Free Fun in the Sun

By Samantha Taylor
In Culture, Feature

As the weather heats up, the arts head outdoors with plenty of events that are free and open to the public. From music and movies to art and theater, here is a lineup of this summer’s best free events.

June Festivals

Shakespeare Festival
St. Louis’ beloved outdoor theater festival presents “Othello.” Nightly (except Tuesdays) through June 17, Forest Park, shakespearefestivalstlouis.org.

Art & Air: Webster Groves Out- door Art Festival
Get a breath of fresh air, along with fine art, music and food at one of the Midwest’s most popular summer art festivals. June 1-3, eden Theological Seminary, artandair.com.

Twangfest
Four days of country, rock, folk and roots musicians hail from across the country. June 6-9, Schlafly Tap Room and The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill, twangfest.com.

PNC Arts Alive: Discover Laumeier Festival
Explore Laumeier Sculpture Park through an interactive afternoon of creative activities, music and food. June 10, Laumeier Sculpture Park.

PrideFest 2012
Since 1980, PrideFest has been praising and celebrating diversity with its magnificent Pride Parade down South Grand Boulevard, as well as drag shows, face painting, live music and more in Tower Grove Park. June 23-24, Tower Grove Park, pridestl.org.

St. Lou Fringe Festival
The city’s first Fringe Festival brings performance art, experimental theater and other cutting-edge creative endeavors to the streets of the city. June 29-30, Grand Center and Locust Business District, stloufringe.tumblr.com.

Summer Event Series

Twilight Tuesdays
Savor the eclectic sounds of various musical artists at the Missouri History Museum’s outdoor concert series. Every Tuesday through June 12, Forest Park, mohistory.org.

Truckin’ Tuesdays
Take your pick of good eats from a fleet of local food trucks, and enjoy your dinner in the park with music and beer. June 12 and the second Tuesday of each month through October, Tilles Park, stlouisco.com.

Parties in the Park
Enjoy tasty drinks while listening to local band Pop ’n’ Rocket at the June edition of this popular outdoor happy hour series. June 13 and the second Wednesday of each month through September, downtown Clayton, partiesinthepark.org.

Whitaker Music Festival
This outdoor concert series at Missouri Botanical Garden is in its 19th year and continues to lure excited crowds every summer. Every Wednesday through July 25, Missouri Botanical Garden, mobot.org.

SLAM Outdoor Film Series
Sit under the stars on Art Hill and watch classic movies, including “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “The Birds” and more. Food trucks will be on hand for tasty snacks, with live music on the plaza before the show. Every Friday in July, Forest Park, slam.org.

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