Summer in The Lou 2018

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Summer 2018

Living in St. Louis definitely has its perks (August heat & humidity are not one of them!).
There are many FREE events to entice visitors, keep your kiddos busy or for your family to plan a “STAY-cation”. Here are just a few…

The Muny | June 11 – August 12

The Muny celebrates its 100th season with…

  • Jerome Robbins’ Broadway
  • The Wiz
  • Singin’ In The Rain
  • Jersey Boys
  • Annie
  • Gypsy
  • Meet Me in St. Louis


Pride St. Charles | June 16

Pride St. Charles grows in its fourth year, occupying a larger park footprint and extending its hours. Guests can play lawn games, enjoy food and beer from a selection of local vendors, participate in arts and crafts, watch live entertainment and more.


Pridefest St. Louis 2018 | June 23

PrideFest St. Louis is one of the most-attended Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) events in the Midwest region. The theme for 2018 will be “Community Proud,” reflecting the organization’s efforts to engage more fully with the community. In 2017, over 300,000 people attended the festival and it had an unprecedented number of vendors and parade entries.


Fair Saint Louis | July 4, 6 & 7

Fair Saint Louis 2018 returns to its home at the Gateway Arch on July 4, 6 and 7. The annual festival will include fun and exciting elements that fair-goers have grown to love over the 37 years of the festival including great music, food, family activities, the return of the world-famous air show, and of course nationally recognized fireworks displays each evening. This year, the Fair will also include new elements and themes highlighting the historic renovations that transform the visitor experience at the Arch.

Amelia Eisenhauer – July 4

Jason Derulo & Andy Grammer – July 6

Martina McBride – July 7


Let Them Eat Art | July 13

Celebrate Maplewood and art at the city’s whimsical tribute to Bastille Day. The 13th annual party includes live music, artists from around the region, live art demonstrations, and food and drink from Maplewood establishments.


St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival | July 14

The 12th annual St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival will feature more than 100 beer styles from more than 50 area breweries, home brew club tastings, live music and food.


St. Charles County Fair | July 24-28

Check out prizewinning livestock, watch a tractor pull or demo derby, take a whirl on a ride and cheer for the newly crowned fair queen.


Missouri State Fair | August 9 – 19

Kettle corn, carnival rides, contests, concerts — at a state fair, anything goes, even spelling. Take part in traditions including the Governor’s Ham Breakfast and the crowning of the Missouri State Fair queen. Performers include Cole Swindell, Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin, Collin Raye, Casting Crowns and Zach Williams.


Festival of the Little Hille | August 17-19

This popular festival, now in its 47th year, is at the base of the “little hills” that gave the city of St. Charles its original name, Les Petites Côtes. Food, music and vendors line Main Street and Frontier Park on the Missouri Riverfront. There are more than 300 vendors, craft demonstrators and antiques dealers, and more than 50 nonprofit groups sell food and drinks.


St. Louis World’s Fare Heritage Festival | August 17-19

Celebrate the history and heritage of St. Louis at this festival that includes music, an artists village, backyard games, artifacts from the 1904 World’s Fair, a kids area, dance performances and more.


St. Nicholas Greek Festival | Aug. 31 – Sept. 2

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, so this year, it will focus on its next 100 years. The annual festival serves up authentic Greek food along with music, gifts imported from Athens, folk dancing and church tours. Festival prep starts as early as April, with members gathering to melt butter and make salad dressing and Loukoumades bags.


Japanese Festival @ MO Botanical Garden | September 1-3

This popular festival, one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country, is back for a 41st year. New this year: the Chindon Japan All-Stars and Gundam model building. Chindon is a type of Japanese marching band performance, and this group will lead three parades and do one stage performance each day of the festival. “Mobile Suit Gundam” is a televised anime series about giant fighting robots and building model characters has been a popular hobby worldwide.

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