What to Do in St. Louis This Weekend
Happy Independence Day week! St. Louisans know how to celebrate Fourth of July in style. This weekend, join the party for free at Fair Saint Louis, watch the fireworks at outposts throughout the city, and more.
Summer Social in Kiener Plaza
All day on Thursday, get a taste of the activities and events to come this year at the Gateway Arch Park Foundation to celebrate the grand opening of the Museum at the Gateway Arch taking place on July 3. Visit Kiener Plaza for morning yoga, yard games, lunchtime and evening food trucks, and a concert previewing the Blues at the Arch series, followed by a gorgeous fireworks display.
When: July 5 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Where: Kiener Plaza
Price: Free entry
Moonlight Picnic on the Lake
Every Thursday through the month of August, the Boathouse at Forest Park welcomes guests to enjoy a sunset picnic replete with dinner and drinks on a paddleboat. Drift across the water and toast to the arrival of a new summer month with Forest Park as your backdrop. Reserve your spot in advance—ticket price includes the paddle boat rental, food, and drinks for two.
When: July 5
Where: Forest Park
Critical Mass: Creative Stimulus Award 2018
Until Aug. 10, view work by the winners of the 2018 Critical Mass Creative Stimulus Award at the Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries. The award provides funding to artists to explore new techniques and realize special projects. This year’s winners include artists Kahlil Robert Irving, Adrienne Outlaw and Sage Dawson.
When: Now through August 10
Where: The Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries
Fair Saint Louis
“America’s Biggest Birthday Party” kicks off on July 4 with a full weekend of live music and free family-friendly festivities during Fair Saint Louis at the gorgeous brand-new Arch grounds. This year, the lineup includes the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Jason Derulo, Andy Grammer and Martina McBride. Dance into the night, and make sure you catch the breathtaking fireworks display on Friday, July 6 at 9:30 p.m.
When: July 4-7
Where: Arch Grounds
Celebrate Independence Day Around the City
Forest Park during Fair Saint Louis isn’t the only location in which to celebrate Independence Day with some pyrotechnics. Downtown St. Louis unleashes its own fireworks display—accessible from spots like Three Sixty Bar and Lumiere Place—as do Webster Groves, Ferguson, Kirkwood, Hazelwood, St. Charles and Chesterfield.
When: July 4-6
Price: Free entry
First Friday in Grand Center
Hop through the Grand Center Arts District all evening during First Friday, when art hubs like the Contemporary Art Museum and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation stay open late to welcome the community into their galleries. Come for the mingling, the exhibition tours, the refreshments and the music.
When: July 6
Where: Grand Center Arts District
New Point of Brew at UCBC Midtown
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company’s Midtown Brewery & Biergarten welcomes a new art opening this Friday evening, featuring the works of local artists Kelly L. Burris, Kat Kissick, Triggy Svn, Dede Doering, and Ann Johnson. Take advantage of $3 pours of Zwickel and Schnickelfritz while socializing on the patio and enjoying live music until 11pm.
When: July 6 from 6-11 p.m.
Where: UCBC Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Price: Food and drinks for purchase
St. Louis Americana Festival II
Presented by Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, Gaslight, Tritone Guitars & ByJack, the Americana Festival comprises six hours of classic Americana, folk, and rock musical acts spanning three stages in the Grove. Doors open at 4:30 for a full evening of live tunes from local acts at Atomic Cowboy’s Pavilion, The Bootleg, and Firecracker Pizza and Beer. Seating is limited, so check out the lineup and reserve a spot ahead of time.
When: July 7 from 5-11 p.m.
Where: Atomic Cowboy, The Bootleg, and Firecracker Pizza & Beer