2019 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 30 – September 2
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 30 – September 1
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
If the blues are your fave, join us for the 24th Annual Big Muddy Blues Festival. The festival takes over Laclede’s Landing with the back drop of the Mississippi River and the Gateway Arch attracting visitors from around the country. Big Muddy is one of is the region’s largest blues music events featuring a local line up of seven bands including, Delta, Country, R & B, Soul, Rock and more.
Clayton’s Brews, Blues + BBQ Festival | August 31
Sip delicious samples from some of the region’s NEWEST craft brewers in Downtown Clayton. This event will feature the area’s youngest breweries and their delicious craft beer along with rocking blues music and new this year, a mouth watering array of barbecue from the area’s most popular BBQ joints!
Japanese Festival | August 31 – September 2
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 6 – 8
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 13 – 15
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 returns to downtown St. Louis at Soldier’s Memorial Park.
Kirkwood Greentree Festival | September 13 – 15
This family-oriented Kirkwood festival includes live music, a wine garden, a dog show, food, a car show, arts and craft booths, and re-enactors.
Great Forest Park Balloon Race and Glow | September 20 – 21
The Great Forest Park Balloon Race has been held for over 50 years—in fact, the organizers say, it’s the oldest, best-attended hot air balloon race in the world. Despite that international title, it’s one of our St. Louis–iest fall traditions.
HOP in the City Beer Festival | September 14
Every year, Schlafly Beer brews a ton of different beer styles. At HOP in the City you can try over 40 of them. Purchase a tasting ticket to enjoy unlimited beer samples at the biggest Schlafly party of the year.
Augusta’s 13th Annual Harvest Festival | September 20 – 21
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.
South Grand Fall Fest | September 21
The South Grand Business District will be hosting their sixth annual Fall Festival on September 21. 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 21
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 27 – 29
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.
Strange Folk Festival | September 27 – 29
The offbeat Strange Folk Festival brings indie crafters together for its 13th year. In addition to more than 100 arts-and-crafts vendors, visitors can take part in DIY activities and demonstrations and enjoy live music and local food.
Life Outside Festival | September 21
The Life Outside festival brings together area businesses, nonprofits and clubs to offer activities for people of all ages. Attendees can see, try and learn ways to spend more of their lives outside. Activities include tree climbing, kayaking lessons, birdwatching, rock climbing, nature crafts and activities for kids, walks and bike rides throughout the day and more.
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.
Oktoberfest 2019 | September 27 – 29
Urban Chestnut and other local breweries team up for a Munich-style event featuring live music, German food, authentic bier, and tons of games and activities. Urban Chestnut’s annual St. Louis Oktoberfest is held at their Midtown Brewery & Biergarten.
St. Louis Hills Art in the Park | September 29
Fourteen years and going strong! Art in the Park returns to Francis Park in St. Louis Hills on Sunday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., when artists fill the space on both sides of the lily pond to showcase their creative wares amid live music, delicious food and children’s activities.
Six Flags St. Louis Fright Fest | September 27 – November 3
It’s a spooky time of year as zombies and ghouls take over Six Flags. 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 4 – 6
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 5
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 5 – 6
Check out art from 135 exhibitors as you stroll along the Historic Shaw district at the Shaw Art Fair. 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 12
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.
Prost! | October 12
Prost! is Maplewood’s to local beer and fare. On October 12, guests are able to enjoy a self-guided tour of St. Louis’ regionally produced beers through the streets of Historic Downtown Maplewood featuring tastings, food pairings, and chats with local brewers.
St. Louis Brewers Guild Halloween Party | October 26
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 26 – 27
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 7 – 17
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.