7 Things You Must Do This Month
1. Be Proud
From June 26-28, PrideFest’s “Color My World” theme takes over Soldiers Memorial to celebrate the LGBT community and its allies with an exciting and colorful lineup of entertainers like MKTO and Margaret Cho, as well as events like a Pride 5K and the Pride Ride for cyclists. The Sunday pride parade will swing by the festival grounds, here—in addition to the performers—festivalgoers with families can enjoy a children’s area. For more info, visit pridestl.org.
2. Catch Some Shakespeare
Enjoy theater under the trees as “Antony and Cleopatra,” running May 22-June 14, kicks off the 15th anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park. The annual Forest Park series (part of the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis) has become one of St. Louis’ most popular summer events—and with ill-fated romances being one of the Bard’s favorite writing prompts, this season’s production is guaranteed to be a good night out. For more info, visit sfstl.com.
3. Beat the Heat at ULTRA
Bud Light presents the ULTRA White Party, the ultimate Pride Weekend event, at Public Media Commons on June 27. Be there for the Bud Light ULTRA Pride Awards recognizing local LGBT icons, dance while enjoying Pinnacle Vodka cocktails in the Wells Fargo Advisors VIP area and feel good knowing a portion of ticket sales go to LGBT-allied nonprofits. For more info, visit 2015ultra.eventbrite.com.
4. Take a Trip to Africa
… with the Saint Louis Art Museum when “Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa” arrives. A beloved style of African art, senufo encompasses 3-D forms such as masks, decorative objects and sculptures. From June 28 to Sept. 27, more than 160 pieces from museums and private collections across Europe, Canada and the United States will be on display at SLAM to be inspired by—just as Pablo Picasso and Fernand Léger once were. For more info, visit slam.org.
5. Dine Al Fresco
Mark your calendars for Feast in the Park at Laumeier Sculpture Park. On June 5, the delicious aromas of STL’s best food trucks and the melodies of the city’s live music will fill the air. With mobile dining sweeping STL this summer, this festival makes for a unique tasting opportunity and a can’t-miss evening out. For more info, visit laumeiersculpturepark.org.
6. Put On Your Strawberry-Colored Glasses
The Kimmswick Strawberry Festival is June 6-7, where you can find everything strawberry: shortcake, cheesecake, iced tea, wine and more (and if you like music, there’s a bluegrass festival going on as well). Bring the whole family: Kid-friendly activities include a petting zoo, bounce houses and pony rides. For more info, visit kimmswick.com.
7. Hit a High Note
Enjoy the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ festival season with powerful performances of classics “The Barber of Seville” and “La Rondine,” the hidden-gem “Richard the Lionheart” and the contemporary “Emmeline” from May 23-June 28. Whether a newcomer or veteran, the season makes for a great way to explore the art form’s canon. For more info, visit opera-stl.org.
Photo by Scott Lokitz, courtesy of PrideFest