Ulysses S. Grant lived at White Haven in St. Louis before the Civil War.

5 Things to Do in St. Louis This Weekend | September 28 to October 1

Thursday September 28, 2023

By Rachel Huffman

Our list of 5 things to do in St. Louis this weekend has an event for everyone, from beer-lovers to theatergoers and rambunctious children to health-conscious adults.

Among Oktoberfest celebrations, you, your family and your friends can bop to a zippy musical, take a walk through history and feast on plant-based fare while learning about the thriving vegan community in the region.

If you’re looking for other activities to keep you busy, check our events calendar.

Until October 8

The music industry stars aligned by pure happenstance when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins came together for an impromptu recording session at Sun Records in Memphis in 1956. The legendary session, known as the Million Dollar Quartet, is the setting for this wildly entertaining jukebox musical. Filled with classic tunes such as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “I Walk the Line,” “Hound Dog” and “Great Balls of Fire,” Million Dollar Quartet is sure to have you dancing in the aisles! STAGES St. Louis will perform the Broadway show at the Kirkwood Performing Arts Center until Oct. 8.

September 29 and 30

At Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery and Bierhall, revelers can enjoy two full days of live music, German fare and, most importantly, delicious beer. The family-friendly event also boasts axe throwing, Bavarian dancers and a stein-holding competition. Prost!

September 30

Known as the victorious Civil War general who saved the Union and the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant married Julia Dent in 1848 and lived at her family home, White Haven, from 1854 to 1859. During this outdoor living history event, you’ll walk through the grounds of White Haven, which was run by an enslaved African American workforce before the Civil War. Along the way, stop to listen to stories of the people who lived and worked here in the 1850s. The event is free, but reservations are required.

September 30 to Oct. 1 and Oct. 7 to 8

Lions and tigers and beers, oh my! Bring the whole family to the Saint Louis Zoo for the wildest Oktoberfest in town. Enjoy family-friendly activities, including an obstacle course and arts and crafts, and then dig into German-inspired food such as bratwursts, Bavarian pretzels and turkey legs. Of course, there will be plenty of beer, apple cider and soft drinks to wash it all down. You can also hear live music from 12 to 3 p.m. every day of the event: Big Joe and the Bavarians on Sept. 30, Almost Famous on Oct. 1, Retro Boogie on Oct. 7 and So Grand Polka Band on Oct. 8.

October 1

Since the first VegFest in 2018, the St. Louis event has grown to include approximately 70 vendors, expert speakers, entertainment, yoga and kid-friendly activities. This year, St. Louis VegFest will be held at the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park, where you can learn more about the thriving vegan community in the region. St. Louis VegFest 2023 will happen rain or shine, so dress accordingly.

While you’re out and about in the area, make sure to share your photos with us using #ExploreStLouis, and you could be featured on our social pages.