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Free: Arnold Days Festival Continues Saturday, Sunday

Arnold DaysThe Arnold Days Festival continues Saturday and Sunday at Arnold-City Parks & Recreation Department Headquarters and Recreation Center, 1695 Missouri State Road.  
Carnival and food and craft booths will be open 8 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The Children’s Fishing Tournament–it’s free!–takes place at 8 a.m. with categories for 1-5 years of age, 6-10 years old and 11-12 years old.

Other attractions on Saturday:

  • Car Show
  • Carnival rides
  • Farmers market
  • Craft & food booths
  • Children’s crafts
  • Petting zoo
  • Rock climbing wall
  • C. T. and the Retirees Band
  • Dance Floor Riot Band
  • Fireworks

Sunday attractions include:

  • 5K Foamfest Race
  • Craft & food booths
  • Carnival rides
  • Rock climbing wall
  • Petting Zoo
  • Parade
  • Dance Productions Unlimited Dancers

Wristbands for carnival rides are $20; tickets are $20 for a strip of 10 or $3 per ticket.

Olivette On The Go Festival At Stacy Park This Weekend

Olivette On The GoBlues diva Kim Massie performs at 7 p.m., Saturday at Olivette On The Go, a festival slated for this weekend (Sept. 27-29, 2013) in Stacy Park.

Carnival rides, a food court with dishes by several St. Louis restauranteurs, activities for the kids, a 5K walk a classic car show and a chili cook-off will also be part of the fun at Olivette On The Go, a festival slated for this weekend in Stacy Park.

The event kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday when the carnival rides open. Stacy Park is on Old Bonhomme Road just south of Olive Boulevard.

Rides open again at noon on Saturday when the car show and the chili cook-off also happen. Performances by Shaolin KungFu School, Missouri River Cloggers and St. Louis Black Belt Academy are also scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

Sunday’s activities kick off with a 5K fun walk at 8 a.m. Carnival rides open at noon and continue until 9 a.m.. Also slated for Sunday are performances/demonstrations by Doc’s Harley-Davidson, Shaolin KungFu School, Everyday Circus youth performers, St. Louis Black Belt Academy, Fencing Academy of Webster Groves.

The World Bird Sanctuary will give a raptor awareness demonstration at 2:30 p.m. The Olivette’s Got Talent finals and awards ceremony takes place at 4 p.m.

At 5 p.m. Jake’s Leg performs. According to the band’s website: “Jake’s Leg has been in existence in the St. Louis area for over 37 years now.  Although different players have come and gone in the band, its musical spirit and intent has remained.  It was started as a duo by guitarist and vocalist, Randy Furrer and Tim Fahy in the mid-1970’s.  Lead guitarist, Dave Casper, joined  soon after.   Joe Trunko (bass and vocals) joined in 1990, and Bill Noltkamper (keyboards and vocals) joined in 1991.  The newest member of the band  is Ryan Wilhite on drums/percussion (joined in 2005).”

While some say they copy the Grateful Dead, the group’s website says: “They tend to interpret the material with their own identity musically and emotionally.”

Free: Smash Band Opens Celebrate St. Peters Tonight

The Smash Bands opens Celebrate St. Peters, the city’s annual party at the lake from 7 to 11 p.m. tonight, Friday, Sept. 14. The weekend’s event happens at 370 Lakeside Park.  Parking is free and shuttle buses will transport visitors to the site.

St. Peters is in St. Charles County just west of St. Louis.

The band’s appearance is sponsored by Mid Rivers News Magazine, KFAV and 100.7 FM.

On Saturday, KSHE radio will present country rock legends Poco and Pure Prairie League. Poco will take the Main Stage around 7:30 p.m. Around 9 p.m. there will then be  brief intermission for fireworks around followed by Pure Prairie League’s performance.

A variety of music acts playing  polka, country, rock and samba will appear on the Celebrate Stage while Joy Nack will bring her “Live Your Dreams” puppet show to the Community News Family Stage at noon. From 1 to 4 p.m. on the Community News Family Stage the Patt Holt singers will presentfamily entertainment with a Disney theme.

