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Free: Concerts Continue At Tower Groves Farmers' Market

Tower Groves Farmers' MarketOld Salt Union will perform at the Tower Grove Farmer’s Market at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014.

The market is in Tower Grove Park at Grand and Magnolia avenues, St. Louis.

The performance is part of a series that runs Saturdays through Oct. 18. Other performers are:

• Oct. 11, Wack-A-Doo

• Oct. 18, Farmer Jason

 

5 Oktoberfest Celebrations In St. Louis Area In October

Soulard Oktoberfest
Soulard Oktoberfest

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October is just around the corner and St. Louisans can choose from five (yes, 5!) Oktoberfest celebrations:

Soulard Oktoberfest
Perhaps the area’s largest Oktoberfest celebration is in the  Soulard neighborhood October 10, 11 and 12. The event is held across Seventh Stree from Soulard Market.

Soulard Oktoberfest’s carnival is modeled after Oktoberfest in Munich.

This festival has everything–musicians from Germany as well as popular local bands on three–count ‘em, three–stages,  bratwurst, rotkraut, pretzels and strudel. What more could you want?

Entertainment includes:

  • Deutschmeister Brass Band
  • Austrian Express
  •  Volksmusik
  • Steve Ewing
  • Chardon Polka Band
  • Dorfrockers
  • The Wendl Band
  • The Chardon Polka Band
  • Copper Box
  • Soulard Blues Band Revue
  • Good Times

See the entire schedule here.

Tickets are $5 and are available here.

Oktoberfest at St. Louis Union Station

St. Louis’ own Union Station becomes Munich on the Mississippi Oct 3-4, 2014 with Oktoberfest St. Louis.

The festival will offer two stages featuring live performances showcasing German culture.  Bands like the  20-piece Deutschmeister Brass Band and Uber Cool will perform on the Main Stage while the German Cultural stage hosts live displays of  facets of German culture such as Dance Troupes, contests, choral performances, and more.

Admission to the event is $10.

Oktoberfest at St. Louis Union Station visitors can learn the craft of brewing from an actual brewmaster at The Spaten Bier School (additional charge).  At each 45-minute session participants get a guided tasting and discussion of different styles of beer and how they are brewed.

A German Market will offer fine German crafts and a German bakery will offer delectable creations.. Visitors can also experience German wines at the Rhineland Wineland Garden.

Check out the schedule here.

Hermann Oktoberfest

In the picturesque town of Hermann, MO, just about an hour’s drive from St. Louis, Oktoberfest is a month-long event as the town along the Missouri River celebrates very weekend in October.

Many of the events are FREE.

A Oktoberfest biergarten will spring up in Seqicentennial Park on Gutenberg Street, there’ll be lots of German food and, of course, there are wineries to visit.

Check out the entire schedule here.

Gateway Arch Oktoberfest Cruise
The Mississippi River impersonates the Rhine for the first three Sundays in October, when you cruise the river on a German-themed river boat. The buffet will feature authentic German buffet and a live German band plays German music.  Menu includes beer rouladen, bratwurst/knockwurst, sweet & sour cabbage, knoodle kugle, hot german potato salad, rye & pumpernickel breads, tossed salad, German chocolate cake, coffee, and iced tea.

Tickets for the 1 p.m. cruises on Oct. 5,12 and 19 are $38 for adults and $18 for children age 3-12. Reservations are required.

The Gateway Arch Riverboats are located below the south leg of the Gateway Arch at 50 S. Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63102. Parking is available on the levee in front of the boats.

Ottertoberfest at Saint Louis Zoo

Oktoberfest becomes Ottertoberfest for two weekends in October at the Saint Louis Zoo.

This popular FREE  event includes traditional German biergartens, live music, kids’ activities and more. At the biergartens, visitors can purchase beer, bratwurst and other German specialties.

Otter-related games and activities for children will include a River Ranger game, an “Otter Says” game and a river otter biofact table. Children can also create an otter-themed craft. The event is held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. October 4-5 and October 11-12.

Free: Nature Hike At Emmenegger Nature Park In Kirkwood

George Yatskievych, native plants specialist at the Missouri Botanical Garden, will lead a hike through Emmenegger Nature Park on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. The FREE two-hour hike begins at 10 a.m. and begins at the trailhead kiosk.

Hikers will learn to identify trees, shrubs and wildflowers on the hike.

The Kirkwood Parks and Recreation Dept. is sponsoring the event.

