African Arts Festival, King Tut and Spinsanity Highlight Spring Tourism in St. Louis

Monday May 22, 2017

For many, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer. It also marks the start of festivals and all that the season has to offer while we remember those who have served our country.


For 26 years, the St. Louis African Arts Festival has been, “building communities through culture and education.”  This year the festival is back once again with vendors, arts & crafts, performances, local art and food at the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park on Memorial Day Weekend May 27-29. The festival welcomes thousands to celebrate African and African American culture. The event is free and open to the public.


Also on Saturday, May 27, the new The Discovery of King Tut exhibit debuts at the Saint Louis Science Center. Discover where the treasure is buried and the tomb of King Tutankhamun. Experience the magic of archeology outside of Egypt with this fascinating presentation. The exciting historic excavation is now available for the public to witness with these remarkable reconstructions.


The Missouri History Museum also takes a look at history with their latest exhibit, “#1 in Civil Rights: The African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis. The exhibit explores the civil rights movement locally from now until April of 2018.


St. Louis’s own resident circus is back once again June 1-25! You won’t want to miss the show when Circus Flora presents the time traveling and gravity defying 2017 big top production “Time Flies.”


There is a new ride to look out for this summer at Six Flags St. Louis. If you dare to ride Spinsanity, it will spin and rock you all around. First the disc spins in one direction and then swings from side to side, revolving 14 times per minute. The ride will be located near the Tsunami Soaker in the park. You must be at least 48 inches tall to ride Spinsanity. It is the first ride of its kind at the park. So get your season passes now and join in on the fun at Six Flags St. Louis.


The Muny celebrates 99 seasons this year.  This season contains many popular favorites in the line-up: Jesus Christ Superstar from June 12-18, Disney’s The Little Mermaid on June 20-29, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum July 5-11, All Shook Up July on 13-19, The Unsinkable Molly Brown on July 21-27, A Chorus Line on July 29-Aug. 4, and concludes with Disney’s Newsies the Musical on Aug. 7-13. Please go online for details about the season and tickets for the shows.


The dates are set for the annual Independence Day celebration, Fair Saint Louis. Mark your calendars for July 2-4 and get ready for the entertainment with the sounds of Akon, 3 Doors Down and Jake Owen and fireworks in Forest Park once again.


This summer is heating up fast and Explore St. Louis has all of the stops for your enjoyment. Don’t miss a beat, for more events check out the events calendar.

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