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Fall in St. Louis means you can finally enjoy an outdoor event without sweating your weight in hand-squeezed lemonade — maybe. But you can buy a bag of kettle corn and a cup of pumpkin-spiced whatever and hope for the best while you peruse fine art, sample beer and local eats, and otherwise enjoy the shorter, crisper days.

Affton Community Days Parade 

The community of Affton is in a charitable spirit this summer with its “Affton Gives Back"-themed parade. Participants are encouraged to decorate their entries with nonperishable food and other items that will be donated to local organizations. The parade starts at Affton High School, travels south on Mackenzie Road and ends at the Bayless Elementary School. The festival will not be held this year.

When 10 a.m. Sept. 21 • Where Affton High School, 8309 MacKenzie Road • How much Free • More info 314-631-3100;

Augusta’s Harvest Festival

Augusta’s Harvest Festival begins Friday with the ever-popular “Swingin’ in the Vines” concert and picnic at a private estate called Honey Bee Vineyard. The celebration continues in town on Saturday with a harvest parade at 10 a.m., followed by a pie contest, children's pony rides, a square dance and more.

When 6 p.m. Sept. 20, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 21 • Where Augusta • How much Free • More info 636-228-4005;

Belleville Oktoberfest

German heritage comes to life with Belleville Oktoberfest. Take part in a cornhole tournament, cheer at the wiener dog races, admire the sweet rides in the car show, and enjoy live entertainment and German cuisine.

When 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 20-21 • Where Belleville Public Square • How much Free • More info 618- 444-3802;

Best of Missouri Market

More than 120 booths will offer handcrafted items, food, jewelry, fresh and dried flowers, wooden toys and more at the Best of Missouri Market. There also will be live music and an area with crafts and activities for children.

When Noon-8 p.m. Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 5-6 (members' hours are 8-9 a.m. Oct. 5) • Where Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Boulevard • How much $5-$16 • More info 314-577-5100;

Brew in the Lou

This seventh annual event shows off St. Louis’ best beer, wine, spirits, coffee and eats with more than 100 vendors, almost half of which are local and regional craft brewers. Proceeds benefit the Lutheran Elementary School Association’s 35 member schools, which serve 7,800 students. There also will be craft vendors, a homebrew competition, a bratwurst and chili contest, and special food exhibits.

When 1-5 p.m. Oct. 12 • Where Francis Park • How much $40 in advance, $50 the day of the event • More info 314-200-0797;

Italian Heritage Festa and Parade

Celebrate Italian heritage with the 151st anniversary of this celebration, formerly known as the Columbus Day Parade. The march starts at 12:30 p.m. and winds through the Hill neighborhood. It ends at Berra Park, where the party continues with food, music and games.

When 12:30-6 p.m. Oct. 7 • Where The Hill • How much Free • More info

Edwardsville Art Fair

Browse (and buy) the works of about 100 juried artists, create art in the children’s section, and sample locally made food and drinks. There will also be live entertainment in the bandstand from dance groups, choirs and musicians.

When 6-10 p.m. Sept. 27, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 29 • Where City Park, Edwardsville • How much Free • More info 618-655-0337;

Folklife Festival at Thornhill

Explore the estate of Missouri's second governor, Frederick Bates, while enjoying period crafts, a militia muster and a chance to learn about the state's early history. This is the bicentennial of the home, called Thornhill. The estate contains 14 other historic structures moved from different parts of St. Louis County. 

When 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 28-29 • Where Faust Park, Chesterfield • How much $5 • More info 314-615-8826;


Celebrate fall by browsing unique goods, listening to live music, enjoying food and letting the little ones take part in an extensive kid zone.

When 1-6 p.m. Oct. 6 • Where Metter Park, 124 South Metter Avenue, Columbia, Ill. • How much Free • More info

Florissant Old Town Fall Festival

The 22nd annual Florissant Old Town Fall Festival will include pumpkin decorating, a chili cook-off, live entertainment, Fido Follies, children’s activities, a large flower show and competition, food booths, a craft fair and more. A benefit car show will also be hosted by the Florissant Police Welfare Association.

When 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13 • Where Rue St. Francois, Florissant • How much Free • More info 314-837-0033;

Flugel Fest

What's a flugel? It's the German word for wing, and the square in downtown Highland will celebrate them at this inaugural festival. The day will feature live music, vendors, a wing-eating contest and wing tasting, and more. Proceeds benefit the improvement of the town square.

When 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 19 • Where Highland Square, 1115 Broadway, Highland • How much Free • More info

Great Forest Park Balloon Glow and Race

Celebrate 47 years of the world’s oldest and most well-attended free hot-air balloon event, which returns this year to Forest Park's renovated Central Fields. Enjoy food and activities on the grounds, or pack your own picnic to eat while you watch the action.

