26 October Events in St. Louis You Don't Want to Miss

Hello Dolly

Oct. 1-13

Follow Dolly Gallagher Levi, professional matchmaker and meddler, as she heads to Yonkers, New York, to  find a match for the miserly and stubborn “half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder. Hilarity ensues. Winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival, this touring production, starring Tony Award-winner Betty Buckley, revives the 1964 Broadway classic. Fabulous Fox Theatre.

Periphery

Oct. 3

The Progressive metal pioneers head out on tour in support of their new album “Hail Stan,” with support from Veil of Maya and Covet. The Pageant.

Tyler, The Creator

Oct. 4

The Grammy-nominated rapper tours in support of his new album “Igor,” which debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200. Chaifetz Arena.

Kevin James

Oct. 4

Probably best known for his starring role on “King of Queens,” Kevin James performs his stand-up comedy. Stifel Theatre.

Nine Sinatra Songs

Oct. 4-6

The St. Louis Ballet begins their ’19-’20 season with this famous work from choreographer Twyla Tharp. One of her most-performed works, this piece presents a romantic portrait of seven couples set to some of Sinatra’s most recognizable songs. The Ballet will also perform Balanchine’s “Concert Barocco,” a first for St. Louis audiences and one of Balanchine’s most demanding works. Touhill Performing Arts Center.

Eric Andre

Oct. 5

The surreal comedian best known for his eponymous TV show “The Eric Andre Show” sets out on his “biggest world tour ever.” The Pageant.

Erykah Badu

Oct. 5

The Grammy-winning R&B artist performs with Goodie Mob and CeeLo Green. Chaifetz Arena.

Grove Fest

Oct. 5

Enjoy live music, street performers, food, drinks and family-friendly activities, plus shop goods from local artists and vendors. Don’t miss helping paint the paint-by-numbers wall mural either—it’s an annual Grove Fest tradition! Manchester Ave.

Zootoberfest

Oct. 5-6, 12-13

The family-friendly version of Oktoberfest features German oompah bands, plenty of fall-related kids’ activities as well as German beer. St. Louis Zoo.

Lizzo

Oct. 8

The rising pop/hip hop star and frontwoman for the body positivity movement heads out on her “Cuz I Love You Too” tour. Her single “Truth Hurts” claimed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, the first Black solo female R&B singer to do so since Rihanna accomplished the same in 2012. The Pageant.

Craftoberfest

Oct. 10

Shop craft goods from 40 local vendors and artisans and sip craft beer at this nighttime market. Tarot readings will also be available. Urban Chestnut Brewing Co, Midtown.

Graveyard

Oct. 11

The Swedish psychedelic rock band heads to the US on tour in support of their new album “Peace.” Delmar Hall.

Soulard Oktoberfest

Oct. 11-12

Staying true to St. Louis’ German heritage, this Oktoberfest celebrates all things German with authentic German music and dancers, as well as some Blues to keep the festival truly STL-specific. There will be plenty of beer, plus a wine garden, and a $20 Bier Hall ticket will nab you a commemorative stein. Soulard Farmer’s Market Park.

St. Louis VegFest

Oct. 13

Explore plant-based cuisine and shop cruelty-free merchandise at this second annual festival. World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park.

Boo at the Zoo

Oct. 15-30

Make sure you come in costume for this kid-friendly Halloween event. There will be plenty of themed activities, Halloween decor and spooktacular entertainment. Children under 12 will even receive a treat bag upon exiting. St. Louis Zoo.

The Lifespan of a Fact

Opens Oct. 16

When the world’s most neurotically precise fact-checker starts looking into a celebrated magazine essay, it starts to fall apart at the seams. This Broadway adaptation of the book by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal explores the ever-obscuring line between fact, fiction, opinion, lies and mistakes in the era of fake news. The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Oct. 17

This special evening with perhaps the world’s most famous astrophysicist brings fans behind the scenes with his new book “Letters From an Astrophysicist.” Explore the Cosmos for answers to diverse questions about science, faith, philosophy and more. Stifel Theatre.

Celebrating Ella Fitzgerald

Oct. 18-19

Celebrate the music of the beloved jazz singer, who was the first African-American woman to win a Grammy. Jazz St. Louis.

COIN

Oct. 22

The up-and-coming alt/indie pop band from Nashville tours in support of their forthcoming album. Delmar Hall.

Dear Evan Hansen

Oct. 22-Nov. 3

This Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical based on the book by Seven Levenson is touring across the country. Follow the story of Evan Hansen, a social outcast, as he somewhat accidentally finds himself at the center of a family’s tragedy that both promises to give him what he always wanted—a sense of belonging—and threatens to destroy the bonds he already has. Fabulous Fox Theatre.

Science Spooktacular

Oct. 24-27

This free, family-friendly event is filled with Halloween-themed activities, including science demonstrations and a makerspace. St. Louis Science Center.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince in Concert

Oct. 25-27

Watch the beloved movie on a giant screen with live accompaniment from the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Powell Hall.

Celine Dion

Oct. 26

The famed Canadian tours in support of her upcoming album “Courage.” Enterprise Center.

STLBeer Halloween Party

Oct. 26

Taste unlimited samples and compete in a costume contest at this craft beer party. 21+ only. Lafayette Park.

Four Italian Tenors

Oct. 29

Hailing from Italy and on tour in the US for the first time, the Four Italian Tenors—Alessandro D’Acrissa, Federico Serra, Federico Parisi and Roberto Cresca—perform some of history’s most beloved arias in new arrangements created for this US debut, including Handel’s “Messiah,” Schubert’s “Ave Maria” and Bizet’s “Agnus Dei.” Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

Emily Sisco
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