Fall for St. Louis During an Autumn Getaway

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Along with crisp autumn air, dozens of festivals, special events and theatrical and family entertainment spectaculars blow into St. Louis during September, October and November according to the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commison. Fall in love with the Gateway City during an autumn getaway.

Along with crisp autumn air, dozens of festivals, special events and theatrical and family entertainment spectaculars blow into St. Louis during September, October and November. Fall in love with the Gateway City during an autumn getaway.

View a complete calendar of events and make St. Louis hotel reservations online by visiting the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission or by dialing 1-800-916-0040.

Labor Day Weekend kicks off St. Louis’ Fall festival season. St. Louis offers so many great events over this long weekend that there’s no work involved to find the fun. From the soulful sounds of the Big Muddy Blues Festival to the colorful display of Asian culture at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Japanese Festival, guests are sure to find a fabulous way to close out the summer.

The Seventeenth Annual Big Muddy Blues Festival rocks the cobblestone streets of the historic Laclede’s Landing entertainment district Saturday and Sunday, September 1 and 2. One of the nation’s best blues music events, Big Muddy showcases more than 30 Blues and Blues-related bands on three outdoor stages from 1 p.m. until 11 p.m. each day. Headliners at this year’s festival include the legendary Dr. John and Joe Louis Walker.

Two of St. Louis’ vibrant ethnic cultures will be on display during the Labor Day weekend. The 36th Annual Japanese Festival takes over the grounds of the Missouri Botanical Garden from Saturday, September 1 through Monday, September 3. Visitors can tour the nation’s largest traditional Japanese garden, browse an arts and crafts marketplace, sample exotic foods, see traditional performances and much more. Nearby, in the charming Central West End neighborhood, nothing says Labor Day in St. Louis like authentic Greek food and music at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. The festival opens on Friday evening, August 31 and shouts of “Opa!” ring out through Monday, September 3.

View the labors of talented artists and shop for unique treasures during the annual Art Fair at Queeny Park from Friday, August 31 through Sunday, September 2. The juried exhibit features fine works created by artists from across the nation. The following weekend, September 7 through 9, the elegant streets of Clayton come alive during the 19th Annual Saint Louis Art Fair. Considered among the top fine art festivals in the U.S., the event showcases original works of the highest quality, three stages of entertainment and culinary treats from St. Louis’ finest restaurants.

The Faust Park Fall Folk and Fine Arts Festival features up-to-the-minute works of art while showcasing 19th century traditional arts and crafts in its Historic Village. Take this artsy step back in time on Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23.

Art lovers flock to the Shaw Neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7, where guests can bounce between two adjacent art-filled events. The 21st Annual Best of Missouri Market brings together more than 120 Missouri food producers and craftsmen offering everything from homegrown produce and flowers to handmade jewelry, baskets and woven goods. The popular event is held at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Simultaneously, just east of the Garden in the parkway along Flora Place, the 20th Annual Historic Shaw Art Fair unfolds multi-media works created by quality, national artists.

Cure the kids’ back-to-school blues with some Disney “magic.” Beloved characters from classic Disney animated films including Snow White, Cinderella, Peter Pan and Tinkerbelle join new
favorites like Tangled’s Rapunzel and Flynn, The Little Mermaid’s Ariel and others for Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove. Mickey Mouse and friends bring favorite stories to life…on ice at the Chaifetz Arena, September 20-23.

Amazing animal acts, spectacular circus performers and comical clowns bring thrills and laughter to Scottrade Center when the classic Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performs in St. Louis from October 11 through 14. This “Greatest Show on Earth®” production, titled Dragons, brings together mystic dragon lore with authentic circus feats.

Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs & Ham is brought to life with musical accompaniment of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra at Powell Symphony Hall on Sunday afternoon, October 7. .

Things heat up in Forest Park’s Central Field on Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15 during the free, Fortieth Great Forest Park Balloon Glow and Balloon Race. On Friday evening, get up close looks at the brilliantly colored, inflated balloons during the walk-around Balloon Glow. Starting at noon on Balloon Race Saturday, pre-lift off activities include sky diver shows, musical entertainment, a photo competition and kids’ play area. The race begins when the Energizer Bunny “hare” balloon lifts off and then is chased by more than 60 “hound” balloons launched in full pursuit.

St. Louis’ three major league sports teams’ seasons overlap this time of year, making it a perfect time for sports lovers to visit. The World Champion St. Louis Cardinals will be in the hunt for a post-season slot during final regular season play dates at Busch Stadium. The Redbirds take to their home field on September 3-5, 7-9, 18-20, 28-30 and October 1-3. As baseball winds down, St. Louis Rams football heats up at the Edward Jones Dome. The St. Louis NFLers hit home turf on September 16 and 30, October 4 and 21, November 18 and December 2 and 16. The puck flies when the Gateway City’s “boys-in-blue note” – the National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues – take the ice at Scottrade Center. Autumn home ice dates include pre-season matches on September 28 and 29 and October 2 and 6 with regular season games set for October 18, 20, 23, 25 and 30; November 6, 8, 17, 23, 25 and 29 and December 1, 2, 12, 14, 15, 18, 23, 26 and 29.

Two very different yet lively cultures are highlighted in St. Louis during September. An Hispanic Heritage Celebration, held at the Anheuser-Busch Consumer Hospitality Center on Saturday, September 15, moves to a mariachi beat. The clans gather in Forest Park on Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29 for the St. Louis Scottish Games and Cultural Festival. Bagpipe bands, Highland dancing, sheepdog herding demonstrations and a “parade of tartans” are festival highlights.

Movie buffs won’t want to miss the 21st Annual Stella Artois St. Louis International Film Festival. The annual event screens feature films, shorts, documentaries and independent movies from around the world. For a complete screening schedule for the November 8 – 18 festival, click on http://www.cinemastlouis.org.

The amazing world of science is yours to discover at SciFest 2012 at the Saint Louis Science Center. Workshops, hands-on experiments and exhibits, lectures and conversations about all aspects of science are presented during the October 16-21 event. See what’s planned by visiting the Saint Louis Science Center’s web site at http://www.slsc.org.

The Fall theatre season is in full swing in St. Louis. The Fabulous Fox Theatre presents the 25th anniversary production of Les Miserables from October 16-28. Next, Blue Man Group brings its wordless, techno visual extravaganza to The Fox from November 20 through December 2. The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis opens on September 5 with Neil Simon’s sweet and funny Brighton Beach Memoirs. The semi-autobiographical play about growing up in 1930’s New York runs through September 30. The award-winning musical, Daddy Long Legs, dances across The Rep’s stage from October 10 through November 4.    


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