Stuff to do: September 2016
Sept. 2 – 5 to 11 p.m., Sept. 3 – noon to 11 p.m., St. Clair Square Mall, 134 St. Clair Square, Fairview Heights, idwestwingfest.com
Head to Fairview Heights for two days of finger-licking fun at the annual Midwest WingFest. Grab a couple wings or other summer eats from more than 20 vendors like WingNutz, The Righteous Pig Bar-B-Que, Hotshots and Dandy Inn, then cool things down with margaritas or Anheuser-Busch brews. Sign up your flock for Saturday’s Chicken Run 5K or brave the prestigious Wing Eating Contest.
St. Louis Classic Cocktail Party
Sept. 10 – 6 to 10 p.m., Lafayette Square Park, St. Louis, 314.231.2537, Facebook: St. Louis Classic Cocktail Party
Raise a glass and kick off St. Louis Craft Spirits & Cocktail Celebration at the St. Louis Classic Cocktail Party, featuring area distilleries like Spirits of St. Louis, Pinckney Bend, Still 630, Defiance Whiskey and much more. Purchase tickets to sample full or tasting pours of cocktails, and enjoy food from area vendors like Square One Brewery, SqWire’s and Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery.
Kosher Barbecue Competition
Sept. 11 – 2 to 6 p.m., Nusach Hari B’nai Zion, 650 N. Price Road, Olivette, 314.991.2100, nhbz.org
St. Louis’ first kosher barbecue battle kicks off at Nusach Hari B’nai Zion. Follow your nose to the competition, where up to 10 teams submit their best chicken thighs, turkey, beef ribs and brisket. Whether you keep kosher or just have a weakness for perfectly smoked meat, sample the competitors’ submissions or buy more barbecue from Kohn’s Meat Market, then stick around to find out which team is crowned the champion. While you snack, enjoy beer samples from Shmaltz Brewing Co.
Tea Blending Class
Sept. 12 – 7 to 8:15 p.m., The London Tea Room, 3128 Morgan Ford Road, St. Louis, 314.241.6556, thelondontearoom.com
There’s more to tea than dropping bags into hot water. Learn the art and science of blending different herbs and aromatics to create the perfect cup of comfort. The London Tea Room’s Jackie James teaches attendees the basics behind blending, then lets them try their own and take home 2 ounces of their custom creations. Reserve your spot online at dabble.co.
HOP in the City
Sept. 17 – noon to 9 p.m., Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust St., St. Louis, 314.241.2337, schlafly.com/HOP
Get a rare taste of music paired with nearly 50 brews from St. Louis’ biggest craft beer producer at Schlafly’s HOP in the City. Purchase tasting tickets to gulp down unlimited samples of beer ranging from Schlafly’s experimental Hop Trials to a watermelon lager to that famous pumpkin ale. Lot tickets allow access to the event and the option to purchase full pours of beer and pub fare. Tickets available online.
End of Summer Luau
Sept. 23 – 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Three Sixty, Hilton at the Ballpark, 1 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314.241.8439, 360-stl.com
Celebrate a successful summer Hawaiian-style at Three Sixty’s End of Summer Luau. Hula dancers, fire breathers and a succulent pig roast will help you transition into the cooler months. In addition to roast pork, enjoy a Hawaiian buffet featuring ceviche, empanadas, yucca fritters and eight other tropical dishes. Signature cocktails and a full bar will be available for your imbibing needs. The event is free before 10 p.m. with a $10 cover after.