9 Festivals To Attend This Summer

By Mackenzie Taylor
In Culture

Summertime in STL means ice cream, picnics in the park and lots of free festivals all around the city. Enjoy a bit of Shakespeare, delicious food and live music this summer at these nine festivals.

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Photo courtesy of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
From June 3-26, enjoy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for free at Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park. Directed by Rick Dildine with renowned New York actress and Olivier nominee Nancy Anderson, the festival is a can’t miss summer event.

Whitaker Music Festival
Each week from June 1 through August 3 enjoy live music by award-winning musicians at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The open-air festival is an enjoyable way to spend the summer evenings.

St. Louis Uncorked
On June 3 and 4, St. Louis Uncorked is taking over. Featuring music from We the Kings, Ingrid Michelson, Rachel Platten and more, the free event will feature a fashion village and home improvement zone and a variety of wine, spirits and local food selections.

St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival
The 10th annual St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival will feature over 100 styles of beer from over 40 STL-based breweries. Hosted by Great Rivers Greenway, Explore St. Louis and the St. Louis Brewers Heritage Foundation, the festival offers guests exclusive brewery collaborations, live music and great food.

Fair St. Louis
Head to Forest Park for Flo Rider, Lee Brice, Sammy Hagar and many more on Art Hill for Fair St. Louis on July 2-4. Celebrate American’s biggest birthday party right in the heart of Forest Park.

St. Louis Art Museum Outdoor Film Series
Love “Forrest Gump,” “Top Gun,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and “Rocky?” The perfect place for you to be this summer is on Art Hill in Forest Park for the Art Hill Film Series. Enjoy the pursuit of happiness and the celebration of the American spirit on July 8-29.

Festival of Nations
Tower Grove Park will come alive on August 27 and 28 during Festival of Nations. Enjoy over 40 ethnic food booths, music, arts and crafts and unique gifts from around the world.

Big Muddy Blues Festival
With 16 bands and 18 hours of music, be sure to head to Laclede’s Landing for the Big Muddy Blues Festival for a weekend of blues fun Sept. 5 and 6.

Loufest
One of the biggest musical festivals in St. Louis is back Sept. 10 and 11 in Forest Park. Enjoy the remaining days of summer with great local food, a market square and live music from top bands from all over the world.

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