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Looking for some summer fun? Check out this list of festivals in the St. Louis area

From music to drinks and good eats, here is your guide to festivals in and near the Lou.
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ST. LOUIS — Summertime in St. Louis brings many fun activities. Here are some of the festivals you can find in the St. Louis area and what they offer. 

Recurring events: 

Whitaker Music Festival

What: Free evening outdoor concert series featuring an eclectic and wide array of musical styles. 

Where: Cohen Amphitheater lawn in the Missouri Botanical Gardens 

When: Every Wednesday in June and July from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Music begins at 7 p.m., last entry at 8:30 p.m. 

Cost: Free after 5 p.m., food and drink available for purchase. 

What to know: Lawn seating. Chairs and blankets permitted. Picnicking allowed after 5 p.m., can bring own food and beverage or can buy at the gardens. Pets, barbecue grills and smoking are not permitted.

Music on Main

What: Free outdoor concert series in St. Charles, Missouri.

Where: 100-200 North Main Street in downtown St. Charles. 

When: 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., third Wednesday from May to September.

Cost: Free to attend. Food and drinks are available for purchase. 

What to know: Bring your own lawn chairs. No outside alcohol is permitted. There is no parking along this section of North Main Street, but other parking options are available nearby. Check out the map provided by the city of St. Charles to find out where you can park.

Faust Park 35th Annual Summer Concert Series

What: Summer concert series offering the chance to listen to local musicians while having fun with family and friends.

WhereFaust County Park, 15185 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, Missouri.

When: Gates open at 5:30 p.m., concerts from 7-9 p.m.; every Tuesday in June and July, last concert August 3.

Cost: $5 per person or $45 for season pass. Food, drinks and alcohol are available for purchase at the Chesterfield Regional Chamber concession stand in the park. 

What to know: Tickets are non-refundable. Food trucks and local restaurants also provide a variety of dining choices. Kids will also have the opportunity to participate in face painting, balloon twisting, games and the Bubble Bus at the The Commerce Bank Kid's Zone. 

Hot Summer Nights Concert Series

What: Free outdoor summer concert series in Historic Frenchtown in St. Charles.

Where: 600-900 blocks of North Second St. in Historic Frenchtown.

When: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., first band starts at 7:30 p.m.; second Saturday June through August

Cost: Free to attend; alcoholic drinks available for purchase.

What to know: No outside food or drink allowed. Bring your own lawn chairs. Food trucks will offer selections at the venue. 

Maplewood Summer Concert Series 

What: Free outdoor concert series bringing everyone together for evenings of music and fun.

Where: Ryan Hummert Park, 2400 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood, Missouri.

When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., fourth Wednesday of the month from June to September.

Cost: Free to attend, food and drinks available to purchase from local vendors.

What to know: Guests can bring own food and drink.

Union Station Monthly Concert Series

What: A free summer concert series of music, drinks and fun at St. Louis Union Station.

Where: The Plaza at St. Louis Union Station.

When: 5-9 p.m. the second Friday June through August.

Cost: Free to attend, parking costs vary. Food and drinks available for purchase. Tickets required for St. Louis Wheel and St. Louis Aquarium.

What to know: Dogs allowed outside. Coolers not preferred. Lawn chairs and blankets allowed for seating. Parking is available on 20th Street in downtown St. Louis or in the Union Station parking lot. Cost to park varies on location and time of day. Guests can ride the St. Louis Wheel from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. while at Union Station, or attend the St. Louis Aquarium from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

One-time events: 

Kirkwood Route 66 “Cars and Guitars” Festival 2022

What: Back after almost three years, the festival will feature over 100 vintage vehicles, live music, great local food choices and so much more. The theme is an ode to history of music and transportation in the region.

Where: Various (see below)

When: Saturday, June 11. Times as follows...

  • 8:30-11:30 a.m., Carbs and Guitars pancake breakfast at Kirkwood Fire Station 1, 137 West Argonne Drive
  • 4:30-11 p.m., music, vendors and more, East and West Jefferson Avenue
  • 5-9 p.m., Vintage Car Show, Kirkwood Road and West Jefferson Avenue

Cost: Free to attend, food and drinks available for purchase. Fundraiser tickets available for $10.

What to know: No pets, coolers or skateboards allowed. Two blocks of Jefferson, between North Clay and North Taylor Avenues, as well as Kirkwood Road between Argonne Drive and Adams Avenue, will be closed to vehicle traffic starting early Saturday morning. Public parking lots and street parking will be available with signs directing to parking locations. Spots will be available in Station Plaza Garage. For more information, visit the Kirkwood website and Route 66 Festival Facebook page.

Clayton Music and Wine Festival

What: After a few years off because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this festival of wine, music and entertainment is coming back to Clayton.

Where: Carondelet Plaza in downtown Clayton.

When: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sat., June 11.

Cost: Free to attend, Food and wine available for purchase. 

What to know: No pets allowed. Service animals are welcome. Local restaurants, food trucks and wineries will be present with offerings for purchase. In the event of inclement weather, city staff will determine whether the festival needs to be canceled by 4 p.m. June 11. Transportation is offered through MetroLink at Forsyth Boulevard and Forest Park Parkway and Median of Forest Park Parkway just west of Central Avenue. Street parking is free on weekends, with paid garages also available in the area. Check out the Clayton website for more information on parking.

St. Louis PrideFest

What: After a two-year hiatus, PrideFest is back in St. Louis. This year's theme is "Together Again." PrideFest offers entertainment, fun and a grand parade. 

Where: Tucker Boulevard, between Market and Olive Streets in downtown St. Louis 

When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat. June 25 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun., June 26.

Cost: Free to attend, but donations are encouraged. Food and drink available for purchase. 

What to know: Pets are not allowed. Service animals are welcome. No coolers are allowed.  Lawn chairs welcome. The Grand Parade will take place Sunday. See the parade map here. Transportation is available via MetroLink and MetroBus. Parking is offered in various ways in downtown St. Louis. For more information and FAQs, check out the PrideSTL website.

 2nd Annual Jerk Music Festival 

What: A Jerk music festival offering good eats, good music and urban art in the Metro East.

Where: 5802 Lake Drive, Centreville, Illinois. 

When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sat., July 2.

Cost: General admission is $45. Mini Golf tickets available for $35.

What to know: No outside food or drink allowed. No coolers allowed. Restaurants and food trucks on site. Glow-in-the-dark mini golf tickets also available for purchase. 

Margarita Fest in Ballpark Village

What: Ballpark Village's first-ever Margarita Fest will feature live music, food, taco-eating contests and plenty of margaritas.

Where: 601 Clark Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri. 

When: 11 a.m. Sat., July 30. 

Cost: Tickets start at $14.99. Food and drinks available for purchase.

What to know: Ages 21 and over. Drink specials until 4 p.m. Parking available in downtown St. Louis through street parking or garages. 

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