STL Weekend Events Guide: Sept 25-28

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The St. Louis Guide to Weekend Events. Events from Thursday, September 25 to Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Highlighted Event:

hispanic fest Hispanic Festival: The Welcoming Ceremony will be held on Saturday at 5pm with Mayor Francis Slay, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and other local dignitaries followed by a Parade of Hispanic Nations. The event will feature Hispanic Folkloric dancers, over 50 booths and the Los Ninos Kids Corner with Dora the Explorer & Diego. Take in the sizzling sounds of Hispanic music with 7 live Latino bands playing a variety of music on the premiere concert stage including salsa, merengue, percussion, cumbia and bachata. Traditional folkloric dancers from Mexico, Bolivia, and Colombia will be performing as well as offering dances lessons in salsa and bachata. The Cultural Village will offer a wide variety of foods and beverages from Latin & South America including Mexico, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Belize, and more. Other attractions include folk arts & crafts and information booths. One of the Fair’s purposes is to celebrate the common heritage of Hispanic nations. The funds raised are used to fund scholarships distributed to college-bound students as well as under-privileged children and their families. Admission is free.

Date: Sept 26-28
Time: Fri & Sat: 10am-10pm, Sun: 11am-9pm
Place: Soulard Park – 7th and Lafayette


bpv fan fest Gateway Motorsports Park NHRA Fan Fest: The AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals return to Gateway Motorsports Park September 26-28. Gateway Motorsports Park will be celebrating with the fans all week and will host the NHRA Fanfest at Ballpark Village. On Thursday, between 6:30-7:30pm, the stars of the NHRA will have an autograph session. In addition, there will be interactive displays, show cars, music, games, and ticket giveaways. The event is free. Stick around and head over to The Barn at PBR to listen to Hillbilly Authority perform starting at 9pm, or check out Superjam at Fox Midwest Sports Live.

Date: Sept 25
Time: 6-8pm
Place: Ballpark Village – 601 Clark

Friday & Saturday

folk and roots St. Louis Folk & Roots Festival: The festival kicks off with square dance style with Charlie Walden and friends at The Stage at KDHX. $15 gets you in. Then Urban Chestnut hosts Friday night’s Happy Hour with the Bottoms Up Blues Gang. Admission is free. $40 or a festival pass gets you in to Sheldon Hall on Saturday to listen and dance to Betse Ellis, Blue Canyon Boys, and Sarah Jarosz followed by the Caleb KlauderCountry Band at The Stage at KDHX from 11pm-12:30pm. Saturday’s festivities include folk school workshops and music from Riley Baugus, Foghorn Stringband, and the 23 String Band at The Sheldon from 8-10:30pm followed by JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers at the KDHX stage. Sunday’s activities are Free and include a Folk School Fiddle Contest from 12-4pm at the Stage at KDHX.

Date: Sept 25 – 28
Time: Thurs: 7:30pm, Fri: 5-7pm, Sat: 8-11pm
Place: Urban Chestnut, Sheldon Hall, The Stage at KDHX

Saint Charles Oktoberfest 2014 St. Charles Oktoberfest: Oktoberfest events have begun. St. Charles hosts their annual event this weekend. Events will take place throughout the grounds at places like the Barefoot Wine Garden, the 7-Up Ten Stage, the Hofbrau and Sam Adam’s tents, Schlafly Field and others. There will be plenty of German entertainers and culture throughout the weekend, but other acts including That 80s Band and the Rough Ryders will also perform. In addition to music, there will be a JDRK Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday morning. In addition, for the 5th year in a row, the Wiener Takes All wiener dog derby will be going down on Saturday at 12:30pm. The Sam Adams Raise the Stein hoisting competition and the Swiss Meats Brat-eating contest are also on Saturday at 12:30pm and 4pm. Sunday’s events include the SSM St. Joseph’s 5K & Root Beer Fun Run and the Antique Car Show. Admission to the event is free, but VIP tickets are available. VIP tickets for either Friday or Saturday are $65 and include a 1-liter Munich-style stein, five drink tickets, a meal ticket, Saint Charles Oktoberfest t-shirt, private VIP bathrooms, First Bank lanyard, and unlimited soda and water.

Date: Sept 26-28
Time: Fri: 4-11pm, Sat: 10am-11pm, Sun: 10am-5pm
Place: Frontier Park

halfway to st pats day Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day: It’s halfway to St. Patrick’s Day and Ballpark Village is celebrating with Irish beer samples, live music, Irish dancing and more. Performances by Mayer-Torno School of Irish Dance, Holy Infant School Irish Dancers, and O’Faolain Academy of Irish Dance. The event is hosted by the St. Louis Metro St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and parade director Joe Milligan will be in attendance. Stick around afterwards for Fridays on Clark for a free outside performance by Blues Traveler.

Date: Friday, Sept 26
Time: 5-7pm
Place: Ballpark Village – 601 Clark

*Cancelled Due to Safety Concerns: ferguson streetfest Ferguson Streetfest: The 15th annual sreet fest known for great live music and delicious food, is back again. Live music from Kevin Bilchik Band, Smash Band, Jeanne Trevor, Whiskey Dixon, Coco Soul, and FatPocket will take place over the 2 day festival. In addition to the music will be the Ferguson’s Got Talent contest. Plus other fun activities include: the manly man high heel keg relay, washers tournament, home brew booth, kids crafts and entertainers including face painters and balloon creators. head out to the Ferguson Citywalk district for a fun weekend.

