St. Louis Weekend Events Guide from Thursday, October 2 through Sunday, October 5, 2014.
Belleville Chili Cook Off: This annual festival, now in it’s 31st year, brings thousands of people over the river to taste chili from over 70 vendors with mass amounts of chili in all varieties. They’ve got regular chili, white chicken chili, napalm chili, chili with no beans, chili cheese dogs, fritos ‘n chili, chili cheese fries, etc. If you’re not a chili fan, there are plenty of other fair foods available like kettle corn, funnel cakes, ribbon fries, and hot dogs (hold the chili). And of course, the Chili Chase 5K, Junior Idol Competition, beer stands, and great live music make this event extra awesome. Smash Band will be rocking the event on Friday night, followed by Permanent Groove Saturday night.
Date: October 3-4
Place: Downtown Belleville – Main St
Best of St. Louis Party: The votes have been counted, the winners in over 250 categories of music, food, drink, goods and services have been announced, and now it’s time to celebrate! Head over to the Moto Museum to sample from an array of Best of St. Louis restaurant winners including Scottish Arms, The Shaved Duck, Triumph Grill, Wang Gang Asian Eats, Twin Oak, and Wheelhouse. Enjoy live music by Coreyography, 18andCounting, and iLLPHONICS. Check out art demos and lots of D.I.Y. surprises. GA tickets are $25 and include a few complimentary drinks and restaurant tastings. VIP tickets are $45 and include six complimentary drinks, restaurant tastings, a VIP lounge and a gift bag.
Best of St. Louis
Date: October 2
Place: Moto Museum – 3441 Olive St
Firefighter Auction: It is going to be a hot night at PBR St. Louis this Thursday. Join us for a Firefighter Auction benefiting BackStoppers Inc. whose mission is to provide assistance to families of police, fire and EMS officers who die in the line of duty. Bid to win a date with one of the many firefighters that have volunteered not only to save lives but raise money for this great cause. Drink specials include $5 Captain drinks and $5 Jager bombs. Doors open at 6pm and all the bidding fun starts at 10pm.
Date: October 2
Place: Ballpark Village – 601 Clark
Friday & Saturday
MX Film Festival: A showcase of indie films and local filmmakers featuring free screenings and special events including an awards ceremony, with free beer sponsored by Urban Chestnut. While this festival has already begun, there are still plenty of films to see, and even better, the Awards Ceremony, taking place on October 4th at 9pm. In addition the that, you can still check out the Filmaker’s Showcase on Oct 1 at 7pm, Wet Hot American Summer on Oct 2nd at 7 and 10pm, the Filmaker Mixer and Premium Showcase with Q&A and free beer provided by Urban Chestnut on Oct 3rd. Th awards ceremony is on October 4th at 9pm.
Date: Sept 26-Oct 4
Time: Times vary per event
Place: MX Movies – 618 Washington Ave
Food Truck Friday: The last FTF of 2014. Head out to Tower Grove Park with a lawn chair or blanket and a healthy appetite this Friday. There will be food from over 20 food trucks, including drinks as well. The final Food Truck Friday performance will be from the lovely Miss Jubilee. Rain or shine; don’t miss out. It’s a long time until May 2015.
Date: October 3
Time: 4-8pm (get there as early as 3:30pm)
Place: Tower Grove Park
Single Malt Whiskey Dinner: Calling all whisky lovers. Vom Fass is hosting a 5-course whiskey tasting dinner featuring the award winning cuisine of Chef Elizabeth Schuster, owner and executive chef of Tenacious Eats. Chef Schuster will be creating a 5-course tasting menu designed to enhance and compliment the sometimes bold and sometimes subtle flavors of a selection of rare spirits. Some menu items include: Craigellachie 16 year paired with Parnsip Pomme Frites with Vom Fass Malt Vinegar Aoili, Blair Athol 12 year paired with a Duck Slider served on a house made brioche roll, Braevel 20 year paired with Cherry Wood Smoked Pork Rib with Root Vegetable Hash, just to start. Cost for dinner is $65. Advanced reservations are required.
