7 Things You Must Do This Month
1/ Step Up Your Style
Saint Louis Fashion Week returns this fall with 10 days of runway shows, designer showcases and more, Sept. 26-Oct. 6. The week starts with charity shows at the Saint Louis Galleria and Plaza Frontenac, where 100 percent of proceeds benefit HavenHouse St. Louis and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. Then, the Project Runway Fashion Show brings nationally known “Project Runway” designers Casanova, Anthony Ryan, Viktor Luna, Laura Kathleen, Joshua McKinley, April Johnston and Michael Drummond to The Fox. STLFW continues with the Style in The Loop street festival, the emerging designer competition Project:Design! and Industry Night, featuring collections from Samantha Pleet, Jennifer Chun, Eva Franco, Laura Kathleen, Wai Ming and seven other apparel and accessory designers. Fashion’s Day Out wraps it all up with special events at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and the city’s top boutiques. For tickets and more info, visit saintlouisfashionweek.com.
2/ Rock the Park
Get amped to rock out with some of your favorite bands at LouFest, Sept. 7-8 in Forest Park. STL’s hometown music festival is bigger than ever this year, with three stages featuring headliners The Killers and Wilco, as well as a sizzling lineup including the likes of The National, Alabama Shakes, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and many more. Don’t miss the Nosh Pit and Market Square, with plenty of tasty food and fashions to pass the time between sets. For tickets and more info, visit loufest.com.
3/ Light Up the Sky
Watch a colorful array of hot air balloons fill the sky over Forest Park at the 41st annual Great Forest Park Balloon Race on Sept. 20-21. Start the weekend with the historical lighting of the balloons, followed by a breathtaking fireworks finale. Then, spend the next day watching the balloons drift off into the clouds in hot pursuit of the Energizer Bunny balloon. For more info, visit greatforestparkballoonrace.com.
4/ Eat Your Art Out
Immerse yourself in art at the Saint Louis Art Fair, Sept. 6-8 in Clayton. Showcasing work by numerous local and national talents, this juried fair gives art-lovers the opportunity to engage with the artists and purchase unique works ranging from painting and sculpture to glass, fibers and beyond. Plus, watch live music and performing arts on the fair’s three stages, and taste dishes from Clayton’s favorite restaurants. For more info, visit culturalfestivals.com.
5/ Sip and Savor
Treat your taste buds to some of the most popular and unique dishes in the St. Louis area at the annual Taste of St. Louis festival, Sept. 27-29 at Soldiers’ Memorial. Stroll Restaurant Row and the Art & Wine Walk, catch the Chef Battle Royale hosted by Vito Racanelli of Mad Tomato, and jam to free concerts by both national and local talents. For more info, visit tastestl.com.
6/ Sway with Bublé
The ever-smooth Michael Bublé brings his Grammy Award-winning vocals to Scottrade Center on Sept. 14. Making his return to the touring world, Bublé croons heart-melting songs from his 2013 album, “To Be Loved,” as well as fan favorites like “Haven’t Met You Yet” and “Sway.” For tickets, visit scottradecenter.com.
7/ Feel the Beat
Twist, tango and tap through the streets of Grand Center at this year’s Dancing in the Street festival on Sept. 21. Celebrate the beauty, skill and athleticism of dance as you watch more than 1,000 local dancers perform styles like tap, modern, jazz, ballet, salsa, Bollywood and more on multiple outdoor stages. For more info, visit grandcenter.org.
Photo credit: Michael Drummond runway photo by Matt Kile. Balloon race photo courtesy of Great Forest Park Balloon Race, Inc.