10 Things To Do on Memorial Day Weekend in St. Louis

Tuesday May 16, 2017

There’s no better place to spend Memorial Day weekend than St. Louis.  Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming extended holiday weekend.

Food Trucks at Grant’s Farm | May 26

New for 2017, Grant’s Farm is staying open late every Friday beginning Friday, May 26 the day before Memorial Day through August 25. The popular attraction will have a variety of local food trucks serving up entrees and sweets in the Tiergarten. There will also be live music, carousel rides and more.

Mississippi Nights Festival | May 26-27

The Laclede’s Landing is hosting a brand new event this Memorial Day weekend. The Mississippi Nights Festival features several great local St. Louis bands.  It will be a celebration of great memories while building a new tradition in the neighborhood that was home to this great club.  Concerts on Friday night are free, full day admission on Saturday is $10.  Restaurants and vendors will be selling food and drinks throughout the festival.

Assumption Greek Festival | May 26-29

Whether you’re of Greek descent or just love ethnic cuisine, the St. Louis County Greek Fest is a lively environment destination in which you can experience the Greek community’s deeply rooted traditions and heritage. Taste dishes like authentic gyros, tiropita, lamb shank, baklava and more. Witness traditional folk dancers and music, and don’t miss the tours of the beautiful church. Those who are interested in handmade arts and crafts won’t be disappointed in the agora, or marketplace.

St. Louis Ribfest | May 26-29

Sample some of the best BBQ around in January-Wabash Memorial Park in Ferguson. Ribfest 2017 is four days of food, drinks and live music. The festival is open Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Spring to Dance Festival | May 26-28

This annual dance festival summons some of the best dance troupes from all genres, styles and locations to our city for a weekend full of beautiful choreography and plenty of talent. From classical ballet to modern jazz, tap, hip-hop and global routines, there’s something for everyone at Spring to Dance. Admission $10-20

Schlafly Art Outside | May 26-28

Schlafly Art Outside is a three-day-long alternative art fair featuring art from over 60 artists based here in the St. Louis area. Hosted at the brewery’s Bottleworks location in Maplewood, Missouri, Art Outside draws approximately 15,000 visitors each year. Come and show your support for local art and local beer. The festival is open Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Summer Zoo Weekends | May 26-29

Memorial Day means the start of extended weekend hours at the Saint Louis Zoo. The Zoo is open until 7 p.m., Friday through Sunday, and on Memorial Day too. Friday is also the kickoff of the Jungle Boogie concert series. The free concerts begin at 5 p.m.

African Arts Festival | May 27-29

This festival features delicious food, authentic dancing and gorgeous music, a huge marketplace section and African arts and crafts. There are also many different cultural demonstrations as well as health and fitness opportunities, children’s events, a section designed just for teens and so much more. The festival is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Gypsy Caravan | May 29

The St. Louis Symphony presents the Gypsy Caravan for its 45th straight year, a St. Louis holiday tradition. A city within a city is created for upwards of 10,000 shoppers eager to find bargains and unique treasures galore as one of the largest vintage, craft and antique markets in the Midwest. This shopper’s paradise, on May 29, will be open from 7a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, at The Family Arena, 2002 Arena Parkway in St. Charles, Missouri. Because Gypsy Caravan is a nationally recognized fair, vendors come from more than 12 states with an incredible selection of antiques, collectibles, jewelry, furniture, fashions, crafts and much more.  Early bird admission is $20. General admission is $10. Money raised goes to the St. Louis Symphony and its educational programs.

Cardinals vs Dodgers | May 29

Spend Memorial Day afternoon at a ballgame at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals return home to play the Dodgers at 1:15 p.m. There’s also a pre-game pep rally at Ballpark Village.

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