Guide to Fall Festivals 2022 in Missouri and Illinois


From beer festivals to apple parties, there’s something for everyone on this list.

ST. LOUIS — Fall is right around the corner, and festivals are an integral part of the fall fun we can’t resist.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the fall festivals in Missouri and Illinois for those who want to stay in the St. Louis area or want to get out of town for a weekend.

From Oktoberfests to craft fairs and delicious local treats, there’s something for everyone on this list.

September

Missouri

The Wentzville Fall Festival is a two-day festival featuring live music, local food and craft vendors, and a playground for children. Musical acts from local bands include Steve Ewing, Fanfare and Silver Bullet.

  • Where: Downtown Wentzville on Main Street between Linn and McRoberts.
  • When: 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 16 and 12 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17
  • Price: Free participation.
  • No dogs or coolers are allowed at the festival.

To learn more about the Fall Festival and see the road closures, click here.

Oktoberfest at Grant’s Farm

Celebrate Grant’s Farm’s German heritage with Oktoberfest. Attend live music, food, beer and experience all that Grant’s Farm has to offer during the weekend festival.

Where: Grant’s Farm, 7385 Grant Road, St. Louis, Missouri.

When: 4-9 p.m., Friday, September 16; 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 and 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18.

Price: Admission to Grant’s Farm is free. Parking tickets must be purchased. VIP passes are also available for purchase. Other costs vary.

Buy a discounted parking ticket for Grant’s Farm here. Note: A parking ticket must be purchased for each vehicle. Buy a VIP pass for a parking ticket and up to 4 people, here.

To learn more about Grant’s Farm Oktoberfest, click here.

Washington: Fall Festival of Arts and Crafts

The 22nd Annual Arts and Crafts Fall Festival showcases arts and crafts from 75 artisans and artisans. Festival visitors will find live music and a food court as they roam downtown Washington for all the handmade items. Some of the festival offerings include: soaps, jewelry, original artwork, clothing, handmade wooden furniture and more.

  • Where: Downtown Washington, Main and Elm Street at the Washington Farmer’s Market, 317 West Main Street Washington, MO, 63090.
  • When: 4-7 p.m. Friday, September 23; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday Sept. 24 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday Sept. 25
  • Price: Free participation. Free parking.
  • No dogs or outside food or drink are allowed at the festival.

To learn more about the Arts and Crafts Fall Festival, click here.

St. Charles’s Oktoberfest is a weekend of fun filled with races, for people AND dachshunds, a meat contest and much more. There’s also live music and entertainment, a kids’ area, and plenty of beer for those 21 and up.

  • Where: Frontier Park, off 500 S. Riverside Drive
  • When: 4-11 p.m. Friday, September 23; 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Saturday Sept. 24 and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday Sept. 25
  • Price: Free admission, wristbands for liquor purchases are $5. Other activity costs vary. Free shuttles.
  • No dogs are allowed unless participating in the “Weiner Takes All” dog race on September 24th.

To learn more about Saint-Charles’ Oktoberfest, click here.

Jefferson City Oktoberfest

The 22nd annual Jefferson City Oktoberfest is a day of celebrating German heritage in Southside Jefferson City. Music, craft and food vendors, a beer and wine garden, a dachshund derby and a car show are just some of the activities available at the festival.

  • Where: Broadway, Dunklin and Washington Streets in Jefferson City.
  • When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, September 24.
  • Price: Free participation. Other activities can be expensive.

To learn more about Jefferson City Oktoberfest, click here.

Illinois

Head to Belleville for the 41st Annual Belleville Oktoberfest. Enjoy live music, great local food, and celebrate Belleville’s German history with the whole family. You can also watch the Sausage Dog Races, Costume Contest, and Mug Holding Contest.

  • Where: Belleville, Illinois
  • When: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Friday, September 16 and 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday, September 17.
  • Price: Free participation. Other activity costs vary.

To learn more about the Belleville Oktoberfest, click here.

