full-bodied sweetness for a beer that tastes like pumpkin pie. Pounds of pumpkin form a malty foundation that supports the fall flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.
    • Schlafly Oktoberfest- Märzen- St. Louis, MO. A traditional Bavarian märzen with a toasty malt aroma and slight caramel taste. This rich, amber lager is balanced by the use of German noble hops, while the lager yeast ferments cold and slow, creating a smooth, crisp beer. A local favorite. 
    • Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider- Cincinnati, OH. Crisp and refreshing hard cider mixing the sweetness of apples with the subtle dryness for a balanced cider taste.
    • Schlafly Pale Ale- English Pale Ale- St. Louis, MO. Amber-colored, medium-bodied British-style ale with a smooth, mildly-hoppy character.