Things to Do in St. Louis this Weekend 10/17 – 10/19

Thursday October 16, 2014

Happy Friday!  If you haven’t already, it’s time to make your plans for a fun-filled weekend in St. Louis.  Here’s a few happenings to put on your to do list.

The spooky season is upon us and St. Louis has plenty of Halloween fun for both young and old.  Just a few of the family-friendly events include:

Saint Louis Zoo Boo at the ZooBoo at the Zoo (nightly, Oct. 17-30) – Costumes are welcome as you can explore the Saint Louis Zoo after dark as Boo at the Zoo offers a non-scary, kid-friendly Halloween experience filled with laughs and adventure.

Magic House No So Haunted House (Oct. 17-19; Oct. 24-26) – The Magic House hosts their the Not-So-Haunted House, where everyone can have a ghoulishly good time trick or treating and getting autographs from their favorite storybook characters, including classic stories like the Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter; Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and many more.

Purina Farms Haunted Hayloft (Oct. 17-19; Oct. 24-26) – For some more not-so-scary Halloween fun, Purina Farms welcomes back the annual Haunted Hayloft.  The fun includes pumpkin painting, puppet shows, magic shows, storytelling and of course trick-or-treating in the hayloft of the barn.  Kids ages 12 and under can participate in a costume contest each day.

Grant’s Farm Halloween Party (Oct. 16 – 19; Oct. 23-26; Oct. 30) – The family-friendly fun continues at Grant’s Farm. Celebrate the season with moonlight tram rides through the dark Deer Park, Halloween-themed shows, a DJ spinning spooky hits in the Bauernhof Courtyard and non-scary classic Halloween characters.

If you’re not ready to celebrate Halloween yet, there are plenty of other exciting activities.

Fest-of-Ale at the Missouri Botanical Garden (Oct. 17) – Adult beer-enthusiasts will enjoy the seventh annual Fest-of-Ale at the Missouri Botanical Garden.  Some of the region’s finest local beers will be on display, so don’t miss your chance to sample some of St. Louis’ best brews.

Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus (Oct. 17-19) – The Big Top returns to Scottrade Center with the new Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Ringling Brothers’ LEGENDS.  Experience all the amazing performers from around the globe doing awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and the mysterious: a Unicorn, a Pegasus and a Woolly Mammoth!

Rock ‘n’ Roll St. RunrocknrollLouis Marathon (Oct. 18-19) – The Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis Marathon & ½ Marathon takes to the streets this weekend.  Runners and walker alike will marvel at the soaring arch, savor the delectable cuisine and experience the bustling riverfront while they rock 3.1, 13.1 or 26.2 miles in the Gateway to the West.

Harvest Festival at Laumeier Sculpture Park (Oct. 19) – Laumeier Sculpture Park hosts the 2014 Harvest Festival in partnership with Sauce Magazine.  There will be lots to do and see. Enjoy fall foods from area restaurants, a farmers’ market featuring fresh local produce, arts and craft wares, family activities and live Bluegrass music all set in the beautiful backdrop of the park and its famous outdoor art.

For a full list of what’s happening this weekend, check our calendar of events.  Whatever you do this weekend, I hope you have a great time.

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