Eight Autumn Fairs And Festivals In October

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This October, St. Louis boasts a wide array of autumn-appropriate fairs and festivals, from art fairs to Oktoberfest celebrations, family events and much more. Be sure to check out our list of this month’s top fall-focused fairs and fests when you’re making plans over the next few weeks. Autumn has officially arrived!

Andrew Shea glass art

Andrew Shea glass artwork, Minneapolis
Photo credit: Andrew Shea

Best of Missouri Market
Oct. 4-6, Missouri Botanical Garden
This annual event features hundreds of vendors selling everything from fresh produce, herbs or plants and baked goods to handmade crafts, wooden toys, custom jewelry and more. Guests can also enjoy the live music, delicious food and attendance prize drawings.

Hours: Friday 6-9pm; Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 9am-5pm. Admission is $12 for adults (13 and up), $5 for children (3-12), $5  for garden members and free for member children (ages 3-12).

Shaw Art Fair
Oct. 5-6, 4100 and 4200 Flora Place
Don’t miss out on this spectacular outdoor art fair, boasting 135 artists from all across the country, all of whom work in different styles, genres and media. Hours are Saturday from 9 am-5pm and Sunday from 10am-5pm. Access  for both days costs $7.

Grove Fest
Oct. 5, The Grove
This free one-day festival is back again featuring The Grove neighborhood’s best eats and brews, tons of diverse music, fashion shows, street performers, live and interactive art and so much more. Hours on Saturday are from 2pm-11pm. The event is free.

City of Rock Hill Fall Festival
Oct. 5, Market at McKnight
Rock Hill celebrates fall in style with its annual festival, complete with a car show, delicious food from local restaurants and pubs, the “Taste of Rock Hill” event, kids’ activities, various community and business booths and plenty of music from local blues, jazz and rock bands. The festival is Saturday from 11:30am-6pm. Admission is free.

Soulard Oktoberfest
Oct. 11-13, Soulard Neighborhood
This longtime Soulard tradition features the usual great food and beer, but don’t miss out on the bratwurst eating contest, stein-holding competition, the barcycle races, polka and German music, strongest barmaid competition and much more. Hours on Friday are from 5pm to 12am; Saturday 11am to 12am; Sunday 11am to 6pm. General admission is $10 with VIP tickets also available.

Trailnet 25th Anniversary Family Fest
Oct. 13, Culver Pavilion in Forest Park
Trailnet is now approaching its 25th year, and to celebrate, this Family Fest will feature bike polo demonstrations, helmet fittings, a bike rodeo, face painting, bike art on display and, of course, free bike racks available for those who ride to the event. The event is Sunday from 11am to 4pm. It’s free, but online registration encouraged.

Harvest Festival
Oct. 20, Laumeier Sculpture Park
A farmers’ market, local produce and vendors, arts and crafts, live bluegrass music and more make up this festival at the scenic Laumeier Sculpture Park. Hours on Sunday are from 11am to 5pm. Admission is $10, $8 for Laumeier members and free for ages 10 and under.

Annual Weavers’ Guild Sale
Oct. 25-27, St. Louis Artists’ Guild and Galleries
Knitters and weavers from all over congregate at this annual sale featuring items like place mats, living room rugs, clothing and even jewelry, all made from such materials as linen, cotton and even silk. Plan to get some holiday shopping finished early! Hours: Friday from 10am to 8pm; Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. The event is free.

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