The cool, crisp fall weather is perfect for sampling St. Louis’ signature outdoor festivals. Follow this guide to your next autumn adventure.
Best of Missouri Market
Discover hidden gems from across the state at the 22nd annual Best of Missouri Market, Oct. 4 to 6, at Missouri Botanical Garden. The fall festival favorite will spotlight the fresh food and creative crafts of more than 120 vendors. Find fresh produce, meats, cheeses, candies, fresh and dried flowers, herbs, handcrafted items, baskets, wooden toys, custom jewelry and more. Fun for the whole family, including live music and a Kids Corner featuring cow-milking, pumpkin decorating and barnyard animals, also will fill the weekend. 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Oct. 4; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 5-6. $12, adults; $5, members and kids; free, ages 3 and younger. 577-5100 or mobot.org.
St. Louis Symphony Live at Forest Park
New resident conductor Steven Jarvi will lead the St. Louis Symphony in its free annual concert on Art Hill in Forest Park. The Sept. 17 performance will kick off the orchestra’s 134th season with an evening of classical favorites and highlights from the 2013-14 schedule. Fireworks over the Grand Basin will close the festivities. 7 p.m. Free. stlsymphony.org.
Celebrate Hermann’s Old World heritage during four weekends of fall fun. Taste and tour the wineries and breweries, and sample traditional German food, music and culture. Special offerings and performances are slated throughout the month at restaurants such as Tin Mill Brewery, and wineries, including Adam Puchta, Hermannhof, OakGlenn, Robller and Stone Hill. visithermann.com/special_events/octoberfest.
Grapes to Glass
Take a VIP tour and tasting of Stone Hill Winery Nov. 2. Journey from the Norton vineyard to the cellars, tank building and press house, learning behind-the-scenes secrets about the winery’s success story along the way. 2:45-5 p.m. Reservations required. $25. stonehillwinery.com.
Holiday Fare Wine Trail
Travel along the scenic Hermann Wine Trail Nov. 16 and 17 for the best in holiday food and wine pairings. The tour will stop at seven area wineries: Adam Puchta, Bias, Dierberg Star Lane, Hermannhof, OakGlenn, Robller and Stone Hill, where you can indulge in sweet and savory holiday food and wine pairings, such as Savory Pumpkin Soup, paired with Traminette; Caramelized Pineapple Tart, paired with Vignoles; and Cranberry Cake with Rum Sauce, paired with Merlot. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 16; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 17. $30. hermannwinetrail.com.
Taste of St. Louis
The city’s best food, art and music will be highlighted once again at the award-winning Taste of St. Louis. With this year’s major sponsor, Budweiser, on board, the outdoor festival at Soldiers Memorial downtown will feature a new element: Beers of the World—A Tasting Experience. Fan favorites also will return, with more than 50 restaurants on Restaurant Row, the Chef Battle Royale Culinary Competition, an Art & Wine Walk, an interactive Marketplace and a kids’ kitchen. Local and national music acts also will be featured throughout the weekend: up-and-coming St. Louis native Pokey LaFarge, lauded guitarist Robert Randolph and the Family Band, reggae-influenced rock and pop band The Samples, Seattle rockabilly, swing and jump blues group, The Dusty 45s and more. 4-11 p.m. Sept. 27; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 28; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 29. Free admission. 534-2100 or tastestl.com.
The area’s best beer will be on tap for the annual Fest-of-Ale Oct. 18 at Missouri Botanical Garden. Seventeen microbrewers, including 4 Hands Brewing Company, Alpha Brewing Company, Kirkwood Station Brewing Company, Schlafly and Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, will be on hand, along with live music from Mike Mattingly. 6-9 p.m. Ages 21 and older. $35, adults; $25, members; price increases by $5 after Sept. 18. 577-5100 or mobot.org.
Faust Folk Festival
An old-fashioned Folk Festival will be held Sept. 21-22 in The Historic Village at Faust Park. Among the village’s 19th-century homes, period-dressed staff will greet guests and offer traditional arts and crafts, such as blacksmithing, rope-making and pottery-firing. The event also will include food vendors and hands-on activities, such as games and garden projects for kids. 636-532-7298 or stlouisco.com/parks.
Art on the Town
Living up to its name—Missouri’s Creative Community—Webster Groves will showcase artists, performers and musicians in the heart of downtown on Oct. 12. Attendees can experience the talent of more than 100 artists and performers at the event center on Allen Avenue, as well as stroll through charming local shops and art galleries. Noon to 6:30 p.m.; 6:30 p.m. gallery walk. wcaf.org/programs/art-on-the-town.
St. Louis Scottish Games and Cultural Festival
Bagpipe bands, Highland dancing and sheepdog herding demonstrations will highlight the St. Louis Scottish Games and Cultural Festival on Sept. 27-28 in Forest Park. The event will kick off at Langenberg Field with a ceilidh, a celebration featuring Scottish singing and dancing. The festival also will include Scottish foods, crafts and goods, as well as children’s activities. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 27; 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 28. 821-1286 or stlouis-scottishgames.com.