Couple shopping under large tent

October 6–8

Friday, October 6 | noon–8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, October 7–8 | 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Shop more than 120 of the region's best vendors of handcrafted items, locally produced food, and much more at this beloved fall festival. 

The Best of Missouri Market® features food, crafts, native plants, herbs, beer, wine, craft spirits, custom jewelry, and more. 


Best of Missouri Market is a rain or shine event. The Garden opens at noon on Friday, October 6. Best of Missouri Market admission required for Garden entry October 6–8; St. Louis City/County resident discounts do not apply. Tram service, Café Flora brunch, and Saturday walking hours do not take place during the Best of Missouri Market.

 

Sponsors

Gold
Missouri Life

Silver
Nora R. Stern | Waterway Carwash

Bronze
BuyMissouri | Hermann Farm | Hermannhof Winery | Traube Tent Company

Admission 

$16

$8

$8

Free

Adults
(ages 13 & up)
Children
(ages 3–12)
Garden member adults
(ages 13 & up)
Festival-level+ members (limit six adults)
and member children (ages 12 and under)


Save time upon entry by purchasing your tickets in advance. 

Get Tickets  

Shopper enjoying a sample of wine

Shop and Sample the Region's Finest Wares

This year’s Market includes 20 new vendors including GTP Ceramics, Rhu-Berry, Mylk and Hummus, Earth Candy, Carrie's Merries, Twinkle Brews, and more.  

As you shop, sip on samples from local wineries, breweries, and distilleries and enjoy delicious bites from artisanal food producers from throughout Missouri. 

Full program and vendor list available soon!

Food vendor smiling with tray of tacos

Dine, Drink, and Dance

Stop by the Best of Missouri Market Food Court to taste local flavors from:

Doughboys Scoops N More
G Burrito Seoul Taco
Grace Chicken + Fish Sugaree Shaved Ice
Holy Crepe The Sweet Side
LC Coffee Treaux BBQ
Mr. Papas 2 Go Wok O Taco
Picture Perfect Paninis Wok N Roll

 

The Craft Beer and Cocktail Court offers beverages and bottles from local breweries, wineries, and distilleries including:

Adam Puchta Winery Public House Brewing Co. 
Charleville Brewing Co. Samuel Berton Distilling 
Edg-Clif Vineyards Sandy Valley Brewing Company
Heirloom Bottling Co.  St. James Winery
Hermannhof Winery Still 630 Distillery
Mead Hall Switchgrass Spirits
Noboleis Vineyards Wood Hat Spirits
Rockwell Beer Co.  

 

Band performing under tent

Enjoy local music at the Market with live performances starting Friday night.

 

Friday, October 6
1–3 p.m. | Joe Park Trio
5–7 p.m. | Nicholas Pence

Saturday, October 7
10 a.m.–noon | The Friends of Bluegrass
2–4 p.m. | The Yard Darts

Sunday, October 8
10 a.m.–noon | Zydeco Crawdaddys
2–4 p.m. | Acoustik Element

Mother and children with pumpkin crafts

Learn, Play, and Create

Kids' Corner

The popular Best of Missouri Market Kids' Corner returns with face painting, a petting zoo, pot-a-plant activities, crafts, and a pumpkin patch with sustainable pumpkin decorating, and circus performers.

 

Makers Stage

New this year! The Best of Missouri Market Makers Stage in the Bayer Event Center features lively half-hour presentations from local experts and Garden staff on topics to help you enjoy fall to the fullest! Seating for these free programs is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Presented by the Members’ Board of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Friday Sessions | October 6

Gardening Tips for Fall   Sensational Seasonal Cocktails
2–2:30 p.m.
Fall is here, but there's still a lot to do before hanging up the tools! Join Daria McKelvey, the Garden’s Supervisor of Home Gardening Information and Outreach, as she shares timely fall gardening tips and her recommendations for plants with good fall color and winter interest. 
  6–6:30 p.m.
Watch as Matt Sorrell, mixologist and owner of Cocktails Are Go!, creates cocktails that are perfect for crisp autumn evenings. Learn how to draw inspiration from classic fall flavors like allspice, cinnamon, and clove and use a variety of spirits, including gin, rum, and whiskey to create tasty seasonal libations. 

 

Saturday Sessions | October 7

Fall Porch Pots   Festival Floral Design
11–11:30 a.m.
Create warm and inviting containers to decorate your porch this autumn! Join Beth Kusmin and Janet Passiglia from Greenscape Gardens for inspiration for your fall and winter containers using their favorite cool-weather flower combos and seasonal accents.  
  3–3:30 p.m.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner! For this festive demo, Trisha Haislar of the North Central Chapter of the American Institute of Flora Designers, will create an elegant fall centerpiece and tablescape with seasonal blooms, berries, and other natural elements. Learn tips and tricks to dazzle your holiday guests.
The Art of Charcuterie    
1–1:30 p.m.
Charcuterie boards are fun to assemble and always make for an impressive spread. Join Allison Schilling from St. Louis Cheese Boards as she demonstrates how to create fall-themed boards using fresh, local items—many from our Market vendors—that combine flavors, textures, color, and whimsy.
   


 

Sunday Sessions | October 8

Fall in Love with Bulbs   Herbs: Preserve Now and Use Later
11–11:30 a.m.
Fall is the perfect time to plant spring-blooming bulbs. Join Garden horticulturist Claire Krofft to learn how to select bulbs that work well in the region, prepare your soil, and successfully plant for glorious spring blooms. 
  3–3:30 p.m.
Fall is the time to gather your herbs and preserve them for use in the colder months ahead. Join members of The St. Louis Herb Society for tips on harvesting and preserving herbs and mixing them into delicious vinegars.   
Festive Floral Design    
1–1:30 p.m.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner! For this festive demo, Trisha Haislar of the North Central Chapter of the American Institute of Flora Designers, will create an elegant fall centerpiece and tablescape with seasonal blooms, berries, and other natural elements. Learn tips and tricks to dazzle your holiday guests.
   

 

Black shire horse with handler

Black Shire Horse

Larger than a Clydesdale, a Black Shire Horse from Hermann Farm returns to the Market for limited appearances.

Friday, October 6
2–5 p.m.

Saturday, October 7
12–3 | p.m.

Vendor Information 

Vendor application for the 2023 Best of Missouri Market is now closed. 

 

Location & Parking

The Missouri Botanical Garden is easily accessible from the St. Louis metro area and conveniently located near Interstate 44.

Please respect our neighbors and refrain from parking on residential streets or private lots. Vehicles parked on private lots are subject to towing at the vehicle owners' expense.