The Best Fall Festivals in St. Louis

Where to Go to Enjoy Autumn in the St. Louis Area

Pumpkins at Eckert's Orchards
Pumpkins at Eckert's Orchards in Belleville. Photo by Deborah O'Brien

Fall is a great season to be in St. Louis. The weather is cooler and the leaves are changing color. That makes it the perfect time to take in an outdoor festival or two.

From hayrides and corn mazes to BBQ and craft beer, there are many ways to enjoy the season. Here are this year's top picks for fall festivals in the St. Louis area. For more autumn fun, see St. Louis' Best Free Fall Events.

1. Kirkwood Greentree Festival
September 16-18, 2016
This annual three-day celebration at Kirkwood Park in St.

Louis County has all kinds of fun for the whole family. One highlight is the parade on Saturday at 10 a.m. There's also live music, arts & crafts booths, a classic car show and a wine garden. Kids can enjoy face painting, an obstacle course and circus performers.

2. Taste of St. Louis
September 16-18, 2016
The Taste of St. Louis is the big food event of the fall. The area's top restaurants come together at Chesterfield Amphitheater for three days of tastings, live music, cooking competitions and more.  

3. Faust Heritage Festival
September 17-18, 2016
The Faust Heritage Festival is a chance to experience the early history of the St. Louis area. The old-fashioned folk festival is held among the 19th century homes of the Historic Village in Faust Park. The two-day celebration includes blacksmithing, rope making and pottery firing and other crafts. There are also food vendors, hayrides and children's activities.

Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages four to 12. Those three and younger are free.

4. St. Louis Renaissance Faire
September 17-October 16, 2016
The St. Louis Renaissance Faire is a re-creation of a 16th century French village at Rotary Park in Wentzville. It's held on weekends from mid-September to mid-October.

Highlights of the festival include period costumes, jousting demonstrations, crafts, food and music. Admission is $15.95 for adults and $8.95 for children.

5. Q in the Lou
September 23-25, 2016
Top BBQ chefs from St. Louis and around the country are cooking up their favorite recipes during this three-day festival at Soldiers Memorial in downtown St. Louis. Visitors can watch cooking demonstrations, buy the latest BBQ gear and even take a class with one of the chefs. General admission is free. VIP tickets are $75 each and include a private tent with BBQ samples, open bar, meet-and-greet with the chefs and private restroom access.

6. Hispanic Festival
September 23-25, 2016
The Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival is a celebration of the food, music and cultures of Latin America. There are dozens of food booths, live Latino music and dancing, an exotic petting zoo and a play area for the kids. The festival is held at Soulard Park just south of downtown St. Louis.

7. Best of Missouri Market
September 30-October 2, 2016
The Best of Missouri Market is a signature event at the Missouri Botanical Garden. More than 100 vendors sell their locally produced food, crafts, jewelry, art and more. There's also live music and a food court featuring local restaurants.

Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for children and Garden members.

8. Laumeier Harvest Festival
October 16, 2016
The Harvest Festival at Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis County is a great way to take in the bounty of the season. Local farmers will be selling produce and other goods during the festival. There's also live bluegrass music, food booths, craft beer and Missouri wines. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

9. Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival
October 29-30, 2016
The small town of Kimmswick welcomes some 100,000 visitors during its annual Apple Butter Festival. Each day, large pots of apple butter are cooked over a wood burning fire. The festival also features more than 500 food and craft vendors, live music and children's area.