What To Do in St. Louis This Weekend

 In City Guide, Culture

This weekend, celebrate Independence Day at a diverse array of music festivals, parades and fireworks displays around the city. Grab a visor, a koozie, a lawn chair and some SPF to make the most of America’s birthday bash.

Fourth of July shows at Atomic Cowboy

Atomic Cowboy is one of several local establishments to host an exciting lineup of live musicians this Fourth of July weekend. For four days straight, head to The Grove to see acts like Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Tab Benoit with Eric Johansen and Andy Frasco and the U.N. with Magic Beans before STL Americana Fest takes over on Saturday, with co-headliner Andrew Leahey.

When: July 3-6
Where: Atomic Cowboy
Price: $60 for four shows

The CWEA Fourth of July Family Parade
Tie some red, white and blue streamers around your handlebars and pedal to Maryland Plaza to join in the Central West End Association’s Fourth of July Family Parade on Thursday morning. Celebrate the country’s birthday in the CWE with circus performers, magicians, balloon art and face painters, as well as childhood favorites like snow cones and popcorn.

When: July 4 at 10 a.m.
Where: Central West End
Price: Free

Fair Saint Louis

The city’s largest independence day celebration kicks off bright and early on Thursday with the 137th America’s Birthday Parade on Market Street Downtown, complete with marching bands, elaborate floats, character balloons and more. For the duration of the festival, bring lawn chairs and picnic supplies to the Gateway Arch National Park for live performances from musicians including Randy Houser, Brett Young, Johnny Gill, Keith Sweat and The Flaming Lips, culminating in spectacular fireworks shows.

When: July 3-6
Where: Gateway Arch National Park and surrounding Downtown areas
Price: Free

Blueprint Coffee birthday bash

Take a breather from all the red, white and blue to help Blueprint Coffee‘s Watson Road location celebrate its first year in Lindenwood Park. Head to South City on on Friday evening for craft beer from 2nd Shift, pickup basketball, water balloons and Poptimism popsicles from Whisk, including an exclusive offering flavored with Blueprint coffee.

When: July 5 from 4-8 p.m.
Where: Blueprint Coffee’s Watson Road location
Price: Free entry

Open Concept soft opening

This weekend, check out Cherokee Street‘s new all-you-can-drink bar, Open Concept, where patrons pay per hour to mingle and imbibe. Open Concept’s mixologists are always churning out new recipes, so be sure to try each of this week’s offerings, including the owner’s special “Lou Juice” and the weekly “mystery flavor.” The first 10 people to guess its ingredients will receive complimentary open bar hours.

When: July 5-7
Where: Open Concept
Price: $10 per hour

Image courtesy of Jacob Morrison.

Garden Party Lights

The Missouri Botanical Garden crafts another unique evening experience beginning this weekend and running through mid-October. After dark, meander through more than a mile of lighting and multimedia collaborations. Visit the bar for local beer, wine and specialty cocktails and snack on grilled brats and more at this beloved outdoor destination in Shaw.

When: July 6-Oct. 19
Where: Missouri Botanical Garden
Price: $18-$20

STL Americana Fest III

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company presents the third STL Americana Fest on Saturday at Atomic Cowboy’s The Bootleg. See established and emerging acts from the region, including Andrew Leahey & the Homestead, Cree Rider Family Band, The Native Sons, Gene Jackson, Tonina and many more.

When: July 6 at 5 p.m.
Where: The Bootleg
Price: $15

Euclid Records Summer Tent Sale

Music-lovers should plan their Sunday around Euclid Records’ third tent sale of the summer in Webster Groves, featuring a restock of LPs, CDs and 45s for just a dollar. Shop literature from Apotheosis Comics and vintage clothing from Thrift Gold while you groove to tunes provided by Todd Mosby.

When: July 7 at 10 a.m.
Where: Euclid Records
Price: Free entry

Featured image courtesy of Nick Torontali.

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