Ferguson Streetfest
Date: Sept 26 & 27
Time: Fri: 4pm, Sat: 12pm
Place: Ferguson – 20 S Florissant Rd

garage sale 15th Annual Tri-City Garage Sale: One of the biggest garages sales in St. Louis is happening this weekend. Brentwood, Maplewood and Richmond Heights combined sale hosts over 500 sale sites in 2 locations. Pick up a map at either the Brentwood Community Center or The Heights Community Center at 8001 Dale Ave. From 7-10am you can stroll through the Brentwood Community Center and The Heights checking out everything that vendors have to offer. A free breakfast will be offered from 7-10am at both locations. Arrive early for the best sales.

Date: Sept 27
Time: 7 – 10am
Place: Brentwood Recreation Complex – 2505 S Brentwood Blvd & the Heights – 8001 Dale Ave

strut your mutt Strut Your Mutt: 3rd annual event hosted by Best Friends Animal Society encourages anyone who wants to walk the walk, run, or strut to participate in this great event for homeless pets. Take a leisurely 1-mile walk, 2-mile walk or 1-mile run around Tilles Park with your pet(s), then join us for a fun, doggie-themed festival until 1pm. The festival includes, pet photos, pet contests, doggie goodies, raffle drawings, a Rescue Runway Fashion Show, food, refreshments, and more. Julie Tristan from the local television show “Show Me St. Louis” will be the emcee, with guest appearances by meteorologist Chester Lamkin and anchor Kelly Jackson of KSDK, game show host Todd Newton, and St. Louis Ambush soccer players and dancers. Surprise appearance by Fredbird. Plus great live music from Emily Wallace and DJ Sean Miller.

Strut Your Mutt
Date: Sept 27
Time: 9:30am
Place: Tilles park – 9551 Litzsinger Rd

amazing crawl The Amazing Crawl: 1st annual bar crawl is similar to the television show “The Amazing Race.” Crawlers will travel from bar to bar completing challenges, only they will get to enjoy delicious craft beers at each stop, including Urban Chestnut, Alpha, and 4 Hands. 16 downtown bars will be participating, including Wash Ave Post, Caruso’s Deli, Snarf’s, Bobby’s, Flamingo Bowl, Over/Under, CrackFox, Robust, and more. The top 3 teams will win some awesome prizes. Individual registration is $25 or $80 for teams of 4.

The Amazing Crawl
Date: Sept 27
Time: 1-5pm
Place: Downtown STL: 1300 Washington Ave

funk fest Funk Fest: 9th annual groove festival presents the best funk, soul, jazz, and R&B in the area. Some favorites including: The Funky Butt Brass Band, Big Chief feat. Big Mike Aguirre, Big Brother Thunder & The MasterBlasters, Al Holliday and The East Side Rhythm Band, The People’s Key, Naked Rock Fight, The Service feat. Pete Lombardo, and introducing The Provels will play on 2 stages rocking the house until 2:30am. There will be food and drink specials. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 day of.

Funk Fest
Date: Sept 27
Time: 8pm
Place: Broadway Oyster Bar – 736 S Broadway

strange folk Strange Folk Festival: The 9th annual Strange Folk Festival features 150 indie makers, illustrators, and vintage curators, 8 bands, over 20 local concessions including Global Brew Tap, Iscream, Sweet Katie B’s Cupcakes, The Coffee House Co, Urban Eats, Traveling Tea, Chicago Bob Orginial Greek Gyros, and tons more. Live music both days: Super Fun Yeah Yeah Rocketship, Ellen The Felon, River Kittens, Letter To Memphis, The Vondrukes, and other indie music. Plus upcycled play areas and DIY activities. All the Pinterest projects that you had every intention to make, but lacked the time to complete will surely be represented.

Strange Folk Festival
Date: Sept 27 & 28
Time: 10am-6pm
Place: Community Park – O’Fallon, IL

wildwood bbq Wildwood BBQ Bash: St. Louis’ largest BBQ Contest, presented by St. Louis Home Fires, with over 100 teams competing. In addition to the amazing BBQ, Joe Nichols will be performing on Sunday for a free concert at 2pm. The event will also include beer and wine gardens, ice cream and wing eating contests, and a fireworks display at 9pm on Saturday.

St. Louis BBQ Society
Date: Sept 27 & 28
Time: Sat: 10am-11pm, Sun: 10am-5pm
Place: Wildwood Town Center – 2801 Fountain Place


purplestride PurpleStride St. Louis 5K: Annual race to benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Your donations will help fund research grants, advocacy efforts, patient support, and awareness activities. Registration opens at 7am. Opening ceremonies begin at 9am followed by the run/walk at 9:30am. In addition to the run, there will be fun children’s activities, music, refreshments, and more. Emcee is Kay Quinn from KSDK. Online registration for the race ends Wednesday, Sept 24th.

Date: Sept 28
Time: 7am
Place: The Muny – Forest Park

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