Taste of St. Louis - Chesterfield, MO - Aug 11 to Aug 13, 2023
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.
St Paul’s Kirchenfest - Highland, IL - Aug 25 to Aug 27, 2023
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 26 to Aug 26, 2023
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 2 to Sep 4, 2023
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.
Big Muddy Blues Festival - St. Louis, MO - Sep 3 to Sep 3, 2023
More than just a music event, it is a grand celebration of the blues culture that has shaped our city!
Saint Louis Art Fair - Clayton, MO - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2023
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!
Homestead Harvest Days - Highland, IL - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2023
See demonstrations of threshing, old time crafts, gas and steam engines, antique tractors, kids activities, live entertainment and more
Brasil Day STL - St Louis, MO - Sep 9 to Sep 9, 2023
Brazilian street festival featuring food, performing arts, music, and cultural experiences.
Belleville Oktoberfest - Belleville, IL - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2023
Three stages of live entertainment, German food, children’s area, weiner dog race, costume contest, cornhole tournament, car show and more!
Augusta’s Annual Harvest Festival - Augusta, MO - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2023
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!
Great Forest Park Balloon Race - St Louis, MO - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2023
The oldest and most well-attended FREE Hot-Air Balloon Event in the World. Since 1973.
Greentree Festival - Kirkwood, MO - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2023
Annual festival in Kirkwood Park. Parade, arts & crafts, book fair, car show, sailboat regatta, Kids’ dog show and canine frisbee contest.
Street Art Festival - Highland, IL - Sep 16 to Sep 16, 2023
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 16 to Sep 16, 2023
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.
O’Fallon Fall Into the Arts Fest - O'Fallon, MO - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2023
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.
Saint Charles Oktoberfest - Saint Charles, MO - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2023
A family friendly festival to celebrate the community and German heritage. Local bands and German bands on the entertainment schedule. Wiener dog races, brat eating contest, parade, 5K and one mile fun run, and kids zone. No admission fee. The event is held at Frontier Park off Riverside Drive, located between the Historic Downtown District and the Missouri River. Location: 500 S Riverside Dr, Saint Charles, MO 63301. Since 1986.
Sky Wars - Wright City, MO - Sep 23 to Sep 23, 2023
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.
Eureka Days - Eureka, MO - Sep 29 to Oct 1, 2023
Lots of carnival rides, children’s activities, over 80 vendors, a beer garden, and a parade. Saturday ends with fireworks.
St. Mary’s Oktoberfest - Alton, IL - Oct 6 to Oct 8, 2023
Live music, games and silent auction. Keg tapping ceremony at 1 PM on Saturday. Beer from Warsteiner, Spaten, Paulaner and more. German and American food, too!
Florissant Old Town Fall Festival - Florissant, MO - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2023
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 20 to Oct 21, 2023
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 28 to Oct 29, 2023
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 9 to Nov 19, 2023
Going virtual for 2020, see event website for details. Normally: Annual event with almost 400 screenings and programs at more than 10 venues.
Annual Way of Lights Christmas Display - Belleville, IL - Nov 17 to Dec 31, 2023
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.
The Polar Express Train Ride - St. Louis, MO - Nov 17 to Dec 30, 2023
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.
Garden Glow - St. Louis, MO - Nov 18 to Jan 6, 2024
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.
Festival of Lights - St. Louis, MO - Nov 18 to Nov 18, 2023
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 22 to Dec 30, 2023
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 23 to Nov 23, 2023
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 23 to Nov 23, 2023
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.
Celebration of Lights - O'Fallon, MO - Nov 24 to Dec 30, 2023
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 24 to Dec 30, 2023
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.
Pere Marquette Wine Festival - Grafton, IL - Nov 10 to Nov 10, 2024
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.