Our St. Louis Fall Arts Guide

As the weather cools and fall approaches, the arts in St. Louis take center stage. There are countless events to choose from, so we’ve compiled a list of our top picks to add to your agenda.

City of Clayton
Second Saturdays in DeMun will continue into the fall months—on Sept. 8 and Oct. 13—in the picturesque DeMun Business District. The event series shares the neighborhood’s community offerings with St. Louis through a block-party-style gathering as the area’s restaurants, boutiques, coffee shops and businesses feature a variety of exclusive specials for Second Saturdays. Participating businesses include Seedz Cafe, Clementine’s Creamery, Kaldi’s Coffee, Sasha’s Wine Bar, Dot Dot Dash Boutique and more. Join us in DeMun this fall and enjoy this unique opportunity to discover food, music, cocktails, shopping, local vendors and more.

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Contemporary Art Museum
CAM presents, supports and celebrates the art of our time. The fall exhibitions feature “Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979–1980,” an intimate study of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s early artistic life; Sanford Biggers’ “BAM” series, which memorializes Black victims of gun violence in America; “SUPERFLEX: European Union Mayotte,” the U.S. premiere of a video installation that explores human migration; “William Downs: Sometimes it hurts,” a site-specific drawing on CAM’s Project Wall; and “Jennifer West: Emoji Piss Film,” a deconstruction of the language of emoji projected on the museum’s facade.

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Laumeier Sculpture Park
Laumeier offers a range of educational programs that engage participants of all ages in art and nature. Designed to encourage artistic development and self-expression, programs are taught by local and experienced artist-instructors in small group sizes to provide participants with individualized attention. Projects are designed to allow participants the freedom to explore their own creative potential, and materials are always provided. Laumeier’s education programs are created for audiences with diverse interests in art, creativity, nature, recreation and more. Visit their website to learn more about the exciting Fall 2018 lineup.

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Midwest Metalsmiths
Join us for the ninth-annual Midwest Metalsmiths Art Show at The Ethical Society of St. Louis on Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13, where 25 talented local artists will unveil handmade metal works made from silver, gold, copper, precious gemstones, mixed media and more. The show will primarily feature a range of art jewelry for sale—from elegant, timeless items to earthy and boho pieces—alongside an array of other stunning creations. It’s the perfect opportunity to find a unique gift for a love done or spoil yourself with a new accessory.

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MOSAICS Fine Art Festival
MOSAICS Fine Art Festival brings fine-art experiences and arts and cultural appreciation and education to Historic Main Street in St. Charles, Missouri, the weekend of Sept. 14-16. MOSAICS invites people from across the Midwest to come and enjoy live entertainment alongside 90 juried and invited artists and special featured exhibitions—including the Children’s Village, a hands-on arts experience for kids, and the Art for Youth Gallery, where children can purchase professional works of art for a nominal fee.

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Pulitzer Arts Foundation
The Pulitzer Arts Foundation offers direct experiences with historic and contemporary art, bringing people and art together within the serenity of its Tadao Ando-designed spaces. This fall, visit the Pulitzer to experience “Ruth Asawa: Life’s Work.” Featuring nearly 60 sculptures—including many works made in wire, her signature material—and more than 20 drawings, paintings, prints, and collages, this exhibition sheds light on Asawa’s innovative artistic vision. Sept. 14, 2018–Feb. 16, 2019; Wed–Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free entry and parking.

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Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association
Located on the tree-lined parkway of beautiful Flora Place at Tower Grove Avenue on Oct. 6-7, the Historic Shaw Art Fair is one of the St. Louis area’s premier fine art and fine craft fairs, highly rated by patrons and participating artists alike. 135 top-caliber nationwide artists and craftspeople are selected each year to participate in the professionally juried weekend event. Local musicians and food and beverage vendors add to the mix, plus children’s activities are available. Find it, love it, buy it—at the Historic Shaw Art Fair.

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The Sheldon Concert Hall
The Sheldon Concert Hall is well known in St. Louis for its perfect acoustics and penchant for attracting world-class artists. Tickets are on sale now to see performances from a range of musical styles, including jazz, folk, classical, world, bluegrass music and more. A highlight of upcoming artists include pianist Jon Batiste on Oct. 20, Grammy Award-winning vocalist Lila Downs on Nov. 11, singer and mandolinist Sierra Hull on Dec. 7, and more. The 2019 calendar will include sitar player Anoushka Shankar on March 14, and the legendary bluegrass Del McCoury Band on April 26.

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Soldiers Memorial Military Museum
After a multimillion-dollar revitalization, Soldiers Memorial Military Museum reopens Nov. 3, featuring free exhibits focused on military history through the lens of St. Louis. The architectural and historic integrity, including beautiful design details of this 1938 Art Deco building, have been carefully preserved and restored, inside and out. Across Chestnut Street, the Court of Honor—which was created as a WWII memorial in 1948—now includes a Five Branches Fountain and reflecting pool. Opening ceremony at 9 a.m. Nov. 3, special events continue through Veterans Day. See website for complete schedule.

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 This post has been brought to you in part by the businesses and organizations mentioned. All photos are courtesy of the organizations. Top photo by Martino Pietropoli. Thank you for supporting the businesses that keep ALIVE and GUIDED: Saint Louis growing. 

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