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LouFest, Forest Park Balloon Race, highlight outdoor St. Louis events in September

Those recent, unseasonably cool temperatures can only mean one thing: fall is almost here!

And just because summer vacation is over doesn’t mean the outdoor fun has to be. In fact, September is chock full of amazing outdoor events in and around the world-famous Delmar Loop and Forest Park.

So get those hoodies and jackets ready (and don’t put away the blankets just yet!) and check out the upcoming outdoor events nearby. Remember, the Moonrise Hotel is the perfect place for dining and drinks before or after your day or night on the town!

LouFest Music Festival: Saturday, Sept. 12-Sunday, Sept. 13, Forest Park Central Field

LouFest 2015 LogoThis immensely popular music festival is back for its sixth year, bringing with it some truly incredible entertainment. The Avett Brothers, Ludacris and Hozier are just a few of the more than 30 acts that will take the stage in beautiful Forest Park. More than two dozen local food vendors, artists and merchants will also be on hand to complete the festival experience. One- and two-day regular and VIP passes are available at!

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Forest Park Concert: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15, Art Hill in Forest Park

One of our city’s most cherished musical treasures, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, kicks off its 2015-16 season with a free concert on Art Hill, playing highlights from its upcoming concerts. The show concludes with what’s sure to be a spectacular fireworks show over the Grand Basin!

43rd Annual Great Forest Park Balloon Race: Friday, Sept. 18-Saturday, Sept. 19, Forest Park (and the skies over St. Louis!)

2012_Balloon_RaceThe oldest and most-attended hot air balloon event in the world kicks off with a dazzling balloon glow at 7 p.m., Sept. 18, at Central Field in Forest Park. Get up close to your favorite balloons and watch as they light up the night! A fireworks display caps off the evening at 9:15 p.m. The fun continues starting at noon in Forest Park the next day with live entertainment, food vendors and, of course, a breathtaking hot air balloon race! More information about these free, family-friendly weekend festivities is available at


Tip: Our Rooftop Terrace Bar will be closed for a wedding until 7pm, so join us for the balloon race afterparty for dinner and drinks!

Style in the Loop

Join local fashion designers for a runway show, sidewalk sales and more! The free fashion fun begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 and continues through Saturday, Sept. 26.

More information is available at