Stuff to do October 2014
Weekends through Oct. 26 – times vary, Eckert’s farms in Belleville, Grafton and Millstadt, Illinois, 618.233.0513, eckerts.com
Give those pumpkin-smashing teens something to work with from Eckert’s farms just across the river, where the pumpkins range from several pounds to a whopping 150. Every Saturday and Sunday in October, Pumpkin Jamborees at all three locations feature wagon rides, music, festival foods, a petting farm and of course, the pumpkin patch.
Oct. 4 – 2 to 10 p.m., Manchester Avenue between Tower Grove Boulevard and Sarah Street, 314.535.5311, grovefeststl.com
Grove restaurants, represent! Food vendors at this year’s Grove Fest include Atomic Cowboy, The Sandwich Shop at The Gramophone, HandleBar, Just John, O’Shay’s Pub, Rehab, Rise Coffee House (dubting its new coffee truck), Sameem Afghan Restaurant, Siam and Taha’a Twisted Tiki. People are also licking their lips in anticipation of a one-day-only Urban Chestnut beer: Honey Grove, a Vienna honey lager.
Augusta Bottoms Beer Fest
Oct. 11 – 1 to 5 p.m., Augusta Brewing Co., 5221 Water St., Augusta, 636.482.2337, Facebook: Augusta Bottoms Beer Fest
This 12th annual microbrew celebration in picturesque Augusta offers samples from some three dozen Missouri outfits, including Buckner Brewing, The Civil Life, Heavy Riff, Prison Brews, 2nd Shift, Schlafly and Six Row. Guests enjoy the live music and take home a commemorative glass. Tickets available online or at the door.
Taste of Trucktober
Oct. 18 – 3 to 8 p.m., Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veterans Place Drive, Chesterfield, 636.812.9500, trucktoberstl.com
The organizers of Taste of Trucktober are hoping to stage a massive 40-truck gathering of mobile eateries. Even if they don’t meet that ambitious goal, there will surely be plenty of trucks in attendance, including Harvest Xpress, The Cheese Shack, Sarah’s Cake Stop and La Tejana Taqueria. Beer and wine sales are also available. Buy a book of food tickets at the event.
Brew in the Lou
Oct. 18 – 1 to 5 p.m., Koburg Hall at Concordia Seminary, 801 Seminary Place, Clayton, 314.268.1525, lesastl.org
Beer, spirits, wine, coffee and food will be sampled liberally at the Brew in the Lou benefit. Vendors will offer treats by Blue Moon, BBQ ASAP, Charleville Brewing, Excel Brewing, Gobble Stop Smokehouse, Kaldi’s Coffee, Menrath Wines, Morgan Street Brewery, Pinckney Bend Distillery, Stringbean Coffee, Swiss Meat & Sausage Co., Wood Hat Distillery and many more. Proceeds raised at this event for the Lutheran Elementary School Association will be matched 4-to-1 by grants. Tickets available online.
Kirkwood Halloween Walk
Oct. 30 – 5 to 7 p.m., downtown Kirkwood, 314.822.0084, downtownkirkwood.com
If your kids can’t get enough candy this Halloween, consider the Halloween Walk through downtown Kirkwood. Businesses including Amigo’s Cantina, Billy G’s, 5 Star Burgers, McArthur’s Bakery, Mike Duffy’s Pub & Grill and Spencer’s Grill will hand out candy Oct. 30, so kids can go trick-or-treating two days in a row.