Upcoming Festivals in St. Louis featuring food, fright and the arts

Tuesday August 18, 2015

IMG_2570This fall, don’t miss out on all of the festivals that St. Louis has to offer, including the brand new ones and the old faithfuls. With this lineup of events and festivals, everyone should be encouraged to get out and enjoy the town before the seasons change. As we say goodbye to summer and the kids are back in school, there’s still so much to do. And with this next event, you can’t say that there’s nothing NEW in St. Lou.

Big news! What’s that you say? A barbecue festival, in St. Louis? The new Q in the Lou will take place at Soldiers Memorial on Sept. 25-27. This event will feature national and local barbecue restaurants such as Sugarfire Smoke House, Pappy’s Smoke House and more. The great thing about barbecue is that you can enjoy it with all of your senses. So come out and enjoy the barbecue, as we become third point on the “barbecue triangle” along with Memphis and Kansas City. In St. Louis, we have great barbecue and we want to be known for it.

If you’re looking for a more cultural festival, learn about other cultures at the Festival of Nations in Tower Grove Park on Aug. 29-30. This event is an annual celebration of many diverse cultures, with ethnic food options, musical performances, family activities and unique gifts. It’s a way to travel around the world in minutes and admission is free.

Every Labor Day weekend, the Big Muddy Blues Festival takes over Laclede’s Landing right along the Mississippi River for what has been rated one of the best blues festivals in North America by Fest 300 Magazine. Blues music is about telling a story. The music is about life and it is definitely the root of the many genres that came after it. As the home of rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry and many others, we have the unique St. Louis blues, a sound that many will travel to hear, especially when the National Blues Museum opens in St. Louis in the spring of 2016. Tickets are available for the Big Muddy Blues Festival at www.bigmuddybluesfestival.com.

Loufest isn’t just about the blues. Loufest will be a hit with the sounds of rapper Ludacris, the “Take Me to Church” singer Hozier, Nico & Vins, who are known for their song “Am I Wrong” and others. Loufest takes place Sept. 12-13 in Forest Park and features a range of different national and regional artists. Go online for the full line up and more information. Tickets are available at www.loufest.com. Also in Forest Park, the Great Forest Park Balloon Race and Balloon Glow is a family friendly St. Louis tradition. This year, the balloons are back on Sept. 18-19th. Admission is free and this event is always a well-attended fun for all.

Are you hungry? Then you won’t want to miss Budweiser’s Taste of St. Louis returning to the Chesterfield Amphitheatre Sept. 18 -20. This event features the Chef Battle Royale culinary competition and menu selections from the over 35 eateries of Restaurant Row including: Ruth’s Chris, Drunken Fish, Robust, and more. For those interested in the arts, the American Arts Experience is seventeen days and nights of art, theatre, dance, music and literature in various venues and outdoor spaces in St. Louis from Oct 2 -18. And last, but certainly not least, adults and kids get a kick out of Fright Fest at Six Flags. “It’s thrills by day and fright by night,” when Six Flags transforms into a haunted attraction after dark every weekend throughout October.

For more on all of the events, festivals and happenings in St. Louis, please be sure to check out the events calendar.

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