Fun Things To Do in St. Louis in September

Last updated on November 8th, 2022 at 02:14 pm.

Mimosas, hot air balloons, and more Octoberfest celebrations than you could possibly attend: it must be September in St. Louis! We have searched and found the 14 most fun things to do in St. Louis in September.

Plus, with fun themed bar and pub crawls, September is a good time to be over 21 in the St. Louis area!

Pride Tower Grove Park finally returns and with the Japanese Festival and International Hispanic Fest, this September is also a great time to explore other cultures in the city of St. Louis!

14 Best Events to Attend in St. Louis in September 2022

Fun Things to do in St. Louis in September

The month of September in St. Louis offers a little something for everyone! Check out these can’t-miss events and happenings in St. Louis this September.

You won’t want to miss these 14 fantastic activities in the St. Louis area this September.

1. International Craft & Beer Month (weekends from Sept 3 – Oct 2)

beer tasting

Calling all craft and International Beer lovers! Celebrate Beer Month at the City Museum! Pick from a selection of Oktoberfest Beers from Germany or Bavaria, then try an American IPA or lager, and then top off the night with a Mexican brew or two.

Each weekend will feature its culinary options, DJ performances, and strolling entertainment. Admission to this event is included with the price of a ticket to the museum itself, $18 when purchased online in advance, and $20 at the gate.

Location: St. Louis City Museum

2. Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden (September 3-5)

Japanese street dance

Spend the first weekend in September at the beautiful Missouri Botanical Gardens while enjoying the annual Japanese Festival! This event is one of the oldest and largest festivals of its kind in the country.

Launched in 1977, the Japanese Festival combines authentic music, dance, art, and other entertainment provided by local Japanese-American organizations. The festival goes until 10:00 p.m. and ends with candlelight walks each evening. Tickets are $8 for members and $16 for non-members.

Location: Missouri Botanical Gardens

3. Taste of Black St. Louis (Sept 9-11)

Taste of Black St. Louis (tobstl) is a food experience like no other. Created by the local community this event is a weekend loaded with food, shopping, and fun! Enjoy yourself while supporting and bringing awareness to local black-owned businesses. Since 2018, this event has hosted more than 200 food, retail, entrainment options, and other vendors in support of keeping businesses local and affordable. This event is free to attend.

Location: Lenore K Sullivan Blvd, St. Louis, 63102

4. Dogtown Pup Crawl (Sept 10)

Act fast because this dog-friendly event is sure to sell out! This pub crawl is designed to support local non-profits and animal rescues across the St. Louis area.

The Dogtown Pup Crawl will offer an event-branded mug or wine glass to be used during the event to fill with your favorite adult beverages. Pub crawl down historic St. Louis Dogtown visit pub after pub and get ready for a few surprises along the way! Be sure to shop at the local stores and with the local vendors at the paw-pup marketplace. This 21 and older event is $30 to attend.

Location: Dogtown St. Louis

5. St. Louis Mimosa Bar Crawl (Sept 11)


The world’s first-ever touring Mimosa Bar Crawl, arrives in St. Louis on Sunday. September 11th, 2022. This is a 21 and older event!

Enjoy tasty brunch foods and mimosa-themed drinks as you bar hop through Downtown St. Louis!

The event starts at noon. General admission tickets start at $8, VIP tickets are $30 and include an exclusive event t-shirt, and the ultimate VIP tickets are $50 and come with an event hoodie!

Location: Downtown St. Louis

6. The Great Forest Park Balloon Race (Sept 16-17)

Great Forest Park Balloon Race

It is a St. Louis tradition, the Great Forest Park Balloon Race has been thrilling hot balloon lovers for 50 years!

This year’s event will take place in the newly renovated Emerson Central Field in Forest Park. The event kicks off on Friday, September 16th with The Glow at 5:00 p.m. with food trucks and live music. At around 9:00 p.m. the balloon glow begins where dozens of hot air balloons will be lit up.

During the Balloon Glow event, the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team will also take flight and the evening ends with an amazing fireworks display.

Saturday, September 17th is the actual balloon race. Entertainment and kid activities start at 1:00 p.m. At 4:30 p.m. the hot air balloons take flight and the race begins! This event is free to attend!