The Apple Festival at Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton is an annual event. The festival offers fun for the whole family with an apple pie walk, live music, pumpkin roll, food from the Lodge restaurant and vendor purchases. There are also activities for children.

  • Where: Pere Marquette Lodge, 13653 Lodge Blvd., Grafton, Illinois.
  • When: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sunday, September 18.
  • Price: Free participation. Other activities can be expensive.

To learn more about the Apple Festival in Grafton, click here.

Godfrey: Fall Corn Festival

The Fall Corn Festival in Godfrey has a lot to offer for the fall season. This year’s Fall Corn Festival will feature a corn eating contest, the Great Godfrey Corn Maze, petting zoo, live music and more.

  • Where: Glazebrook Park, 1401 Stamper Lane Godfrey, Illinois.
  • When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, September 24.
  • Price: Free participation. Other activities can be expensive.

To learn more about the Fall Corn Festival in Godfrey, click here.

Mount Vernon Autumn Festival

The Mount Vernon Fall Festival kicks off the last weekend in September with plenty of family fun. Listen to live music, watch the festival parade, and visit local vendors for great produce and treats.

  • Where: Downtown Mount Vernon, 9th Street, Mount Vernon, Illinois.
  • When: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30 and 1 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1
  • Price: Free attendance, free parking, free entertainment. Other activities can be expensive.

To learn more about the Mount Vernon Fall Festival, click here.

October

Missouri

Hermann Oktoberfest is an annual attraction with plenty to see and do, for the month of October. Celebrate German heritage in Hermann with Oktoberfest! Beer, kids, live music and more are on offer during the festival. You can also tour the cellars or visit some of Hermann’s businesses during the festival.

  • Where: Hermann, Mo.
  • When: The first four weekends of October.
  • Price: Free participation. Other activity costs vary.

To learn more about Hermann Oktoberfest, click here.

Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival

The Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival is a 31-year-old tradition in the middle of Missouri. A launch parade begins the two days of fun in the small town of Hartsburg. The festival is accessible by the Katy Trail. Live music, entertainment and the crowning of the 2022 Pumpkin Royalty are just a few of the exciting things about the festival.

  • Where: Hartsburg, Missouri.
    When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, October 8 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, October 9.
  • Price: Free participation. Other activity costs may vary. Free parking.
  • Dogs are allowed, but they must be kept on a short leash.

To learn more about the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival, click here.

Saint Charles Legends & Lanterns Festival

Legends & Lanterns is a journey through Halloween history that takes place every year in Saint-Charles. Learn about some of Halloween’s most notorious characters during the festival, and perhaps visit the Haunted History Trail.

  • Where: St. Charles, Missouri.
  • When: Every Saturday and Sunday, from October 15 to 30. Hours vary.
  • Price: Some activities may be chargeable.

To learn more about Legends & Lanterns, click here.

Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival

The Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival attracts over 100,000 visitors each year. Enjoy food and craft festivals while experiencing the small-town charm of Kimmswick. There are also activities for children like train rides, face painting and a petting zoo.

  • Where: Kimmswick, Missouri.
  • When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, October 29 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, October 30.
  • Price: Free participation. Free parking. Other activity costs vary.

Read more about the Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival here.

Illinois

Visit the Lebanon Fall Festival to savor delicious fall treats while browsing the festival’s arts and crafts vendors. Listen to live local music and discover all that Lebanon has to offer.

  • Where: West Saint Louis Street, Lebanon, Illinois.
  • When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, October 1.
  • Price: Free participation. Other activities can be expensive.

To learn more about the Lebanon Autumn Festival, click here.

PumpkinFest in Waterloo is an event dedicated to family fun. Enjoy products from over 100 vendors at the festival, play games hosted by my local businesses and community groups, and enjoy food and live music at the festival. Kids can get their face painted on and meet characters like Mirabel from “Encanto” and Moana!

  • Where: In front of the Monroe County Courthouse, 100 S. Main Street,
    Waterloo, Ill.
  • When: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday. October 8.
  • Price: Free participation. Some activities may be chargeable.

To learn more about PumpkinFest, click here.

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