The park is at 11991 Stoneywood Drive in Kirkwood. For further information,c all 314-954-1208.

 

 

Happy Monday! Free Coffee Today!!

Dunkin' Donuts

 

It’s may be Monday but at least there’s something to cheer about–FREE coffee!

It’s National Coffee Day today–Sept. 29, 2014–and to celebrate many restaurants are offering discounts or freebies when it comes to a cup o’ joe.

 

Here are three freebies you’ll love:

Dunkin’ Donuts

Customers can score a FREE medium cup of the shops new dark roast coffee on Sept. 29. Limit one per customer, per visit. Participation may vary. 

Krispy Kreme

Grab a FREE 12 oz. cup o’joe or get $1 off a latte, mocha or iced coffee on Sept. 29

McDonalds

The chain’s coffee freebie has been on since Sept. 16 and ends today–National Coffee Day. You can get a small McCafe coffee for FREE during breakfast hours. 

Starbucks  is celebrating National Coffee Day by offering FREE shipping on orders Starbucks Coffeeof $30 or more.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital Offers Free Flu Shots In St. Louis Area

Believe it or not, it’s time to think about flu shots. The beautiful fall weather will only continue so long and the flu season will soon be upon us.

Here’s a great budget-booster–FREE flu shots will be given at the upcoming clinics offered by Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

The hospitals are offering free flu shots at a variety of locations. Don’t delay–the free shots are available while supplies last.

Here are the dates and locations where you can get the shots:

  • Monday, Sept. 29-Wednesday, Oct. 1 (7 a.m.-6 p.m.), Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Main Floor Lobby, One Barnes-Jewish Hospital Plaza, St. Louis; Adult vaccinations only (18+ years old). Park in the South Garage for $1.50/hr.
  • Monday, Sept. 29-Wednesday, Oct. 1, (8 a.m.-6 p.m.) Center for Advanced Medicine, 3rd Floor Lobby, 4921 Parkview Place, St. Louis. Park in the North Garage and Forest Park Laclede Garage for $1.50/hr.
  • Sunday, Oct. 5 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.), Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Medical Office Building 2, Siteman Cancer Center, 10 Barnes West Drive, Creve Coeur.
  • Monday, Oct. 6 (3 – 7 p.m.), South City Family YMCA, 3150 Sublette, St. Louis
  • Wednesday, Oct. 8 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.), BRIDGE – Centenary United Methodist Church, 1610 Olive St., St. Louis
  • Friday, Oct. 10 (noon – 6 p.m.), Eden Theological Seminary – The Commons, 475 East Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119
  • Saturday, Oct. 11 (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.), Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1444 S Compton Ave., St. Louis
  • Sunday, Oct. 12, (9 a.m. – 2 p.m.), Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church, 5515 Martin Luther King Dr., St. Louis
  • Monday, Oct. 13  (3 – 7 p.m.), Emerson Family YMCA, 3390 Pershall Rd., St. Louis
  • Tuesday, Oct. 14 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.), Central Baptist Church, 2843 Washington Blvd., St. Louis
  • Wednesday, Oct. 15 (3 – 7 p.m.), The Wesley House Association, 4507 Lee Ave., St. Louis
  • Friday, Oct. 17 (noon – 5 p.m.), St. Louis Metropolitan Urban League – Jennings, 8960 Jennings Station Road, St. Louis
  • Sunday, Oct. 19 (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.), Saint John’s United Church of Christ Health Fair, 4136 N. Grand, St. Louis
  • Monday, Oct. 20 (3 – 7 p.m.), Monsanto Family YMCA, 5555 Page Ave., St. Louis
  • Saturday, Oct. 25 (9 a.m. – 2 p.m.). Beyond Housing – St. Vincent’s Community Center, 7335 St. Charles Rock Rd., St. Louis
  • Sunday, Oct. 26 (1 – 5 p.m.), St. John’s AME Church – St. Charles, 547 Washington St., St. Charles
  • Saturday, Nov. 1 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.), Christ Our Redeemer, 13820 Old Jamestown Rd., St. Louis
  • Sunday, Nov.  2 (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.), Resurrection Church, 3900 Meramec, St. Louis
  • Monday, Nov. 3 (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.), Urban League at Harris Stowe, 3026 Laclede, St. Louis

No registration is required to get the free shots. All doses will be administered on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.  For more information, call 314-TOP-DOCS or toll-free 866-867-3627.