Location: St. Louis Forest Park

7. Oktoberfest Grants Farm (Sept 16-18)

Oktoberfest at Grants farm

Get ready for an Oktoberfest like no other! Grants Farm is owned by Anheuser Busch, so they know how to throw an amazing Oktoberfest celebration! Enjoy live musical performances each night, sip on tasty beer and lager selections, then hop on a safari ride!

Why not? In addition to the Oktoberfest festivities, Grants Farm will still be offering all of the other famous attractions. This event is free to attend with the purchase of parking.

Location: St. Louis Grants Farm; 7385 Grant Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123

8. South Grand Fall & Music Fest (Sept 17)

Is Fall the best season? Well, In St. Louis it is! The South Grand Fall Fest makes its return on Saturday, September 17th. Local vendor booths will be on display from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m and live entertainment until 8:00 p.m. More than 70 vendors will be on hand featuring local artist with their handmade goods and antique vendors. Plus, there will be an activity corner for families with kids!

Location: Ritz Park, 3147 South Grand Blvd. St. Louis, MO

9. Shakespeare In The Streets (Sept 22-24)

Shakespeare in the Park presents Shakespeare in the Streets for its 9th year. This year’s performance is titled “Winds of Change,” written by Deanna Jent, who took inspiration from Shakespeare’s, “The Comedy of Errors.” Bring your own lawn chairs, and blankets, and be sure to pack a picnic! These performances take place nightly at 8:00 p.m. and are free to attend!

Location: Bevo Mills: 5039 Gravios Ave., St. Louis

10. Tower Grove Pride (Sept 24-25)

tower grove pride

Pride returns to St. Louis’s Tower Grove Park this September and this year promises to be bigger than ever! Come see live performances from local Drag Queens and Kings, burlesque dancers, singers, and more! Explore and support one of the dozens of local vendors, nonprofits, and artists. This is a family-friendly event where people can gather and celebrate being who they are! Plus, this event is free to attend.

Location: St. Louis Tower Grove Park; 4257 Northeast Dr, St. Louis, MO 63110

11. Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival (Sept 24-25)

The annual Greater St.Louis Hispanic Festival returns this September. This two-day festival is loaded with activities, vendors, traditional Hispanic performances, and a kid’s corner featuring Dora the Explorer and Diego.

Spend the weekend exploring over five vendor booths and listening to the musical performances from seven different Latino bands. Explore the cultures of Hispanic countries from all over the world including Mexico, Peri, Venezuela, and more! And the best part is this event is free to attend!

Location: 728 Lafayette AveSt. Louis, MO, 63104

12. Art in the Park to Return to St. Louis Hills (Sept 25)

There is nothing better than spending a beautiful autumn day exploring St. Louis Hill’s, Francis Park.

St. Louis Hills Art in the Park, is a great opportunity to walk around the large lily pond, viewing dozens of artists and their work. In addition to the art displays, this festival will include live musical performances, food booths, fun activities, vintage baseball games, and even a car show. The event is from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and is free to attend.

Location: Eichelberger St & Donovan Ave, St. Louis, MO 63109

13. 2022 Mac & Cheese Fest (Sept 25)

mac & cheese

Get excited for Mac & Cheese Fest! Several local restaurants will be providing some fun and yummy dishes to sample alongside Alpha Brewing Company’s iconic brews! The event will take place in the brewery located next to Alpha’s taphouse. Dive into unlimited beer and mac samples!! Early bird tickets are $45, general admission tickets are $55.

Location: Alpha Brewing Co, 4310 Fyler Ave. St. Louis, MO

14. Q In The Lou; BBQ Festival (Sept 30 – Oct 2)

Cap off the month of September in St. Louis by enjoying some tasty BBQ at the Q in the Lou; BBQ Festival. The City of St. Louis is known for its BBQ and Q in the Lou will not only feature local flavors but other top BBQ chefs will be joining in on the fun. Come enjoy the best BBQ in the country as nine BBQ chefs put their skills to the test! Q in the Lou will also include a BBQ innovation expo, amateur BBQing cooking tutorials and contests, and live entertainment! Admission to this event is free with VIP experiences available for purchase.

Location: 500 Chestnut St. Louis, MO

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Still wondering what to do in September? Check out our list of top things to do in Missouri in September! Where will your next trip or excursion be in Missouri?

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