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Get Out for Film Festivals, Apples, and Hot Air Balloons.

Enjoy the annual Forest Park Balloon Race and many other festivals this weekend.

It’s Thursday, and you’ve got no idea what you’ll do for the weekend. Patch is coming to the rescue. Check our picks for the activities to hit and new places to explore.

Professional Organization of Women Trivia Night

When/Where: On Saturday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. at the .
Why go: The proceeds will benefit the Frankie Muse Freeman Scholarship fund. Trivia night will include a silent auction, a raffle and light snacks and refreshments. Please do not bring alcohol.
Pricing: $20 (only cash and checks will be accepted). Tickets may be purchased online as well. 

Rug Hooking Exhibit

When/Where: On Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at in Creve Coeur’s , Barnes West Drive.
Why go: Enjoy the exhibit of rugs created by Earl O’Rourke, who will also demonstrate this art as part of the exhibit. Pat O’Rourke will demonstrate hand finishing of rugs.
Pricing: The cost for adults is $3 and children are $1.

Thirteenth Annual HOP in the City

When/Where: On Saturday, Sept. 17, from 12 to 5 p.m. at The Schlafly Tap Room on 2100 Locust St. (at 21st) in St. Louis.
Why go: At HOP in the City you can try over 40 different Schlafly beers. Enjoy great food, live music, and unlimited beer samples at the biggest Schlafly party of the year. The 2011 HOP in the City Festival Beer is a Spicy Golden Ale which is a dry hopped, straw-colored American wheat ale brewed with fresh lemongrass, lemon zest and Kafir lime leaves.
Pricing: Tickets cost $30 in advance, the day of the event, tickets will cost $35. Tickets now may only be purchased in person at the Schlafly Tap Room or Schlafly Bottleworks (no phone orders will be accepted).

Hispanic Festival

When/Where: On Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16 an 17, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Soldier's Memorial Park on 14 and Market streets in downtown St. Louis.
Why go: Enjoy live music, authentic Latin cuisines, hispanic arts and crafts, Folkloric dancers, a kid's corner, and margaritas and beer.
Pricing: Admission is free.

The Second Annual Food & Farmer’s Expo

When/Where: On Sunday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Webster Groves Recreation Complex.
Why go: Enjoy food samples and demonstrations, a fashion Show, talks, nutritional information an the opportunity to meet the people who grow your food.
There will be over 50 booths offering food and drink samples. The first 300 visitors receive a free eco-friendly, reusable tote bag and the first 100 visitors get a free ticket to Missouri Botanical Garden. Food products to take home will be available from vendors like Sappington Farmers Market, Whole Foods Market, Dog Town Pizza, Breadsmith, Greene’s Country Store, Good Earth Egg Company, Berhanu Organics, Earth Dance Farms, 3 Buddeez and many more.
Pricing: Adult admission is $5 and kids under 16 are free. Two for one admission tickets are available in this issue of the The Healthy Planet on page 5.

The Jewish Film Festival

When/Where: On Sunday, Sept. 18 at the in Creve Coeur from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m..
Why go: The Jewish Film Festival is an annual event celebrating film and the impact and influence which Jewish culture has played on current movies and film makers of today. Three to five movies are shown per day with subjects ranging from family, the Holocaust, Jewish people living around the globe and much more.
Pricing: Each movie is $7, except for The Sticky Shofar, which is free, but RSVP is required.

Applefest 

When/Where: On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18, at Eckerts Farm in both Milldstadt and Belleville.
Why go: In true Eckerts fashion enjoy wagon rides, music, live entertainment, festival foods (funnel cakes, roasted sweet corn, caramel apples and more), children’s activities and much more. Children can ride a pony or feed a goat and meet other farm animals. Children’s carnival and/or activities at all the farms.
Pricing: Admission is free, food and rides are extra.

 The Great Forest Park Balloon Race

When/Where: The events for the Forest Park Balloon Race will be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16 to 18 at Central Field. Click here for the schedule of events for the weekend.
Why go: Enjoy great food, freebies, children's activities, and most importantly watch the hot air balloons fry accross the St. Louis sky.
Pricing: Admission and parking are free.

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