Check the hospital website for an up-to-date list of free flu shot clinics.

All locations offer flu shots for adults and children older than 6 months, unless otherwise noted.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends flu shots for:

  • People at high risk for complications from the flu.
  • People 65 years and older.
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities that house those with long-term illnesses.
  • Adults with chronic heart or lung conditions, including asthma.
  • Adults who needed regular medical care or were in a hospital during the previous year because of a metabolic disease (like diabetes), chronic kidney disease, or weakened immune system (including immune system problems caused by medicines or by infection with human immunodeficiency virus [HIV/AIDS]).
  • Women who will be pregnant during the influenza season.
  • People with any condition that can compromise respiratory function or the handling of respiratory secretions (that is, a condition that makes it hard to breathe or swallow, such as brain injury or disease, spinal cord injuries, seizure disorders, or other nerve or muscle disorders.)
  • People 50 to 64 years of age. Because nearly one-third of people 50 to 64 years of age in the United States have one or more medical conditions that place them at increased risk for serious flu complications, vaccination is recommended for all persons aged 50 to 64 years.
  • People who can transmit flu to others at high risk for complications. Any person in close contact with someone in a high-risk group (see above) should get vaccinated. This includes all health-care workers, household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children 0 to 23 months of age, and close contacts of people 65 years and older.

Free: The Thin Dimes To Perform At Kirkwood Farmers' Market, Kirkwood

Kirkwood Farmers' MarketThe Thin Dimes, which features blues and folk music, will play at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at the Kirkwood Farmers’ Market, Kirkwood Road and East Argonne Drive, Kirkwood.

 

Free Coffee At McDonald's Through Sept. 29

Free coffee at McDonald'sDon’t forget–still time to grab a cup of joe on the house at McDonald’s through Sept. 29!

The restaurant is giving out a FREE small coffee to anyone who wants it at your local Mickey D’s during breakfast hours.

Might as well step up and enjoy!

McDonald’s is calling the campaign a.m.azing™.

Scottish Games & Cultural Festival At Forest Park

St. Louis Scottish Games & Cultural FestivalAll things Scottish continue their take over St. Louis’ Forest Park with the Scottish Games and Cultural Festival on Saturday, 9/27/14.

Highlights include performances by Celtica featuring rock music and bagpipes, Highland athletics (yes, they’ll be hurling those telephone poles), crafts, folk music and dancing, kids activities, sheepdog trials, sword fighting and more.  Also on tap: a Birds of Prey demonstration..

The event kicks off with the Calling of the Clans (registration) at 5 p.m. Friday, 9/27/13. A torchlight ceremony with Ed Miller and John Taylor, singer and fiddler, is slated for 6 p.m. followed by performances by Jil Chambless and Scooter Muse, Ed Miller, John Taylor, Jil Chambless and Scooter Muse. Celtica takes the stage at 9 p.m.

The fun begins at 8:30 a.m. with an opening ceremony at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday  with Jil Chambless singing the National Anthem.and continues until 6 p.m. and includes music, athletics, dancing, pipe bands, sheepdog demonstrations, history, storytelling and more.  Here are some highlights

  •  Plaid to the Bone performs
  •  Highland Mist Scottish Country Dancers on the Ceremonies Field
  •  Sheep herding on the Cermonies Field
  •  The Wee Heavies perform in the Alex Sutherland Music Tent
  •  Kiddies Kilted Run 
  •  Birds of Prey on the Ceremonies Field
  •  Peat Fire Flame perform in the Alex Sutherland Music Tent
  •  Dog Parade on the Ceremonies Field
  •  Parade of Tartans on the Ceremonies Field. Jil Chambless and Scooter Muse perform
  •  Duddy Breeks performs in the Alex Sutherland Music Tent
  •  Sheep Herding on the Ceremonies Field
  • Birds of Prey on the Ceremonies Field
  • Jil Chambless and Scooter Muse perform in the Alex Sutherland Music Tent
  • Mitzi MacDonald and Keltic Reign perform in the Alex Sutherland Music Tent
  • Plaid to the Bone performs

Also throughout Saturday, visitors will find:

  • Highland dancing
  • Piping, drumming and massed pipebands
  • Heavy athletic competitions
  • Medieval Knight Sword Fights
  • Sheep herding demonstrations
  • Livestock, Scottish dogs, falcons and other birds of prey demonstrations
  • British car exhibition
  • Scottish and American food, beverages and merchandise
  • Children’s Activities:
    • Playing Quidditch
    • Weaving rubber band bracelets
    • Caber Toss
    • Sheaf Toss
    • Toss Your Wellies
    • Duff Castle
    • Nessie

 

Check out the schedule for details.

