Fall Festivals in St. Louis

Tuesday August 5, 2014

Fall Festivals

Along with crisp autumn air, dozens of festivals, special events and theatrical entertainment spectaculars blow into St. Louis during September, October and November. You’re sure to “fall” in love with STL during an autumn getaway.

Here’s a look at the festivals you’ll find in St. Louis from September through mid-November:

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9/5-711th Annual Art Outside Alternative Art Fair: A three-day alternative art fair featuring art from over 50 artists based in the St. Louis area, exciting performance art and musical acts, plus great food and drink.

9/5-721st Annual Saint Louis Art Fair: Visual artists from across the nation exhibit an unprecedented selection of the highest quality, original works of art along with three stages of entertainment, educational hands-on activities for children, culinary treats from St. Louis’ finest restaurants and much more

9/6-7LouFest: A sustainable music festival for all-ages featuring national and local bands on four stages, food and retail and for the youngest fans there is Area K, a special area filled with music, magic, kid-friendly food and more.  This years headliners include OutKast and Arctic Monkeys.

9/9St. Louis Symphony Free Concert in Forest Park: Join David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony for a free concert at Forest Park celebrating the orchestra’s 135th anniversary season. The evening performance features classical favorites and highlights from the 2014-15 season capped off with a fireworks spectacular at the base of Art Hill.

9/12-13St. Louis Symphony Opening Weekend:

9/12-15St. Louis World’s Fare Heritage Festival and Games: Experience this unique celebration of St. Louis history, present, and future as the magical energy of the 1904 World’s Fair is rekindled. This all “Green” free event will take you on a journey from 1904 historic exhibits, educational displays and reenactments, to live musical performances of current national and local recording artists, to a look into future technologies and innovations of regional national businesses.

9/13The 16th Annual HOP in the City Beer Festival: Schlafly Beer brews over 50 different beer styles and at HOP in the City you get to try most of them. Enjoy great food, live music, and unlimited beer samples.

9/19-21Budweiser Taste of St. Louis: The Budweiser Taste of St. Louis is an award-winning celebration of the best food, art, music and culture our great city has to offer. A Grand Tasting Event, 30+ Restaurants, Culinary Competitions, an Art & Wine Walk, the Chef Battle Royale, Amphitheatre Shows (ticketed attraction), Kid City and so much more.

9/19-20The Great Forest Park Balloon Glow and Balloon Race: Festivities begin with a balloon glow on September 19 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. followed by fireworks. Race day activities include a children’s entertainment area, skydivers, and a photo contest prior to the launch of the hare and hound balloons at 4:30-4:45 p.m. on September 2

9/20Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival: 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.

9/20-21Faust Heritage Festival: Faust Historic Village goes back to its roots for an old fashioned Folk Festival held exclusively in the Historic Village. The 19th century homes will be abuzz with period dressed staff and traditional arts and crafts such as blacksmithing, rope making, pottery firing, and other historical arts and crafts demonstrated and available for purchase. There will also be food vendors and hands on activities for children, including rope making, historic games and butter churning. Hay wagons carry visitors around the parking lots from the main entrance.

9/26-28Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival: This event features Hispanic Folkloric dancers; Hispanic arts and crafts; live Latino music; authentic foods, exotic petting zoo, children’s pavilion and more.

9/26-28St. Louis Folk and Roots Festival: This St. Louis premier folk festival weekend features national and regional artist for a blend of old-time, bluegrass, country and folk music. For a list of performances during the festival click here.

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10/3-19American Arts Experience: For 17 days and nights, beginning October 3, 2014, the American Arts Experience – St. Louis will fill venues across the city with productions of American theatre, dance, music, art and- new for this year- literature. The American Arts Experience brings you a calendar of daily arts events which capture the work and inspiration of American artists.

10/3-5Best of Missouri Market: Over 120 Missouri food producers and craftsmen offer fresh produce, baked goods, fresh and dried flowers, herbs, handcrafted items, baskets, wooden toys, custom jewelry and more. Live music and a Kids Corner with cow milking, pumpkin decorating and barnyard animals. Held rain or shine under tents.

10/412th Annual Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing Celebration: The Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing Celebration commemorates the 159th anniversary of the attempted escape by a small group of freedom seekers, including Mary Meachum, to cross the Mississippi River at St. Louis, to reach safety in Illinois. The Meachum site is the first nationally recognized Underground Railroad site in the state of Missouri. The program includes a fully costumed re-enactment of the original freedom crossing with the Mississippi River as the natural backdrop.

10/4Grove Fest: Dance, eat and party on the streets of the Grove at the Annual Grove Fest. An eclectic (and free!) street festival praised for diversity. You won’t want to miss the diverse set of live music, live and interactive art, fashion shows, street performers, and of course, local food, drinks and wares of the Grove’s and St. Louis’ finest establishments.

10/4-5Historic Shaw Art Fair: Check out art from 135 exhibitors as you stroll along the Historic Shaw district at the Shaw Art Fair Oct. 4 and 5. 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.

10/10-12Soulard Oktoberfest: Be German for the weekend and head to historic Soulard neighborhood to take part in the annual Oktoberfest festivities. The three-day authentic German festival features German Folk Dancers, German foods and German beers along with a selection of popular local and domestic beers.

10/18Rocktoberfest: A Bavarian rock-themed day of performances and activities featuring Odds Lane, a Rootsy Alternative Pop/Rock band; the twangy Midwestern blues rock stylings of Blackwater 64; classic alternative rock from Bullet the Blue; pop/punk/rock sounds from The Glass Cavalry and DNA; and Hazard To Ya Booty.

10/19 Harvest Festival: Enjoy fall foods from St. Louis area’s top restaurants, a farmer’s market featuring fresh local produce, locally made arts and crafts, family games, live music and more.

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11/13-23Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival: This 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.

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