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Fall for St. Louis

Fall in St. Louis is a beautiful sight! The leaves are turning, the views are stellar and the scenery is amazing. We’ve hand-picked some of our favorite fall activities and events around St. Louis that you shouldn’t miss. Don’t wait, the fun starts this weekend!

Forest Park

You just can’t beat a walk around Forest Park in the fall. The trees are full of autumn leaves, the air is crisp and it’s always free and a great way to stay healthy. While getting lost in Forest Park is an adventure, you can plan your route here.

Moonrise Hotel Rooftop TerraceMoonrise Sign in the Fall

Take a quick trip to the moon and spend some time above the Delmar Loop. It’s a stellar way to get a full view of the leaves changing across the city. Plus, we’ve got a new Rooftop Menu you should try. The tacos are out-of-this-world!

Best of Missouri Market

Each year the Missouri Botanical Garden hosts the Best of Missouri Market featuring local food, crafts, music and more. Over 120 vendors are set to participate this year. The event runs from September 30 – October 2. Get tickets on the MoBot site.

Missouri History Museum

Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis” opened this summer while you were busy doing all the summer stuff around town. This exhibition explores the local history of the world-famous Route 66. Plus, this exhibit is free.

Oktoberfest St. Louis at Urban Chestnut

September 23-25, Urban Chestnut is hosting Oktoberfest along with Schlafly, Perennial Artisan Ales, 2nd Shift and The Civil Life. Two city blocks will be full of German food, music and beer! Entry is free, but it is best to bring cash to make purchases at the event. Check out the schedule here.

Grove Fest 2016

Celebrate the Grove at the 11th Annual Grove Fest on October 1! Each year Grove Fest brings together eclectic vendors for a fun-filled day of crafts, fashion, kids’ events, street performances and live music. Get all the info here.

Ottertoberfest at the Saint Louis Zoo

This October you can get up close with the otters at the Saint Louis Zoo. This two-weekend event features traditional German beer, live music, kids’ activities and, of course, North American River Otters! Ottertoberfest is October 1-2 and 8-9. Get all the details here.

History Hayrides at Faust Park

Get in the fall spirit with a hayride and tour of the Historic Village on October 7-8. You must get tickets in advance and seats are being booked quickly. Get your tickets soon! More details on the St. Louis County site.

Ghost Tours at The Fabulous Fox

Take a tour like no other! From October 10-24, The Fabulous Fox Theatre will be giving Ghost Tours. In a addition to the tour, there are other activities including a séance with the St. Louis Paranormal Research Society. You can purchase tickets on the Fox Theatre site. P.S. This one is a bit too spooky for young children.

Boo at the Zoo

The Saint Louis Zoo is getting a little spooky from October 18-30!  This is a fun, free event for the whole family. The Zoo will be staying open late so you can explore after dark. There are certain restrictions on costumes, so be sure to get all the details on

Terror at Tower Grove Park

Head to Tower Grove Park on October 21 for Terror at Tower Grove Park featuring music, games, arts & crafts, food trucks and more! The event is free for all, but donations will be accepted. You can join in the costume contest and try your luck at the pumpkin painting contest. The fun starts at 5:30 pm.

Paws on the Pavement

Paws on the Pavement is a 5k/1 mile Fun Run that you can take your pet to! This paw-some event is October 22, so get your registration in now. It’s only $25 to participate in the 5k or $10 for the 1 mile Fun Run, and the proceeds go to CHAMP Assistance Dogs.

Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade

Bring your pet to the Delmar Loop for a paw-some Howl-O-ween on October 30! All money raised goes to Gateway Pet Guardians. Come strut your stuff down Delmar! You and your pet can enter the pet parade the day of the event for a donation of $5.

St. Louis International Film Festival

SLIFF comes back to STL November 3-13. The schedule isn’t out yet, but be sure to check their site for the lineup soon!

Update: The SLIFF schedule is out, and it is packed! There are 419 films packed into 11 days. The movies, documentaries and shorts will be shown on screens all over St. Louis, including our beloved neighbor, The Tivoli Theatre! You can purchase tickets to individual shows, or get a VIP pass.