Carnival rides and inflatables have been added this year. Tickets or unlimited ride wristbands may be purchased.

Home Depot will offer a free kids workshop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids will make a project to take home.

Bass Pro Shops will hold a free kids fishing event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Bass Pro Shops will provide bait but kids are encouraged to bring their own fishing poles.

Free: Soulard Mardi Gras–U.S. Cellular Family Winter Carnival

Get in the Mardi Gras spirit with SSM Cardinal Glennon Family Winter Carnival, a free family-friendly event in the Soulard neighborhood that includes a children’s parade and a day full of activities held in a large tent.

The event begins at 11 a.m. in St. Louis’ Soulard Market Park at 8th and Lafayette.

Rally Squirrel and Fredbird will make special appearances at the carnival. Entertainment includes Muny Kids and Bobaloo.

Activities include:

  • Decorate Your-Own Masks
  • Decorate Your own Crowns
  • Make Your Own Beads
  • Decorate Your Own King’s and Queens Capes
  • Face painting
  • Art wall on which children can create their own piece of art
  • SSM Cardinal Glennon Safety Corner offering safety tips for children and parents
  • Interactive games

The children’s parade starts at 4 p.m.

Free: Arnold Days Festival Opens Friday; Runs Through Sunday

The Arnold Days Festival kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday at Arnold-City Parks & Recreation Department Headquarters and Recreation Center, 1695 Missouri State Road, when the carnival and food and craft booths open. Helicopter rides and Segways will be underway. Smashband will perform at 7 p.m.

Hours are 5-11 p.m., Friday; 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday and noon-8 p.m., Sunday.

Saturday’s event begin with a free children’s fishing tournament. The St. Louis Longbeards will  provide fishing poles to those without them–while quantities last.

Other events on Saturday:

9 a.m., Car Show

10 a.m., Carnival Rides and The Edge

10 a.m., Helicopter Rides and Segways

10 a.m., Craft and Food  Booths Open

11 a.m.., St. Louis Longbeards (free children’s activities and crafts)

Noon-1 p.m., Dance Productions Unlimited performs at main stage

3:30-6:30 p.m., Jessie Kohut & the Boys perform

7-11 p.m., Joe Dirt and the Dirty Boys perform

8:30-9 p.m.  (approximate), fireworks

Sunday events

Noon, carnival rides, activities, booths open; helicopter rides and Segways

1 p.m., parade begins at Wilde Conference Center (Fox Campus) and finishes at Arnold City Park

Fourth Of July: Riverfest In St. Charles Offers Parade, Music, Fireworks, Art For Kids









Although St. Charles’ Riverfest is  just one day this year compared to three days in the past, it is packed full of fun.

A carnival runs from July 1 through July 4 at the south end of Frontier Park but the Riverfest event will be on July 4 only.

The event kicks off with a parade kicking off from Blanchette Park at 10 a.m. It reaches Main Street at approximately 10:45 a.m.

At noon, the Mayor will make her welcome  address at noon, the parade winners will be announced and the Lewis & Clark Fife and Drum Corps will perform.

The entertainment schedule:

  • 12:30-2:30 p.m., Pat Holt Singers & Dancers (dancers age 6-college age in a patriotic tribute)
  • 3-4:30 p.m., David Cattani Band (easy listening)
  • 4:30-5 p.m., Progression (four-piece quartet from the Ambassadors of Harmony)
  • 5-6 p.m., Saint Charles Municipal Band  (patriotic music)
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m., Pearl Handle Band (country/western)
  • 8-9:15 p.m., Fabulous Motown Review
  • 9:15 p.m., Mayor’s welcome, national anthem sung by local singer Mary Barfield who is part of the St. Charles Christmas Traditions Characters
  • 9:20 p.m., fireworks
  • 9:45-10:30 p.m., Pearl Handle Band

(All of the entertainment is on the Jaycee Stage. Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.)

The Children’s Area will be located east of the Katy Depot in Frontier Park where free arts & crafts will be provided by the Foundry Art Centre.

