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What to do this weekend in St. Louis

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.

Free Family Night At The Magic House Today!

St. Louis Magic House Children's MuseumDon’t miss Free Family Night at the Magic House St. Louis Children’s Museum TONIGHT, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

Admission to the museum is FREE!

The Magic House holds Emerson Free Family nights every third Friday of the month from 5:30 to 9 p.m. On these nights a family (maximum  two adults and four of their own children) can enjoy more than 100 hands-on exhibits in the museum at no charge through the generosity of Emerson. Reservations are not required.

The Magic House is a hands-on children’s museum. It is located at 516 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis. (Kirkwood Road is the section of Lindbergh Boulevard between Big Bend Boulevard and Manchester Road.)

Here are the other Free Family Nights at the Magic House this year:

October 17, 2014
November 21, 2014
December 19, 2014



7 Free And Cheap Things To Do This Weekend In St. Louis

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So many great free and cheap things to do this weekend in St. Louis!  Which will you choose? Too bad it’s a regular two-day weekend!


Here’s just 7 free and cheap things to do this weekend:


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Soulard Art Fair: Sept. 20-21

Soulard Art FairThe Soulard Art Fair takes place in Soulard Market Park this weekend. Hours at 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014.

The event includes:

  • Street performers
  • Magicians
  • Sketch artists
  • Clowns
  • Balloon artists
  • Face painters

Taste of Soulard foods from local restaurants will be available for sampling.

Festival-goers can relax in a wine garden while enjoying tastings and listening to live music.

Entertainers on Saturday include:

  • Denver Wade Trent
  • Three of a Perfect Pair
  • Lunar Levitation
  • Lemen & Mon
  • The Driftaways

Entertainers on Sunday include:

  • John J. Littlefield
  • Floodlight Revolution
  • Melissa Neels Band

Free parking will be available.

Faust Heritage Festival This Weekend

Faust Heritage FestivalThe Faust Heritage Festival returns Faust County Park in Chesterfield this weekend.

The festival provides kids and adults alike the chance to learn about life during the pioneer days. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

This event is held in the The Historic Village where 19th century homes will be lively with period dressed staff and will demonstrate traditional arts and crafts such as blacksmithing, rope making, pottery firing, carving and other historical arts and crafts.

There will also be food vendors and hands-on activities for children. They will be able to make rope, do crafts, play games, participate in garden projects and ride the carousel and take a hayride.

Events include:

  • Crafts
  • Demonstrations,
  • Historic homes
  • Hay rides
  • Carousel rides
  • Music
  • Food
  • Games
  • Kids activities
  • Historic baseball

Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for kids age 4-12 and free for kids three and under.

For more information, go to the website or call 314-615-8328.

Free: Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival

Old Webster Jazz & Blues FestivalThe  Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival returns to Webster Groves from noon to 11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.

The event is billed as “one of the most family-friendly jaz festivals on the planet, and it’s FREE!

The festival showcases St. Louis’ most talented performers performing an eclectic mix of music on two stages. Food and drink will be available from area restaurants.

Also on hand will be street entertainers, face-painters, jugglers and balloon artists. Festival-goers should bring lawn chairs.

Here’s the tentative schedule for the Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival which is subject to change:

Noon: Scott Air Force Band
2 p.m.: Marquise Knox Band
4 p.m.: Miss Jubilee & The Humdingers
6 p.m.: Webster University Jazz Ensemble
8 p.m.: David Dee & The Hot Tracks Band (Plus Special Guest TBD)

12:30 p.m.: Blue Like Jazz – “Webster’s Got Talent” Winner
1:30 p.m.: Willie Akins/Montez Coleman Band
3:30 p.m.: Sarah Jane & The Blue Notes
6:00 p.m.: WG High School Jazz Band
7:30 p.m.: North of the Quarter

McCaughen & Burr Fine Arts – 117 W. Lockwood
2:30 p.m.: PoJazz with Dwight Bitikofer and Raven Wolf

Sponsors include the Webster-Kirkwood Time, Webster University and Novus Residential Lifestyles.

