Festivals & Fairs
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis – “Love’s Labor’s Lost” will be performed in Shakespeare Glenn in Forest Park May 31 to June 23. Performances are held nightly at 8 p.m. (excluding Mondays). Green Show kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Free. Bring blankets or low-back chairs. Rental chairs available. For more details, visit www.sfstl.com or call 314-531-9800.
Missouri Chamber Music Festival – The festival runs June 17-22 at different locations for each performance. For more information, locations and tickets, visit www.mochambermusic.org.
Whitaker Music Festival – This summer concert series is held Wednesdays at the Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd. Free admission after 5 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m., last entry at 8:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic supper, baskets or coolers. Please limit glass. Picnic fare, beer, wine, soda, and sno-cones are available for purchase on-site. Visit www.missouribotanicalgarden.org for more information. Concert schedule:
•June 5: Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective
•June 12: Tonina Saputo
•June 19: River Kittens
•June 26: The Gene Dobbs Bradford Blues Experience
•July 3: Mardra and Reggie Thomas
•July 10: Boomtown United
•July 17: Annie and the Fur Trappers
•July 24: Dave Grelle’s Playadors
•July 31: Starwolf
Jungle Boogie – The Saint Louis Zoo presents its summer concert series May 24 to Aug. 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. Free. Rain or shine. Feel free to bring lawn chairs. For more information, visit www.stlzoo.org/events. Concert schedule:
• May 24: Wildfire
• May 31: Funky Butt Brass Band
• June 7: Griffin and the Gargoyles
• June 14: Hazard To Ya Booty
• June 21: No concert due to Zoofari
• June 28: Charles “Skeet” Rogers
• July 5: Midnight Piano Band
• July 12: Cree Rider Family Band
• July 19: Zydeco Crawdaddys
• July 26: The Lustrelights
• August 2: Soulard Blues Band
• August 9: The Durty Kellys
• August 16: Three Pedros
• August 23: Miss Jubilee
• August 30: Ticket to the Beatles
Henry Shaw’s Birthday Celebration – Festivities take place July 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd. The event will include a silhouette artist, stilt walker, balloon artist, three performances by Bob Kramer’s Marionnettes and more. Take a tour of Tower Grove House, Shaw’s original country estate, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A selection of items from the Garden’s Herbarium and Peter H. Raven Library will be on display. Free admission for all visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.missouribotanicalgarden.org.
Central West End Cocktail Party – Get ready to mingle, sample and sip on June 8, 5-10 p.m., at the 4th annual event in the streets of the Central West End celebrating what is believe to be the first cocktail party on record.
Pridefest – The annual LGBTQIA festival is Saturday, June 29, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and June 30, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Soldiers Memorial Park on Market Street between N. 15th St. and North Tucker. The parade steps off at noon on Sunday on Market.
Fair Saint Louis – America’s biggest birthday party under the Gateway Arch runs July 4-6, featuring headlining musical acts, air shows, free family fun and amazing fireworks celebrating our nation’s independence. The parade kicks things off on July 4, at 9:30 a.m., at the intersection of 20th and Market Street, and proceeds east on Market Street and ends on Market and Broadway. Free. For more information and schedules, visit www.fairsaintlouis.org and www.americasbirthdayparade.com.
Webster Groves Community Days – Enjoy an old-fashioned patriotic parade and a community celebration July 1-4. Lions Club barbecue, carnival rides, pet parade, Miss Webster Pageant, fireworks, live music and more. The parade is on July 4 at 10 a.m. For more details about locations, parking and event schedule, visit www. wgcommunitydays.org.
Let Them Eat Art – Downtown Maplewood’s tribute to Bastille Day is Friday, July 12, 6-11 p.m., with live music, entertainment, art demonstrations and more. Free. Visit www.cityofmaplewood.com.
St. Louis World’s Fare Heritage Festival – The 6th annual festival is Aug. 16-18 in Forest Park at the World’s Fair Pavilion. Free. To find more details and event schedule, visit www.stlworldsfare.com.
Festival of Nations – The multi-cultural celebration, featuring ethnic food booths, dance and music, arts and crafts, and an international bazaar, runs Saturday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in Tower Grove Park, 4256 Magnolia Ave. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.festivalofnationsstl.org.
Annual Japanese Festival – The Missouri Botanical Garden hosts the three-day celebration Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, filled with sights, sounds and experiences for the entire family. For more information, a schedule of events and tickets, visit www.missouribotanicalgarden.org.
Saint Louis Art Fair – Held in downtown Clayton Sept. 6-8, this art fair is ranked as one of the top fairs nationally, with exhibiting artists coming from across the country and even Canada. Live entertainment, food and plenty of art to take in. For more information and hours, visit www.saintlouisartfair.com.
Great Forest Park Balloon Glow and Balloon Race – Festivities begin with a balloon glow the evening of Friday, Sept. 20, in Forest Park. The balloon race gets underway on Saturday, Sept. 21, at noon with entertainment and festivities. For more details, visit www.greatforestparkballoonrace.com.
