What to Do in St. Louis This Weekend

 In City Guide, Culture

Fall event season continues this weekend with four cultural festivals featuring brews, food and live entertainment, as well as several opportunities to shop your favorite independent vendors and experience art from local museums and galleries in a whole new light.

Car Seat Headrest and Foxing Play on the Loop
Car Seat Headrest and Foxing round out our docket of indie bands performing at the Loop’s many concert venues in September. See the former perform “Twin Fantasy,” a revamped project from frontman Will Toledo’s teenage years. Don’t miss St. Louis-born Foxing as they return to the Lou to tour their exciting new album, “Nearer My God.”

Car Seat Headrest
When: Sept. 27
Where: Delmar Hall
Price: $22-25

When: Sept. 28
Where: The Pageant
Price: $15-18

SLAM Underground: Recess
Summer’s over, kids—celebrate fall with Saint Louis Art Museum at the next SLAM Underground, a costumed evening of art, live music, and fun back-to-school-themed activities. Sip on their signature cocktail, the “Juice Box,” hula-hoop with The St. Louis Hoop Club, go spin the Spelling Bee Prize Wheel, and cheese with your friends in the Photo Booth.

When: September 28 from 7-10 p.m.
Where: Saint Louis Art Museum
Price: Free

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Image courtesy of Alexa Mazzarello.


First-Ever Fleur-de-Lis Floral Art Walk
Experience the Grand Center Arts District embellished in blooms during the inaugural Fleur-de-Lis Floral Art Walk on the Saint Louis University campus and throughout the Grand Center Arts District. Each stop along the route features a distinct arrangement that interprets an artwork on display, designed by a local floral artist. Visit the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Contemporary Art Museum, Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries, and more on Friday and Saturday.

When: Sept. 28 from 4-8 p.m., Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Grand Center Arts District
Price: Free

Oktoberfest St. Louis
Urban Chestnut is back with their rousing annual Oktoberfest celebration. This year’s festival is themed “Bier Garten to Big Top,” stretching along Washington Avenue from UCBC’s Midtown location to Circus Flora’s Big Top Tent. Enjoy classic German-inspired brews all weekend, pretzels and brats, live entertainment including performances by Circus Flora, and family-friendly activities.

When: Sept. 28-30
Where: Urban Chestnut Brewing Company in Midtown
Price: Free entry

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Image courtesy of Urban Chestnut.

Strange Folk Festival
Get weird this weekend at the Strange Folk Festival, St. Louis’ longest-running independent craft show. Shop from the diverse group of local vendors and visiting makers, park yourself on the grass to enjoy the live music, and grab lunch from your favorite food trucks.

When: Sept. 28-30
Where: Carondelet Park
Price: Free

Dutchtown’s Common Sound Festival
Celebrate community in the historic Dutchtown neighborhood this Saturday during the Common Sound Festival all afternoon. Move your body during free dance workshops from professionals, watch live performances, and shop from food, drink, and craft vendors.

When: Sept. 29 from 1-6 p.m.
Where: Marquette Park in Dutchtown
Price: Free

Tower Grove Harvest Festival
Come stock up on seasonal produce during the Tower Grove Farmers’ Market Harvest Festival this weekend. The event, now in its 13th season, represents one of the biggest gatherings of local farmers in the area. Get there early for your pick of the crop, and stay for live music presented by Twangfest, food from neighborhood restaurants, and a special 4 Hands release.

When: Sept. 29 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Tower Grove Farmers’ Market
Price: Free

River City Jamboree
Head to 4 Hands Brewing Company this Saturday morning for an exclusive shopping event hosted in collaboration with Black Arrow Exchange, Key Rose Customs, May’s Place. Shop vintage goods, antiques, handmade wares, records, jewelry, motorcycle and auto parts, resale clothing, and much more. Local food trucks will be there to sate your hunger, and 4 Hands will provide their extensive trove of brews.

When: Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: 4 Hands Brewing Co.
Price: Free entry

The Factory Fashion Show and Night Market
Don’t miss the biannual Factory Fashion Show and Night Market, one of the most innovative and inspiring fashion events of the year. The catwalk at 8 p.m. will showcase designs by a new group of six independent designers, including RAGE ROSS by Kelsy Ross, REFASH STUDIOS by Kelley Boster, LB DESIGNS by Lenora Brown, FREE TO ROME by Julian Hall, ANNA LEIGH by Anna Heinold, and MAANG by Yasi Fayal. All evening from 6-11 p.m., shop the curated night market of local makers, free and open to the public.

When: Sept. 29 from 6-11 p.m., runway show at 8 p.m.
Where: Koken Art Factory
Price: Free night market, runway ticket price varies based on seat

Feature image courtesy of The Factory Fashion Show.

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