Fall in St. Louis is a wonderful time. The air is crisp and filled with festivity. If you enjoy the festival atmosphere, you won’t have any trouble finding something to suit your interests here. From music to food to art, there is plenty to experience in the fall festival season in St. Louis.
Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival
600 Market St
St. Louis, MO 63101
Date: September 7-9
Once again, St. Louis comes alive with the spirit and flamboyance of the city’s largest Hispanic festival. Enjoy music, food and dance in the festival’s new location, Kiener Plaza. There will be 75 booths and seven Latino bands playing music on the premier concert stage. Hear Mayor Francis Slay and County Executive, Charlie Dooley, during the welcoming ceremony and enjoy the procession of Hispanic nations as the celebration kicks off. Funds raised from the festival go to scholarships and under-privileged children and their families across the area.
St. Louis Art Fair
Forsyth Blvd between Brentwood Blvd and Bemiston Ave
Clayton, MO 63105
Each year, St. Louis residents look forward to this rich and wonderful celebration of the arts in the streets of Clayton’s business district. Art lovers of all types can stroll the streets of Clayton and enjoy the booths that line the streets or take in a performance on the stage. Artistic works from a multitude of mediums such as ceramic, photography, metal works and digital art are just a small sampling of what you will experience at the fair. There’s food and beverages for your refreshment and activities for the kids. Buy souvenirs and perhaps even create some art of your own.
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Missouri Mosaics Festival for the Arts
N Main St between Clark St and Boone’s Lick Road
St. Charles, MO 63301
stcharlesmosaics.orgDate: September 14-16
North Main Street of St. Charles is host to an 18-year tradition of family-friendly art and entertainment during fall festival season. Artists from all around the region add to the flavor of this great cultural weekend. Not only will fairgoers feast on visual abundances, but they are also treated to great food and music. The Mosaic Art Festival desires only to provide a fun atmosphere in which children and adults learn how fun it can be to enhance their lives through art.
Taste of St. Louis
12th St and Market St
St. Louis, MO 63103
Date: September 28-30
St. Louis’ premier art/food/music/culture festival happens in late September and you don’t want to miss it. Taste of St. Louis is a massive extravaganza of delights for all senses. Restaurants from all over the area offer festival goers the opportunity to purchase and sample cuisine from at least 45 of the city’s best dining establishments, and all for only $3 to $7. That will get you the chance to dine on anything from barbecue to Ethiopian cuisine. Then you can take a stroll down The Art and Wine Walk. Perhaps you have something a little more sophisticated in mind for festival dining. If so, try The Grand Tasting Event for $39 in advance and $50 at the door. The event takes place at the Peabody Opera House and is 2.5 hours of heaven. Also, The Showcase Stage offers artist demos and live music. That’s just the beginning of the weekend-long festival. Don’t miss out.
Scottish Games and Cultural Festival
5620 Grand Drive
St. Louis, MO 63112
Date: September 28-29
Spend the weekend eating, drinking, dancing and getting back to your Scottish roots at the Scottish Games and Cultural Festival. The festivities take place in Forest Park near the Missouri History Museum. The games also boast sword fighting, sheepdog trials, crafts and bird of prey exhibits. The kids will find activities just for them as well. Scottish music by Jil Chambless, Scooter Muse, Peat Fire Flame and Duddy Breeks are just a few in the entertainment lineup. Register your clan, if you have one, and join the Clan meeting. Buy your tickets online and look at discounts for family and weekend passes.
Lisa Payne-Naeger, a native of the St. Louis area, is a freelance writer, blogger, political activist and a homeschooling mother of two children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.