Admission on Saturday is $15; $5 for children age 5-16 or $35 for a family pass good for two adults and up to four children ages 5-16.

Scottish Games & Cultural Festival At Forest Park

All things Scottish continue their take over St. Louis’ Forest Park with the Scottish Games and Cultural Festival on Saturday, 9/27/14.

Highlights include performances by Celtica featuring rock music and bagpipes, Highland athletics (yes, they’ll be hurling those telephone poles), crafts, folk music and dancing, kids activities, sheepdog trials, sword fighting and more.  Also on tap: a Birds of Prey demonstration..

The event kicks off with the Calling of the Clans (registration) at 5 p.m. Friday, 9/27/13. A torchlight ceremony with Ed Miller and John Taylor, singer and fiddler, is slated for 6 p.m. followed by performances by Jil Chambless and Scooter Muse, Ed Miller, John Taylor, Jil Chambless and Scooter Muse. Celtica takes the stage at 9 p.m.

The fun begins at 8:30 a.m. with an opening ceremony at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday  with Jil Chambless singing the National Anthem.and continues until 6 p.m. and includes music, athletics, dancing, pipe bands, sheepdog demonstrations, history, storytelling and more.  Here are some highlights

  •  Plaid to the Bone performs
  •  Highland Mist Scottish Country Dancers on the Ceremonies Field
  •  Sheep herding on the Cermonies Field
  •  The Wee Heavies perform in the Alex Sutherland Music Tent
  •  Kiddies Kilted Run 
  •  Birds of Prey on the Ceremonies Field
  •  Peat Fire Flame perform in the Alex Sutherland Music Tent
  •  Dog Parade on the Ceremonies Field
  •  Parade of Tartans on the Ceremonies Field. Jil Chambless and Scooter Muse perform
  •  Duddy Breeks performs in the Alex Sutherland Music Tent
  •  Sheep Herding on the Ceremonies Field
  • Birds of Prey on the Ceremonies Field
  • Jil Chambless and Scooter Muse perform in the Alex Sutherland Music Tent
  • Mitzi MacDonald and Keltic Reign perform in the Alex Sutherland Music Tent
  • Plaid to the Bone performs

Also throughout Saturday, visitors will find:

  • Highland dancing
  • Piping, drumming and massed pipebands
  • Heavy athletic competitions
  • Medieval Knight Sword Fights
  • Sheep herding demonstrations
  • Livestock, Scottish dogs, falcons and other birds of prey demonstrations
  • British car exhibition
  • Scottish and American food, beverages and merchandise
  • Children’s Activities:
    • Playing Quidditch
    • Weaving rubber band bracelets
    • Caber Toss
    • Sheaf Toss
    • Toss Your Wellies
    • Duff Castle
    • Nessie

 

Check out the schedule for details.

Admission on Saturday is $15; $5 for children age 5-16 or $35 for a family pass good for two adults and up to four children ages 5-16.

Botanical Garden: Free Admission For Residents On Wednesday And Saturday Mornings

Missouri Botanical Garden

Planning your weekend? If you’re a resident of St. Louis City or St. Louis County, you can get into the Missouri Botanical Garden for free if you get there early enough on Saturday.

Residents of St. Louis and St. Louis County get free admission to the Garden on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

You have to get there before noon. The deal is off if there is an event with a special admission fee. Garden hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation’s oldest botanical garden in continuous operation. It is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display.

 The Garden encompasses 79 acres of horticultural displays offering something for everyone including Chinese GardenEnglish Woodland Garden,Ottoman Garden and Victorian District.

The  Climatron conservatory houses a vibrant tropical rainforest, while the adjoining Temperate House is home to a multitude of Mediterranean species. The Japanese Garden covers 14 acres, making it one of the largest Japanese strolling gardens in North America.

The Garden is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed on Christmas day). Numerous tour options are available for adults, students, families and children.  

Narrated tram tours are available from April through October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays departing every hour on the hour and 9:30 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. weekends departing every 40 minutes. Tickets are $4 for adults and children over the age of two. Children two and under are free when seated on a lap.

The Missouri Botanical Garden features flower shows, live music and special events throughout the year.  Check out the Garden’s online event calendar to see what’s coming up.