16 Fun Things To Do in St. Louis in September

Last updated on April 19th, 2024 at 08:43 am.

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!

Best Events to Attend in St. Louis in September 2023

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.

We also have lists for the best things to do in Kansas City in September and the most fun things to do throughout the state of Missouri in September.


  • St. Louis Bar Hunt: Saucy St Louis Bar Crawl: Explore St. Louis like never before on the Saucy St. Louis Bar Crawl! Discover iconic landmarks and hidden gems while answering trivia questions and completing exciting challenges. Compete with your friends or work together as a team to create unforgettable experiences. With interactive roles and diverse challenges for every player, the Bar Hunt is the perfect way to discover the best of St. Louis.
  • St. Louis Narrated Trolley Tour: Explore the best of St. Louis in just 90 minutes with a narrated trolley tour! Covering 23 miles of the city, this tour is the perfect introduction to St. Louis and will help you plan your visit. Discover the city’s rich history and get ideas for what to see and do during your stay.
  • Saint Louis Brews and Views Half-Day Tour: Discover the best of St. Louis’ beer culture and iconic landmarks on the Brews and Views Tour. Sample delicious craft beers at local breweries and explore historic neighborhoods to learn about the city’s rich history and culture. With stops at popular landmarks like the Gateway Arch and Forest Park, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views while sipping on some of the best beer in town.

1. International Craft & Beer Month | weekends from Sept 1-24, 2023

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. Soulard Beer Fest – Sept 1-3, 2023


Swing on by Big Daddy’s of Soulard for Soulard Beer Fest!  This is the first year for this event so get in on the inaugural fun! This event will feature seven of the area’s top breweries with 14 different beers to sample and live DJ entertainment, raffles and prizes, and the ability to vote for the best beers.

There are two ticket levels starting with Beer Lovers which includes 12 of the 16 oz beer token, and a souvenir beer cup. The non-beer lovers level comes with a souvenir cup and two beer tokens. Tickets start at $12.

Location: Big Daddy’s of Soulard; 1000 Sidney St, St. Louis, MO 63104

3. Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden | September 2-4, 2023

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 runs until 10:00 p.m. and ends with candlelight walks each evening. Tickets are $8 for members and $16 for non-members.

There is no charge for parking at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Location: Missouri Botanical Gardens; 4344 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63110

4. Art Outside | Sept 8-10, 2023

Schlafly Bottleworks Art Outside

Enjoy a weekend full of art and beer at one of the area’s favorite breweries. Schlafly Bottleworks presents Art Outside. Explore art exhibits from 60 artists who specialize in photography, mixed media, jewelry, woodwork, and more.

Explore the artwork while enjoying delicious Schlafly brewed beer and yummy festival foods. As an added bonus, local musicians will be performing live throughout the weekend. And do not let the fact it is a brewery hosting this event prevent you from bringing the kiddos because there will be several fun activities just for the kids. This event is free to attend.

Location: 7260 Southwest Ave, St. Louis, MO 63143, Schlafly Bottleworks

5. Taste of Black St. Louis | Sept 8-10, 2023

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: Poelker & Kaufman Park (Across from Soldiers Memorial)

6. Oktoberfest Grants Farm | Sept 8-10 & 15-17, 2023

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

7. Stray Rescue Of St. Louis Golf Tournament | Sept 12, 2023

The Stray Rescue Of St. Louis annual golf tournament with drinks, food, and games is a great way to help with St. Louis pet adoption. Registration opens at 7:00 am on 9/12/23 with a shotgun start at 9:00 am at the Norman K. Probstein Course at Forest Park.

There will be adoptable pups a silent auction and most importantly 100% of proceeds go to Stracks Medical Emergency Fund!

Location: Forest Park Golf Course, Lagoon Drive, St. Louis, MO

8. Trivia Night at Alpha Brewing Co | Sept 13

Get ready for a night of brainy bliss at Alpha Brewing Co.’s monthly Trivia Night! Rally your crew, relish delectable smash burgers, sip on Alpha’s finest brews, and let the mental showdown begin.

Doors open at 6pm, with trivia kicking off around 7pm. It’s free to play, so assemble your team and put your knowledge to the test. Challenge yourself with diverse categories and engage in friendly competition.

Picture the aroma of mouthwatering smash burgers filling the air as you strategize your answers. The trivia battlefield awaits, offering an evening of camaraderie and intellectual excitement.

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

9. Shakespeare In The Streets | Sept 14-16

Shakespeare in the Park presents Shakespeare in the Streets for its 10th year. This year’s performance is titled “Soccer,” written by Benjamin Hochman Of The St. Louis Post-dispatch, who took inspiration from Shakespeare’s The Henriad. 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: Olive Street near the intersection of 22nd in Downtown St. Louis

10. The Great Forest Park Balloon Race | Sept 15-16, 2023

The Great Forest Park Balloon Race
Photo Credit: The 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 15th with The Glow at 5:00 p.m. with food trucks and live music. At around 6:45 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 16th 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: Emerson Central Fields in Forest Park

11. South Grand Fall & Music Fest | Sept 16, 2023

Is Fall the best season? Well, In St. Louis it is! The South Grand Fall Fest makes its return on Saturday, September 16th. 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

12. St. Louis Mimosa Fest | Sept 17, 2023


Shopping, Brunch, Mimosas & More at the 2023 St. Louis Mimosa Fest.

The event starts at noon. General admission tickets start at $14.99, VIP tickets are $30 and include an exclusive event t-shirt, and the ultimate VIP tickets are $39.99 and come with an event t-shirt! Both tickets include mimosa vouchers and Mimosa Fest entrance.

This event is exclusively for those 21+ years of age.

Location: The Armory St. Louis

13. Tower Grove Pride | Sept 23-24, 2023

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

14. Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival | Sept 23-24, 2023

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

15. Art in the Park to Return to St. Louis Hills | Sept 24, 2023

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: Francis Park; Eichelberger St & Donovan Ave, St. Louis, MO 63109

16. Q In The Lou; BBQ Festival (TBD)

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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