When 5-9 p.m. with fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Sept. 20; race events start at noon Sept. 21, with “hare” launch at 4:30 p.m. • Where Central Fields, Forest Park • How much Free • More info

Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival

Billed as the largest Hispanic celebration in the St. Louis area, the Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival fills Soulard Market Park with live music, folkloric dancers, food, crafts, an exotic petting zoo and more. Watch for the Low Rider Car Cruise at 1 p.m. Sept. 22.

When 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 20-21, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 22 • Where Soulard Market Park • How much Free • More info

Grove Fest

Live music, crafts, a children’s area and more are in store at this eclectic street festival, celebrating its 14th year. Be sure to add your own brushstrokes to the outdoor paint-by-numbers mural, a Grove Fest tradition.

When 2-11 p.m. Oct. 5 • Where Manchester Avenue in the Grove • How much Free • More info

Hazelwood Harvestfest  

Enjoy horseshoe tournaments, obstacle courses and slides, bingo and more at this family-friendly event in Howdershell Park. The Charles Glenn Group performs from 2 to 6 p.m.

When 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 14 • Where Howdershell Park, Hazelwood • How much Free • More info

Highland Street Art Fest on the Square

Buy artwork by local artists, watch as the pavement becomes a canvas for chalk and create a work of art of your own. Grown-ups can sample beer at the tasting festival, and kids can create their own art and participate in games in the Kreative Kids Korner.

When 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 21 • Where Downtown Highland • How much Free • More info 618-654-3721;

Homestead Harvest Days 

Celebrating its 32nd year, Homestead Harvest Days provide the opportunity to visit the home of Louis Latzer, known as “the father of Pet Milk,” and celebrate and learn about America’s farming history. Watch parades of farming equipment, see living history groups, take pony rides, enjoy live music and food, and tour a 30-foot diorama that shows how Pet Milk is made. The Parade of Power will take place at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

When 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 6, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 7-8 • Where Latzer Homestead, 1464 Old Trenton Road, Highland • How much $5, free for children 12 and under; $10 for three days • More info

Hop in the City Beer Festival

Listen to live music while sampling food and more than 40 different Schlafly beers at the St. Louis Brewery’s annual Hop in the City Beer Festival at its downtown Tap Room.

When 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 14 • Where Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust Street • How much $35 in advance, $45 the day of the event • More info

Italian Fest

Toss a bocce ball, stomp grapes and participate in a 5K run at this family-friendly celebration in Collinsville, celebrating its 36th year. This year’s Italian exhibition extends across the ocean and highlights Pellegrino Artusi, the "father of Italian cuisine." The parade is at 4 p.m. Sept. 21.

When Sept. 20-21 • Where Uptown Collinsvillle • How much Free • More info

Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival

Come for the apple butter, of course, but stay for the unique shops, restaurants, live music and offerings from hundreds of vendors. Organizers gather at dawn each day of the festival to peel the apples that they'll cook in a wood-fired kettle.  

When 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 26-27 • Where Kimmswick • How much Free • More info 636-464-7407;

Kirkwood Greentree Festival

This family-oriented Kirkwood festival includes food, live music and a kids' area. There is also a wine garden, a dog show, a car show, and vendors selling arts and crafts. The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday. 

When 5-10 p.m. Sept. 13, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 15 • Where Kirkwood Park, 111 South Geyer Road, Kirkwood • How much Free • More info

Legends & Lanterns

St. Charles becomes a ghost town when villains, witches and spirits invade the streets to offer treats and tricks. The festival channels the vintage charm of Halloween from the 1910s to the ’30s. 

When 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 12, noon-5 p.m. Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 19, noon-5 p.m. Oct. 20, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 25, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 26, noon-5 p.m. Oct. 27 • Where Historic Main Street, St. Charles • How much Free • More info 636-946-7776;

MOSAICS Fine Art Festival

The 25th annual festival features works by nearly 100 artists from across the country. In addition to the art available for sale, enjoy live performances, a children’s village and more. MOSAICS provides art, education and community involvement opportunities within St. Charles.

When 4-9 p.m. Sept. 13, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 14, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 15 • Where North Main Street, St. Charles • How much Free • More info

Oktoberfest St. Louis at Urban Chestnut 

Enjoy Urban Chestnut's ninth annual Munich-style celebration, which features a lineup of German and polka music on two stages as well as performances by Circus Flora artists. The festival will run along Washington Boulevard beginning at Urban Chestnut and extend west to the Circus Flora Big Top. Food trucks and carnival food will be available; Sunday will include children's activities and dog-friendly fun.

