How to Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in St. Louis

Monday May 12, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend in St. Louis has something for everyone to enjoy. Here are some of the most popular Memorial Day weekend events in St. Louis.

St. Louis County Greek Festival – May 23 – 26
A Memorial Day tradition for many St. Louis area families. The four day festival features Greek music, dancing, gifts and plenty of authentic Greek food. The festival runs Friday through Monday of Memorial Day weekend at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church at 1755 Des Peres Road in Town & Country. Admission and parking are free.

Shakespeare in the ParkShakespeare Festival St. Louis – May 17 – June 15
Continuing its free performances in Forest Park on Memorial Day weekend, this year’s plays are Henry IV and Henry V. Performances are 8 p.m. with pre-show activities at 6:30 p.m.  Admission is free

St. Louis Bluesweek Festival – May 24 – 25
Make your way over to the Chesterfield Amphitheater for the St. Louis Bluesweek Festival over Memorial day weekend. This fun event offers two days of blues music, a bar-b-que competition and cold beer. Admission to the music shows are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Entrance to the festival and BBQ zone is free.

Pork Shop: Downtown BBQ and Garage Sale – May 24
The Schlafly Tap Room is hosting a unique event the Saturday before Memorial Day, a garage sale and pig roast all in one. Come find some bargains, then stay for a nice meal and cold brew. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is Free

Spring to Dance Festival – May 22 – 24
It’s diversity of movement and style at its best with dance companies from across the Midwest and beyond performing a variety of pieces from contemporary to classical to tap and more at this three day festival of dance at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 per night.

Gypsy Caravan – May 26
A shoppers paradise. More than 300 vendors sell everything from antiques to t-shirts to birdhouses and baseball cards. This year, the Gypsy Caravan has moved to the Family Arena in St. Charles. Money raised from the Gypsy Caravan goes to the St. Louis Symphony and its educational programs.  The event is from 7am – 5pm.  Early bird admission is $20 and general admission is $10.

Nature ConnectsNature Connects Missouri Botanical Garden – May 24 – September 7
Come explore larger-than-life plants and animals made from LEGO® bricks as they take up summer residence in the world-famous Climatron at the Missouri Botanical Garden. This extraordinary exhibit of 25 sculptures inspired by nature is constructed with over 300,000 LEGO pieces. A majestic bald eagle, a beautiful monarch butterfly, and a giant praying mantis are among the installations featured in the exhibit.

23rd Annual St. Louis African Arts Festival – May 24 – 26
The African Arts Festival includes an African marketplace, children’s activities, hands-on activities, performing artists, African and African-American artifacts, jewelry & textiles, guided art tours, cultural demonstrations and more. The Saint Louis Zoo, in conjunction with the festival will have special activities on a different African animal will be featured each day holiday weekend. The festival takes place at the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park. Saturday 10am – 8pm, Sunday 11am – 8pm and Monday 10am – 6pm

Saint Louis Renaissance Faire – May 24 – 26
Travel back in time as you step into the beautifully wooded, 16th century village called Petit Lyon! Immerse yourself in the costumes and mannerisms of the era. Thrill to the exploits of Jousting Knights on thundering steeds. Roam the village shops for unique crafts and goods as artisans demonstrate period skills. Delight in comedy, music and feats of derring-do. Feast on delicious food and drink while strolling minstrels entertain. Interact with the colorful villagers, nobles, peasants and personalities of ages past.  The festival takes place at Rotary Park, 2577 West Meyer Road in Wentzville, MO from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Flicks and Foodies at the Gateway Arch: The Outlaw Josey Wales – May 24
Gather your family and friends and head to the Gateway Arch Grounds for this free outdoor classic movie night under the Gateway Arch! First, enjoy live music from Letter to Memphis from 7-9pm while you grab a bite to eat from a variety food trucks from 7-10pm. Then at sunset, take in a classic film, “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” under the stars on the big screen from 9-11pm.

STL 250 Birthday Bash at the Moonrise Hotel – May 25
Eclipse Restaurant and the Moonrise Hotel are celebrating the city’s biggest birthday on May 25 with classic cocktails from throughout St. Louis’ history. Themed party rooms harken back to St. Louis’ early days, Prohibition, the World’s Fair, Gaslight Square, the 80s and even a look into the future. Each room is staffed by expert mixologists from the top restaurants and bars in town. The Budweiser Clydesdales will make a special appearance outside the hotel.

2014 Budweiser St. Louis Ribfest – May 24 – 26
Four days of BBQ and live music. The performance schedule starts with Cold Shot on Friday; We Got It Covered, Metal Studz, and Brandon Holland on Saturday; and on Sunday its Brandon Holland again, Divide the Empire, and Sable. The event closes with Super Jam, and the Smash Band on Monday.



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