Urban Chestnut & Schlafly Plans Oktoberfest St. Louis 2014

Urban Chestnut & Schlafly OktoberfestUrban Chestnut Brewing Co. and Schlafly will hold Oktoberfest St. Louis 2014 this weekend (Sept. 20-21) with two days of German food, German music and, of course, German beer.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday. The event will be held at the Urban Chestnut Biergarten, 3229 Washington Ave., St. Louis

Brats, currywurst, pretzels, Über pretzels will be on the menu, and there will be Traditional Oktoberfest contests (be sure to bring your A game!) including: Masskrüge (stein holding) and Fingerhackeln (finger wrestling).

Live music will be by Über Cool, The Deutschmeister Brass Band, Dave Hylla’s Good Times Band, Patrick Auberry’s Accordion Duo, Larry Hallar, Lucky Dan and Naked Mike.

Oktoberfest participants can choose from more than six styles of German biers from UCBC and Schlafly – Oktoberfest, Kolsch, Schwarzbier, Oachkatzlschwoaf (Fest Bier), Schnickelfritz (Weissbier), Zwickel, and Dorfbier (Dunkel)

No tickets are required. Just buy a glass stein ($10 on the day of the event or $8 in advance) and receive $8 liter fills during the entire festival!

Customers are asked to bring cash to cut down on waiting time. 

South Grand Sponsors Fall Festival

South Grand Fall FestivalThe South Grand Business District will host a Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, September 20, 2014. The event is set to “celebrate what makes South Grand and its surrounding community unique.” 

The event will feature local artists and musicians, dancers, home brewers and restaurants, services and shops. The vendors at the event will include local farmers, vintage, home brewers and crafters selling handmade items along with a DIY Craft Zone put on by the Contemporary Art Museum and Craft Alliance.

Entertainment in Ritz Park  includes yoga, dancers, and performances by local schools, a food demonstration, Stray Dog Theatre performance and six local bands along with street performers. Businesses along South Grand Boulevard will feature specials and discounts throughout the day and evening. 

Here’s the free entertainment schedule:

10 a.m. Free Yoga Class by Hot Yoga St. Louis

11 a.m.  Local School Performances (New City School & Central VPA)

Noon Skit performed by Stray Dog Theatre

12:30 p.m. Performances by Flex Studio Instructors

1:45 p.m. Food Demonstration with Participants from Baileys’ Restaurants, Mangia Italiano, and drinks by Absolutli Goosed

3 p.m. Cree Rider Family Band

4:10 p.m. The Company She Keeps

5:20 p.m. The Union Electric

6:30 p.m. Pat Sajak Assassins

7:40 p.m.  Acorns to Oaks

8:50 p.m. CaveofswordS
Tonight (Friday, Sept. 19) will be the district’s last movie night of the season, hosted in South Grand’s Ritz Park, 3147 S. Grand. The featured film, which begins at 7 p.m., will be Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. The movie plot: the scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight diminutive dangers as the father searches for them.

Free: Javier Mendoza To Perform At Oak Knoll Park, Clayton


Javier Mendoza

Javier Mendoza will perform at 5 p.m. Sept. 28, 2014, at Oak Knoll Park, Big Bend and Clayton roads, Clayton.



FREE St. Louis Family Attractions Card Gets You Local Discounts

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It’s fall and time for some of St. Louis’ best weather. And there’s also still time to take advantage of the  St. Louis Family Attractions Card.

The card is FREE and gets you discounts on entrance fees to local attractions, meals and lodging in St. Louis. Most of the deals are valid through the end of 2014.

Here’s a sampling of the great deals you can get with the 2014 Family Attractions Card:

  • Get one admission to the  Magic House for half price when you buy another admission.  Limit one per coupon; not valid with other offers.
  • Get a FREE boat ride in Meramec Caverns with the purchase of another ride.
  • Get half-price Cardinal baseball tickets off select seats at any Wednesday home games during the regular season; based on availability.

You can print out coupons from the St. Louis Family Attractions Card website or you can pick up the brochure at any DierbergsShop ‘n Save or Schnucks supermarkets.