St Paul’s Kirchenfest - Highland, IL - Aug 21 to Aug 23, 2020
Kirchenfest, which is German for Church Festival, is one of the largest church festivals in Southern Illinois with the event spreading over six acres on the grounds of St. Paul Parish. Beginning in 1970, the festival has a German theme, as the Highland community is primarily Swiss and German heritage. This two-day festival offers something for everyone – food (including a Bavarian skillet dish prepared by a 500 pound skillet and a sit-down chicken dinner), live music, games, live auction, flea market, a competitive run, bike ride and much more!
Alton Food Truck Festival - Alton, IL - Aug 22 to Aug 22, 2020
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
Q in the Lou - St Louis, MO - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
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.
Saint Louis Art Fair - Clayton, MO - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
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!
Augusta’s Annual Harvest Festival - Augusta, MO - Sep 18 to Sep 20, 2020
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!
Celebrate St. Peters - St. Peters, MO - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2020
Enjoy the carnival, vendors, food, live entertainment, rides, fireworks, and game booth.
Great Forest Park Balloon Race - St Louis, MO - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2020
The oldest and most well-attended FREE Hot-Air Balloon Event in the World. Since 1973.
Greentree Festival - Kirkwood, MO - Sep 18 to Sep 20, 2020
Annual festival in Kirkwood Park. Parade, arts & crafts, book fair, car show, sailboat regatta, Kids’ dog show and canine frisbee contest.
Taste of St. Louis - Chesterfield, MO - Sep 18 to Sep 20, 2020
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.
Mississippi Earthtones Festival - Alton, IL - Sep 19 to Sep 19, 2020
Come celebrate life on the Mississippi River through art, music, and conservation! The event will kick-off with a river clean-up beginning at 9 am. The festival is part of a statewide celebration of the rivers and an opportunity to learn more about the environmental issues in the region and solutions. The festival features informational booths on ecology, native plants & animals, and recycling, as well as nature-inspired, artisan-made wares, kids activities, a great selection of local food & beverages, and a scavenger hunt. Free fun for the entire family! Wind-powered music will fill the air throughout the day, culminating with live entertainment from 7 pm – 10 pm.
O’Fallon Fall Into the Arts Fest - O'Fallon, MO - Sep 20 to Sep 20, 2020
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.
Sky Wars - Wright City, MO - Sep 26 to Sep 26, 2020
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.
Arcadia Valley Mountain Fall Festival & Music Festival - Ironton, MO - Oct 16 to Oct 17, 2020
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.
Historic Craft Fair at Lewis and Clark State Historic Site - Hartford, IL - Oct 17 to Oct 17, 2020
Open from 10 am to 4 pm, the event will host a number of local craftspeople and artisans demonstrating and selling their goods. Baskets, sewing, quilts and other crafts
Kimmswick Applebutter Festival - Imperial, MO - Oct 24 to Oct 25, 2020
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 5 to Nov 22, 2020
Going virtual for 2020, see event website for details. Normally: Annual event with almost 400 screenings and programs at more than 10 venues.
Wine Festival - Grafton, IL - Nov 8 to Nov 8, 2020
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.
Florissant Old Town Fall Festival - Florissant, MO - Jan 1 to Oct 11, 2020
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: 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!
Japanese Festival - St Louis, MO - Jan 1 to Sep 2, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: 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.
St. Louis Scottish Games - Chesterfield, MO - Jan 1 to Jan 1, 2021
Will be back in 2021 with a new location after a break in 2019 and 2020. Masters World Championships featuring more than 150 highland athletes from around the world. Bagpipes, celtic rock and folk music, crafts, goods, food, Scotch and other drinks, highland dancing, sheepdog trials, sword fighting, birds of prey, kids activities and much more.