7 Things You Must Do This Month

 In Culture, Feature


1/ Float On

Head to Forest Park Sept. 14-15 to witness some of aerial technology’s most beautiful inventions at the Great Forest Park Balloon Glow and Race. Come out Friday evening to see the lit-up balloons up close and personal, with a finale of fireworks. Then, cheer on your favorites at the race on Saturday, with live entertainment and games for the kids. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the event, a beloved tradition that allows St. Louis to slow down, look up and enjoy the view. For more info, visit the greatforestparkballoonrace.com.

2/ Head East

A jovial celebration of the history, culture and people of Japan, the acclaimed Japanese Festival returns to the Missouri Botanical Garden Sept. 1-3. It is one of the oldest and largest festivals of its kind, with featured events including karaoke, bonsai displays, sumo wrestling and candlelight walks. For more info, visit Missouri Botanical Garden.

3/ Folk It Up

The Avett Brothers bring their downto-earth folk rock sound to The Fox Sept. 29 while on tour for their latest album, “The Carpenter.” With an electrifying stage presence featuring harmonizing vocals, a stand-up bass and spirited banjo and cello, it’s sure to be a show to bring down the house. For more info, visit The Fox Theater.

4/ Celebrate Design

Discover the designers of your world at Saint Louis Design Week, Sept. 24-30. Explore the worlds of architecture, advertisement, photography and printing during the day with studio tours. Then at night, enjoy design-centric events like guest lectures, art auctions and live performances. For more info, visit St. Louis Design Week.

5/ Sample STL

Save room for this year’s Taste of St. Louis, Sept. 28-30 at Soldiers’ Memorial. Stop by Restaurant Row for tastes of some of STL’s best cuisine, stroll the Art & Wine Walk, witness chef demos and competitions at the Culinary Stage or head to the Kids’ Kitchen for family fun and entertainment. We know your mouth is already watering. For more info, visit Taste St. Louis.

6/ Cut Loose

Get ready to bust a move and celebrate the energy and beauty of dance at the Dancing in the Street Festival Sept. 29 in Grand Center. Hundreds of local and regional dancers share three stages, showcasing all genres under the sun— from classic to contemporary and everything in between. For more info, visit Grand Center.

7/ Order Up

Join ALIVE and Circa Properties for Top Chefs, the annual search for the best burger in St. Louis, on Sept. 23 outside the Circa Properties office in DeBaliviere Place. Five local culinary greats will create burgers representing their signature tastes in a competition for the title. Sample each chef’s creation, vote for your favorite and wash it all down with cold Miller brews. For tickets and more info, click here.



Great Forest Park Balloon Race

Great Forest Park Balloon Race


Avett Brothers


Photo credit: Balloon race photo courtesy of Great Forest Park Balloon Race, Inc.

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