Fall 2015 Festivals & Events in St. Louis

Thursday August 20, 2015


Fall is a magical time in St. Louis. The air is crisp, the leaves are beautiful, and there are tons of great things to see and do, every weekend. Here dozens of St. Louis events and festivals you have to check out this fall!

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3rd Annual Sinquefield Cup  Three World Champion Chess players will visit St. Louis on Aug. 22- Sept. 3 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis for the Sinquefield Cup. The event is part of an international circuit of competitions featuring some of the world’s best players, including Magnus Carlsen, Veselin Toplaov and, Viswanathan Anand

52nd Annual Moonlight Ramble has been a great source of pride in St. Louis since the 1970s and will take place in downtown St. Louis on Aug. 29. It is the longest-running nighttime bike ride in the U.S. and a tradition for thousands of riders to enjoy the streets of St. Louis under the stars at midnight.

Brew Fest by Budweiser celebrates our hometown brewery Anheuser-Busch with samples, live music, beer competition, Clydesdale photo op and more on Aug. 29 at Ballpark Village.

Festival of Nations will take place in Tower Grove Park on Aug. 29 & 30 celebrating many diverse cultures with over 40 ethnic food booths, dancing, music, arts and gifts from around the world.

Missouri History Museum Twilight Tuesday Concert Series Every Tuesday from Aug. 25- Sept. 29, the Missouri History Museum presents free outdoor concerts in Forest Park along with family activities prior to each concert. Concert goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. Food & drinks are available for purchase.

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Missouri History Museum Twilight Tuesday Concert Series Every Tuesday from Aug. 25- Sept. 29, the Missouri History Museum presents free outdoor concerts in Forest Park along with family activities prior to each concert. Concert goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. Food & drinks are available for purchase.

23rd Annual Staenberg Group Gateway Cup is four days of bicycle racing in the heart of four unique St. Louis neighborhoods on Sept. 4-7.

The St. Nicholas Greek Festival features authentic Greek food, dancing, live music and more on Sept. 4-7 at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

Fall Art Fair at Queeny Park On Labor Day weekend (Sept. 4-6), the reputable Art Fair at Queeny Park will showcase up to 140 juried artists from across the country. 

Big Muddy Blues Festival  Also on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5 & 6, one of the biggest blues festivals in North America will rock Laclede’s Landing.

38th Annual Japanese Festival On Sept. 5- 7, the Missouri Botanical Gardens hosts the 38th 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.

12th Annual Art Outside Art Fair On Sept. 11-13, art, performance art and musical acts will showcased at Schlafly Bottleworks.

22nd Annual Saint Louis Art Fair is a three day exhibition of visual and performing arts in Clayton’s Central Business District on Sept 11-13. Featuring the fine art works from 181 nationally recognized artists.

LouFest descends upon Forest Park on Sept. 12 & 13 for twos day of National, regional and local artists such as Hozier, Ludacris, Billy Idol, and more.

St. Louis Symphony Opening Weekend The St. Louis Symphony will have a Free Concert in Forest Park on Sept. 15 prior to their opening weekend Sept. 18- 20.

The 17th Annual HOP in the City Beer Festival On Sept. 19, enjoy food, live music and unlimited beer samples as Schlafly Beer brews over 50 beer selections.

The South Grand Fall Fest will happen on Sept. 19, featuring handmade vintage and music from Arsenal to Humphrey on Grand Entertainment in Ritz Park.

The 55th Annual Kirkwood Greentree Festival On Sept. 18-20, in Kirkwood Park (at the corner of Geyer Road and Adams Ave.) this festival promotes community spirit in the Kirkwood area and offers activities for kids. This year’s theme is the Greentree Circus Parade.

Budweiser’s Taste of St. Louis will take place September 18-20 at the Chesterfield Amphitheater. Restaurant row includes: Ruth’s Chris, Drunken Fish, Robust, and the Stella Artois Culinary Stage and Battle Royale.

The Great Forest Park Balloon Glow and Balloon Race This well-attended Hot-Air Balloon event is a St. Louis treasure and sure to be family fun on Sept. 18- 20.

Augusta’s 12th Annual Harvest Festival takes place Sept. 18 & 19 in Augusta, MO. The festival features a concert & picnic in the vineyard, and A Taste of Historic Augusta.

The Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival Webster Groves Historic District will be swinging as the Old Webster Jazz and Blues Festival returns on Sept. 19.

The Faust Heritage Festival will take place Sept. 19-20, in Faust Park, with arts and crafts, demonstrations, vendors and activities for children.

Q in the Lou For the first time, Q in the Lou (barbecue festival) will take place at Soldiers Memorial on Sept. 25-27 featuring national & local pit masters such as Pappy’s Smoke House, Sugarfire Smoke House, and more.

The Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival will take place Sept. 25-27 in Soulard Park at 7th & Lafayette Ave. This festival includes live Latino music, authentic foods, Hispanic crafts, information booths, a children’s pavilion and more.

The St. Louis Folk and Roots Festival will happen on Sept. 24-27 featuring Sam Bush Bans, Finnders & Youngberg, The Tillers, Blind Boy Paxton and more at The Sheldon Concert Hall.

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Six Flags St. Louis Fright Fest Every weekend in October (Fridays & Saturdays Oct.1-Nov.1), “it’s thrills by day & fright by night” as Six Flags becomes a haunted attraction after dark.

American Arts Experience is 17 days and nights (Oct. 2-18) of theatre, dance, music, art, literature in various St. Louis venues & outdoor spaces.

The Best of Missouri Market returns to the Missouri Botanical Garden Oct. 2-4, offering three days of baked goods, handcrafted items, custom jewelry and more from over 120 food producers and crafters.

Grove Fest is a vibrant street festival in the Grove neighborhood located on Manchester between Kingshighway and Vandeventer. Last year, the festival had 12,000 attendees. This year the 10th annual Grove Fest will take place on Oct. 3.

Historic Shaw Art Fair On Oct. 3 & 4, visitors to the art fair will enjoy many different art mediums such as clay, fiber art, glass jewelry, photography, painting, sculpture, live music, food from local restaurants and more on 4100 & 4200 blocks of Flora Place.

Hermann Oktoberfest Weekends in October (Oct. 3-25), Hermann Oktoberfest will include German food, live music, winery tours, beer and more at the Stone Hill Winery in Hermann, MO.

Soulard Oktoberfest On Oct. 9-11 in the Historic Soulard neighborhood, this three day festival allows you to enjoy beer and bratwurst just like you’re in Bavaria.

The 3rd Annual Brew in The Lou will showcase St. Louis’ beer, wine, spirits, coffee and food on Oct. 17  at Concordia Seminary.

Gateway Arch 50th Anniversary: Arch 50 Fest On Oct. 24, we’ll celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Gateway Arch in Kiener Plaza with food, drink, live music, activities for children and fireworks. Entry to the event is free.

The Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival will feature crafts, food and live entertainment on Oct. 24 & 25 in Kimmswick, MO.

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The Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival will offer screenings of features and shorts representing many different countries on Nov. 5-15 in various St. Louis venues. A schedule of films, guests and events will be announced on Oct. 1.

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