15 Things to Do This September in St. Louis

Tuesday August 31, 2021

St. Louis offers a robust list of must-dos as summer turns to autumn, including air shows, concerts, food festivals, Labor Day weekend festivities and so much more. Check out our list of events happening this September in St. Louis:

AppleFest at Eckerts | Sat. and Sun. throughout September

Wagon rides, live entertainment, great festival foods, children’s activities and much more make this an apple pickin’ good time for everyone! Whether riding a pony or feeding a goat, your entire family will enjoy getting acquainted with common farm animals.

Gateway Arch Riverboat Cruises | Throughout September

Throughout the month of September enjoy some of the best views of the Gateway Arch and St. Louis’ working riverfront on a riverboat cruise.  Whether you’re in the mood for a romantic dinner, a relaxing tour, or a floating party with live music and dancing, there is a cruise to suit your interest. Riverboat cruises throughout the month of September include a Riverfront Cruise, Skyline Dinner CruiseBlues CruiseTheatrical Cruise and more.

Take a stroll through a St. Louis park | Year Round

St. Louis has a variety of options to create your next great outdoor adventure. With hundreds of parks, miles and miles of trails and even a few downhill slopes, St. Louis is paradise for outdoor enthusiasts or those just looking to kick-back and relax.

St. Louis Sound Exhibit | Through January 2023

St. Louis has always been known for its eclectic music scene.  Learn more about the great music that has come from our region at “St. Louis Sound,” a fascinating new exhibit at the Missouri History Museum which opens this Saturday.

St. Louis Gateway Balloon Festival | September 3 – 6

The St. Louis Gateway Balloon Festival at Worldwide Technology Raceway is part of the Balloon Glow Tour, a national circuit of hot air balloon events. The event features a display of static hot air balloons glowing in the dark, tethered rides in the hot air balloons, food vendors, retail vendors and activities for the family.

The Gateway Cup | September 3 – 6

Take in four days of bicycle racing in four of the city’s amazing urban neighborhoods. The 35th edition of the Gateway Cup includes the Tour de Lafayette, the Tour de Francis Park, the Giro della Montagna and the Benton Park Classic.

St. Nicholas Greek Festival | September 3 – 6

Gyros, moussaka, spanakopita, baklava. . . there’s no better way to spend Labor Day weekend than taking a trip to the St. Louis Greek Festival at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in the Central West End neighborhood. This year, the annual festival is only accepting Curbside Orders.

Japanese Festival | September 4 – 6

Celebrating the history, culture, and people of Japan, the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the largest and oldest festivals of its kind in the United States. The festival provides authentic Japanese music, art, dance, food, and entertainment for thousands of visitors each year.

Ascension Charity Classic | September 6 – 12

This 54-hole, Ascension Charity Classic features 78 PGA TOUR Champions professionals competing for a $2 million purse at the renowned Norwood Hills Country Club. The event is designed to showcase the best golf on PGA TOUR Champions for the enjoyment of spectators and to benefit local charities in the greater St. Louis area.

Sweat | September 8 – 26

Written by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, The Black Rep’s production of Sweat explores the intersection of economics, race and cultural identity through a meeting of friends in a fictional bar in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Shakespeare in the Streets: The Ville | September 9 – 11

Shakespeare Festival is once again venturing beyond its summer home in Forest Park to prove it with Shakespeare in the Streets. Enjoy a world premiere play inspired and created by residents of the historic neighborhood. Attend a performance of “The Ville: Avengeance!” nightly on the steps of Annie Malone Children’s Home.

Music at the Intersection | September 10 – 12

The inaugural Music at the Intersection will bring the music festival scene back to St. Louis. Over three days, the festival will feature more than 60 national, regional and local bands of all genres on six stages throughout the Grand Center Arts District. Headliners include Roy Ayers, Gregory Porter, and Lalah Hathaway. Weekend passes are on sale now.

311 – Live From The Ride Tour | September 15

311 is bringing their LIVE FROM THE RIDE TOUR with special guests Iration & Iya Terra to the Saint Louis Music Park. The 2021 Tour marks the return of one of rock’s most entertaining and dynamic live bands, mixing rock, rap, reggae, and funk into their own unique, hybrid sound.

HOP in the City Beer Festival | September 18

Sample over 40 different styles and six specialty tapings that you may not find anywhere else, ever. It’s a day of live, local music, festival fare and brewers getting a chance to show off what they love to do most, create beer. Tickets are on sale on Schlafly’s website.

SLSO Free Forest Park Concert | September 22

Pack a picnic, grab a blanket and enjoy the St. Louis Symphony’s FREE concert in Forest Park at 7pm. The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs classical favorites at the base of Art Hill, closing with an impressive firework display. Invite your family and friends for one of St. Louis’ favorite musical events of the year!

Taste of St. Louis | September 24 – 26

The Taste of St. Louis is back! The free event will feature 25 of St. Louis’ most diverse brick-and-mortar restaurants, live music & more at Ballpark Village.

The Rolling Stones | September 26

The greatest living rock band in the world comes to the The Dome at America’s Center on September 26 for their 2021 No Filter Tour. There are plenty of tickets available for you to scoop up, including some spots in the pit.

For a full list of events happening this September in St. Louis, check out our calendar of events. Also, be sure to share your photos of your St. Louis adventure using the hashtag #ExploreStLouis.

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