The final days of summer are here, but September in St. Louis is still filled with great events. There are fall festivals, hot air balloons and the return of football. Here are top picks for what to do in St. Louis in September.
For ideas on what to do this fall when you don't want to spend any money, check out Free Fall Events in St. Louis.
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September gets off to a busy start with Labor Day. The long holiday weekend is filled with events like the Japanese Festival at the Botanical Garden, the Big Muddy Blues Festival on Laclede's Landing, Midwest Wingfest and more. If you're looking for ideas, see Things to Do For Labor Day Weekend in St. Louis.
September 2-5, 2016
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It's apple season at Eckert's Orchards this month. Eckert's is celebrating with Apple Fest at all three locations. The festival features apple treats, live entertainment and more.
Weekends from September 3-25, 2016
Belleville, Millstadt and Grafton
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Twilight Tuesdays continue all month at the Missouri History Museum. The free outdoor concerts feature artists like Starlifter - The U.S Air Force Band of Mid-America, First Call Band and Queens Blvd. The performances start at 6 p.m.
September 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2016
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If you want to see one of the best art fairs in the country, head to Clayton for the annual St. Louis Art Fair. The St. Louis Art Fair ranked fifth in the nation in a recent Harris List of the best fine art fairs and craft shows. This year, hundreds of artists will show off their talents in painting, sculpture, photography and more. There's also live music and food served up by some of the area's best restaurants.
September 9-11, 2016
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LouFest Music Festival
LouFest just keeps getting better every year. The popular indie music festival brings dozens of nationally known acts to Forest Park. Headliners for 2016 include LCD Soundsystem, Chris Stapleton and Ms. Lauryn Hill. A one day general admission pass is $60. Two day passes are $95.
September 10-11, 2016
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The Great Forest Park Balloon Race is one of the biggest events of the year. It all begins with the Balloon Glow on Friday night. Then, crowds return to Forest Park the following day for the big race.
September 16-17, 2016
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Learn what it was really like to live on the Missouri frontier by visiting Pioneer Days at the Daniel Boone Home near Defiance, Missouri. The historic encampment recreates life as it was before 1840. Children can attend a one-room school or play period games. Historical interpreters will show visitors how to cook on a hearth and make household items from gourds. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children.
September 17-18, 2016
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The restaurants of downtown St. Louis extend a special invitation to dine with them this month. Two dozen eateries are offering three-course meals for $25 a person during Downtown Restaurant Week. Some of the area's most popular restaurants are participating. You don't need coupons or tickets, but reservations are highly recommended.
September 19-25, 2016
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The Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival celebrates the food, music and cultures of Latin America. This year, the annual event will be held at Soulard Park just south of downtown St. Louis. The three day festival is truly a feast for the senses. There are Mexican salsa bands, folk dancers and popular Hispanic food.
September 23-25, 2016
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