7 Things You Must Do In October (Happy Fall!)

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1. Get Down During Indie Rocktober

It’s a good month for indie fans: NASCAR memorabilia-clad duo JR JR (formerly Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.) brings its electro-indie pop flavor to Old Rock House on Oct. 1. Then, catch Father John Misty (aka former Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tillman) and his charmingly witty music at The Pageant on Oct. 7. On Oct. 16, Toro y Moi performs songs from his new soul-searching album, “What For?” at The Ready Room in The Grove. Finally, indie-folk group David Wax Museum performs its fusion of Mexican folk, American roots and indie rock at Off Broadway Oct. 30. For more info, visit oldrockhouse.com, thepageant.com, thereadyroom.com and offbroadwaystl.com.


David Wax Museum | Photo courtesy of Off Broadway

2.Run for a Cause

Head Downtown Oct. 17-18 for the St. Louis stop of one of America’s biggest—and most unique—running events: the Rock ’n’Roll Marathon. Runners hit the ground to live music from bands lining the 5K, 10K, half-marathon and marathon courses. After they cross the finish line, they’ll get to loosen their laces at a festival featuring a headliner performance by Sister Hazel. For more info, visit runrocknroll.com.

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, Oct. 17-18, Downtown

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, Oct. 17-18, Downtown

3. Kick Off STLFW

ALIVE teams up with West County Center on Oct. 22 for a Saint Louis Fashion Week Kickoff Party in honor of St. Louis fashion-lovers’ most anticipated annual event. A runway show benefitting Friends of Wings will feature the season’s most stylish and wearable trends from West County Center’s top stores. With special offers for shoppers, it’s the perfect opportunity to shop your looks for the STLFW runway. For more info, visit STLFW.com.

4. Get the Golden Touch

Don’t miss the Elleard Heffern trunk show of internationally renowned German jewelry designer Peter Schmid’s avant-garde Atelier Zobel pieces, Oct. 22-24 in Clayton. Meet the artist in person during the three-day event and discover his distinctive style of gold-smithing, featuring a precise fusing process he perfected by testing the limits of precious metals. For more info, visit heffern.com.

5. Catch the “Rose Parade”

Discover work by Andrew Millner at his “Rose Parade” show, which runs at William Shearburn Gallery Sept. 25-Nov. 6. Formerly a scenic artist at top performing arts companies in St. Louis, Millner now focuses on relationships between nature, art and the artificial, finding inspiration in the Tournament of Roses Parade. For more info, visit shearburngallery.com.

6. Dress to Impress

Start gathering costume ideas now: Contests abound in St. Louis during Halloween on
Oct. 31. Turn up at Just John in The Grove to dance to hot beats and show off for the club’s annual costume competition. Or, check out Halloween in the Central West End for a contest with some serious cash prizes. For more info, visit justjohnclub.com and thecwe.com.

7. Discover Modern STL Living

 ALIVE Magazine and Mosby Building Arts present STL Living: A Modern Home Tour & Tasting on Oct. 24, benefiting St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Tour five of STL’s most beautiful spaces to gather inspiration for your home, and enjoy VIP cocktails, drinks and light bites along the way, as well as a chance to enter a raffle for a grand prize. For more info, visit alivemag.com.

This story appeared in October 2015 issue.

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