Alton Food Truck Festival - Alton, IL - Aug 28 to Aug 28, 2021
Live musical entertainment accompanies food trucks from around the region with global street food options. Free with optional VIP ticket for closer parking and complimentary drink tickets
Japanese Festival - St Louis, MO - Sep 4 to Sep 6, 2021
One of the oldest and largest festivals of its kind in America. Celebrates the culture, history and people of Japan with art, food, dance, and entertainment. Produced by the Missouri Botanical Garden and local Japanese-American organizations, since 1977.
Saint Louis Art Fair - Clayton, MO - Sep 10 to Sep 12, 2021
Created in 1994, the art fair aims to showcase high-end visual art and stimulating live performances, and has since been ranked as on of the top art fairs and festivals to visit by Art Fair Sourcebook. Enjoy this free festival!
Great Forest Park Balloon Race - St Louis, MO - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2021
The oldest and most well-attended FREE Hot-Air Balloon Event in the World. Since 1973.
Greentree Festival - Kirkwood, MO - Sep 17 to Sep 19, 2021
Annual festival in Kirkwood Park. Parade, arts & crafts, book fair, car show, sailboat regatta, Kids’ dog show and canine frisbee contest.
Augusta’s Annual Harvest Festival - Augusta, MO - Sep 18 to Sep 18, 2021
Have fun with a live concert, gourmet picnic, wine sampling and fine arts at this festival which has been held for over 100 years! Friday night features a concert and picnic in the vineyard, Saturday continues the fun with activities for the whole family, including a parade!
HOP in the City Beer Festival - St Louis, MO - Sep 18 to Sep 18, 2021
Food, live music and unlimited beer samples of most of the more than 40 different Schlafly Beer styles.
Street Art Festival - Highland, IL - Sep 18 to Sep 18, 2021
Visitors can stroll the streets watching artists create masterpieces right on the pavement using chalks. There is also a Creative Kids Corner with lots of activities for young, aspiring artists! An Arts Expo features several local artists and there will be live music and great food.
Mississippi Earthtones Festival - Alton, IL - Sep 18 to Sep 25, 2021
Come celebrate life on the Mississippi River through art, music, and conservation! This free & family-friendly event located on Broadway between Easton and Langdon Streets will feature 50+ educational booths and art displays, plus two stages of live music and other performances, great local food & beverages. Their goal is to bring locals and tourists alike to Downtown Alton to celebrate the Mississippi River through art, music and conservation.The following Saturday, bring your own gloves and clean up the river! 45 tons of trash have been pulled from the river during MEF events to date.
Taste of St. Louis - Chesterfield, MO - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2021
An ultimate food experience with art, live music, a Chef Battle Royale, guest cooking demonstrations, a restaurant row, kids activities, and main stage shows, held at Soldier Memorial Park.
Sky Wars - Wright City, MO - Sep 25 to Sep 25, 2021
Enjoy family friendly activities before a two-hour long, giant fireworks show aka “a concert in the sky” at the Village of Innsbrook Fireworks Field.
O’Fallon Fall Into the Arts Fest - O'Fallon, MO - Sep 26 to Sep 26, 2021
Held at City of O’Fallon’s newest park, O’Day Park (opened Spring 2019), up to 30 artists will be on-hand to exhibit and sell their work. Also featured is craft beer and wine tastings, artisan food vendors and live music at O’Day Ampitheater. This event is free and open to the public.
Eureka Days - Eureka, MO - Oct 1 to Oct 3, 2021
Lots of carnival rides, children’s activities, over 80 vendors, a beer garden, and a parade. Saturday ends with fireworks.
Q in the Lou - St Louis, MO - Oct 1 to Oct 3, 2021
A BBQ pitmasters event featuring legendary pitmasters, great bbq, cooking tutorials, cooking expo, and live local music. Entry is free – BBQ, beer, VIP experiences and more available to purchase.
Florissant Old Town Fall Festival - Florissant, MO - Oct 3 to Oct 3, 2021
Enjoy a chili cook-off, live entertainment on every block, children’s activities, flower show/competition, cultural activities, craft fair, flea market, food booths and more!
Arcadia Valley Mountain Fall Festival & Music Festival - Ironton, MO - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2021
A twice yearly celebration of old time music with bluegrass, mountain and americana. The parade is the longest running parade in the state of Missouri at almost 90 years. Free admission.
