by Mabel Suen
Friday (Sept. 30): Olivette On the Go Festival @ Stacy Park This neighborhood fest features dance lessons, live music and a bonfire on Friday night, a chili cook-off on Saturday, and a fun run on Sunday to name just a few items on the schedule of festivities. Free admission. Friday, Sept. 30 from 3 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 2 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sips in the City @ Culinaria Wine Bar Enjoy free appetizers, courtesy of Culinaria and two complimentary drinks - your choice of Ecco Domani wine or premium Belgian beers. RSVP to SipsInTheCity@alivemag.com. $5 suggested donation. All proceeds to benefit Craft Alliance. 5 to 7 p.m.
Saturday (Oct. 1): Third annual Midtown Alley Street Fest @ The Heart of Midtown Alley on Locust Street from Garrison to Hotel Ignacio Enjoy live music on two stages from the likes of Kim Massie, Blind Eyes and more, get some sips from the micro brew beer garden, shop in St. Louis University's open air market and grab some bites to eat from area restaurants like The Fountain on Locust. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Benton Park Neighborhood Association's Fall Harvest and Art Festival & Taste of Benton Park @ Benton Park (corner of South Jefferson and Arsenal) Live music fills the air from 2 to 9 p.m. at the event, and plenty of flare and flavors for the season from the likes of twelve neighborhood restaurants including Benton Park Cafe, Blues City Deli and Sidney Street Cafe are served from 5 p.m. until it's all gone. A tent will also feature fresh produce from the Benton Park Garden. Free admission.
Gardens Fall Spectacular @ Schlafly Bottleworks Schlafly gardener Jack Petrovic and his assistant Nolan Kowalski host a networking event to network with fellow gardeners and discuss the 2011 harvest season as it wraps up. Arrive early before seats fill up and expect a colorful slide show along with door prizes. Free. 7 p.m.
Halloween Preview Party @ I Scream Cakes Check out zombie, skull, monster and demon cakes while drinking witch's brew and sampling IScream flavors. DJ Chappy Feet provides music, New Belgium beer gets paired with seasonal sorbets and more. $15 admission. 8 p.m. to midnight.
Feast Your Eyes @ Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis CAM's monthly program, featuring creatives, art-inspired tastings welcomes Chef Chris Williams of Franco creating a tasting menu inspired by CAM's current exhibitions by David Noonan and Emily Wardill. Wine courtesy of Chandler Hill Vineyard and vodka courtesy of Pearl Vodka. Free. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Pork with Passion BBQ Cooking Contest and Car Cruise @ Downtown O'Fallon, Illinois Enjoy cars, karaoke and barbecue at this neighborhood event. A pork steak cooking contest showcases local barbecue enthusiasts. Free admission. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday (Oct. 2): Best of Missouri Market @ the Missouri Botanical Garden The signature event celebrates its 20th anniversary, featuring over 120 Missouri food producers with artisan produce, baked goods, flowers herbs, crafts and much more. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors aged 65 or above, $5 for children aged 3 to 12 and $5 for Garden members. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2.
Oktoberfest Menu @ Stone Hill Winery in Hermann Stone Hill Winery welcomes award-winning wines, traditional German food and live German music through October. Enjoy the likes of bratwurst, sauerbraten and schnitzel to the live music of the Pat Auberry Accordion Duo. Noon to 5 p.m. Free.