Fall 2016 Festivals in St. Louis

Thursday August 4, 2016

It’s that time of year again. Here’s your guide to fall fairs, festivals and events in St. Louis. If you’re looking for more events don’t forget to visit our events calendar.

24th Annual Staenberg Group Gateway Cup is four days of bicycle racing in the heart of four unique St. Louis neighborhoods on Sept. 2-5.

The St. Nicholas Greek Festival features authentic Greek food, dancing, live music and more on Sept. 2-5 at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

Fall Art Fair at Queeny Park On Labor Day weekend (Sept. 2-4), the reputable Art Fair at Queeny Park will showcase up to 140 juried artists from across the country.

Big Muddy Blues Festival  Also on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3 & 4, one of the biggest blues festivals in North America will rock Laclede’s Landing.

40th Annual Japanese Festival  On Sept. 3- 5, the Missouri Botanical Gardens hosts the 40th Annual Japanese Festival in honor of the history, culture and people of Japan. This festival is one of the largest and oldest of its kind in the U.S.

23rd Annual Saint Louis Art Fair is a three day exhibition of visual and performing arts in Clayton’s Central Business District on Sept 9, 10 & 11. Featuring the fine art works from 181 nationally recognized artists.

LouFest descends upon Forest Park on Sept. 10-11 for twos day of national, regional and local artists and more. The 2016 LouFest lineup includes LCD Soundsystem, Chris Stapleton, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Band of Horses, Big Gigantic, The Kills, Buddy Guy, Shakey Graves. This year’s locally-produced festival, now in its seventh year, looks to bring the Lou back to LouFest with a larger LouKidz area, an enhanced Nosh Pit featuring the region’s top chefs, and expanded beer tasting experiences.

Budweiser’s Taste of St. Louis will take place September 16-18 at the Chesterfield Amphitheater. This event features the region’s best restaurants on 314 Hot Sauce Restaurant Row, Chef Battle Royale Culinary Competition on the Stella Artois Culinary Stage, Goose Island School of Cooking Stage with live demos and culinary showcases, Dillard’s Main Stage with free national concerts, Kids’ Kitchen – Cooking with STEAM, The ArtWalk, The Marketplace and more.

The 44th Annual Great Forest Park Balloon Glow and Balloon Race  This well-attended Hot-Air Balloon event is a St. Louis treasure and sure to be family fun on Sept. 16- 17.

The 18th Annual HOP in the City Beer Festival On Sept. 17, enjoy food, live music and unlimited beer samples as Schlafly Beer brews over 50 beer selections.

The South Grand Fall Fest will happen on Sept. 17, featuring handmade vintage and music from Arsenal to Humphrey on Grand Entertainment in Ritz Park.

The 55th Annual Kirkwood Greentree Festival On Sept. 16-18, in Kirkwood Park (at the corner of Geyer Road and Adams Ave.) this festival promotes community spirit in the Kirkwood area and offers activities for kids. This year’s theme is the Greentree Journey Through Space.

The Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival Webster Groves Historic District will be swinging as the Old Webster Jazz and Blues Festival returns on Sept. 17.

The Faust Heritage Festival will take place Sept. 17-18, in Faust Park, with arts and crafts, demonstrations, vendors and activities for children.

Murmuration Festival In nature, a murmuration is a flock of starlings that produces intricate patterns during flight. The Murmuration Festival is a 3-day event on Sept. 23-25 that explores the intersection of art, music, science, and tech. Innovators, scientists, artists, and entrepreneurs are invited to engage the public and share their work. Cutting-edge music performances are featured throughout the day and into the night.

Q in the Lou is back on Sept. 23-25 at Soldiers Memorial featuring nine of America’s legendary pitmasters, Q in the Lou is a celebration of great barbecue, with cooking tutorials, a BBQ innovations expo, KCBS BBQ Competition, great live music, and of course, the best barbecue in America.

The Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival will take place Sept. 23-25 in Soulard Park at 7th & Lafayette Ave. This festival includes live Latino music, authentic foods, Hispanic crafts, information booths, a children’s pavilion and more.

The 10th Annual Strange Folk Festival will take over Lafayette Square Sept. 23-25. Strange Folk Festival has been St. Louis’s most popular indie craft show for over 10 years featuring 200 curated makers from all over the country, 10 live bands, whimsical installations, DIY activities and 30,000 people having a good time.

The St. Louis Folk and Roots Festival will take place Sept. 23-25 and feature Elephant Revival, Katie Glassman & Greg Schochet, Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur, Hubby Jenkins and more at The Sheldon Concert Hall.

Six Flags St. Louis Fright Fest Every weekend in October (Fri-Sun) Sept. 30-Oct. 30), “it’s thrills by day & fright by night” as Six Flags becomes a haunted attraction after dark.

St. Louis Arts Experience is 17 days and nights (Sept. 30-Oct. 16) of theatre, dance, music, art, literature in various St. Louis venues & outdoor spaces.

The Best of Missouri Market returns to the Missouri Botanical Garden (Sept. 30-Oct. 2), offering three days of baked goods, handcrafted items, custom jewelry and more from over 120 food producers and crafters.

Grove Fest is a vibrant street festival in the Grove neighborhood located on Manchester between Kingshighway and Vandeventer. Last year, the festival had 12,000 attendees. This year Grove Fest will take place on Oct. 1.

Historic Shaw Art Fair On Oct. 1 & 2, visitors to the art fair will enjoy many different art mediums such as clay, fiber art, glass jewelry, photography, painting, sculpture, live music, food from local restaurants and more on 4100 & 4200 blocks of Flora Place. http://shawstlouis.org/attractions-amenities/historic-shaw-art-fair/

Hermann Oktoberfest Weekends in October (Oct. 1-30), Hermann Oktoberfest will include German food, live music, winery tours, beer and more at the Stone Hill Winery in Hermann, MO. Held every weekend in October, the Hermann Oktoberfest has become a beloved tradition for thousands throughout the Midwest. It’s time to celebrate a beautiful time of year in Missouri’s most beautiful town.

Soulard Oktoberfest  In the Historic Soulard neighborhood, this three day festival allows you to enjoy beer and bratwurst just like you’re in Bavaria. Dates: Oct. (TBA)

The 4th Annual Brew in The Lou will showcase St. Louis’ beer, wine, spirits, coffee and food on Oct. 15 in the Mall at Francis Park, 5399 Donovan, St. Louis, MO 63109.

Augusta’s 12th Annual Harvest Festival takes place Sept. 15-18 in Augusta, MO. The festival features a concert & picnic in the vineyard, and A Taste of Historic Augusta.

The Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival will feature crafts, food and live entertainment on Oct. 29 & 30 in Kimmswick, MO.

The Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival will offer screenings of features and shorts representing many different countries on Nov. 3-13 in various St. Louis venues. A schedule of films, guests and events will be announced soon.

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