Fall weather in St. Louis can't be beat. Plenty of sunshine, warm but comfortable days and crisp cool nights make getting outdoors a must. And, once the leaves start to change colors, a fall festival or road trip is a great way to spend a day. Here are the top picks for things to do in St. Louis this fall.
Columbus Day on The Hill
Residents on "The Hill," St. Louis' famous Italian neighborhood, celebrate their rich history in October with the annual Columbus Day Parade and Festival. The parade starts at noon at Kingshighway and Southwest Ave. Everyone is invited to line the route and watch the floats, cars and bands go by. Then head over to Berra Park for an afternoon of food, music and fun.
October 9, 2016
The Hill, South St. Louis
World Bird Sanctuary Open House
The World Bird Sanctuary is hosting a special open house this month. Visitors can get a behind-the-scenes look at the work the sanctuary does to save threatened birds of prey. There are educational programs with live animals and activities for children. Admission is free.
October 15-16, 2016
The Harvest Festival is a celebration of the changing seasons at Laumeier Sculpture Park. The festival includes a farmers' market, live music, food vendors, artisans and more. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
October 16, 2016
South St. Louis County
Apple Butter Festival
The Apple Butter Festival is Kimmswick, Missouri's largest celebration of the year. More than 100,000 visitors fill Market Street and the city park to sample apple butter and dozens of other foods. Hundreds of craft vendors sell their goods at booths around town. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
October 29-30, 2016
Great Godfrey Maze
The Great Godfrey Maze continues to welcome visitors this month. The seven-acre corn maze is a fall tradition at Glazebrook Park. Go during the day or bring a flashlight for the haunted maze at night. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children
Weekends through October 30, 2016
Trick or Treat Street
Every year, one small block in South St. Louis hosts one of the area's biggest Halloween celebrations. The block has actually earned the nickname of "Trick or Treat Street." To join the fun, bring your kids to the 5300 block of Nottingham on Halloween night. Residents deck out their homes and dress in costumes for the thousands of visitors who descend upon the block by the car or bus load. It's a fun and safe way for your children to enjoy the holiday. The block party officially runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
October 31, 2016
South St. Louis
See Fall Colors
October is a great month to take a drive up the Great River Road to Alton and Grafton or head west down Highway 94. The changing leaves give colorful beauty to the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.