Kimmswick Applebutter Festival - Imperial, MO - Oct 30 to Oct 31, 2021
More than 100,000 visitors annually. Help stir the apple butter, live musical entertainment in the par, more than 500 food, drink & craft vendors line the streets plus, for kids, a miniature train, petting zoo and pony rides. Park at the Windsor School and catch the bus downtown, as streets will be closed during festival hours.
St. Louis International Film Festival - St. Louis, MO - Nov 4 to Nov 21, 2021
Going virtual for 2020, see event website for details. Normally: Annual event with almost 400 screenings and programs at more than 10 venues.
Garden Glow - St. Louis, MO - Nov 12 to Jan 8, 2022
Over one million lights, new experiences and traditional favorites, plus s’mores, festive drinks, and photo opportunities. At Missouri Botanical Gardens. Member preview night on the first night. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas.
Annual Way of Lights Christmas Display - Belleville, IL - Nov 19 to Dec 31, 2021
Wintertime sparkles at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows as the Annual Way of Lights Christmas display illuminates the grounds. Since 1970, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate have invited one and all to make the Way of Lights a part of their family tradition. This breathtaking display focuses on the birth of Christ, the one true light of the world.
Joy at Union Station - St. Louis, MO - Nov 19 to Dec 24, 2021
New to St. Louis Union Station this year, the Joy Winter Wonderland is open to the public on the Purina Performance Plaza. Guests will find games, craft stations, retail and a unique photo opportunity with Santa Claus, plus some of St. Louis’s favorite vendors all while enjoying festive food and beverage offerings!
The Polar Express Train Ride - St. Louis, MO - Nov 19 to Dec 30, 2021
Santa and his elves are full steam ahead for a trip to the North Pole on the Polar Express train from St Louis Union Station.
Festival of Lights - St. Louis, MO - Nov 20 to Nov 20, 2021
Family friendly and free event in Kiener Plaza with local holiday themed talent performances, new vendors booths and exhibits, photo ops with mascos, including fredbird, real live reindeer and a magical fireworks finale.
Winter Wonderland - St. Louis, MO - Nov 24 to Jan 1, 2022
Slowly meander through over a million glimmering lights fashioned into over 100 displays of festive characters and winter scenes. Enjoy the canopy of lights glistening throughout seventy-five acres of park land in St. Louis County. Held at Tilles Park. Select nights to experience the wonder by walking, vehicle or carriage.
Turkey Trot STL - St. Louis, MO - Nov 25 to Nov 25, 2021
Start a new Thanksgiving tradition by running or walking in your local, family-friendly Turkey Trot STL 5K. An active morning will help balance the afternoon’s calorie intake and your participation will benefit those less fortunate by supporting local food pantries. For participants 12 years and under there is a free 1/2 mile youth-run.
Ameren Thanks For Giving Parade - St. Louis, MO - Nov 25 to Nov 25, 2021
Starts at 8:45 in downtown St Louis. Parade goers can expect over 130 parade units, including musical floats and displays, giant helium balloon figures, restored antique cars and firetrucks, and marching bands from around the St. Louis region. As always, Santa Claus will be present to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season at the conclusion of the parade.
Scuba Claus - St. Louis, MO - Nov 26 to Dec 24, 2021
This holiday season, enjoy a special Dive Chat featuring Scuba Claus and his trusty Elf and have all of your questions answered. They will be in Shark Canyon on select dates.
Celebration of Lights - O'Fallon, MO - Nov 26 to Dec 30, 2021
O’Fallon’s most historic park, Fort Zumwalt, is set to come alive with the area’s largest holiday light display. Each scene is designed and funded by local organizations, churches and businesses. Started in 1991, the event attracts more than 12,000 vehicles each year and more than 10,000 individuals during the Old-Fashioned Holiday Stroll.
U. S. Bank Wild Lights at the St Louis Zoo - St. Louis, MO - Nov 26 to Dec 30, 2021
This holiday season, escape to a wonderland unlike any other at U.S. Bank Wild Lights. This dazzling holiday event features brand-new light displays and themed areas. In addition to brilliant light displays, warm up with winter-themed treats, and say hello to the animals at Penguin & Puffin Coast and the Insectarium.
Wine Festival - Grafton, IL - Nov 13 to Nov 13, 2022
Sample wines from around the world, with dozens of options, plus live music, free appetizers, vendors and more, with a portion of proceeds going to Friends of Pere Marquette State Park Foundation.