Fun Things to Do in St. Louis in October

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!

Fun Things to do in St. Louis in October

Don’t Miss These 13 Fun Activities In St. Louis This October 2022

Here are the best things to do in St. Louis in October 2022 (from a local).

1. 17th Annual Bar Bounce Soulard – Oct 1

Start off the month by heading on down to St. Louis area’s historic Soulard district for a bar bounce like no other. The 17th 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

2. Donut Fest- St. Louis – Oct 1

Donuts

Who doesn’t love a good donut? Then the St. Louis area has the event for you because Donut Fest is coming to town this October. Donut Fest- St. Louis combines donut and beer samples, what a combination! Additionally, there will be coffee and tasting activities throughout this event. Then you get to help select the St. Louis area’s favorite donut! Tickets start at $20 for children and designated drivers, $25 for general admission, and $40 for VIP Tickets!

Location: 2100 Locust St, St. Louis

3. GroveFest 2022 – Oct 1

Grove Fest
Photo Credit: Grove Fest

Get ready for a day of fun in the Grove! GroveFest 2022, returns for its 16th year of celebration  GroveFest is an annual 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! 

This event is free to attend!

Location: The Grove St. Louis

4. Soulard Oktoberfest – Oct 7-8

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

5. St. Louis Neighborhood Block Party and Fun Run – Oct 8

Better stretch before heading to this event! Back for its second year, get ready to have fun and get a little exercise at the St. Louis Neighborhood Block Party and Fun Run! Hosted by the local non-profit, Logic Baby this event will run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. In addition, to the fun run, there is a neighborhood block party with fun activities, vendors, food, drinks, and live entertainment!

This is an all-ages event and is free to attend.

Location: Lindenwood Park; 5776 Jamieson. Saint Louis, MO 63109

6. Brew In The Lou – Oct 8

Beer Festival

Returning for its 10th 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

7. 2022 Historic Shaw Art Fair – Oct 8-9

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

8. Harvest Fest presented by Sauce Magazine – Oct 9

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

9. The 4th Annual Indigenous People’s Day 2022 – Oct 10

Return to Tower Grove Park on October 10th for the 4th 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

10. Soulard Beer Fest – Oct 15

Beer

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

11. 2022 Sun Run – Oct 15

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

12. St Louis Bourbon Festival – Oct 21

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: 1817 Cherokee St, St Louis, MO 63118

13. The Healthy History-Lovin’ Halloween Party – Oct 27

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

14. Halloween Masquerade Ball – Oct 28

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

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.

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Still wondering what to do in October? Check out our list of top things to do throughout Missouri in October!

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