Memorial Day Weekend Events in St. Louis

Wednesday May 1, 2013

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and the opening to some great events! Here is a list of 8 great things to do over the Memorial Day weekend in St. Louis:

St. Louis Bluesweek Festival – Free
St. Louis is bad to the bone, May 24-26, as the FREE St. Louis Bluesweek Festival shakes, rattles and rolls into town for a ride on the Blues Highway. Visit Soldiers Memorial in downtown St. Louis, where sounds from deep in the Delta, all the way to St. Louis will wow the crowds. Headliners include the Marquise Knox Band, Mavis Staples, Mud Morganfield, the Scottie Miller Band, Big George Brock and many others. For festival info visit:

May 24th 4:30pm – 11:00pm
May 25th 11:00am – 11:00pm
May 26th 11:00am – 11:00pm

Shakespeare in the Park – Free
Performed in a natural amphitheater in Forest Park, the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis presents, “Twelfth Night,” May 24 – June 16. The famous Shakespearian comedy is about twins Viola and Sebastian who are separated when their ship capsizes. Each believes that the other has drowned. The play begins at 8 p.m. with pre-show activities at 6:30 p.m.

Pork Shop: Downtown BBQ and Garage Sale – Free
The Schlafly Tap Room is hosting a unique event on Saturday. Pork Shop is a garage sale and pig roast all in one. Come shop, haggle, barter, hunt for those hidden bargains, then stay for a nice meal and cold brew. The event runs from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m on Saturday, May 25

41st Annual Gypsy Caravan – $10 Admission
Some bargain hunters wait all year for the Gypsy Caravan, one of the Midwest’s largest antique, craft, and flea markets. This one-day sale is on Memorial Day every year. More than 300 vendors will be selling everything from birdhouses to baseball memorabilia. Admission is $10, but children under 12 get in free. Money from the sale helps support the St. Louis Symphony.

Date and Time
May 27th 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Assumption Greek Fest – Free
The Greek Festival in Town & Country is a Memorial Day tradition for many St. Louis area families. Thousands of visitors attend the four-day festival, which features Greek music, dancing, gifts and plenty of authentic, delicious Greek food. The festival runs Friday – Monday of Memorial Day weekend at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church at 1755 Des Peres Road in Town & Country. Admission and parking are free.

Dates and Times
May 24th 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
May 25th 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
May 26th 11 a.m – 9 p.m.
May 27th 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

22nd Annual St Louis African Arts Festival – Free
The 22nd Annual African Arts Festival attracts thousands during the Memorial Day weekend celebration at the Worlds Fair Pavilion in Forest Park. The festival is dedicated to the preservation of art forms, traditions, and cultures of Africa and its diaspora. This festival includes an African-Marketplace, children’s activities, African and African-American artifacts, jewelry & textiles, guided art tour, cultural demonstrations and more! And don’t worry about lunch or dinner, you can find St. Louis style soul food and various Latin, African and vegetarian dishes too.

Date and Times
May 25th 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
May 26th 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
May 27th 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Gridiron Glory: The Best of Pro Football Hall of Fame Exhibit – Admission: $12 Adult and Children 6-12: $4
Over Memorial Day Weekend Gridiron Glory one of the most comprehensive traveling exhibitions ever created on America’s most popular sport opens over Memorial Day weekend at the Missouri History Museum and runs through September 3. This exhibit will include memorabilia from all-time greats to contemporary stars. It also features more than 200 football artifacts, rare photos and one-of-a-kind documents from the Pro Football Hall of Fame collections, many which have never been seen outside of the Hall of Fame.

Spring to Dance – $15 Admission
See cutting-edge performances at one of the hottest dance festivals in the country when Spring to Dance returns to the Touhill Performing Arts Center memorial day weekend May 23-25. Now in its sixth year, Spring to Dance, presented by Dance St. Louis, brings together dances from 30 professional dance companies located across the country. This is a fantastic opportunity to see all types of dance, varying in stale and repertoire by nationally touring professional dance companies from the East and West Coasts and throughout the Midwest.

Date and Times
May 23 – 25, Doors open at 5 p.m.

Circus Flora – A Trip to the Moon
Circus Flora, St. Louis own intimate one-ring theatre circus goes where no circus has gone before: to the moon. Audience members are as close as two-feet and never more than 40 feet from the ring. The 2013 production “A Trip to the Moon” is an iconic piece of cinematic history and Méliès’ artistic instruments to construct the visual styling, costuming and narrative elements.

Date and Times
May 30 – June 23, Performance times are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 2:00 p.m., Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Opera Theatre of St. Louis presents The Pirates of Penzance
Jump aboard for a hilarious voyage where obstacles stand in the way of true love. Perfect for audiences of all ages.

Date and Times
Saturday, May 25 at 8:00 p.m.

If none of these events are your thing , check out our calendar of events for a bunch more. Whatever you do over the Memorial Day weekend, I hope you have a great time.

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