15 Things to Do in St. Louis This October
By Rachel Huffman
Who doesn’t love fall? The season is especially enjoyable in St. Louis, and this October, the events calendar is bursting with activities to keep the good times rolling.
October 6 to 22
St. Louis Woman is an exhilarating, inspiring musical tribute to the phenomenal women who created music and art that brought the world to St. Louis. Josephine Baker, Tina Turner, Willie Mae Ford Smith, Katherine Dunham, Fontella Bass, Ann Peebles and Maya Angelou are all spotlighted in the show at .ZACK, and their tunes, their moves and their poetry will be performed by LAKA, revealing their remarkable lives. St. Louis Woman is written and directed by The Midnight Company’s artistic director Joe Hanrahan.
October 7 to 9
This fall, the Best of Missouri Market returns to the Missouri Botanical Garden with almost 100 vendors, offering unique handicrafts, locally produced foodstuffs, bespoke jewelry, native plants and more. A stone’s throw from the Garden, the Historic Shaw Art Fair will take place on Oct. 8 and 9 at the intersection of Flora Place and Tower Grove Avenue. The fine art fair features 130 artists showcasing their ceramics, paintings, pastels, photography, sculptures, woodwork and more. Food and music will supplement the art.
October 7 to April 9
Celebrate the life and work of Dr. Jane Goodall, who braved the unknown to provide a remarkable window into humankind’s closest living relatives – chimpanzees. On Oct. 7, the Saint Louis Science Center will open Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Jane Goodall, a highly engaging exhibition that allows guests to experience the sensational story of a pioneer in STEAM. Embark on a journey to the forests of Tanzania, like 26-year-old Jane did, via a multiscreen experience that introduces Dr. Goodall’s extraordinary work, alongside surprising encounters with virtually rendered chimpanzees. Enter a life-size replica of Dr. Goodall’s research tent, test your skills at matching the “chimp chat” of a chimpanzee, and gather around a makeshift campsite to listen to a hologram-like projection of Dr. Goodall as she shares her memories of Gombe Stream National Park and recalls her thoughts, feelings, impressions and lessons learned while living among chimpanzees.
Local, regional and national craft breweries, distilleries and wineries will come together for the 10th annual Brew in the Lou. Hosted by Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA), the festival in Francis Park also boasts food tastings, live music and local vendors. Admission includes unlimited beer, wine, spirits and food (while supplies last), along with a commemorative tasting glass, and proceeds benefit LESA’s 35 member schools, which serve approximately 9,000 students.
We have high hopes for Panic! at the Disco’s Viva Las Vengeance tour, coming to Enterprise Center. Melding crowd interaction with a stadium-rocking set list and theatrics with sentiment, the band never disappoints. Arrive early for special guests MARINA and Little Images. In October, Mary J. Blige, The Who, Reba and WWE Friday Night SmackDown are also coming to Enterprise Center.
October 10 to 16
St. Louis is a culinary hot spot, and we know how to get creative with our tacos. During St. Louis Taco Week, participating chefs and restaurateurs, including Beast Butcher & Block, The Blue Duck, Diego’s Cantina, Hi-Pointe Drive-In, Mission Taco Joint and Terror Tacos, will prepare their own unique takes on the taco. You can enjoy everything from soft tacos to hard tacos and vegan tacos to dessert tacos; plus, everyone gets $5 taco specials. Download the official app to navigate all the specials around town.
Live at The Factory, Paramore is bound to induce headbanging, dancing and screaming with their endless energy and powerful vocals. Every minute that lead singer Hayley Williams and the rock group are on stage is dripping with excitement. A tribute to Queen, Death Cab for Cutie, Ryan Adams and a tribute to Billy Joel are also coming to The Factory this month.
October 11 to 23
In Hadestown, a song can change your fate. Journey to the underworld and back with the eight-time Tony Award winner created by singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin.
At Washington University in St. Louis, legendary fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg will speak to the St. Louis community about her illustrious career, life lessons, today’s fashion industry, its challenges and her philanthropy to empower women. On Oct. 11 and 12, in conjunction with the talk with Diane von Furstenberg, there will be a trunk show at the Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis. Both events are free and open to the public.
In partnership with Explore St. Louis, Riverboats at the Gateway Arch will host River Reels, a watch party and happy hour on the Mighty Mississippi, on Oct. 12. The special event centers on an exclusive screening of the 30-minute “Facing Waves” episode that featured host Ken Whiting paddling down the Mississippi River with Big Muddy Adventures, as well as iconic St. Louis spots, including the Gateway Arch and Union Station. Roo Yawitz, owner of Big Muddy Adventures and advocate for local outdoor adventure, will offer remarks before the screening. As the episode plays, the Becky Thatcher riverboat will push off from the docks, taking guests on an hour-long sunset cruise on the Mississippi River. Tickets are $35 each and include a welcome cocktail as well as an appetizer bar, with a cash bar available for additional refreshments during the event.
Are you ready for some football? The St. Louis River City HBCU Football Classic is coming to The Dome at America’s Center on Oct. 16. A special occasion for family, friends and community members to enjoy together, the one-day event features a game between the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Alabama A&M University. Following the game, the two school’s marching bands – Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South from Arkansas and Marching Maroon and White “Show Band of the South” from Alabama – will perform in a Battle of the Bands. Adding more sparkle to the show, the two school’s dance teams will also perform at the Battle of the Bands.
More than 40 local and national breweries will come together for the St. Louis Beer Fest. There will be 120 beers available, and admission includes unlimited samplings as well as access to all the exhibits at the Saint Louis Science Center.
Grab your garters – The Rocky Horror Picture Show is coming to City Museum. The evening screening of the longest-running midnight movie will take place on the rooftop under the dome. Doors open at 7 p.m., but the movie doesn’t start until 9 p.m., so you will have time to enjoy City Museum staples such as Big Eli the Ferris Wheel and the School Bus. Drinks and food will be available for purchase, and the event is open to those ages 18 and older.
TEDxStLouis, a nonprofit community of learners and change-agents in St. Louis, will host its “Beyond Words” innovation event on Oct. 22. The event will spotlight St. Louis’ greatest thinkers, entrepreneurs and doctors as they focus on how the last three years have impacted both their worlds and ours. Comedy entertainer Josh Routh will also present a display of expert mentalism, body language reading and sword swallowing, and throughout his performance, he will share the secrets of rapport and empathy that lie behind the audience-performer connection.
Until February 12
Part of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis’ fall/winter exhibition, “Great Rivers Biennial” is a biannual collaborative initiative between the museum and the Gateway Foundation designed to foster artistic talent in the greater St. Louis metro area. More than 105 applicants vied for a spot in this year’s “Great Rivers Biennial,” and the three winners – Yowshien Kuo, Yvonne Osei and Jon Young – each received $20,000 in unrestricted prize money and a place in the main gallery. Although “Great Rivers Biennial 2022” didn’t have a theme, all three of the artists gravitated toward questions of national and personal identity. Stop by the free exhibition to see the artists’ multi-component sculptures, large-scale paintings and immersive photo-video installations that dissect the development of language and signage of the American West, explore topics of beauty, racism and colorism and encourage contemplation and self-reflection.
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