2018 St. Louis Fall Festivals & Events Guide
Along with crisp autumn air and vibrant foliage, dozens of festivals, special events and theatrical entertainment spectaculars blow into St. Louis this Fall during September, October and November. Check out this year’s list of St. Louis Fall Festivals to help plan your next visit.
St. Louis’ Greek Festival | August 31 – September 3
This annual event attracts thousands of visitors who enjoy music, dancing and some of the best Greek food you’ll find anywhere. The event kicks off Friday night and continues through Labor Day.
Fall Art Fair at Queeny Park | August 31 – September 2
The Art Fair at Queeny Park showcases more than 130 artists from 20 states showcasing works in various media including painting, sculpture and jewelry making.
Big Muddy Blues Festival | August 31 – September 2
Held at Laclede’s Landing every Labor Day weekend, this festival attracts performers and blues fans from around the globe. The 23rd Annual Big Muddy Blues Festival brings 3 outdoor stages, 4 indoor stages, 65+ St. Louis musicians, and 19 hours of music throughout the landing. This years festival includes Marquise Knox, Kim Massie, Soulard Blues Band, Big George Brock, Big Mike & The Blu City All Stars and more will all be performing.
Japanese Festival | September 1 – 3
The Missouri Botanical Gardens hosts the 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.
Saint Louis Art Fair | September 7 – 9
If you want to see one of the best art fairs in the country, head to Clayton Business District for the annual St. Louis Art Fair. This three day exhibition of visual and performing arts features the fine art works from 181 nationally recognized artists.
St. Louis Symphony Free Concert in Forest Park | September 12
Pack a picnic, grab a blanket and enjoy 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 to join us for one of St. Louis’ favorite musical events of the year!
Taste of St. Louis | September 14 – 16
The best restaurants in town will be showing off their finest dishes at the Taste of St. Louis. The three day event features food, art, music, cooking demonstrations and more. The Taste of St. Louis will be held at the Chesterfield Amphitheater. Admission is free.
Great Forest Park Balloon Race and Glow | September 14 – 15
Founded in 1973, The Great Forest Park Balloon Race is celebrating its 46th year. Come out and enjoy one of St. Louis’ most popular events. It all begins with the Balloon Glow on Friday night. Then, crowds return to Forest Park the following day for the big race. Along with the balloon races, the event also features pony rides, local musical entertainment and concessions. It’s full of family fun!
HOP in the City Beer Festival | September 15
This is one of Schlafly’s largest festivals and they’re going all out for the 20th HOP in the City Anniversary! Sample over 40 different styles and six specialty tappings 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.
South Grand Fall Fest | September 15
The South Grand Business District will be hosting their fifth annual Fall Festival on September 15. With shopping, live music and family activities, Fall Fest on South Grand Blvd is a can’t-miss event for all ages – and its free.
The Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival | September 15
Non-stop jazz and blues music from two stages showcasing St. Louis’ most talented performers plus food and drink from area restaurants. There will also be street entertainers with face-painting, juggling and balloons.
Q in the Lou | September 21 – 23
Bar-b-que lovers can enjoy all their favorites at Q in the Lou in Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis. The three-day festival features top BBQ chefs from all over the country cooking up their most popular recipes, great live music, and of course, the best barbecue in America.
The Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival | September 21 – 23
The Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival celebrates the food, music and cultures of Latin America. This year, the annual event will be held at Soulard Park just south of downtown St. Louis. The three day festival is truly a feast for the senses. There are Mexican salsa bands, folk dancers and popular Hispanic food.
Augusta’s 13th Annual Harvest Festival | September 21 – 23
The annual Harvest Festival takes place in beautiful Augusta, MO. The festival features a concert & picnic in the vineyard, and A Taste of Historic Augusta.
Six Flags St. Louis Fright Fest presented by SNICKERS | September 28 – October 28
It’s a spooky time of year as zombies and ghouls take over Sixflags. Enjoy thrills and activities for the whole family throughout the day and come back for a truly frightening evening of fun after the sun goes down. Fright Fest offers a wide variety of places to get your scare on including several haunted houses and scare zones located throughout the park. The stuff of nightmares lurk around every corner as the dark of night washes over the park. The ghouls are set free for their daily hunting rituals
The Best of Missouri Market | October 5 – 7
More than 120 food producers and crafters offer baked goods, fresh and dried flowers, herbs, handcrafted items, baskets, wooden toys, custom jewelry and more will be at the Missouri Botanical Garden for their annual Best of the Missouri Market. Enjoy live music and a kids’ corner with crafts and fall activities, too!
Grove Fest | October 6
The fun, independent, wild, eclectic yearly festival in the Grove neighborhood will return for its 12th year. This family friendly event will feature a kids zone, street performers, live music, and amazing food and drinks from local Grove businesses. If you’re in the mood to shop there will be no shortage of crafts, fashion, and art for purchase from local artist and vendors.
Historic Shaw Art Fair | October 6 – 7
Check out art from 135 exhibitors as you stroll along the Historic Shaw district at the Shaw Art Fair October 6th – 7th. Admire the surrounding architecture, walk your dog, enjoy fare from food vendors and bring the kids for fun in the activity tent. Proceeds benefit the Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association.
Hermann Oktoberfest | October 5 – 28
Weekends in October, 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.
The 5th Annual Brew in The Lou | October 13
Brew in the Lou showcases St. Louis’ best beer, wine, spirits, coffee and good eats. Proceeds benefit the Lutheran Elementary School Association’s 35 member schools serving 9,000 students. Festivities include live entertainment, arts and craft vendors, the “People’s Choice” Home Brew, Bratwurst and Chili Contest, and special food exhibits.
St. Louis Brewers Guild Halloween Party | October 28
What better way to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve than a beer festival? The St. Louis Brewers Guild Halloween party features breweries from throughout the St. Louis region pouring samples of what they do best, the International Tap House costume contest, live music, great food, the Saint Louis Hop Shop Haunted Hay red, and more, all in historic Lafayette Park. You can purchase tickets at the St. Louis Brewers Guild’s website.
The Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival | October 27 – 28
The Apple Butter Festival Kimmswick is the largest celebration Kimmswick has annually drawing over 100,000 visitors. Come enjoy the small town ambiance, stroll through their streets lined with 500 – 600 food, drink and craft vendors. Also enjoy lots of live entertainment throughout the town including bluegrass, country rock, and dulcimer music.
St. Louis International Film Festival | November 1 – 11
The 27th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival showcases the very best in cutting-edge features and shorts from around the globe. The majority of the more than 400+ films screened – many of them critically lauded award-winners – will receive their only St. Louis exposure at the festival.
For a full list of what’s happening in and around St. Louis, check out our calendar of events.