Fall Festivals 12

Time for Kilts, Arts, Shopping, Music and Food

Fall is an especially wonderful time to take in festivals. This month dangles choices of interesting events, all of which spark magic into the transition of a new season.

Chesterfield-Based Festivals

  • The Village is an eclectic, artistic marketplace offered for the first time within Taste of Saint Louis, which will be hosted September 15-17 at the Chesterfield Amphitheater. Patrons can purchase one-of-a-kind treasures, such as handmade creations, jewelry and made-in-the-USA clothing. Chanda Hakanson, manager of The Village, is a Chesterfield resident and owner of Vintage Market Days of St. Louis. She says The Village celebrates a vibrant, dynamic “finder/creator” culture. “The uniquely crafted goods are treasures picked along the back roads of America, and this event reflects a stylish, exclusive marketplace of all things old, new and reimagined!” she explains. Dates and times: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. September 15; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. September 16; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. September 17. This bazaar replaces the former Artwalk portion of the overall Taste events held previously.
  • Faust Historic Village gets back to its roots for an old-fashioned folk festival held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 16 and 17. The 19th-century homes will buzz with period-dressed staff and traditional crafts, such as blacksmithing, basket weaving, pottery firing and historical arts, which can be purchased. Food vendors will be present, and children’s activities are available, such as rope making and historical games. Hay wagons carry visitors around parking lots from the main entrance. Tickets are only available at the gate: $5 per adult, $2 per child ages 4-12 and children under 4 are free.
  • Gather your clan and head to the 2017 Scottish Games at Chesterfield’s Spirit Airpark West Drive September 29-30. All activities are next to the Spirit of St. Louis Airport, featuring Scottish-heavy athletics, bagpipes, Celtic rock and folk music, food, drink, crafts, goods, highland dancing, kids activities, sheepdog trials, birds of prey demonstrations and sword fighting. There also are Scotch tastings as well as bagpipe and drum competitions. “The St. Louis Scottish Games feature more bagpipers that you can shake a claymore at, smashing Celtic music, great Scottish and American food, swords, lots of lads in kilts and much more,” says Mark Sutherland, a native Scot who is Her Majesty’s Honorary Consul of the United Kingdom for Missouri and board member of these Scottish Games. “If you’re Scottish, of Scottish descent or just fascinated by Scotland, the Games have something for you.” Gates open 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on September 29 and from 8:30 a.m. to 6 pm. on September 30.

NEARBY FESTIVALS

Big Muddy Blues Festival: September 1-3, St. Louis Laclede’s Landing. 50-plus bands, three indoor clubs and two events at National Blues Museum. BigMuddyBluesFestival.com

Missouri Botanical Japanese Festival: September 1-3, St. Louis Missouri Botanical Garden. Art, dance, food, taiko drums, culture. MissouriBotanicalGarden.org

Saint Louis Art Fair: September 8-10, Clayton central business district. Visual and performing arts. St. Louis and U.S. artists selected by a panel of judges to sell original works. Children’s “Creative Castle.” Culinary Arts Row. CulturalFestivals.com

Brasil Day STL: September 9, St Louis. Brazilian Street Festival with food, performing arts, music, cultural experiences. BrasilDaySTL.com

Eureka Days: September 8-10, Eureka. Parade, carnival rides, performances, crafts, run/walk, “kid’s korner,” food, beer garden, music, fireworks. EurekaDays.com


Lou Fest: September 9-10, St. Louis Forest Park. Music festival, nosh pit, LouKidz, art market. LouFest.com

Celebrate Saint Peters Community Festival: September 15-16, St. Peters Lakeside Park. Free entertainment, food, games, rides, fireworks. StPetersMO.net

Great Forest Park Balloon Race: September 15-16, St. Louis Art Hill. Oldest, most well-attended free hot air balloon event in the world. GreatForestParkBalloonRace.com

Mosaics Missouri Festival For the Arts: September 15-17, Historic St. Charles North Main Street. Free, family friendly community arts education event. Live entertainment. StCharlesMosaics.org

Kirkwood Greentree Festival: September 15-17, Kirkwood. Parade, farmers market, entertainment, tennis tournament, dog show, booths, food. KirkwoodMO.org

St. Louis Renaissance Faire: Weekends September 16 through October 15, Wentzville. Live jousting, free daily activities, games, entertainers, music, shopping, contests, food, alcohol. STLRenFest.com

Saint Charles Oktoberfest: September 22-24, St. Charles Frontier Park. German heritage celebration, meat eating contest, bier auswahl (beer selection of 30-plus brands), antique car show, runs, music, kid zone, merchandise. SaintCharlesOktoberfest.com

Strange Folk Art Festival: September 22-24, St. Louis Lafayette Park. Shop among 200 indie makers, designers and artists. Featuring 12 local bands. The Hunt for Craft October, Glampgrounds, beer brews on tap, Wheneverland! StrangeFolkFestival.com

Greater Saint Louis Hispanic Festival: September 22-24, St. Louis Soulard Park. Live Latino music, folklore dancers, authentic food, margaritas, beer, Hispanic crafts, petting zoo. HispanicFestivalSTL.com