St Louis Fall Festivals – Fall 2024 MO Events

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.

Saint Charles Oktoberfest - Saint Charles, MO - Sep 27 to Sep 29, 2024
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.

Japanese Festival - St Louis, MO - Aug 31 to Sep 1, 2024
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Brasil Day STL - St Louis, MO - Sep 9 to Sep 9, 2023
Brazilian street festival featuring food, performing arts, music, and cultural experiences.

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

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!

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

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!

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.

Scuba Claus - St. Louis, MO - Nov 25 to Dec 24, 2022
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.

Historic Craft Fair at Lewis and Clark State Historic Site - Hartford, IL - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2022
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

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!

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.

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.

Lantern Parade - Hermann, MO - Nov 14 to Nov 14, 2020
Canceled for 2021. Hermann’s Christmas season officially opens with a Lantern Parade through the historic district, beginning at First and Gutenberg and ending at the Gerald Engemann Memorial Park, where Pelze Nichol will arrive.

Louisiana Country Colorfest - Louisiana, MO - Oct 19 to Oct 20, 2019
Many activities to watch or participate in at this Colorfest.  Watch the fireman’s challenge.  Enjoy the Baby Show or Pageants like the Jr. Miss, Little Mr. & Miss, and Miss Louisiana show.  Also they host a Louisana’s Got Talent contest.  Oh did we mention the Car Show and the separate Motorcycle Show?