Fall in the St. Louis area is not only beautiful, it’s also full of chances to attend a fun event with old and new friends.
We’ve gathered a list of six fall events in the St. Louis area (all perfect for older adults) that will help you enjoy everything the season has to offer.
September 20-21: Belleville Oktoberfest
You needn’t go far to experience an Oktoberfest event, complete with traditional and modern musical acts, craft vendors, German (and American) food, wiener dog racing, and more. There’s also a cornhole tournament and a beer stein-holding contest.
This year marks 37 and counting for the event. It’s held in downtown Belleville, and all proceeds go to local charities. Visit the official website to learn more and get ready for a fun weekend.
September 20-21: The Great Forest Park Balloon Race
If German food isn’t your thing, you can ring in the start of fall with the annual Great Forest Park Balloon Race, one of the oldest in the world.
On Friday, you can enjoy a nighttime balloon glow and fireworks. And on Saturday, sample the food trucks, take in live music, and watch the balloons launch.
So, how does a balloon race work? The lead balloon will launch first, followed by more than 60 others. The lead balloon will then land on a certain spot, and the balloons in pursuit will try to drop a beanbag on that spot. Whoever’s closest wins the race!
October 4-6: Best of Missouri Market + Missouri Botanical Garden
Hosted at the beautiful Missouri Botanical Garden, the Best of Missouri Market brings more than 120 vendors together from across the state. Browse the selection of baked goods, flowers, handmade items, and more. You’ll also find live music and other activities while you peruse.
While you’re at the Missouri Botanical Garden (or MoBot), why not enjoy the fall foliage and natural beauty? Whether you take a quiet stroll through the grounds, visit the butterfly house, or relax on a tram tour, you’re sure to enjoy your trip.
When you get hungry, there’s an on-site cafe, Sassafrass, featuring locally-sourced dishes like Thai rice salad, smoked salmon tartine, and mushroom Reuben.
October 5-6: Historic Shaw Art Fair
Stroll the streets of Shaw, a historic St. Louis neighborhood that’s named after one of the most notable founders of the city (and one of the benefactors of MoBot, which lies to the west). Explore the fine arts and crafts vendors from across the country that line the shaded sidewalks.
You’ll find pieces that include clay, sculpture, woodwork, photography, glass, jewelry, and more. There’s also live music, local food, and arts activities like storytelling and puppetry.
October 13: Harvest Festival - Laumeier Sculpture Park
This annual event has been going strong since 2007 and features everything you want in a fall festival: music, crafts, drinks from local breweries and wineries, farmers’ goods, and - most important - delicious food.
If you need a break from the crowds, you can admire the grounds of one of the largest sculpture parks in the country. 60 works of art across 105 acres offer an intriguing view. Several trails, ranging from .15 miles to .77 miles, allow you to view many of the park’s most popular works on display.
Throughout the Season: Apple- and Pumpkin-Picking
Relive childhood memories and savor the crisp autumn air when you take part in one of these quintessential fall activities. Eckert’s Family Farms has a location just outside Belleville, so you don’t need to travel far to enjoy choosing your own produce.
Just be sure to call ahead or check the website - weather and other factors can affect what items are available at any given time. You can also find out which varieties of produce are available at which times. Apples come into season anytime from mid-August through October, while pumpkins are typically ready later in the fall.
While you’re there, you can also enjoy Eckert’s County Restaurant and store, the plant nursery, and more. A visit to a farm in the fall is the most beautiful time to enjoy nature’s bounty, so be sure to block off plenty of time to enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes.
Stay Healthy - The Fun Way
Regularly getting out and about can be a great way to keep up your physical and emotional health. After all, staying healthy after age 60 is critical to enjoying the best quality of life. And, it can be fun!
Download our free guide to keeping up your health in mind, body, and spirit. You’ll get tips for relieving stress and pain, keeping your brain sharp, and staying creative - at any age.