Three good bets for the weekend (Oct. 2-4)

September 30, 2009

Our calendar is blissfully open this weekend, which means I’m happily debating the merits of various festivals … like the Morgan Ford in Motion event on Saturday (Oct. 3) at Morgan Ford and Juniata in South City from noon until 9 p.m. Six bands will play, ranging from pop to jazz and blues, and there’ll be food, art, etc.  A good, typical neighborhood festival that’s not too far from the house.

Or we may jump in the car Saturday (Oct. 3) for the Route 66 Festival on the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, always one of my favorite venues, for classic cars and motorcycles plus live music on the Missouri side and a beer garden on the Illinois side.  Those crafty folks at Trailnet know how to get visitors to cross the bridge!  Actually, because parking on the Missouri side will set you back $5, unless you take the free shuttle from St. Louis Welcome Center at Riverview and Interstate 270, it’s a better idea to park on the Illinois side for free. It can be tricky to find it because the signs are not terribly helpful. The best I can tell you is to turn west off Route 3 at Hardees and go as far straight ahead as you possibly can, ignoring all signage about closed roads and the like. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and food is available on both ends of the bridge.

Finally, there’s the Taste of St. Louis downtown from Friday to Sunday (Oct. 2-4). It’s a free event to enter, but of course you’ll want to buy food — that’s the whole point.  There’s also lots of music, including a new international section this year. It’s at Soldiers Memorial (12th and Market), and I recommend going Friday for supper to miss the bulk of the 300,000-strong crowds that will be there Saturday and Sunday.

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