Celebrate the end of summer in St. Louis

Friday September 4, 2020

St. Louis is packed with outdoor activities, must-see museum exhibits, family-friendly fun before and after this Labor Day Weekend.

Venture into our diverse neighborhoods where you can find eclectic boutiques and signature cuisines. Each of these neighborhoods has a unique character and style that adds something special to our city

Learn about the science and nature in exciting ways at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station and the Saint Louis Science Center.

Head on an outdoor adventure at one of our hundreds of parks, and miles and miles of trails.

Take an adrenaline pumping zip line tour with Adventure Valley Ziplines where you can soar more than 1.5 miles of ziplines or float down the Mississippi with Big Muddy Adventures.

Sample a gold mine of great beer in the nation’s best beer scene, eat at favorite restaurant or discover a new one, take a tram ride to the Top of the Gateway Arch or cruise down the Mississippi in a Riverboat for amazing views of Downtown St. Louis skyline and more.

Can’t Miss Events and museum exhibitions

Al Fresco at the MX with Marty Spikener’s On-Call Band

Friday afternoons from 5-8 p.m. the National Blues Museum is presenting free outdoor live music on 6th Street between Washington and Locust. Purchase food, wine, and drinks from your favorite downtown restaurant, sit outside for sunset dining, and listen to live music. The performance on September 4 is Marty Spikener’s On-Call Band.

Millet and Modern Art: From Van Gogh to Dalí

The exhibition “Millet and Modern Art: From van Gogh to Dali” brings popular painters such as Vincent van Gogh and Salvador Dali to St. Louis, including some works that have never been seen at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Visitors are strongly encouraged to secure tickets in advance through MetroTix.

A Late Summer Night’s Stroll

Take A Late Summer Night’s Stroll through Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park. A free outdoor walking experience, visitors can take an 80-minute adventure full of poetry, music and art. Loosely inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the event puts the audience at the center of the story. The socially-distant self-guided tour is a mile long and runs through Sunday. Reservations required!

Beyond the Ballot – St. Louis and Suffrage

Get to know the diverse, influential women who made an impact in St. Louis before gaining the right to vote in 1920. Through an engaging mix of artifacts, images, media and interactives, Beyond the Ballot at the Missouri History Museum will explore women’s unique roles in St. Louis history.

Da Vinci The Exhibition

Celebrate the life and work of Lenorado Da Vinci at the Saint Louis Science Center. This exhibit digs into the work of the impressive inventor, artist and scientist, and treats visitors to more than 60 life size replicas of his inventions and twenty replicas of his art. While general admission to the Science Center is free there is a cost to see the exhibit, but it’s worth it!

Mighty Mississippi

The Mighty Mississippi River has been the lifeblood of the heartland of the United States through ice ages and droughts, the arrival of humans, and the extinction of species. The “Mighty Mississippi,” exhibit at the Missouri History Museum, explores the rich heritage of the famous river and our relationship with it.

Dare to Know: Chess in the Age of Reason

Dare to Know: Chess in the Age of Reason at the World Chess Hall of Fame showcases numerous chess sets, books, artwork, and other artifacts representing Enlightenment centers in Europe and the United States. Chess sets belonging to famous historical figures from the era, including Catherine the Great and Madame Tussaud, will be on view alongside humble playing sets and a display related to the “Mechanical Turk,” a famed chess-playing automaton.

Schlafly Art Outside Festival – Virtual

This this year’s Schlafly Art Outside festival moves to Labor Day weekend. It’s also going virtual, which means you can browse and buy pieces by more than 40 local artists from the comfort of home. As a bonus, a limited number of outdoor tables at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood will be available 3-7 p.m. Sept. 5 for a socially distanced event featuring beer buckets, a family-style meal and live music.

Outdoor Fun

Big Muddy Adventures

Get out and re-explore the great rivers of the St. Louis area! Experience your hometown in a new way and connect with the natural wonder of the two largest moving bodies of water on the continent! Choose from a variety of trips on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers and book your adventure today.

Gateway Arch Riverboats – St. Louis Riverfront Cruise

Journey to a time when steamboats ruled the Mississippi River on a St. Louis Riverfront Cruise on the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch. Narrated by the riverboat captain or a National Park Service ranger, this one-hour cruise highlights the river’s role in St. Louis’ past and present, and explores famous St. Louis landmarks and architecture.

Outdoor Farmers Markets

There are plenty of farmers’ markets in St. Louis. Whether you are looking for local produce and fresh vegetables, handmade pastas and artisanal cheeses or prefer to catch a chef demo and score some samples, there’s something for everyone. Head into St. Louis’ neighborhoods and check out these great farmers’ markets.

Saint Louis Zoo

Get up close and personal with the furry, the flying and the fishy creatures of the Saint Louis Zoo. With home to over 13,000 animals representing 555 species, the Saint Louis Zoo is an amazing experience year-round. Plus it’s ranked one of the Best Zoos in the Country.

Missouri Botanical Garden

Explore 79 acres of lush gardens, landscape architecture, greenhouses and conservatories at the oldest Botanical Garden in the United States. You can Wander through collections of botanical and horticultural plants among beautiful fountains and statuary, visit the Climatron for a real rainforest experience and more.


From coming face-to-face with birds of prey to spending the day strolling through one of the world’s most beautiful gardens, St. Louis has a variety of options to create your next great outdoor adventure. With hundreds of parks, miles and miles of trails and even a few downhill slopes, St. Louis is paradise for outdoor enthusiasts or those just looking to kick-back and relax.

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