When the warm, sun-filled weather of summer gives way to the scarf-yielding temperatures of fall, St. Louisans prepare for the plethora of autumn-inspired activities that come along with it. So whether you're a city native or just passing through, make sure to try out one or all of these area favorites.
1. Apple Picking - Eckert's, Belleville, Ill.
Family-owned Eckert's has been a St. Louis favorite since its beginnings in 1910. While each of the family's three farms hold holiday- and season-inspired events throughout the year, it's really the family's pick-your-own tradition that's remained a must among St. Louisans. And when September and October roll around, couples and friends alike mill about picking from 10 different types of apples, such as Golden Delicious, Jonathan and Granny Smith.
2. Pumpkin Patch - Rombachs Farm, Chesterfield, Mo.
Located along Highways 40 and 44 lies another fall favorite: Rombachs Farm. Open seven days a week, this Chesterfield must-see is one of the area's best pumpkin patches. Head out on a hayride around the farm, snag a couple of pumpkins from the abounding pumpkin patch or scope out the county store for fresh jellies and jams. Not to mention kids will love the Halloween displays and accompanying warm cider and hot chocolate, to boot.
3. Soulard Oktoberfest - Soulard Farmers Market, St. Louis, Mo.
This three-day festival filled with German food, beer, live music and more has quickly risen in size and stature since its 2004 debut. This year's celebration — held October 11-13 — is sure to be no exception as friends and family take part in the age-old celebration. Snack on brats, pretzels, and other German fare while sipping on popular German brews. Kids can join in on the fun, too, with dancing, music and more.
4. Apple Butter Festival - Little Kimmswick, Mo.
Situated just a half hour south of St. Louis, Kimmswick, Mo., transforms into a sea of crafts and food as hundreds of vendor booths fill the city's parks and streets. This annual two-day festival — held October 26-27 — brings in nearly 100,000 visitors for pumpkin carving, live entertainment and, of course, the city's famous Apple Butter. Rest assured activities like a miniature train and petting zoo will keep the kids appeased as well.