Oct. 7 – noon to 5 p.m., downtown Maplewood, cityofmaplewood.com/beer
Take a free self-guided tour of Maplewood’s toast to local beer and fare. Enjoy suds samples, beer-related products and food for purchase and meet some top local brewers. Participating breweries include 2nd Shift Brewing, 4 Hands Brewing Co., Schlafly, Bur Oak Brewing and Six Mile Bridge Beer. A full list of participating businesses and breweries is available online. Tickets available online.
STL Square Off Pizza Festival
Oct. 8 – noon to 5 p.m., Berra Park, 5400 Shaw Ave., St. Louis, Facebook: STL Square Off Pizza Festival
Eight area pizza purveyors, including Dogtown Pizza, Farotto’s Pasta & Pizzeria and Master Pieza face off to see who takes home the title best St. Louis-style pizza. Admission includes a ballot and tastes from the eight competitors, plus a 16-ounce beer from 4 Hands Brewing Co. or 2nd Shift Brewing, a glass of wine or a soda from Excel Bottling. Tickets available online; a portion of the proceeds benefit The Hill’s neighborhood association.
Brew In The Lou
Oct. 14 – 1 to 5 p.m., Francis Park, 5399 Donovan Ave., St. Louis, 314.200.0797, lesastl.org
Sample some of the area’s top beers, wines, spirits and coffee, along with plenty of tasty food, at this annual event sponsored by the Lutheran Elementary School Association. Participating vendors include Gobble Stop Smokehouse, Vernon’s Barbecue, The Stellar Hog, Old Bakery Beer Co., Crown Valley Brewery, J. Rieger & Co., Three Avocados Coffee and St. Louis Hop Shop. Arts and crafts vendors also sell their wares, and attendees can check out the People’s Choice Homebrew Competition, Battle of the Bratwurst and Brew Chili contest. Tickets available online or at the door; proceeds benefit the LESA member schools.
Earthdance Farmers Formal
Oct. 13 – 6 to 10 p.m., St. Louis Union Station, 1820 Market St., St. Louis, earthdancefarms.org
Enjoy top-notch food and drinks and support this organic farm school at an annual fundraising shindig. The lengthy roster of participants is a who’s-who of area restaurants, breweries, distilleries and farms, including Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions, Cielo, The Libertine, Farmtruk, Vicia, Still 630, The Big O, Woodhat Distillery and Confluence Kombucha, among many others. Don your finest festive farmwear (overalls optional) and join in. Tickets available online.
Best of Missouri Market
Oct. 6 – 6 to 9 p.m., Oct. 7 and 8 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, 314.577.5100, mobot.org
Some of Missouri’s best food and drink purveyors sell their wares at this annual exhibition. Sample goat cheese from Baetje Farms, confections from Kakao Chocolate, tea blends from Big Heart Tea Co., bottles from St. James Winery, spirits from Pinckney Bend Distillery and beer from Public House Brewing Co. Once your appetite is sated, check out the array of artisan products for sale or wander through the garden. Tickets available online or at the door.
Oct. 15 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Road, Sunset Hills, 314.772.8004, harvestfeststl.com
This celebration of autumn’s bounty features food from some of the best area restaurants, including Capitalist Pig, Guerrilla Street Food, Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream and The Dam, and beer and wine from such purveyors as Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., Perennial Artisan Ales and Noboleis Vineyards. Eat and drink while enjoying the landscape and sculptures at the park and listening to local bands like Blind Pig and Riverbend Bluegrass on the KDHX stage. Tickets available online or at the door.