7 Things You Must Do This Month: September

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1. Rock Out in Forest Park

Get a front row seat (or picnic blanket) at LouFest, the most anticipated music festival in St. Louis. The weekend of Sept. 12-13 will have concertgoers flooding Forest Park to hear The Avett Brothers, Hozier, Ludacris, Young the Giant, Brandon Flowers and St. Louis’ own Pokey LaFarge. Between shows, be sure to grab grub from the Nosh Pit and check out merch from local makers and beyond. And, if you prefer your festival experience luxe, there’s the VIP package, featuring gourmet happy hours, free drinks and food and air-conditioned restrooms. For tickets, visit loufest.com.

LouFest, Sept. 12-13, Forest Park | Photo by Reagan Hackleman

LouFest, Sept. 12-13, Forest Park | Photo by Reagan Hackleman

2. Laugh ’Til You Cry

STAGES St. Louis presents a heart-warming musical famous for its witty script and energetic score Sept. 4-Oct.4. “The Full Monty” follows six recently unemployed steelworkers who find a new way to bring home the bacon after witnessing their wives’ enthusiasm for Chippendales dancers. Overcoming their anxieties and going “the full monty” in the final scene, these men will have you laughing like you never have before. For more info, visit stagesstlouis.org.

3. Refine Your Palate

Experience the best St. Louis makers have to offer at ALIVE’s second Well Crafted, a carefully curated experience for the refined St. Louisan. The event, taking place on Sept. 22, will feature local shopping opportunities, a bourbon tasting and the premiere of the latest Spotlight Series film. For more info, visit alivemag.com/wellcraftedstl.


4. Ignite Your Spark

COCAbiz, the business-meets-arts branch of COCA, presents its fourth creativity conference, SPARK, on Sept. 2. The event features keynote speakers, breakout sessions and pre-consultations with COCA strategists. New this year are labs where teams can discover their creative process, break through communication issues using theater techniques and work with scriptwriting to enhance collaborative and storytelling approaches. For more info, visit cocabiz.com.

5. Dance Like It’s 1989

Seven-time Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift is bringing her infectious brand of pop to town Sept. 28-29 at Scottrade Center. Sing along to her newest single, “Bad Blood,” until your voice is hoarse, or dance the night away while she performs her other chart-topping hits such as “Style,” “Welcome to New York” and “Blank Space.” For tickets, visit scottradecenter.com.

6. Cruise by Cart

The name says it all when it comes to Carts + Cocktails, Laumeier Sculpture Park’s hit progressive party and fundraiser on Sept. 26. Explore the grounds by golf cart, stopping along the way for refreshing drinks, delicious bites and live entertainment. For more info, visit laumeier.org.

7. Celebrate Strong Design

Presented by AIGA St. Louis, this year’s event-packed St. Louis Design Week, Sept. 19-25, promises to be the best one yet. Every type of design media—including graphic, visual, product and fine art—will be represented, showcased and celebrated in this extravaganza. For more info, visit stldesignweek.com.


This was written by Lauren Sharp and Cara Wegener and appeared in the September 2015 issue. 

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