St. Louis Summer 2016 Festivals
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis (June 3-June 26 in Forest Park)
Join us in Shakespeare Glen for the 2016 Mainstage production, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Last seen at the Festival in 2002, Midsummer will feature an exciting and diverse cast of actors, original music, and direction by Executive & Artistic Director Rick Dildine against the stunning backdrop of Forest Park.
Whitaker Music Festival (June 1-Aug. 3 at Missouri Botanical Garden)
It’s officially summer in St. Louis when each Wednesday night hundreds pack a picnic and head out to the Missouri Botanical Garden for a free concert. If carrying picnic baskets and coolers isn’t your thing, there are plenty of food, beer, wine and soda options for purchase on-site.
The 10th Annual St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival (June 11 on the St. Louis Riverfront). Those 21 and up may enjoy the premiere showcase of the St. Louis beer scene .This festival features over 100 styles of beer from over 40+ STL-based breweries including all your favorites such as 4 Hands Brewing Company, Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. Schlafly Beer, Standard, Morgan Street Brewery and the King of Beers beneath the Gateway Arch along the Mississippi River.
PrideFest St. Louis (June 24-26 Soldier’s Memorial in Downtown)
PrideFest is an annual celebration of gay, lesbian, and transgender culture. The festival includes a parade with floats and contingents, live entertainment ranging from pop, disco, jazz, rock, country and rap. The parade begins at noon on Sunday.
Chesterfield Wine & Jazz Festival (June 25-26 Chesterfield Amphitheatre )
Enjoy an exciting lineup that showcases the best in contemporary, straight-ahead and fusion jazz. The Midwest’s finest outdoor jazz festival features Eric Slaughter with Ptah Williams, Darrell Mixon and Gary Sykes, and chart-topping classical/jazz artists Bach to the Future. Enjoy a variety of wine and great food. Admission is free! There’s family fun for everyone at the beautiful Chesterfield Amphitheater near Chesterfield Mall, overlooking the Central Park lake.
36th Annual Fair Saint Louis (July 2-4 in Forest Park)
& Veiled Prophet Parade (July 2 Downtown St. Louis) This Independence Day Celebration offers local and national entertainment, family entertainment and other activities.
Let Them Eat Art (July 8 Historic Downtown Maplewood) This whimsical fair celebrates Bastille Day and presents a variety of festivities for visitors, including art exhibits, live demonstrations, live music, tasty food and drink specials, hoop dancers, dream interpreters, tarot card readings and more.
World’s Fair Heritage Festival (Aug. 19, 20, 21 in Forest Park World’s Fair Pavilion)
The 2016 St. Louis World’s Fare Heritage Festival will bring a mash up of activities and entertainment as we celebrate our St. Louis community through music, art, history, business, and local culinary hotspots. This FREE event will bring an eclectic assortment of local musicians, performers, artists, food trucks, and businesses to the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park highlighting all the wonderful diversity, history, and creativity our city has to offer.
Festival of Nations (Aug. 27 in Tower Grove Park)
Three stages of non-stop dynamic music and dance performances by traditional ethnic artists, world music favorites and the finest traditional acoustic music and song. From Spanish flamenco to a Vietnamese lion dance, from thundering drums to Irish harp, there is something for every taste.
Big Muddy Blues Festival (Sept. 3 & 4 on Laclede’s Landing in Downtown St. Louis)
The Big Muddy Blue Festival provides a platform for a wide range of artists who represent extensions of the Blues genre, such as, soul, R&B, rockabilly, gospel and jazz. Big Muddy is the region’s largest Blues music event features over 18 hours of music and scores of bands on multiple stages throughout the cobblestone streets of Laclede’s Landing, while boasting the Big Muddy (Mississippi River) itself as the iconic river backdrop for the weekend.
Japanese Festival (Missouri Botanical Garden Labor Day Weekend)
Celebrating the history, culture, and people of Japan, the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the largest and oldest festivals of its kind in the United States.
Since 1977, the Missouri Botanical Garden has produced the annual Japanese Festival in conjunction with the Japanese Activities Committee, a coalition of several Japanese-American organizations that provide art, dance, food and entertainment for thousands of visitors each year.
23rd Annual Saint Louis Art Fair (Sept. 9, 10 & 11 in Downtown Clayton)
Visual artists from across the nation exhibit an unprecedented selection of the highest quality, original works of art along with three stages of entertainment, educational hands-on activities for children, culinary treats from St. Louis’ finest restaurants and much more.
Loufest Sept 10-11 Forest Park
With a general admission pass to Loufest, you’ll receive admission to Forest Park for the two days of the Festival, including: 30+ Bands on Four Stages, Nosh Pit Food Court, LouFest Market Square, LouKidz. The LouFest lineup includes LCD Soundsystem, Chris Stapleton, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Band of Horses, Big Gigantic, The Kills, Buddy Guy, Shakey Graves, and many more of the best global entertainers that are all set to rock Forest Park, Sept. 10 & 11.