As you start the transition from Summer to Fall, it’s the perfect time to clear your calendar for some great events. From live music on an outdoor patio or winery to some of the largest annual events, it will not take long to fill your evenings and weekends. To get you thinking about the possibilities, here are TEN fun late Summer and Fall ideas to get you started!
LIVE MUSIC: Summer and Fall are the perfect times to get out and enjoy some live music. The StreetsFest Concert Series, Music on Main, and the Symphony will be finishing out the season with final concerts in August and September. On August 16, Music on Main will have the Delta Sol Revival and on September 20, Butch Wax & The Hollywoods. Head to Frontier Park to hear the St. Charles Community Big Band on August 13 and September 3 and the Saint Charles Municipal Band every Thursday evening through August. Head on over to the Streets of St. Charles on September 13 for Trixie Delight.
FOOD TRUCKS in FRONTIER PARK: Looking for something different for dinner? How about the opportunity to choose from 20+ delectable food trucks, visiting with friends, listening to great live music, and hanging out along the banks of the Missouri River?
You’ll get your chance on August 15 and October 17. For more event information, please visit www.stcharlesparks.com
FESTIVAL OF THE LITTLE HILLS: These little hills will be alive with crafts, live music, street performers, lots of food, and activities for the little ones. Founded in 1969, this festival has grown into a three-day event that offers visitors and residents the opportunity to explore Main Street, Frontier Park, and all the Festival has to offer. It’s a “can’t miss” event, August 18, 19, and 20. For more information visit www.festivalofthelittlehills.com
ART & CULTURE OFFERINGS: The Foundry Art Centre has a full calendar of events including two new exhibitions: Context II will run through September 15. This is an exciting all-media exhibition that will focus on the written word’s role in the visual arts. And then opening on October 6 is the return of Quilt National–a great opportunity to explore the world of Art Quilts by contemporary fiber artists. This show expands the boundaries of traditional quilt-making by utilizing the newest materials and technologies. On the 2nd Thursdays through October, the Foundry Art Center gives you the opportunity to bring your family in for a free,
hands-on experience to explore your creative side. For more information on Foundry Art Centre events, visit: www.foundryartcentre.org
MOSAICS FINE ARTS FESTIVAL: From September 15-17, Main Street St. Charles will play host to the 23rd annual MOSAICS Fine Arts Festival. This festival offers free, family-friendly community arts that provide art appreciation, live entertainment, children’s art activities, and the opportunity to explore, appreciate, and better yet, buy art from more than 90 juried artists. For more information on MOSAICS, go to www.stcharlesmosaics.org
HISTORIC MISSOURI WINE COUNTRY: St. Charles County is home to nearly a dozen award winning wineries. Fall is the perfect time of year to sit in the vineyards, explore the Katy Trail, stay at a beautiful bed and breakfast or a cabin in Klondike Park, or discover the unique shops in Defiance and Augusta. It’s also time for the annual Augusta Harvest Festival! On September 15 & 16, head south on Highway 94 to explore Augusta for live music, picnics in the vineyards, and lots of fun at harvest time. For more Harvest Festival information, visit www.augusta-chamber.org
OKTOBERFEST: We hope you have your lederhosen on order! September 22, 23, and 24 will find Frontier Park filled with German spirit, music, food, activities, and of course, beer. Don’t miss this St. Charles tradition 31 years in the making. For more information, please visit www.saincharlesoktoberfest.com
FALL FESTIVALS & HALLOWEEN FUN: Your month of October will fill up quickly with these fun opportunities. On October 7, Frenchtown will host Witches & Warlocks Night Out, dress up your furry friend for Dogtoberfest in DuSable Park on October 14, then head out to the Daniel Boone Home on October 21 for Spirits of the Past. The Main Street Merchants invite you to explore Main Street during Pumpkin Glow on October 27 and 28 and then head back on Halloween for Trick or Treat on Main. You can also join the St. Charles Parks Department for Halloween Hoopla in Frontier Park. For more information, go to www.discoverstcharles.com.
LEGENDS & LANTERNS, a “Spirited” Journey through Halloween History: This Festival brings the historical, hysterical, and high-spirited characters of both history and lore together to interact with guests on Main Street. Do not miss the more than 20 legends of Halloween, Hayrides through History, or Morbid Curiosity! October 21-22 & 27-29 on Main Street and in Frontier Park. For more information, go to www.discoverstcharles.com.
CATCH THE TROLLEY: Finally, if you haven’t climbed aboard, don’t miss a new fun way to Discover Saint Charles. Get a ride on the Trolley Monday thru Saturday from 11:30am to 9:30pm and Sundays from 11:30am to 7:30pm. For more information, visit www.stcharlestrolley.com
These are just a few of the great events happening in the weeks and months ahead. For more fun ideas, visit www.discoverstcharles.com .