Fall is here. This time of year I would much prefer to crawl up under a blanket with a nice big bowl of chili, shredded cheese, and oyster crackers but that just isn’t my life. There is no time off when it comes to fun. Plus there are 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays in October which allows us even more time to celebrate the new season. The kids have grown to expect that their weekends will include some sort of family activity. As long as the expectation is there, we will continue to explore our city and beyond. We are looking forward to a road trip at the end of October so saving money will be a high priority this month. Our city has so many free activities and this month is no different. Fall brings about many free festivals that include all the delicious foods we anticipate in the Fall. Below is a list of family friendly activities scheduled for October.
St. Louis Arts Experience – The St. Louis Arts Experience is a citywide arts collaboration showcasing cultural events happening throughout the St. Louis region from September 30 through October 16, 2016
Grove Fest – The Grove Fest kicks off on Saturday, October 1st, 2pm – 11pm. It is a vibrant street festival in the Grove neighborhood located on Manchester between Kingshighway and Vandeventer.
Hermann Oktoberfest – This event is held every weekend in October. The Hermann Oktoberfest will include German food, live music, winery tours, beer and more at the Stone Hill Winery in Hermann, MO.
The Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival – This festival is held October 29th and 30th from 10am until 5 pm. One hundred vendor booths will fill the city park and line the streets of Kimmswick selling a variety of crafts and food items. Live entertainment will also be provided.
Six Flags Fright Fest – This event is held every weekend in October (Fri-Sun) Sept. 30-Oct. 30. During the day it’s fun for all ages with not-so-scary thrills for little ghouls and goblins but when the sun goes down, the freaks come out to play.
Maroon 5 – Maroon 5 brings their tunes to the Scottrade Center on Monday October 3. The concert begins at 7:30pm.
Fall into Science – The Science Center will celebrate the harvest season each Sunday from 11am-4pm. Each week there will be something new and different.
- October 2 – Apple Fest
Highlights: The Smashing Apples in Science Gone Splat | Hard Cider and Apple Wine Samples, 1-4pm Apple Pie and Caramel Apple Bar Available, 11am-4pm | Apple Crisp Food Demonstration, 2pm
- October 9 – A-MAIZE-ING Corn Fest
Highlights: It’s a Blast, Ethanol with Enthusiasm | Sweet Corn Ice Cream and Wood Hat Whiskey Tasting, 1-4pm | Roasted Corn, Popcorn and Tamales Available, 11am-4pm | Corn Salsa Demonstration, 2pm
- October 16 – Chili Fest
Highlights: Chill Out with Liquid Nitrogen! | Chili Cook Off Samples from Local Harvest, Chris’ Pancake House, Culver’s and Cafe Manhattan, 1-4pm | Vegan and Carne Chili Available, 11am – 4pm Hot Sauce Demonstration, 2pm
- October 23 – The Great Pumpkin Fest
Highlights: Science Goes Squash: the Pumpkin Edition | Pumpkin Ice Cream Samples, 1-4pm | Pumpkin Pastries Available, 11am-4pm | Pumpkins Seeds Demonstration, 2pm
- October 30 – Farm Fest
Highlights: Dinosaurs: The Original Chickens, Solar Observation | Home Brewing Demonstration with Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, 2pm
Boo at the Zoo Night – Boo at the Zoo is a non-scary, kid-friendly Halloween experience filled with laughs and adventures. Children are encouraged to wear costumes. Children 12-and-under will receive a treat bag upon exiting. Boo at the Zoo Nights is not a trick-or-treating experience. The event is held nightly from October 18 through October 30 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.
Pumpkin Jamboree – The events continue at Eckert’s Farm throughout October. The Pumpkin Jamboree features wagon rides, music, live entertainment, pony rides, funnel cakes and festival foods. Make this a fun-filled weekend for everyone! Fee may apply.
Soulard Oktoberfest – CANCELLED
As you can see there are plenty of fun activities scheduled this Fall. I will also post activities throughout the month on our Facebook page. Don’t forget to follow us on both Facebook and Instagram. We encourage you to enjoy some Fall fun before Winter arrives. Happy October!