13 Fun Things to Do in St. Louis in October

Last updated on October 7th, 2023 at 01:03 pm.

October in St. Louis, MO is packed with daily activities that celebrate the local community, business, and culture. With dozens of beer and spirit-themed events, family-friendly activities, and more Halloween events than we could track, narrowing down this list to just 13 was nearly impossible. But we did it! Here are our favorite things do in St. Louis in October.

So whether you love a fine cocktail, appreciate unique art, dine on the local cuisine, or are simply looking for some Halloween fun, this list will help guide you through what to do in St. Louis this October. 

Keep reading to see our list of favorite things to do in St. Louis today and throughout October! We also have lists for the best things to do in Kansas City in October and the most fun things to do throughout the state of Missouri in October.

Fun Things to do in St. Louis in October


Lemp Haunted Neighborhood Walking Tour: Experience St. Louis from a chilling perspective with the Lemp Haunted Neighborhood Walking Tour. Led by a dedicated paranormal investigator, you’ll delve into the enigmatic world of the Lemp family, exploring their mansion, brewery, and the long-forgotten Marion Hospital.

In addition to the Lemp Mansion you’ll visit three Lemp Brewery locations. The nighttime tour ensures spine-tingling spookiness.

Don’t Miss These 13 Fun Activities In St. Louis This October 2023

Here are the best things to do in St. Louis in October 2023 (from a Missouri local).

1. St. Louis VegFest | Oct 1, 2023

St. Louis VegFest

Calling all Vegans, Vegetarians, and animal lovers, St. Louis VegFest is returning to the area! This family-friendly event is open to everyone and is designed to celebrate and educate the public about the benefits of Vegan and Vegetarian diets. With motivational speakers, free yoga events, cooking demonstrations, and over 60 vendors, VegFest 2023 has something for everyone! There will also be a Kids Corner and live musical and other performances throughout the day. This event is free to attend! 

Event takes place from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: World’s Fair Pavilion, at St. Louis Forest Park

2. St Louis Bourbon Festival – Oct 6, 2023

Bourbon Festival

Back and bigger than ever! St. Louis Bourbon Festival is hosted by the St. Louis Bourbon Society with proceeds from the auction and raffle benefitting the St. Louis Hero Network for First Responders. This festival includes over 450+ bourbon, whiskey, and scotch tastings from around the world. Explore historic Cherokee Street while sampling as many of these fine spirits as you can handle, please drink responsibly! There will also be live music, food trucks, a silent auction, and more! Tickets start at $90!

Location: Lemp Grand Hall and Lofts; 1817 Cherokee St, St Louis, MO 63118

3. Halloween Masquerade Ball – Oct 6, 2023

Halloween Masquerade Ball

This is a Halloween Party for the grown-ups! The Halloween Masquerade Ball and silent auction is a fun night designed to benefit the Lafayette Square Neighborhood Association. The evening’s events will include yummy vittles, entertainment, and an open bar. Plus, Chrisitan the Magician will perform some of his favorite illusions. Dress to kill and do not forget your mask! Tickets start at $100.

Location: SqWires Annex; 1415 S 18th St, St. Louis, MO 63104

4. GroveFest – Oct 7, 2023

Grove Fest
Photo Credit: Grove Fest

Get ready for a day of fun in the Grove as GroveFest 2023 returns for its 17th year. It’s a street festival done St. Louis style! This event takes place on the first Saturday each October.

Visit the Merchant Village, enjoy the local flavors in the Food Village featuring some of the Grove’s best restaurants, take the kiddos to the family area, and watch the street performers and main stage performances! The big news this year is Big Freedia is performing!

This event is free to attend!

Location: The Grove St. Louis

5. 18th Annual Bar Bounce Soulard – Oct 7, 2023

Start off the month by heading on down to St. Louis area’s historic Soulard district for a bar bounce like no other. The Annual Bar Bounce Soulard brings together the area’s best bars and pubs to support the Angels Arms Foster-Families.

This bar bounce is meant for teams of 8 to 12 people, be sure to register as soon as possible! Your team’s registration includes tickets for beer pitchers for the participating bars, team t-shirts while supplies last, and specials on drinks and yummy foods. Plus, your team receives a route that will guide you through the eight Soulard bars in this year’s event. Tickets range from $25-$55!

Location: Soulard Historic District; 1027 Geyer Ave. St. Louis, MO 63104

6. Historic Shaw Art Fair – Oct 7-8, 2023

Art Fair

Come celebrate the Historic Shaw Art Fair! Returning for its 30th season, the Shaw Art Fair has been a tradition since 1993! Hosted by the Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association, this event highlights over 130 artists in this premier fine art exhibit. Explore these unique booths while tasting local food, and music, and do not forget to stop by the school’s art gallery installation. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the gate.

