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Attractions, Activities, Events & Happenings

Weekend Festivities September 5th – 7th

This weekend is one that will excite art and music enthusiasts alike. Filled to the brim with various concerts, art shows, and exhibits, this weekend really has it all!

This weekend’s amazing events include:

11th Annual Art Outside Alternative Art Fair at Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave., Maplewood, MO 63134
This fun art show features work from over 50 St. Louis area artists, as well as entertaining performance art and musical acts and delicious food and drinks from Schlafly Beer.
The show is open Friday 5-10, Saturday 10-10, and Sunday 12-4. For more information, please visit or call (314) 241-2337.

21st Annual St. Louis Art Fair in Downtown Clayton, Missouri
S. Hanley Road & Wydown Boulevard
This annual art fair flaunts an unprecedented selection of high-quality works of visual artists from all around the nation. There will also be 3 stages of entertainment, educational hands-on activities for children, culinary treats from some of the area’s finest restaurants, and much more.
The fair runs Friday 5-10, Saturday 11-10, and Sunday 11-5. For more information, please visit or call (314) 863-0278.

Lou Fest in Forest Park
Cental Field, bounded by Wells Drive, Jefferson Drive, & Union Drive
The perfect way to close out summer, Lou Fest is a 2-day music festival full of fun for all ages. Lou Fest features both local and national bands of genres including indie rock, alternative, soul, and rock ‘n roll, among others. The festival offers lots of food, retail, and Area K, a children’s area featuring music, food, magic, and all kinds of kid-friendly fun.
The festival is open 12-10 both Saturday and Sunday. Purchase a 1-day General Admission ticket for $60, a 2-day pass for $95, or a 2-day VIP pass for $350, which includes special VIP stage viewing access, gourmet Happy Hours both days, complimentary beer, wine, and food all day, access to the VIP Lounge, and more. Visit for more information, to see the line up, or to purchase tickets.

Morgan Street Brewery BrewFest & 19th Birthday Party
721 N. Second Street, St. Louis

Join Morgan Street Brewery for an exciting birthday celebration, featuring live music and unlimited samples from more than 17 breweries. For more information, please visit
BrewFest is Saturday, September 6 from 12-4.

Rock’n on the River at Grafton Harbor
215 Water Street, Grafton
Enjoy some amazing bands, delicious BBQ, and a breathtaking view of the Mighty Mississippi at Grafton Harbor. Beer and other beverages will be available.
The festival begins at 2 Saturday, September 6. For more information, please call (618) 786-7678.

Kenny Rogers at Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater
1 Henry Street, Alton
Country legend Kenny Rogers takes the stage right here in Alton at Liberty Bank Amphitheater Saturday, September 6.
Purchase a General Admission ticket for $35 or a VIP ticket (includes special seating, reserved parking, and access to the VIP tent) for $65. Gates open at 7, and the concert begins at 8. For more information, please call (618) 466-6676.

3 Charming Chicks Collectors’ Market
219 Williams Street, Alton
Shop antiques, collectibles, unique gifts, and more at 3 Charming Chicks’s monthly collectors’ market. Please call (618) 208-7961, (618) 616-6480, or (618) 593-5898 for more information.


Can’t get enough art? Check out these incredible on-going exhibits:

Janaina Tschäpe: The Ocean Within Exhibit
St. Louis Art Museum, Gallery 301
1 Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park
Now through October 19th
In this exhibit, Tschäpe explores both observed and imagined views of the ocean landscape across a wide range of media – painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and video. For more information, pleas visit
Museum hours:
Tuesday – Thursday, Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
Friday: 10 am – 9 pm

Stone Bridge Valley Art Exhibit: A Mix of Media
Stone Bridge Valley Art Gallery
Route 100 North, Michael, IL
September 6th through September 28th
This new exhibit highlights the one-of-a-kind work of local artist Linda Miller, as well as describing her unique approach to making art, with photography as the inspiration. The gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 m – 6 pm. For more information, please visit or call (618) 576-9235.

For a full list of happenings, check out our Events Calendar.

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