When Noon-midnight Sept. 27, 11 a.m.-midnight Sept. 28, noon-7 p.m. Sept. 29 • Where Urban Chestnut Midtown Brewery and Biergarten, 3229 Washington Boulevard • How much Free • More info

Q in the Lou

Get your fill of barbecue at the fifth annual Q in the Lou festival, where some of the country’s top pitmasters will be smoking more than 18,000 pounds of meat. Go to barbecue school, sip wine and chow down to live music.

When 4-9 p.m. Sept. 27, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 28, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 29 • Where Kiener Plaza • How much Free • More info

St. Louis Art Fair

The annual St. Louis Art Fair in downtown Clayton is a juried showcase of 180 visual artists selling works ranging from painting and photography to jewelry and sculpture. The fair features live entertainment on three stages, plus hands-on activities for kids and food and drinks from a dozen area restaurants. This is the 26th year for the fair.

When 5-10 p.m. Sept. 6, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 7, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 8 • Where Downtown Clayton • How much Free • More info

St. Louis Renaissance Festival

Celebrate the St. Louis Renaissance Festival’s 21st anniversary with armored jousting, more than 100 artisan shops, food, family activities and crafts.

When Weekends Sept. 14 through Oct. 13 • Where Rotary Park, Wentzville • How much $19.95, $12.95 for ages 5-12, free for children under 4; $16.95 in advance, $10.95 for children • More info

Shaw Art Fair

About 135 juried artists and craftspeople from across the country sell their works along tree-lined Flora Place for the annual Shaw Art Fair. There’s also live music, a food court and a children’s area. Proceeds will go toward community development and the philanthropic activities of the Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association.

When 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 6 • Where 4100-4200 blocks of Flora Place • How much $10, free for ages 14 and under; donate a nonperishable food item to save $1 • More info

South Grand Chalk Walk

Join professionals, amateurs and children in making chalk art, and vote for your favorite creations. Four featured paid artists will create signature pieces along South Grand Boulevard, and there will be performances by local musicians and acts from 1 to 4 p.m.

When 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12 • Where Ritz Park, 3147 South Grand Boulevard • How much Free • More info

South Grand Fall Festival

Local artists, musicians, dancers, vendors and a DIY craft zone are highlights of this sixth annual event celebrating the eclectic South Grand neighborhood.

When 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 21 • Where South Grand Boulevard, south of Arsenal Street • How much Free • More info

STL Square off Pizza Festival

This festival, in its third year, highlights the different takes on hometown pies and pits experts against one another in a battle to pick the best. Each ticket includes eight pizza squares, live music, a home chef competition, local vendors and exhibitors, along with a family fun zone. A portion of ticket sales will benefit the Hill 2000 neighborhood association.

When 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 • Where Berra Park on the Hill • How much $25 (tickets must be purchased in advance); free for ages 12 and under (pizza sold by the slice) • More info

Strange Folk Festival

The offbeat Strange Folk Festival brings indie crafters together for its 13th year, celebrating the theme "Enchanted Uprising." In addition to more than 100 arts-and-crafts vendors, visitors can take part in DIY activities and demonstrations. There will be live music and local food.

When 2-7 p.m. Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 29 • Where Carondelet Park • How much Free • More info

Taste in Ferguson

Come to the seventh annual Taste in Ferguson to sample food, taste wine and beer, learn from cooking demonstrations, and enjoy children’s entertainment and activities. New this year is the Gourmet Gauntlet, a competition for North County restaurants. There’s also a cook-off between the Ferguson fire and police departments. Proceeds benefit the Robbie McGartland Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Samantha Lipka Memorial Scholarship Fund.

When 3-6 p.m. Sept. 8 • Where Savoy Banquet Center, 119 South Florissant Road, Florissant • How much $30, free for children 10 and under • More info

Taste of St. Louis

New ownership brings the 15-year-old Taste of St. Louis back to its original location. For the past five years, it has been held in Chesterfield’s Central Park and Amphitheater, but it returns this year to downtown St. Louis. Enjoy culinary competitions, a marketplace, live entertainment and tastings from 40 St. Louis-area restaurants.

When 4-11 p.m. Sept. 13, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 14, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 15 • Where Soldiers Memorial Park • How much Free • More info

Wentzville Fall Festival

Stroll down historic Main Street in Wentzville to check out food, craft and art vendors, bounce houses, live music and teen talent on the kids' stage. The Wentzville Rotary Club will host a Beer, Wine and Taste Festival on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. for a fee. 

When 6-10:30 p.m. Sept. 20, noon-10:30 p.m. Sept. 21 • Where Downtown Wentzville • How much Free • More info 636-639-2085; 

Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival

The 28th annual festival, known as SLIFF, again provides St. Louis cinephiles with the finest in world cinema — international films, documentaries, American indies and shorts that can only be seen on the big screen at the festival.

When Nov. 7-17 • Where Various venues • How much $10-$13 • More info