Saturday 9 AM TO 5 PM & Sunday 10 AM TO 5 PM

Location: 4200 Flora Pl, St Louis, MO 63110

7. Harvest Fest presented by Sauce Magazine – Oct 8, 2023

Harvest Festival

Get ready to celebrate everything Fall at the St. Louis area historic Tower Grove Park! Hosted by Sauce Magazine, Harvest Fest brings together local businesses featuring favorite restaurants from St. Louis, breweries, and wineries. Local farmers will be on hand selling their seasonal harvest and artisans will be here as well! There will be live music and this is an all-ages event and it is dog friendly.

Best of all this event is free to attend!

This event takes place from 11am – 5pm.

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

8. The Annual Indigenous People’s Day – Oct 9, 2023

Return to Tower Grove Park on October 10th for the Annual Indigenous People’s Day. This event is sponsored by Essence of the Plains and Kat Wheeling and the American Indian Educational Resources of St. Louis.

Enjoy traditional stories, music, and the history of the Kiowa and Hidatsa Indians. Bring a blanket or lawn chair! Note, this event is requiring guests to wear masks and practice social distancing and is free to attend.

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

9. Soulard Oktoberfest – Oct 13-14, 2023

German woman with beer stein

The Soulard Farmers Market, founded in 1779, is the oldest continually run farmers market west of the Mississippi and home to the St. Louis Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest in Soulard ensures the continued appreciation of the St. Louis German brewing culture.

Admission to Soulard Oktoberfest at Soulard Farmers Market Plaza is free and open to the public.

Festivities include: Live music Authentic German food available for purchase, a wine garden, multiple beer stands and live music.

Steins are available for purchase at $10 each.

Events at Soulard Farmers Market Plaza run from 4pm to 11pm on Friday and 11am to 10pm on Saturday.

Address: 1700 S 8th St, St. Louis, MO 63104

10. Brew In The Lou – Oct 14, 2023

Beer Festival

Returning for its 11th year, Brew in the Lou is quickly becoming a favorite St. Louis tradition! Taking place at Franic Park, admission to this event includes unlimited beer, so be sure to bring a designated driver! Additionally, there will be food tastings while supplies last, but there will also be food vendors on site, and each guest gets to take home a commemorative glass!

Tickets to this event are $50 in advance and $60 day of the event. 

Location: 5399 Donovan Ave, St Louis, MO 63109

11. St. Louis Street Food Festival – Oct 14-15, 2023

St. Louis Street Food Festival

Mark your calendars for the inaugural St. Louis Street Food Festival, set to take over Ballpark Village on October 14th and 15th, 2023! Prepare for a weekend of culinary delight as this extraordinary event brings together the best food trucks and restaurants from the St. Louis area, all offering delectable dishes priced at $5 or less.

With over 20 vendors to choose from, you’ll have the chance to savor a diverse array of flavors and options that won’t break the bank. But this festival isn’t just about food – it’s a celebration of entertainment and excitement! Live performances, general vendors, axe throwing, an indoor/outdoor pavilion, mechanical bull riding, and even a VIP-exclusive free giant chocolate fountain await you.

There will also be some crazy eating challenges that will test your culinary strength. Families can enjoy a wide range of kid-friendly activities, and you can explore the general vendor market for unique finds. Don’t miss out on cooking demonstrations and so much more!

Location: 601 Clark Avenue St. Louis, MO 63102

12. Sun Run – Oct 15, 2023

5K race

Back in person for the first time since 2019, the Sun Run is designed to support the patients, families, and hard-working staff at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital!

Paritpcaints in this year’s run will meet up in the Muny’s upper parking lot to kick off this special event. The Sun Run is a 5k race through the beautiful Forest Park or the non-runners can enjoy a nice one-mile walk. Visit the official site to set up your fundraising page and sign up for the event.

Location: St. Louis Forest Park

13. The Healthy History-Lovin’ Halloween Party – Oct 26, 2023

Halloween Party dress up

This Halloween-themed event is for the kiddos! Visit the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park for a fun-filled Halloween party.

At the Healthy History-Lovin, Halloween Party kids are invited to dress up and go trick-or-treating in the history museum, and yes, they will get candy! They will also learn about healthy habits and learn spooky stretches, then make fun crafts and enjoy other activities. This is a free event.

Location: Missouri History Museum; 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112

STL Pumpkin Patches & Haunted Houses

Make sure to check out our article featuring the 7 best pumpkin patches in St. Louis as well as the 15 most haunted houses in St. Louis this October.

We also have our favorite things to do in St. Louis for every month. Just click on any month to plan your next STL adventure! January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

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