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BookFest St. Louis

Fri., Sept. 21, 7 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m.
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Readers, start your ... glasses, maybe? BookFest St. Louis is back for a second year, with an impressive array of authors from all corners of the Dewey decimal system. Sally Field starts the party at 7 p.m. Friday, September 21, with a discussion about her new memoir, In Pieces, at the Chase Park Plaza (212 North Kingshighway; $37 for one person and one copy of the book). Day two gets underway Saturday, September 22, at 10:30 a.m., with A. LaFaye and Deborah Zemke hosting a children's storytime with costumed characters and photo opportunities at the Schlafly Branch of the St. Louis Public Library (225 North Euclid Avenue). It's off to the races after that, with panels ranging from Deborah Eisenberg, Rebecca Makkai, Anne Valentine and Lucy Jane Bledsoe discussing "Fresh Fierce Fiction" at noon to Michael Isikoff and Sarah Kendzior addressing the worst presidential election ever and authoritarian states in "Russian Roulette: Global Politics in the Age of Trump." If you're into spoken word, Cheeraz Gormon, Paul Tran and Jacqui Germain will be waiting for you at 2 p.m., and at 4 p.m. Wayétu Moore, Bethany Morrow and Marcia Douglas will get into the heady delights of magical realism and speculative fiction at "Alternate Realities: Re-Imagining the Past & The Future." The vast majority of the panels are free to attend, and it all takes place in the Central West End. Visit www.bookfeststl.com for a full schedule. most panels are free, but some events require a fee; check the website for details

Left Bank Books (map)
399 N Euclid Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-6731
BookFest St. Louis

St. Louis Renaissance Festival

Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through Oct. 14

If the modern world has you down, you could always escape to the past in Wentzville. The St. Louis Renaissance Festival is back in action from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through October 14 at Rotary Park (2577 West Meyer Road, Wentzville; www.stlrenfest.com), celebrating the better qualities of the sixteenth century. There are knightly jousts daily at 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., wandering performers, a royal court with no power to screw up anyone's life, belly dancers, pirates and giant turkey legs to gnaw on. This weekend (September 22 and 23) is Celtic Festival, with kilt contests, beard competitions, a "bonny knees" competition for, yes, the bonniest knees and a William Wallace costume contest. Admission is $10.95 to $19.95. $10.95-$19.95

Rotary Park (map)
2577 W. Meyer Road
Wentzville St. Louis Renaissance Festival

Live Like a Pioneer

Sat., Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
phone 314-822-8171
shcakouros@gmail.com
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Shoot a musket; throw a tomahawk! Watch folkways artisans ply their old-time skills such as basket weaving, woodworking and more. Enjoy the lively strains of the Sperreng and Truman Fiddlers and see Regency-era dancing. Pet miniature goats. And kids will have fun at the Young’uns Outpost, with a costumed passport program for craft activities. Event in coordination with Smithsonian Museum Day Live with a museum tour focus on pioneer women. Free admission and parking at Crestwood Elementary School and in the overflow lot off Reco Avenue. Phone 314-822-8171 for more information. BONUS - Big Band concert from 7-9pm, $20 adults. FREE

https://www.facebook.com/SappingtonHouseFoundation

Chuseok Korean Harvest Festival

Sat., Sept. 22, 12-4:30 p.m.
uskg12@gmail.com
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The Gateway Korea Foundation will host its 5th annual Chuseok Korean Harvest Festival, marking the start of fall with a free arts and culture festival on September 22nd from 12-4:30pm at McGrath Elementary School. Fun for all ages! Visitors can learn the Korean alphabet and calligraphy. Enjoy traditional games, crafts, try on Korean costumes and listen to kpop music. Sample delicious Korean food like Bibimbap, Bulgogi, and kimchi.  Enjoy modern and traditional dance, drum and martial arts performances by the Chicago Korean Dance Company, Washington University’s Samul-Nori Drum team, Y.S. Rho Martial Arts and SLU's kpop dance team K:ODE. Free

https://www.facebook.com/events/251789552325312/
McGrath Elementary School (map)
2350 St. Clair Ave
Brentwood
phone 314-962-6824

The Lake St. Louis BeerFest

Sat., Sept. 22, 3-7 p.m.
phone 636-695-2626
graylingis@gmail.com
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The Lake St. Louis BeerFest at The Meadows takes place Saturday, September 22nd from 3-7pm. Sponsored by Krey Distributing, the event will have 11 sampling tents of craft and domestic beers from area-wide beer makers. Beer sampling is free. Patrons must be 21+ to sample or purchase beer. Bottled beer will be available for purchase at $5 at a 24-foot long bar. That 80's Band will perform on the Meadows Clocktower stage throughout the event. Festival goers can also play giant games during the event. The Meadows is at 20 Meadows Circle Drive, Lake St. Louis, MO 63367, http://themeadowsatlsl.com/events/lake-st-louis-beerfest. Free

http://themeadowsatlsl.com/events/lake-st-louis-beerfest/
The Meadows of Lake St. Louis (map)
20 Meadows Circle Drive
St. Charles County
phone 636-695-2626
The Lake St. Louis BeerFest

Party Like a Cajun at the Hangar

Sat., Sept. 22, 3-8 p.m.
phone 314-471-6752
Benchnorm@hotmail.com

@ Elite Aviation spirit of st louis airport, 18600 Edison Rd.
Cajun food festival and Cajun cook off contest with Crawfish boil, food contest with celebrity judges (Cory Stark), cooking demos, health screening, live bands Catfish willie Band. $35 food and drink and $10 kids under 12

Spirit of St. Louis Airport (map)
Chesterfield Airport Rd & Spirit of St. Louis Blvd
Chesterfield
phone 636-532-2222
Party Like a Cajun at the Hangar

Cedar Lake Cellars Presents Pyromania

Sat., Sept. 22, 4-9:30 p.m.
phone 314-569-3005 ext. 200
rochelle@brandveinpr.com
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Cedar Lake Cellars presents the 13th annual Pyromania – one of the only pyrotechnic competitions in the U.S. today. Gates open at 4 p.m., and the fireworks show begins at 7:30 p.m. The nation’s top fireworks choreographers gather at Pyromania to showcase their pyromusicals or “concerts in the sky”, which are artistic combinations of music and pyrotechnics. Known as the largest show in the Midwest, Pyromania proceeds benefit The BackStoppers, Inc. General admission is $10 in advance, $15 the day of the event, and children ages five and under are free. VIP admission is $65 in advance and $80 the day of the event.

http://www.pyromaniaevent.com
Cedar Lake Cellars (map)
11008 Schreckengast Road
Outstate MO
phone 636-745-9500
Cedar Lake Cellars Presents Pyromania
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