2021 St. Louis Fall Festivals & Events Guide
The fun only picks up as summer turns to fall in St. Louis. The city’s calendar stays packed with day and weekend-long events that can be safely enjoyed. This lineup showcases food, music, culture and history, and many are free to attend. Explore some of the highlights and plan a spectacular season 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.
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.
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.
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.
Saint Louis Art Fair | September 10 – 12
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.
Fall Farm Festival | September 11
Enjoy a fun-filled day on the farm at The Magic House’s Fall Farm Festival. During the event, families and kids can meet with local farmers to learn about where their food comes from, sit in a real tractor, participate in a variety of agricultural activities and even check out real farm animals!
Loop in Motion Festival | September 11-12
Delmar Blvd is being transformed for a 2-day outdoor street festival! The street will be closed to allow for pedestrians only. Live Music, Beer Garden, Chalk the Loop, Fashion Show, Sidewalk Sales, Prize Wheel, Street Performers, and more.
Greentree Festival | September 17 – 19
This family-oriented Kirkwood festival includes a parade, food, live music, entertainment and craft vendors.
The Great Forest Park Balloon Glow and Race | September 17 – 18
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.
Boone Heritage Rendezvous | September 17
Celebrate Missouri frontier history with St. Charles County Parks and the Trappers of Starved Rock! Browse through Rendezvous vendors, and enjoy 1800s festivities, including interpretive demonstrations, live black-powder shooting matches and more.
Chuseok Harvest Festival | September 18 – 19
Celebrate Chuseok, a Korean harvest festival, with an afternoon of performance and art making. Learn about Korean culture, enjoy a dance performance and more.
HOP in the City Beer Festival | September 18
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.
SLSO Free Forest Park Concert | September 22
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 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.
Acoustic Music & Craft Fest & Oldsmobile Fun Show | September 26
Visit The National Museum of Transportation for an afternoon of music and classic cars.
Fright Fest Six Flags St. Louis | September 24 – October 31
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.
Scarecrow Festival | October 1 – 31
The city of Eureka welcomes the Fall season with colorful and artistic scarecrows posing regally in front of businesses throughout the month of October. Visitors of all ages will enjoy a fun and festive feast for the eyes as these are not your ordinary scarecrows. Each scarecrow is a work of art constructed of paper mâché, pottery, plastic, metal and recyclable items, with all of them displaying creativity and originality.
Eureka Days | October 1 – 3
Visit the city of Eureka for carnival rides, bar & beer garden, parade, kid’s korner, food & beverage vendors, artisan fair, car show and much more! Sunday will feature $1.00 carnival rides.
Best of Missouri Market | October 1 – 3
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!
Q in the Lou | October 1 – 3
Bar-b-que lovers can enjoy all their favorites at Q in the Lou in Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis. The free 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.
Historic Shaw Art Fair – October 2 – 3
Check out art from 135 exhibitors as you stroll along the Historic Shaw district at the Shaw Art. 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.
Brew in the Lou | October 9
LESA’s 9th Annual Brew in the Lou is a one-stop tasting of St. Louis’ best beer, wine spirits and food favorites in Francis Park. More than 100 tasting stations will line the banks of The Lily Pond, featuring 45 local, regional and national craft breweries, distilleries and wineries. Proceeds benefit the Lutheran Elementary School Association’s 35 member schools serving 9,000 students.
St. Louis Beer Fest | October 16
The inaugural St. Louis Beer Fest will take over the St. Louis Science Center on October 16th from 7pm – 11pm featuring over 40 breweries, 100 beers, and access throughout the museum. Admission will include unlimited samplings, plus some unique surprises in addition to access to the museum’s exhibits.
Apple Butter Festival | October 30 – 31
The Apple Butter Festival is Kimmswick, Missouri’s largest celebration of the year. More than 100,000 visitors fill Market Street and the city park to sample apple butter and dozens of other foods. Hundreds of craft vendors sell their goods at booths around town.
St. Louis International Film Festival | November 4 – 14
The 30th 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.