19 Things to Do in October in St. Louis

Fall in St. Louis is Perfect for Festivals, Road Trips and Halloween Fun

St. Louis Gateway Arch and Lake
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October weather in St. Louis can't be beat. Plenty of sunshine, warm but comfortable days and crisp cool nights make getting outdoors a must. Once the leaves start to change colors, a fall festival or road trip is a great way to spend a day. The end of the month means haunted houses and plenty of Halloween celebrations. Here are the top picks for things to do in St. Louis in October:

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    Every year during the first weekend of October, the Missouri Botanical Garden is transformed into a giant outdoor market. The Best of Missouri Market features the finest products grown and made in the Show-Me State. You can sample and buy dozens of foods or get an early start on your holiday shopping. The market runs on Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday.from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and $7 for Garden members and children.
    October 6-8, 2017
    Missouri Botanical Garden

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    he historic Shaw neighborhood near the Botanical Garden holds its annual art fair each year during the same weekend as the Best of Missouri Market. The two-day event features a wide variety of art, live music and a food court. The fair is held at the intersection of Flora Place and Tower Grove Avenue. Admission is $7 for adults and free for children 14 and younger. Bring a non-perishable food item for $1 off admission.
    October 7-8, 2017
    Shaw Neighborhood, St. Louis

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    Grove Fest is celebrating its 12th anniversary this year! The annual street festival is a favorite fall event for many in the Grove neighborhood in St. Louis. The celebration runs from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. It features an eclectic mix of music, art, food and street performers. The festival is held along Manchester Avenue between Kingshighway and Vandeventer Avenue.
    October 7, 2017
    South St. Louis

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    Beer lovers should head to Augusta, Missouri, at the beginning of October for the Augusta Bottoms Beer Festival. More than 40 breweries from across the state will be serving up their favorite brews. General admission tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.
    October 7, 2017
    Augusta, MO

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    There are several places to go when you want a real Halloween fright in St. Louis. The Darkness Haunted House in Soulard is ranked as one of the best in the country and draws big crowds every year. There's also Creepyworld in Fenton and Haunted Paintball Park in Millstadt. For more information on these scary attractions, read our article on Halloween Haunted Houses in the St. Louis Area.
    October 2017
    Various Locations

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    For wine lovers, Hermann's the place to be during Oktoberfest. The small town comes alive each weekend in October, welcoming thousands of visitors to Stone Hill and its other wineries. You can get there by car, Amtrak or bike via the Katy Trail.
    October 2017
    Hermann, MO

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    For a different kind of Oktoberfest celebration, make a visit to the St. Louis Zoo. Each year in October, the Zoo puts its own twist on the infamous German celebration with its own party, called Zootoberfest. Kids can play games and learn about animals while mom and dad enjoy German food and beer in the biergarten. Admission is free.
    September 30-October 1 & October 7-8, 2017
    St. Louis Zoo

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    The fall Twilight Tuesday concerts at the Missouri History Museum wrap up with a Tribute to New Edition by Project X. The free concert begins at 6 p.m., on the museum's front lawn.
    October 3, 2017
    Forest Park

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    Florissant Old Town Fall Festival

    Enjoy a taste of fall at the Florissant Old Town Fall Festival. The annual event includes about ten blocks of vendors selling food, crafts, art and more along Rue St. Francois. There is also a dog show, wagon rides and activities for the kids. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    October 8, 2017

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    Residents on "The Hill," St. Louis' famous Italian neighborhood, celebrate their rich history in October with the annual Columbus Day Parade and Festival. The parade starts at noon at Kingshighway and Southwest Ave. Everyone is invited to line the route and watch the floats, cars and bands go by. Then head over to Berra Park for an afternoon of food, music and fun.
    October 1, 2017
    The Hill, South St. Louis

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    The World Bird Sanctuary is hosting a special open house this month. Visitors can get a behind-the-scenes look at the work the sanctuary does to save threatened birds of prey. There are educational programs with live animals and activities for children from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
    October 7-8, 2017
    Valley Park

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    Harvest Festival is a celebration of the changing seasons at Laumeier Sculpture Park. The festival includes a farmers' market, live music, food vendors, artisans and more. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    October 15, 2017
    South St. Louis County

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    Step into a 16th century French village, complete with period costumes, jousting demonstrations, crafts, food, music and more. Admission is $18.95 for adults, $15.95 for seniors, and $11.95 for children 5-12.
    Weekends from September 16 through October 15, 2017
    Rotary Park, Wentzville

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    Scheduled to appear at the Pageant on the Delmar Loop in October are are Hanson, the Avett Brothers, Less than Jake, and more.
    October 2017
    Delmar Loop

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    See a performance of The Wizard of Oz at the Touhill. The musical is put on by the Variety Children’s Theatre and showcases the talents of local children, as well as professional actors. Tickets are $18 to $50.
    October 19-22, 2017
    North St. Louis County

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    The Apple Butter Festival is Kimmswick, Missouri's largest celebration of the year. More than 100,000 visitors fill Market Street and the city park to sample apple butter and dozens of other foods. Hundreds of craft vendors sell their goods at booths around town. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    October 28-29, 2017

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    The Great Godfrey Maze continues to welcome visitors this month. The seven-acre corn maze is a fall tradition at Glazebrook Park. Go during the day or bring a flashlight for the haunted maze on Friday and Saturday nights. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children.
    Weekends from October 7 through October 29, 2017
    Godfrey, IL

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    See Fall Colors

    October is a great month to take a drive up the Great River Road to Alton and Grafton or head west down Highway 94. The changing leaves give colorful beauty to the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.
    October 2017
    Various Locations

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    St. Louis' own Cedric "The Entertainer" is hosting a fundraiser for SSM Health at the Peabody Opera House. The evening features special guest Sheila E. Tickets are $32 to $52.
    October 21, 2017
    Downtown St. Louis