Summer Fun in St. Louis

Wednesday May 11, 2016

Summer is almost here and there’s so much to see and do in St. Louis, the following events are only a preview. Make this summer one to remember, go outside and appreciate the flavor of the season. Here’s a glimpse of what’s new in St. Louis.

First up, The Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (May 21- June 26) returns with another exciting season in the Loretto Hilton Performing Arts Center, with classics such as Center Stage, Ariadne on Naxos, Shalimar the Clown, La Boheme, and concluding with Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

On Memorial Day Weekend, The 9th annual Spring to Dance Festival 2016 at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center (May 27-29) will return for one of the region’s must-see festivals, bringing together 30 professional dance companies for three exhilarating nights of ballet, hip-hop, tango, classical, contemporary, modern and more.

The community will come together for the annual Saint Louis African Arts Festival on Memorial Day weekend (May 28-30), which attracts thousands of residents and out of town visitors. Starting Saturday May 28th the African Arts Festival will celebrate contributions from Africa and the African Diaspora for three days at the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park. Shop the African marketplace, enjoy entertainment, food, the children’s village during the holiday weekend.

On June 18, take a closer look at your food as the Saint Louis Science Center invites us to dig deeper with the “Grow” exhibit. Discover where our food comes from, how it grows and how each of us can make a difference and feed the world. This summer is the perfect opportunity for kids to get inspired through exploring the journey of food and learning about our food supply.

New to Six Flags St. Louis this season is the Fireball, a seven story high, looping rollercoaster.  Head to Eureka and you may also experience the new virtual reality ride on the Ninja featuring virtual reality gear powered by Occulus. The classic Screamin’ Eagle roller coaster was built 40 years ago and Six Flags is celebrating the anniversary with an extended season.

Circus Flora will celebrate its 30th season under the big top June 2- July 3. The kids will be captivated by Russian bar and Chinese pole routines, clowns, horse-riding acts and the golden era of baseball the 2016 production of “Pastime”.

There’s no place like home this summer at The Muny. You won’t want to miss the 2016 season: Wizard of Oz (June 13-22), 42nd Street (June 24-30), The Music Man (July 5-11), Young Frankenstein (July 13-19), Mamma Mia (July 21-28), Fiddler on the Roof (July 30- Aug. 5), Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida (Aug. 8-14). The final production, Aida, will star Grammy winner and member of Destiny’s Child Michelle Williams!

Join us in Shakespeare Glen for the 2016 mainstage production, Shakespeare Festival: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (June 3-June 26) against the stunning backdrop of Forest Park.

Celebrate LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) culture at PrideFest St. Louis (June 24-26). The festival includes a parade with floats, contingents, and live entertainment ranging from pop, disco, jazz, rock, country and rap.

St. Louis will rock the park once again to celebrate America’s biggest birthday party July 2-4. The headliners for Fair Saint Louis have been announced: Sammy Hagar and the Circle, Dirty Muggs, George Clinton and Parliament Funk, Flo Rida and more will all grace the Budweiser stage during the fair in Forest Park. The STEAM exhibit, Enterprise Rent-A-Car/ Edward Jones Fireworks and more will all return.

Children and teens, grades 3-12, can join the summer vacation challenge by entering the Ultimate Tourist Contest. Winners will receive $500 and be featured on and in the 2017 Official St. Louis Visitor’s Guide. From May 1- Sept. 2, visit at least three St. Louis attractions and tell us about your experiences in a 500-word essay. Visit for more information.

For more exciting ways to spend your summer in St. Louis be sure to see the events calendar.

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