Summer may be winding down, but the fun keeps rolling in St. Louis with fall festivals and activities for all ages. Whether you’re a foodie, patron of the arts, traveling with family, or all of the above, there’s plenty to do in the Lou.
For the Foodie
Taste of St. Louis: Discover why St. Louis’s food scene is generating national buzz. Taste of St. Louis, held September 14–16 at the Chesterfield Amphitheater, features the Chef Battle Royale and more than 30 restaurants. Digest in style afterward at the Doubletree by Hilton St. Louis Chesterfield.
Italianfest: Celebrate the red, white, and green at Italianfest in nearby Collinsville, Illinois, on September 21–22. Enjoy Italian delicacies and let your inner Lucy go wild in the grape stomp. You can rest your weary legs with a stay at the Hampton Inn Collinsville.
Q in the Lou: Follow your nose from Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark to nearby Kiener Plaza for this annual barbecue blowout on September 21–23. Eight “Legends of the Pit” will ‘que up 18,000 pounds of meat.
For the Arts and Culture Aficionado
Festival of Nations: Historic Tower Grove Park hosts the region’s premier multicultural celebration, Festival of Nations, on August 25–26. Dancers and musicians perform on three stages, while Artisans Way highlights traditional handicrafts, and more than 40 food booths serve up cuisine from across the continents. St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton is a short ride to the festivities.
Big Muddy Blues Festival: It’s an easy stroll from the Hilton St. Louis Downtown at the Arch to historic Laclede’s Landing for the Big Muddy Blues Festival on August 31–September 2. More than 65 local musicians will pay homage to the musical soundtrack of the city.
St. Louis Art Fair: The streets of Clayton transform into a world-class gallery as nearly 200 artists display their works during the Saint Louis Art Fair on September 7–9. The Hampton Inn & Suites Clayton/St. Louis Galleria Area is a five-minute walk from the fair.
LouFest: Head to Forest Park for LouFest, an eclectic family-friendly musical festival on September 8–9. Around 30 artists represent the musical spectrum, from funk to indie rock, alt-country to soul. Home2Suites by Hilton St. Louis/Forest Park is a convenient base for rocking out.
Best of Missouri Market: Browse more than 120 Missouri culinary and creative artisans at the Best of Missouri Market, held October 5–7 at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Explore the grounds to enjoy the serene Japanese garden and fall colors.
Fun for the Whole Family
Cardinals baseball: Save at a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game by booking the Cards Cash offer at such properties as Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, just 100 yards from Busch Stadium. You’ll get a $20 Cards Cash gift card good toward tickets, merchandise, and concessions.
Great Forest Park Balloon Race: More than 60 balloons will dot the St. Louis skyline during the Great Forest Park Balloon Race, the oldest free balloon festival in the world, held September 14–15. Depending on the wind, some could drift over the nearby Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park.
Forest Park free attractions: Hop aboard the Forest Park Trolley to cruise between the Saint Louis Science Center, Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum and the nationally acclaimed Saint Louis Zoo.
Halloween Nights at Grant’s Farm: Get into the Halloween spirit every Friday and Saturday in October during Halloween Nights at Grant’s Farm, where a tram ride leads to a magic show, DJ, and other activities. Stay at the nearby Hampton Inn St. Louis/Sunset Hills.
Gateway Arch: The icon of St. Louis, the Gateway Arch is fresh off a five-year $380-million renovation of its grounds and museum.
City Museum: Sensory overload awaits at the City Museum, a quirky museum for all ages, with climbing structures, circus performances, and indoor caves.
Even more fun awaits! Save on admission at 20 local attractions with the Family Attractions Card.