Memorial Day Weekend in St. Louis

Tuesday May 17, 2016

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 County Greek Festival | May 27-30

Traditional Greek music, dancing, culture, religion and cuisine come to life in this annual festival at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church that has gained quite a following in the area. 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

Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Monday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Spring to Dance Festival | May 27 – 29

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: $15. Hours 7:30pm

Gypsy Caravan | May 30

The St. Louis Symphony presents the Gypsy Caravan for its 44th 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 30, 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.  Admission: Early Bird (7-9am): $20; General (9-5pm): $10. Free for children under age 13.

St. Louis African Arts Festival | May 28 – 30

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. Hours: May 28: 10am – 8pm, May 29: 11am-8pm, May 30: 10am-6pm

Mid America Chevy Dealers Ribfest | May 27 – 30

Barbeque and music are front-and-center in this festival. Featuring acts like School of Rock, Morgan Ladyman Band, Oh Brother, Divine Sorrow and more. Besides all the great hard-rocking tunes you’ll enjoy delicious food (namely, ribs). Arrive a bit early to beat some of the lines, and get a full plate before concerts begin. Hours: May 27: 5pm-11pm, May 28-29: 11am-11pm, May 30: 11am-7pm

Schlafly Art Outside | May 27 – 29

Schlafly Art Outside is a three-day-long alternative art fair featuring art from over 50 artists based here in the St. Louis area. Art Outside is not an ordinary fair, but one that features quality art, music, and plenty of tasty food and drink from Schlafly Beer. 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. Hours: May 27: 5pm-10pm, May 28: 10am-10pm, May 29: 12-4pm

St. Louis Scott Gallagher Gateway Memorial Classic | May 28 – 30

Youth soccer will once again take centerstage as the Gateway Memorial Classic brings teams from across the Midwest to St. Louis.  Hosted in cooperation with the St. Louis Scott Gallagher and Lou Fusz Soccer Clubs, this holiday tournament will bring together some of the region’s top teams of both boys and girls from the ages of 7 up to 19 years of age.  The tournament will be held at the SLYSA fields in St. Charles County; the World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton, Mo.; as well as the SLSG and Lou Fusz turf fields near Creve Coeur park in St. Louis County!

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