ST. LOUIS – Zootoberfest is the St. Louis Zoo’s family-friendly version of Oktoberfest. Families have taken advantage of the great weather on Sunday to come out and see all the animals and exhibits, and enjoy this free, fall event.

“We have a lot of arts and crafts, we have an obstacle course. So there’s a lot of fun things that both the kids as well as the parents can join in on,” Steve Bircher, St. Louis Zoo, said.

“When you’re finished with all the activities here, then we want you to stay around the zoo because we have a lot of really neat animals things that are going on here,” Bircher said. “We have the new primate canopy trail. So take the kids up there, they can climb on all the rope structures and so forth, and see all the great primates. We also have some young Amur leopards here that are about five months old.” 

This event is happening again next Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The zoo even had delicious German-inspired food. For those 21 and older, beer trailers throughout the zoo offer a variety of canned and bottled brews for purchase.

Another event to be on the look-out for is Boo at the Zoo. It’s from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every night, from Oct. 14-30. You do need to buy tickets for this event, and they vary by price depending on the date. 

The zoo said proceeds from the event help provide the highest quality care for its animals. This features Halloween decorations, animals and attractions, music and food – so make sure you wear a costume.

Lastly, Halloweekends are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and they’re free starting Oct. 15-30.