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If craft booths and artisans aren’t your thing, then perhaps you’d prefer a family-friendly jazz festival!

Today from noon-11PM, you can enjoy jazz and blues from two stages in the heart of Webster at the 10th Annual Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival. And it’s free!

There will also be vendors and street entertainment.

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So, does anyone else think it’s more than coincidence that this festival is the same day as Kirkwood’s? Hmm…maybe the rivalry extends beyond football, huh? ๐Ÿ™‚

And maybe some day I’ll share with you how my grandpa was the one who secured the coveted Frisco Bell. Maybe someday.

It’s a beautiful Saturday in St. Louis, so let’s get outside!

Where better to explore than the Kirkwood Greentree Festival?

Here’s what to know before you go:

  • Located in beautiful Kirkwood Park off Geyer Road
  • Parade Saturday at 10AM
  • Activities Saturday until 7PM and Sunday until 5PM
  • Plan on “hordes” of people. You may need to park a fair distance away and walk.
  • Food and information booths
  • Over 180 craft and artisan booths
  • Working artisans and re-enactors in period clothing
  • Greentree Book Fair
  • Free kids’ activities Sat, 10-5 and Sun, 11-4
  • Missouri Fiddlers

Just in case you’re not attending the Balloon Glow in Forest Park tonight (and why not, may I ask?! :)), here’s another option for you:

Take a picnic dinner and a chair or blanket and head to the Old Post Office Plaza on Locust Street in downtown St. Louis for a free outdoor movie!

  • Movies begin at dusk.
  • September 17: Father of the Bride
  • September 24: Jerry Maguire
  • Click here for more info.

With thanks to Steals&Deals.

If you have never been to the Balloon Glow at Forest Park the night before the Great Forest Park Balloon Race, then you are missing out indeed!

As part of the weekend-long festivities surrounding the Balloon Race, the Glow is a fairy land of glowing hot-air balloons against the backdrop of a St. Louis September night. We went last year and were enchanted. Wow.

The weekend is divided into two main events, the Balloon Glow and The Race. Both are free, with free parking in Forest Park. To see videos of past Glows and Race Days, click here.

What you need to know about the Balloon Glow before you go:

  • The Glow goes from 7-8:30 on Friday, September 17. Do not be late. Trust me on this.
  • In fact, consider arriving significantly early – by 5 if you can – and taking a picnic dinner.
  • Free parking is available in the South Lot of the Zoo. From there you can walk to Central Field. Just follow the crowds. If you park in this zoo lot, it will be fairly easy for you to exit the park when you choose to do so.
  • Another good parking option if you go really early is by the Science Center.
  • There will be “hordes” of people, as we say at our house.
  • When a fog horn sounds, the balloons will light up for a short time. Usually there are a handful ofย  lit balloons at all times, but when the horn sounds many glow at once. Spectacular!
  • Concessions and trinkets (lots of glowing toys) will be available.
  • A flashlight might not be a horrible idea to take along.
  • Strollers can be a bit of a challenge in the crowd, but worth it for keeping little ones close in the dark.
  • You will be walking through slightly uneven terrain in a grassy field.

What you need to know about the Great Forest Park Balloon Race before you go:

  • The Balloon Race is scheduled for Saturday, September 18.
  • Festivities begin at noon, with the opening ceremony at 3:30 and the launching of the “hare” at 4:30. To see the detailed schedule, click here.
  • Should the weather be inclement on Saturday, the rain date for the Race is Sunday, September 19.
  • The race itself consists of all the other balloons “chasing” the Energizer Bunny “hare”. The balloon that drops a birdseed baggie closest to the hare wins.
  • There is an annual photo contest.
  • A variety of festivities for the whole family: entertainment, pony rides, freebies, children’s activities, and more!
  • Concessions will be available for purchase.
  • Consider taking a picnic and a blanket/chairs along.
  • All activities will take place on a grassy field. Strollers can be a challenge in the grass.

Does anyone else have any tips for enjoying this fantastic St. Louis tradition?

Love the symphony…and the outdoors?

Then get out to Forest Park’s Art Hill this Thursday to hear the renowned St. Louis Symphony Orchestra perform some favorites!

Fireworks will end the evening with a bang, making you glad you stayed until the end.

And it’s all for free!

They will be performing pieces such as The Star Spangled Banner, March from Nutcracker, Water Music selections, The Sound of Music selections, and Stars and Stripes Forever.

Some things to know before you go:

  • Thursday, September 16, 7PM
  • Picnicking permitted (and encouraged!)
  • Bring your own blanket and/or chairs
  • Consider taking some bug spray
  • Free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis

Sounds like fun! We might try to take our son, at least. One of our goals this year is to expose him to different types of music, for free if possible! ๐Ÿ™‚

Until 10PM today and from 11-4 tomorrow (Sunday), you can head over to Clayton for the annual St. Louis Art Fair.

My husband and son went last year and had a surprisingly good time. There is a Creative Castle for the kids to make their own art, storytelling, lots of art to see, and more!

The fair takes place in downtown Clayton. Take your own picnic and make this a frugal family outing!

Wow, this one sounds like fun!

This Saturday, September 11, from 9AM-6PM, you can venture up to Hazelwood Harvestfest at Howdershell Park and have some frugal fun for the whole family! Admission is free.

Here are some highlights:

  • Parade at 9AM. For details click here.
  • Children’s inflatable obstacle course and slide from 10AM-6PM
  • Bounce house for kids
  • Frame-making from recyclable objects for kids
  • Petting zoo from 10-noon
  • Illusionist at 11:30
  • Free pony rides for kids from 1-5PM
  • Homerun derby
  • Horseshoe tournaments
  • Bingo sessions
  • Live music
  • Used book sale

Whew! That’s a whole slew of fun stuff! For more info click here, and for directions click here.

With thanks to Abby for the Tip-Off!


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