Wine or Beer? Missouri Festivals Have What You Want This Fall

September 4, 2018

I have always associated summer with beer – there's nothing better on a blistering Missouri summer day than an ice-cold brew. Though, when the day cooled and the moon came up, I'd have a glass of wine in hand by a fire watching the lightning bugs glow around me. With Labor Day (the unofficial end of summer) in the rearview mirror, and the official start of fall just around the corner, it is the perfect time to enjoy the Show-Me State's fall wine and beer festivals!

To start the brew season off right, Sept. 8, Washington Brewfest will feature more than 40 microbrew beers from 18+ breweries available for sampling, plus live music, food and even mixed drinks for sale. One week later, Sept. 15, KC Beer Fest in the Power and Light District will be a don't-miss event, raising funds and awareness for clean, safe drinking water in developing countries. Fast forward to the end of September and the weekends of October and you'll find ample opportunities to celebrate Oktoberfest in Belton, Hermann, Lee's Summit, Rolla and Westport.

As Show-Me State natives know, there are always some hot fall days that just beg for a cold one. Even better, quench that thirst with the eagerly-anticipated specialty autumn beers (I'm looking at you, pumpkin spice!) hitting the brew pubs.

If you tend to fancy wine over beer, there are many festivals to explore and taste locally produced wines that celebrate the bounty of the season.

If you want to get your feet messy while having fun, Jowler Creek Winery is holding their 8th Annual Grape Stomp Sept. 21-23. Les Bourgeois Vineyards will host their 26th Annual Crush Festival Oct. 6-7 where you can also experience some "Grape-Stomping Fun!"

Need an idea for a romantic autumn date? Take your special someone to the Augusta Harvest Festival on Sept. 22 where you can savor eight delectable dinner courses paired perfectly with Missouri wine. Make sure to book early as there is limited space!

I could go on and on about the different festivals taking place around the state, but I won't talk your eyes off. Instead, check out these exciting upcoming festivals where you can enjoy local award-winning wines and thirst-quenching beers.

Cheers!

September

Event Date

Event

Location

9/1

Harvest Festival at Stone Hill Winery

Hermann

9/5-8

St. James Grape and Fall Festival

St. James

9/8

6th Annual Independence Uncorked Wine Festival

Independence

9/8

Washington Brewfest

Washington

9/8-9

LouFest

St. Louis

9/14-16

Hermann Heritage Days

Hermann

9/15

KC Beer Fest

Kansas City

9/15

Wenwood Harvest Home Fest

Bland

9/15

HOP in the City Beer Festival

St. Louis

9/21-23

Augusta's Harvest Festival

Augusta

9/21-23

Grape Stomp at Jowler Creek Winery

Platte City

9/23

Mead Fest at 7C's Winery

Walnut Grove

9/27-30

Westport Oktoberfest

Westport

9/28-29

Lee's Summit Chamber Oktoberfest

Lee's Summit

9/29

Belton Parks OktoberFest

Belton

9/29

Festival of the Lost Township

Raytown

9/29

8th Annual Public House Oktoberfest8th Annual Public House Oktoberfest 8th Annual Public House Oktoberfest

Rolla

October

Event Date

Event

Location

Weekends in October

Oktoberfest in Hermann

Hermann

10/6

16th Annual Augusta Bottoms Beer Festival

Augusta

10/6-7

Crush Festival at Les Bourgeois Vineyards

Rocheport

10/7

Octoberfest at 7 C's Winery

Walnut Grove

10/13

Hollister Grape and Fall Festival

Hollister

10/13

Fall Festival at Jowler Creek Winery

Platte City

10/13

Harvest Festival at St. James Winery

St. James

November

Event Date

Event

Location

11/10

Route du Vin Wine Trail Wine Diva Weekend

Ste. Genevieve

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