Fall Arts Preview: Festivals Offer Culture, Celebration, Pumpkin Spice

By Hahn, Valerie Schremp | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), August 28, 2016 | Go to article overview

Fall Arts Preview: Festivals Offer Culture, Celebration, Pumpkin Spice


Hahn, Valerie Schremp, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


The Festival of Nations wraps up Sunday, and the fall festival season truly kicks off on Labor Day weekend. The Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Nearly every weekend after that offers something cultural or pumpkin-spicy to celebrate.

Along with the Japanese Festival on Labor Day weekend, there's the St. Nicholas Greek Festival in the Central West End featuring authentic Greek food, dancing and everything else to get your opa! on. The Art Fair at Queeny Park offers up to 135 juried artists in one of the longest-running art fairs in the region, and the Big Muddy Blues Festival at Laclede's Landing is the region's largest blues music event. After that, there's something for everyone else.

St. Louis Art Fair * More than 180 visual artists selling works, with entertainment, hands-on activities for kids and food from area restaurants. Sept. 9-11, downtown Clayton, free, culturalfestivals.com.

Augusta's 13th Annual Harvest Festival * Harvest specials at the town's shops, restaurants, wineries and breweries, music and hayrides. Sept. 15-18, Augusta, free, augusta-chamber.org.

The Great Forest Park Balloon Race * Celebrate 44 years of oohs, aaahs and pretty pictures at the world's oldest and most well- attended free hot-air balloon event. Enjoy food and activities on the ground as you watch the balloons. Balloon glow is Sept. 16 and the race is Sept. 17. Forest Park's Central Fields, free, greatforestparkballoonrace.com.

Faust Heritage Festival * Tour the park's historic village and watch period-dressed staff ply trades like blacksmithing, rope making and pottery firing. Kids can also play historic games, churn butter and make rope. Hay wagons carry visitors from parking lots. Sept. 17-18, Faust Park in Chesterfield, $5 adults, $2 children 4- 12, under 4 free, stlouisco.com/parksandrecreation/parkpages/faust.

St. Louis Renaissance Festival * Celebrate this festival's 18th season with live armored jousting, artisan shoppes, food, live entertainment, family activities and crafts. On weekends Sept. 17- Oct. 16, Rotary Park in Wentzville, $18.95 adults, $11.95 children 5- 12, under 4 free, stlrenfest.com.

Kirkwood Greentree Festival * A family-oriented festival that includes live music, a wine garden, a dog show, food and information booths, a book fair, a car show, arts and craft booths, and re- enactors. Kirkwood Park in Kirkwood, Sept. 16-18, parade at 10 a.m. Sept. 17, free, kirkwoodmo.org.

12th Annual Budweiser Taste of St. Louis * A celebration of food, including booths from more than 30 restaurants, culinary competitions, an art and wine walk, entertainment, and a kid city. Sept. 16-18, Chesterfield Amphitheater, free, tastestl.com.

Italian Fest * Toss a bocce ball, stomp on grapes and slurp some noodles at this family-friendly celebration. Sept. 16-17, uptown Collinsvillle, free, italianfest.net.

South Grand Fall Festival * Local artists, musicians, dancers, vendors and a DIY craft zone. …

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