Go-To Guide for St. Louis Summer Festivals

Tuesday June 3, 2014

Summer in St. Louis is filled with music, art, food and entertainment. Festival season is in full swing, and we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for a list of all the great fests happening in the city from now through Labor Day, and celebrate summer with a distinctly St. Louis flair.

Whitaker Music FestivalShakespeare Festival St. Louis
There’s still time to catch performances of Henry IV and Henry V at Forest Park’s Shakespeare Glen, the only free outdoor professional theater in St. Louis. The shows alternate nightly through June 15, beginning at 8:00pm. If you’re really ambitious, check out the double-headers on Saturdays, June 7 and 14. Admission is free to all performances.

Whitaker Music Festival
An open-air concert under the stars? Yes, please. On Wednesday evenings, June 4 to August 6, the Missouri Botanical Garden hosts the Whitaker Music Festival. Admission to the Garden is free after 5:00pm, and the music begins at 7:30pm. Bring a picnic and some friends and enjoy a truly unique experience.

St. Louis Uncorked
Get your “First Sip of Summer” at this free two-day event, June 6-7. The party kicks off Friday at 5pm in Soldiers’ Memorial Park downtown. Enjoy an incredible selection of wine, craft beer, food trucks and entertainment like headliners Andy Grammer and A Great Big World.

Brewers FestivalKimmswick Strawberry Festival
Whatever your strawberry craving is, satisfy it here! This family-friendly event takes place June 6-7 from 10am to 5pm in Kimmswick, MO. Taste fresh, juicy strawberries, strawberry shortcake, cheesecake, pies and jams, while enjoying the petting zoo, carnival rides and live jazz music.

St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival
Twenty-three St. Louis breweries, six homebrew clubs, food trucks, live music and over 100 different beers. The 8th Annual St. Louis Brewers Guild Heritage Festival takes place at Forest Park’s Central Field on June 13-14 from 6:00-10:00pm. Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door.

34th Annual Fair St. Louis
This year’s spectacular celebration over the 4th of July weekend is shaping up to be “The Fair Like Never Before.” It’s Independence Day AND the city is also celebrating its 250th birthday. Festivities will be held on Art Hill – the site of the 1904 World’s Fair. This year’s lineup is packed full of free events, exhibitions and concerts, with an incredible fireworks finale over the majestic Grand Basin. Come celebrate with us July 3-5! Click here for a detailed schedule. http://www.fairsaintlouis.org/events/

Saint Louis Outdoor Film SeriesSt. Louis Art Museum Outdoor Film Series
On Fridays, July 11 to August 1, the St. Louis Art Museum presents free outdoor movies. Come early at 7:00pm for food trucks, music and festivities. Then stake out a spot on Art Hill for the 9:00pm show.

Check out this year’s films. http://www.slam.org/filmseries/

Festival of Nations
Take a trip around the world without ever leaving the city. The Festival of Nations showcases St. Louis’ many cultures in this international celebration August 23-24 in Tower Grove Park. Experience ethnic food, music, dance and art, and bring home a souvenir from the tents at the bazaar.

37th Annual Japanese Festival
The Missouri Botanical Garden celebrates the history and people of Japan in this year’s Japanese Festival. Embrace the Japanese culture with art, dance, music and food over the Labor Day weekend. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children, and $5 for garden members.

Big Muddy Blues festBig Muddy Blues Festival
Celebrate another Labor Day weekend tradition with the Big Muddy Blues Festival. From August 30 to 31, Laclede’s Landing jams out with 30 bands on 3 stages and 20 hours of soulful harmonies and rhythms. A lineup of Blues and Blues-inspired acts comes together to celebrate St. Louis’ rich musical heritage and the role the city has played in shaping the course of music we call the Blues.

Technically, this two-day music festival takes place after Labor Day, but it makes the list because of the sheer volume of talent in the lineup. Over 30 bands perform on September 6 and 7. With acts like Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, Cake and The 1975, Forest Park’s Central Field will be rocking, and you don’t want to miss it. In between sets, browse around the marketplace for gear from local vendors, or get your grub on at the Nosh Pit.

Guest Blogger Jackie Tucker, a freelance writer contributed to this blog.


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