Also at the Children’s Area:

  • 1, 3 and 5 p.m., Kincaid Karacters Puppet Shows
  • 12:30-4:30 p.m., Balloon Man
  • 12:30-6 p.m., My HandyWorks presents interactive art for a nominal fee

See the complete Riverfest schedule.


Fourth Of July: Webster Groves To Hold Community Days July 1-4

Webster Grove’s annual Community Days is a four-day celebration of  the Fourth of July at Memorial Park at Elm and Glendale.

Except for the carnival, barbeque and the duck races, the event is free.

The action starts with a music, a pet parade, local high school bands and a duck race. The Lions Club Carnival, Midway booths and barbeque are from 5-11 p.m.

On Saturday the carnival, booths and barbeque run from 1 to 11 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. the Miss Webster Groves Pageant will be held at the Webster Groves Aquatic Center with entertainment by the Webster Groves Jazz Quartet.

On Sunday the carnival, boots and barbeque are underway from 1 to 11 p.m. Entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. in Webster Groves Action Park with Kim Bauer and Gary Mitchell and continues with Phil Stendek, a one-man band action from 8 to 11 p.m.  Then get set for fireworks.  A “fireworks preview” is slated for 9:30 p.m. at Memorial Park.

On Monday a Community Days Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. going from Lockwood and Selma to Memorial Park. The carnival, booths and barbeque are set for 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Jumbo Shrimp, a cover rock band playing Jimmy Buffett-style music, performs from 7 to 11 p.m. in Webster Groves Action Park with a break for the fireworks spectacular at 9:45 p.m.

View the complete schedule.


Strawberry Festival Continues At Eckert's This Weekend

If you missed it on Saturday, you still have two days to make it to the Strawberry Festival at Eckert’s Country Store and Farm in Belleville.  This homage to the yummy berry continues from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday with festival foods, live music, free wagon rides,  pony rides, children’s play area, petting farm and carnival rides.   Strawberry treats will be available for purchase in the bakery, custard shop and restaurant. There is a fee for some activities.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Eckert’s, 951 S. Greenmount Road in Belleville, Ill.

For more information call 618-233-0513 or click here.

Creve Coeur Days Continues Today At Barnes-Jewish West Hospital

The annual Creve Coeur Days winds up at 7 p.m. today. The event, with entertainment, carnival rides and food, runs from noon until 7 p.m. on the grounds of Barnes-Jewish West Hospital.

The St. Louis Blues Experience featuring Rocking Jake Band and Jeremiah Johnson Band with the Sliders performs from 2-7 p.m. today.

The carnival midway is on Mason Road, south of the hospital’s medical buildings. Parking on nearby designated lots is free.

Creve Coeur Days Begins Thursday At Barnes-Jewish West Hospital

Creve Coeur Days, four days of entertainment, carnival rides and fun, kicks off on Thursday and runs through Sunday (May 19-22, 2011) on the grounds of Barnes-Jewish West Hospital.

The carnival midway will be on Mason Road, south of the hospital’s medical buildings. Parking on nearby designated lots is free but during office hours, the main hospital lots are reserved for patient and handicapped parking.

The annual parade steps off from Pulaski Bank, 12300 Olive at 1 p.m. on Sunday and heads west to Mason Road.

Carnival hours:

6-10 p.m., Thurs.

6-11 p.m., Fri.

Noon-midnight, Sat.

Noon-7 p.m., Sun.

Thursday night is “Armband Night.” Buy an armband for $15 and ride the rides as much as you want.

Stop by the Creve Coeur Days Information Booth and sign up for prizes donated by area merchants. Drawings will be done almost  hourly.

The entertainment line-up:

Willis (classic rock band), 7-11 p.m., Friday

Matrixx followed by Skyline Band, 6-11 p.m., Saturday

St. Louis Blues Experience featuring Rocking Jake Band, Jeremiah Johnson Band with the Sliders, 2-7 p..m., Sunday.

Other entertainment including dance recitals are also scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

The annual Creve Coeur Days, planned and manned by volunteers, raises funds for charitable and philanthropic efforts.

For more information, go to