RFT Weekend Events: September 25-27, 2015

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It is Friday and Lucas Pate from The Riverfront Times is here to tell us about some of the big events happening around town this weekend.

Friday through Sunday: Barbecue lovers' taste buds will go hog wild at the inaugural Q in the Lou, a sizzling three-day event celebration of all meats sauced and slow-cooked. This festival of flavor offers sticky-fingered foodies an opportunity to pig out on plates created by nine of the nation's prominent pitmasters. In addition to live music and vendor booths, there are also tool demonstrations, a masters' competition for aspiring grillers, and four master classes curated by celebrity meat mavens Brad Orrison, John David Wheeler, Mike Emerson and Haley Riley, among others.

The Strange Folk Festival, a fantastical handmade fair (www.strangefolkfestival.com), has followed its gnome mascot and trekked its way from the out-of-doors to St. Louis Union Station (1820 Market Street) & but that's really not so strange, is it? After all, crafters often take items that are unused (or underused) and reimagine them, making something new and wonderful and beloved. Plus, an indoor festival ensures the weather can't ruin the fun! From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (September 26 and 27), approximately 200 makers and  artists, crafters and more fill the former mall's retail spaces, while local bands play and food trucks park outside. Admission to the festival is free, but donations are encouraged and rewarded.

On Sunday, join hundreds at the Foundation Fighting Blindness 9th Annual St. Louis VisionWalk on Sunday, September 27th at the Tower Grove Park Pool Pavilion. Help raise awareness and funds for sight-saving research for retinal diseases including retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration and Usher syndrome, which affect more than $10 million Americans. People are invited to form teams or walk independently at the free, family-friendly event, which will also include activities for children, refreshments, entertainment and more.