Tower Grove Pride – Celebration will be held Saturday, June 29, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., in Tower Grove Park, Arsenal and South Grand. For more information, visit www.towergrovepride.com.
Parties in the Park – Join Clayton for an open-air cocktail soiree on the second Wednesday of the month on Central Avenue, 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. No outside food or drink. Concert schedule:
•June 12: Midnight Piano Band
•July 10: Up All Night
•August 14: Three Pedros
Wildflower Concert Series – Local bands will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. on the Bascom House Lawn at Shaw Nature Reserve, 307 Pinetum Loop Road in Gray Summit. The event opens at 4 p.m. The concert series is included with daily admission, free for members. The series is presented in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Whitmire Wildflower Garden. Visitors are invited to bring their chairs and picnic blankets and enjoy wine, beer and spirits from local vendors. There will also be barbecue from Brown Jerry’s. No outside alcohol is permitted. Concert schedule:
•June 9: Downstream
•June 16: The Gaslight Squares
•June 23: The Dust Covers
•June 30: The Flea Bitten Dawgs
Maplewood Summer Concert Series – Enjoy live music from 6 to 8 p.m. in Ryan Hummert Memorial Park, 2400 Sutton Blvd. Free. For more information, visit www.midcountychamber.org. Concert schedule:
•June 26: Fanfare
•July 24: The Melissa Neels Band
•August 28: Leaky Tiki
Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival – This year’s award-winning festival, held on two stages in the Old Webster area of Webster Groves, is set for Saturday, Sept. 21. The free festival, which includes food from area restaurants, begins at noon and runs into the evening.
Clayton’s Musical Nights – Enjoy outdoor music the fourth Sunday of the month, 5 to 7 p.m., at Oak Knoll Park at Big Bend and Clayton Road. Free. Concert schedule:
•June 23: Pennsylvania Slim
•July 28: Janet Evra
•August 25: Musicology
•September 22: Ruby & the Gents
Ivory Perry Park Concert Series – Bring the family for these free concerts. Events are held 6-8 p.m. in Ivory Perry Park, 800 N. Belt between Cabanne and Clemens. Pre-concert activities begin at 5:30 p.m. Dates: June 23, July 28 and Aug. 25. For more information and musical line-up, visit www.ucministries.com.
Opera Theatre of St. Louis – Season begins with “The Marriage of Figaro” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1786), May 25-June 29, at the Loretto-Hilton Center, 130 Edgar Road in Webster Groves. “Rigoletto Giuseppe Verdi” (1851) takes the stage June 1-30, followed by “The Coronation of Poppea Claudio Monteverdi” (1624) June 9-28, and “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” June 15-29. For more information, showtimes and tickets, visit www.opera-stl.org.
The Muny in Forest Park – Enjoy the outdoor stage at the Muny Amphitheatre as it begins its second century celebrating 101 seasons in Forest Park this summer. For more information and tickets, visit www.muny.org. Performance schedule:
•June 10-16: “Guys and Dolls”
•June 19-25: “Kinky Boots”
•June 27-July 3: “1776”
•July 8-16: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”
•July 18-24: “Footloose”
•July 27-August 2: Lerner & Loewe’s “Paint Your Wagon”
•August 5-11: “Matilda”
Union Avenue Opera – “Candide” opens Union Avenue Opera’s 2019 season and runs July 5-6, and July 12-13. “La Boheme” follows July 26-27, and Aug. 2-3. The season concludes with “Glory Denied” Aug. 16-17, and Aug. 23-24. Performances are held at 733 N. Union Blvd. “Know Before You Go” lecture series is held at 7 p.m. each Friday before the 8 p.m. performance in the Fellowship Gallery. For tickets or more details, visit www.unionavenueopera.org
Delmar Loop Week – Celebrate the kick-off to summer in St. Louis with a week of happenings in the Loop, June 15-22. Schedule:
•June 15: Juneteenth Celebration
•June 16: Sweet Loop Tour
•June 17: Game Night in the Loop
•June 18: Taco Tuesday
•June 19: Yappy Hour
•June 20: PRIDE Day
•June 21: Make Music Day
•June 22: Loop Arts Fest
More details at VisitTheLoop.com.
Circus Flora – “The Caper In Aisle 6” is under the Big Top June 6-30, located at 3401 Washington Blvd. For more information and tickets, visit www.circusflora.org.
Moonlight Ramble – The popular event returns to downtown St. Louis Aug. 17 for its 55th nighttime bike ride. For tickets and more information, visit www.moonlightramble.com.
Cultivating Young Cooks – The Kemper Center for Home Gardening at the Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., will host the event Aug. 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in honor of the American Culinary Federation’s National Childhood Nutrition Month. Included with garden admission. Organizations in attendance will share information on topics such as healthy home cooking, beekeeping, vermiculture, goat milking and more. For more information, visit www.missouribotanicalgarden.org.