Three Festivals with Missouri Flavor and Fall Foliage
The fall colors will be ramping up into their full glory over the next three weekends—and these three destination festivals give you all the excuse you need to get out and enjoy the countryside.
Gourd Festival and Craft Show
This inaugural event from the Dittmer ArtBarn and Old Farm Winery in Jefferson County highlights hand-made, artisan products from canned goods to paintings and sculpture. Visitors can harness their own creative vision, too, thanks to hands-on workshops and how-to demonstrations about carving and decorating with gourds.
The two-day festival runs Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14, and includes music, family-friendly activities and food from the local 4H Dreamcatchers Club, who also receive a portion of the festival proceeds. The winery will be open both days. Admission is free, and pets on leashes are welcome.
34th Annual Louisiana Colorfest
From a parade to a beard contest to walking tours of historic homes, this festival is jam-packed with activities for everyone. To keep your energy up while you peruse vintage cars or cheer on firemen competing in a skills challenge, visit the caramel apple bar, grab a shish kabob or fuel up with espresso. Or simply sit back and enjoy live music in a small-town atmosphere.
Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival
The largest festival in Jefferson County draws nearly 100,000 visitors each year—and organizers are ready for them to arrive on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28. Hundreds of vendors will be set up in the city park and along all the streets, which are closed to cars (but shuttle buses will operate throughout the weekend from the Windsor School).
Don’t go home without a jar of the famous apple butter from the Kimmswick Historical Society. Each day before dawn, volunteers light wood fires and start huge pots simmering for eight hours. Volunteers are welcome to help stir the fragrant spread as it cooks in the park’s main pavilion.