Date: Oct 3
Place: Vom Fass- 7314 Manchester
Oktoberfest at Union Station: This first annual festival will feature live music from the likes of the 20-piece Deutschmeister Brass Band and Uber Cool on the Mainstage while “live displays of various facets of Germany’s rich culture” will take place on the German Cultural Stage. The Spaten Bier School will provide participants with German beer education sessions throughout the event. The Rhineland Wineland Garden will feature a wide-variety of German wines. The Kenrick’s das Abendessen and the G & W Wurst Market will have a variety of German cuisine dishes available. GA tickets are $10. VIP tickets are $50. VIP ticket includes a St. Louis Oktoberfest shirt, a Budweiser stein filled with Budweiser as well as a refill, a shot of DeKupers Schnapps and a German sampler platter from Kenrick’s, private restrooms and complimentary soft drinks and water.
Union Station Oktoberfest
Date: October 3 & 4
Time: Fri: 3:30-11pm, Sat: 11am-11pm
Place: Union Station – 1820 Market St
Grove Fest: An outrageously eclectic and also free street festival in the Grove, a vibrant commercial district in St. Louis located along Manchester between Kingshighway and Vandeventer. You can expect live music from Wild Party, live and interactive art, fashion shows, fun events like Hoopinanny, street performers, and of course, local food and drinks from HandleBar, Layla’s, O’Shays, Atomic Cowboy, Gramophone, Siam STL, RISE Coffeehouse, and more. Wares from the Grove’s and St. Louis’ finest establishments, including Photomaton, Steryo Type Clothing, Steam Carft Vapors, OneTime Supply Co, and more. Check out the Velcro Wall, Paint-by-numbers mural, Juggling Jeff, Henna and body painting and much more.
The Grove STL
Date: Oct 4
Place: The Grove – Manchester between Tower Grove & Sarah
Backstoppalooza: An annual event that raises money for the Backstopper’s program. The suggested donation is $10 (free for kids 12 and under). Food and drink will be available for purchase. There will also be t-shirts and koozies available for purchase. Come out to the amphitheater and rock out to The Dog’s Breakfast, a rock and blues cover band, at 5pm. Silver Bullet STL, a Bob Seger tribute band performs at 6:3pm, followed by Big Love, a Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band at 8:30pm.
Date: Oct 4
Place: Chesterfield Amphitheater
Australian Pink Floyd Show: Having sold over three million tickets in concerts that have taken place in 35 countries, The Australian Pink Floyd Show is rightfully hailed as one of the most in demand touring entities currently operating, The Times described them as “The Gold Standard.” This act is so good they were even engaged by David Gilmour to perform at his 50th birthday celebration. The Original & Best Pink Floyd Tribute presents Set The Controls, The Very Best of Pink Floyd this Saturday at the Family Arena. Tickets start at $28.
Australian Pink Floyd Show
Date: Oct 4
Place: St. Charles Family Arena – 2002 Arena Parkway
Irish Country Fair: Presented by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, this day festival includes mass, a 5k run, color guard opening ceremony, Irish music and dance, food from Irish Corner Pub and Div I, Irish Crafts, Dogtown Motor Club Car Show, and fun children’s activities. Performances by: O’Faolain Academy of Irish Dance, Celtic Folk Music of Gallica, Clarkson School of Irish Dance, The Irish Aires, Mayer-Torno School of Irish Dance, and Clabber Alley. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a day of fun. Free admission.
Date: Sunday, Oct 5
Place: St James the Greater School – 6401 Wade
Chrome Up! Motorcycle Show: A family friendly motorcycle event featuring all motorcycles, custom bikes, and trikes. The event includes an indoor motorcycle swap meet, stuffed and loaded concessions, charity fundraisers, an award presentation, and fun kids activities. Admission for spectators is free. Bike entry is $20, first 50 entries receive a free custom Chrome Up! patch.
Chrome Up! Motorcycle Show
Date: October 5
Place: District 9 Machinist Hall – 12365 St. Charles Rock Rd
St. Ann Food Truck Event: Food Trucks, new car displays, and music. Please come out and meet your fellow neighbors, and partake the growing Food Truck craze. We hope to make this an annual event if this is a success. Food trucks include Vincent Van Doughnut, Bombay Food Junkies, Kona Ice, Wayno’s International Cuisine, Harvest Xpress, Que Sazon, and Hot Aztec. Music provided by Scott Stillman’s Spin ’em4U DJ Productions. S.W.A.T softball team will host a raffle for a BBQ grill and other prizes. St. Animal Pet Adoptions will have an adoption table at the. Bring your blanket, lawn chair, pets, and appetite for a great foodie event.
St. Ann Food Truck Expo
Date: October 5
Place: St. Ann Park