15 Things to Do This September in St. Louis

Sunday July 31, 2022

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:

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 daily hour-long riverfront cruises, two-hour dinner cruises on select Friday and Saturday evenings, plus specialty cruises that feature live blues music, R&B and even drag shows!

St. Louis Sound Exhibit | Through January, 2023

St. Louis is famous for its eclectic music scene. Learn more about the incredible music that has come from our region at St. Louis Sound, on view at the Missouri History Museum through January. This immersive exhibit takes visitors through the history of music in the St. Louis region, beginning with earliest known musical recording, and tracing the St. Louisans who have impacted music history, including Josephine Baker, Tina Turner, Jeff Tweedy and Nelly.

Hockey: Faster Than Ever | Through September 4

Interested in the science behind ice hockey? If so, then the special exhibition Hockey: Faster Than Ever at the Saint Louis Science Center is a must-see. Visitors get to learn about the technology and physics behind hockey, “the fastest game on Earth,” plus all of the science-based advances the popular sport has seen over time.

St. Louis World’s Fare Heritage Festival & Games | September 2 to 4

The St. Louis World’s Fare Heritage Festival was created to help keep alive the legacy of the 1904 World’s Fair, which was famously held in Forest Park. This Labor Day weekend, visitors will enjoy live music, lots of local food trucks, an artists’ village, business expo, backyard-style games and a historic experience that honors the impact the 1904 World’s Fair had on the St. Louis region.

The Gateway Cup | September 2 to 5

Take in four days of bicycle racing in four of the city’s amazing urban neighborhoods. The annual Gateway Cup includes the Tour de Lafayette, the Tour de Francis Park, the Giro Della Montagna and the Benton Park Classic. Beyond the featured races, The Gateway Cup offers recreational rides, runs and events for people of all ages and athletic abilities.

St. Nicholas Greek Festival | September 2 to 5

Gyros, moussaka, spanakopita, baklava … there’s no tastier way to spend part of your Labor Day weekend than stopping by the St. Louis Greek Festival at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in the Central West End neighborhood.

Japanese Festival | September 3 to 5

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 offers visitors a taste of Japanese culture in one of the largest Japanese gardens in North America, with music, art, dance, food and entertainment, including martial arts demonstrations, origami displays, sumo wrestling and a taiko drum performance during the opening ceremony.

Saint Louis Art Fair | September 9 to 11

Consistently ranked as one of the top art fairs in the nation, the Saint Louis Art Fair takes over downtown Clayton for an artful weekend with hundreds of booths featuring paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, metalwork, woodwork, photography. Outstanding artists are featured at this fair, along with live music and local food vendors.

Ascension Charity Classic | September 6 to 11

The Ascension Charity Classic features 81 PGA TOUR Champions professionals competing for a $2 million purse at the renowned Norwood Hills Country Club. The 54-hole stroke play golf tournament is designed to showcase the best in golf for the enjoyment of spectators and to benefit local charities in the greater St. Louis area.

Music at the Intersection | September 10 and 11

The second annual Music at the Intersection will bring spotlight musicians across genres, including blues, jazz, soul, R&B, hip-hop and rock and roll. Over three days, the festival will feature more than 60 national, regional, and local bands on six stages throughout the Grand Center Arts District. Headliners include Erykah Badu, Kamasi Washington, Gary Clark Jr., The Urge and more.

SLSO Free Forest Park Concert | September 14

Pack a picnic, grab a blanket and enjoy a free St. Louis Symphony’s concert in Forest Park. The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra will perform classical favorites at the base of Art Hill, closing with fireworks over the Grand Basin. Invite your family and friends to one of St. Louis’ favorite musical events of the year!

Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival | September 23 to 25

With a mission to increase regional awareness of the spectrum of cultural contributions made by Hispanic musicians, dancers, artisans, and chefs, this vibrant Hispanic celebration features live music, folk dancers, a wide variety of food, folk arts and crafts and more.

Taste of St. Louis | September 23 to 25

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

Art in the Park St. Louis Hills | September 25

After a two-year hiatus, Art in the Park is back! The free, family-friendly event takes place at Francis Park in St. Louis Hills. Browse works of art on both sides of the lily pond as national artists showcase their work. The event also features live music, food, a car show 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 of trails and even a few downhill slopes, St. Louis is paradise for outdoor enthusiasts or those just looking to kick-back and relax.

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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