15 Top Things to Do in September in St. Louis

St. Louis Welcomes Fall with Festivals, Football and More

St. Louis Gateway Arch and Lake
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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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    Eckert's Belleville front
    ••• Deborah O'Brien 

    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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    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
    Various Locations

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    The Great Godfrey Maze is a fall tradition in the Metro East. Visitors head to Glazebrook Park to wander through the giant maze cut into seven acres of cornfield. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Kids younger than five get in free.
    September 2 - October 30, 2016
    Godfrey, IL

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    Missouri History Museum
    ••• Deborah O'Brien

    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
    Forest Park

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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
    Downtown Clayton

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    Food truck friday
    ••• Deborah O'Brien

    Sample the best dishes from St. Louis' most popular food trucks. Nearly two dozen trucks take part in an evening of food, craft beer and music in Tower Grove Park. The event runs from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
    September 9, 2016
    South St. Louis

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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
    Forest Park

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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
    Defiance, MO

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    Great Forest Park Balloon Race
    ••• David O'Brien

    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
    Forest Park

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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
    Downtown St. Louis

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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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    Restaurant Row at Taste of St. Louis
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    The best restaurants in town will be showing off their finest dishes at the Taste of St. Louis. The three day event features food, art, music, cooking demonstrations and more. The Taste of St. Louis will be held at the Chesterfield Amphitheater. Admission is free.
    September 16-18, 2016

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    St. Charles hosts its annual Oktoberfest celebration in late September. The three day festival is filled with activities for visitors of all ages. There's German music, beer and food, plus a parade, kids area and car show. Admission is free.
    September 23-25, 2016
    St. Charles


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    Bar-b-que lovers can enjoy all their favorites at Q in the Lou at Soldiers Memorial in downtown St. Louis. The three-day festival features top BBQ chefs from all over the country cooking up their most popular recipes.  
    September 23-25, 2016
    Downtown St. Louis

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    HOP in the city
    ••• Deborah O'Brien

    Schlafly knows how to throw a party for beer lovers. Get unlimited samples of more than 40 Schalfly brews, plus food and live music from noon to 5p.m., at the Tap Room. Tickets are $30 in advance, and $35 the day of the festival.
    September 17, 2016
    Downtown St. Louis