It's finally starting to feel like fall, and this weekend offers plenty of opportunities for food-lovers to get outside. Nosh on barbecue at Q in the Lou, drink German bier at Urban Chestnut's Oktoberfest or snack on pintxos at the annual Harvest Festival.
"A family-friendly German heritage festival with 5 entertainment tents serving 30+ beer brands, German food & vendors, children's area, car show and special events throughout the weekend. Sponsored by Saint Charles Oktoberfest Committee, a not for profit corporation. Proceeds to area Lions' Clubs, St. Charles Sister Cities student exchange program, Jaycees and many others." Friday from 4 to 11pm, Saturday from 10am to 11pm and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
"Take a tour of nine of America’s most-renowned BBQ joints without even leaving the Lou. The top pitmasters in the nation are coming to St. Louis for the fifth annual Q in the Lou, a three-day, family-friendly festival in Kiener Plaza September 27-29, 2019. This year, go to “BBQ school” where award-winning pitmasters will teach you how to become the master of your own backyard at Green Mountain Grills’ Quick Cuts. You’ll get free, live demonstrations with all of our pitmasters’ secrets on everything from BBQing whole turkeys (your Thanksgiving won’t ever be the same) to grilling peppercorn beef tenderloin and prime rib roast. Q in the Lou has gathered the best in the BBQ business, from hometown favorites Pappy’s Smokehouse and Sugarfire Smokehouse to pitmasters from Texas, Mississippi, Kansas City and beyond. They’re each bringing their own style, sauces, woods, brines, injections, rubs and glazes to slow-smoke more than 20,000 pounds of premium-grade pork, beef, lamb, turkey and chicken throughout the weekend." Friday from 4 to 9pm, Saturday from 11am to 8pm and Sunday from 11am to 6pm. Ticket prices vary, available here.
"Urban Chestnut Brewing Company’s (UCBC) annual Oktoberfest St. Louis returns for its ninth year to the Midtown Brewery & Biergarten and Circus Flora Big Top in Grand Center. The three-day, Munich-style celebration begins Friday, Sept. 27, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 29. Oktoberfest St. Louis is FREE to attend and will feature a full lineup polka and oompah-thumping music on two stages and plenty of German food and bier. Sunday is traditionally considered to be Family Day with circus performers and plenty of kid-friendly activities under the Big Top." Friday from noon to midnight, Saturday from 11am to midnight and Sunday from noon to 7pm. Free to attend, food and drink available for purchase.
"Join us as we visit three St. Louis breweries on our bicycles: 2nd Shift, Civil Life, and UCBC in the Grove. This is a casual, social ride. All skill levels are welcome! Be sure to bring your lights as it will be dark before the ride ends. Meet at 2nd Shift starting at 7PM. Wheels roll at 8PM. You may park your car along Sublette Ave. VeloFix STL will be on-site from 7-8PM in the 2nd Shift parking lot to perform any bike repairs or adjustments you need prior to the ride! As requested by the brewery, please do not park bikes on patio or deck. Thanks! See you all there!" From 7 to 11pm.
"The Tower Grove Farmers’ Market Harvest Festival returns for its 14th year, bringing back plenty of annual favorites plus a variety of new offerings. On Saturday, September 28, visit Tower Grove Park for this family-friendly fest. More than 125 vendors will be on-hand, selling everything from the best of Missouri and Illinois produce to artisanal sweets to fresh flowers. All are welcome any time between 8a and 3p, and it’s recommended to come hungry! This year, the Harvest Festival offers a Basque food and drink experience. Guests can enjoy a variety of pintxos (one- or two-bite snacks made with a variety of meats, cheeses, vegetables, and seafood) from TGFM favorite The Croquetterie, plus other Basque specialty foods offered by Chef Ben Poremba’s new specialty market AO&Co." From 8am to 3pm.
"Join us as we tap 4 Sudwerk kegs with polka music blaring! Well, maybe not the polka, but buy a Sudwerk and keep the Stein!" From 4 to 8pm.
"It's been quite a year for the ole Civil Life. Through the ups and downs the one thing that has remained consistent is no doubt the support of so many of you that believe in us. Your support over the years and most recently the last several months has meant the world to me and of course to the dinosaurs. Our great staff is as thankful as can be as well. There is little doubt that the coming year will be our best year yet." From noon to 6pm.