9/16-18 THE GREAT FOREST PARK BALLOON RACE Experience one of St. Louis’ iconic events. Watch the balloon glow Friday evening where each balloon is lit from within for a stunning display through the park. Then on Saturday, check out the race and gaze at the sky as The Skydiving Team performs and lands in the center of the launch field. Free. greatforestparkballoonrace.com.
MISSOURI MOSAICS FESTIVAL FOR THE ARTS Drive to historic Main Street in St. Charles and view works from 110 juried artists at the 17th annual event. A distinguished panel of jurors selects artists with work in a variety of media, including painting, clay, sculpture, photography, print making, pastels, drawing, wood, jewelry, metalwork, glass and art to wear. Enjoy live entertainment and take the kids to the Children’s Village for art activities. 4 to 9 p.m., Friday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday. stcharlesmosaics.org.
KIRKWOOD GREENTREE FESTIVAL Take part in fun educational activities and all kinds of entertainment. Listen to the Fabulous Motown Revue perform on opening night at the Lions’ Amphitheatre. Entertainers dressed in period costumes bring an essence of folk-life to the festival while teaching visitors the ways of the past. Located in Kirkwood Park. Free. 822-5800 or ci.kirkwood.mo.us.
9/17 OLD WEBSTER JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL The familyfriendly event includes performances from outstanding jazz and blues groups performing on two different stages. Enjoy food and drink from area restaurants and check out a large gallery of fine art. Everyone can enjoy street performers such as fireeating artists, jugglers and fun balloons. Noon to 11 p.m. Free. 961-4696 or oldwebsterjazzfestival.com.
9/23-25 THE TASTE OF ST. LOUIS The awardwinning event celebrates the best food, art, music and culture the city has to offer. Take part in activities, try all different kinds of food, purchase gifts and sample goodies. The fair takes place at Soldiers’ Memorial with great views of the Arch. 4 to 11 p.m., Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday. Free. 534-2100, ext. 23 or tastestl.com.
9/24 GREEN HOMES & GREAT HEALTH FESTIVAL Help your family live a greener life. Explore ways to healthy living and keeping the planet in shape. Visit with more than 100 green product and service exhibitors. Talk with physicians and learn all the ways we can enjoy our planet and each other, longer. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Free with Garden admission. 577-5100 or mobot.org.
10/1 ROCK HILL FALL FESTIVAL Bring the kids and watch the annual parade followed by the festival. Try out fun treats at A Taste of Rock Hill, listen to performances by jazz, vocal and instrumental groups, and see cool cars at the classic auto show. There is a canine costume competition, children’s activities and more. 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Market at McKnight. Free. 961-7728 or rockhillfallfestival.net.
PIWACKET FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL Kids will appreciate the arts and crafts, snacks, music and face painting. Watch two original Piwacket Theatre for Children productions while attending the fun family fest. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Black Cat Theatre in Maplewood. $15, general admission; children 2 and under, free. 781-8300 or blackcattheatre.org.
10/1-2 BEST OF MISSOURI MARKET Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the market by browsing items from more than 120 Missouri food producers and crafters. The booths offer fresh produce, baked items, flowers, herbs, toys, custom jewelry and more. Listen to live music, sample goodies and shop. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Missouri Botanical Garden. $12, adults; $10, seniors; $5, children; $5, garden members. 577-5100 or mobot.org.
HISTORIC SHAW ART FAIR Bring your dog on a leash and explore the tree-lined parkway of Flora Place at Tower Grove Avenue. The fair’s 135 artists will show off a variety of media, including paintings, photography, drawings, digital art and fine crafts. Kids can enjoy storytelling and a puppet theater. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday. $5, adults; free, children under 14. 771-3101 or shawartfair.org.
10/7 MAPLEWOOD ARTS & EATS Celebrate art and food at the festival featuring the Second Annual Fiddle Fest and The Folk School of St. Louis. Check out art openings, artist receptions, entertainment and live music. Food and beverages are served from the storefronts and fiddlers play on the street corners. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Maplewood Arts District. Free. 646-3607 or cityofmaplewood.com/artswalks.
10/7-9 SOULARD OKTOBERFEST Visit Lyon Park for tons of live music, beer, dancing and activities. Listen to 14 different bands on four different stages. Bands such as Polka Floyd, Soulard Blues Band and Austrian Express all take the stage to get the crowd going. Kegs take over the area featuring 2,000 lagers from all over the world. Food vendors sell rotisserie chicken, bratwurst, roasted turkey legs and Piller pretzels. $5, per day. 335-7580 or soulardoktoberfest.com.
10/23-25 SAINT CHARLES OKTOBERFEST Visit Frontier Park to sample a variety of beers in the beer garden and let the kids play in the children’s area. Children can view a magic show, get their faces painted, watch movies and take part in photo opportunities. Adults can shop the gift vendors, view Dachshund races, see a woodcarving demonstration and listen to popular music. Free. 581-6871 or saintcharlesoktoberfest.com.
10/28-30 HOLIDAY PRE-VIEW SHOWDrive to Mid Rivers Mall and browse fall and Christmas crafts, handmade items, original works, baby items, décor and jewelry. Get a gift or grab something for yourself. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday. Free. 636-240-5689 or treasurechestshows.com.
11/5-6 50 MILES OF ART GALLERY AND STUDIO TOUR Travel along highway 79 where dozens of artisans in the historic Mississippi River towns of Clarksville, Louisiana and Hannibal will open their galleries and studios for a tour. Check out photography, glass, pottery, jewelry, collage, fiber and watercolor. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday. Free. 573-221-6545 or 50milesofart.com.
11/6-16 ST. LOUIS JEWISH BOOK FESTIVAL Listen to authors as they discuss their books and sign purchased copies. The festival is the only event of its kind in the area and the largest in the country. Speakers include headliner Alan Arkin, Steve and Cokie Roberts, Martin Fletcher, Jeffrey Zaslow and many others. $70, series tickets. 442-3299 or stljewishbookfestival.org.
11/18-20 TREASURE CHEST ARTS & CRAFTS HOLIDAY SHOWVisit the St. Charles Convention Center. Get a jump start on holiday shopping by viewing and purchasing handmade items for special friends and relatives. 2 to 7 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. Free. 636-240-5689 or treasurechestshows.com.