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FREE: Fair Saint Louis Kicks Off Today, July 2, 2015

 

Fair Saint Louis 2015--America's Biggest Birthday Party

Fair Saint Louis 2015–America’s Biggest Birthday Party

Fair Saint Louis–aka America’s Biggest Birthday Party–returns to Art Hill in Forest Park.

The FREE three-day Fourth of July celebration featuring family fun, fireworks and local and national bands kicks off at 5 p.m., Thursday, July 2, 2015.  The big finale fireworks display happens at 10 p.m., Saturday, July 4.

Special attractions and events this year include:

  • STEAM exhibit featuring  interactive family entertainment that encourages science, technology, art, engineering, and math educational activities for kids
  • Wake Challenge watersports show
  • Zip line over the Grand Basin
  • Fireworks displays each night
  •  2015 Freedom 4 Miler & Family Fun Run on the morning of the Fourth
  • 133rd annual VP Parade on the same day
  • Headlining Main Stage performers.

Evening Main Stage schedule:

  • Thursday, July 2, Natalie Stovall and the Drive, Parmalee, and Chris Young
  • Friday, July 3, ; Blondie and Melissa Etheridge
  • Saturday, July 4, Morris Day and the Time, and Kool & the Gang.

Download a mobile app on your iPhone or Android phone to get the latest information on the festival before you arrive.

Here’s the Fair Saint Louis schedule from the organization’s website:

 

Thursday, July 2

5 p.m., Fair Saint Louis opens (Interactive Zone open until 8 p.m. and the zip line open on Lagoon until 10 p.m. Cost: $10 per ride.

5 p.m., Color Guard – Budweiser Main Stage

5:30 p.m., Natalie Stovall and The Drive – Budweiser Stage

7 p.m., Parmalee – Budweiser Stage

8:45 pm., Chris Young – Budweiser Stage

10 p.m., Enterprise Rent-A-Car/Edward Jones fireworks

10:30 p.m., Fair Saint Louis closes

 

Friday, July 3

Noon, Fair Saint Louis opens (Family entertainment in the Ameren/Purina Family Festival Zone including the new STEAM exhibit and the Pro Plan Performance Dog Team continues until 7 p.m.; Interactive Zone open until 8 p.m.; zip line open on Lagoon until 10 p.m.;  $10 a ride.)

12:30 p.m., Chris Clark (bicycle stunt performance) – east of the Budweiser Stage

1 p.m., Pro Plan Performance Dog Team – Family Festival Zone

1:30 p.m., Noah Guthrie – Budweiser Stage

3 p.m., The Mowgli’s – Budweiser Stage

3:15 p.m., Pro Plan Performance Dog Team – Family Festival Zone

4:15 p.m., Boeing Salute to the Troops– Budweiser Stage

4:45 p.m., American Authors – Budweiser Stage

6 p.m., Pro Plan Performance Dog Team – Family Festival Zone

6:30 p.m., Blondie – Budweiser Stage

8:30 p.m., Melissa Etheridge – Budweiser Stage

10 p.m., Enterprise Rent-A-Car/Edward Jones fireworks

10:30 p.m., Fair Saint Louis closes

 

Saturday, July 4

7 a.m., Freedom 4-Miler and Family Fun Run in partnership with the St. Louis Sports Commission

9:45 a.m., 133rd Veiled Prophet Parade

Noon, Fair Saint Louis opens  (Family entertainment in the Ameren/Purina Family Festival Zone including the new STEAM exhibit and the Pro Plan Performance Dog Team continues until 7 p.m.; Interactive Zone open until 8 p.m.; zip line open on Lagoon until 10 p.m.;  $10 a ride.)

12:15 p.m., Chris Clark (bicycle stunt performance) – east of the Budweiser Stage

12:45 p.m., KBeeta – Budweiser Stage

2:15 p.m., Dirty Muggs – Budweiser Stage

3:45 p.m., MC Lyte – Budweiser Stage

4:45 p.m., Chris Clark (bicycle stunt performance) – east of the Budweiser Stage

5:15 p.m., Tony! Toni! Toné! – Budweiser Stage

7 p.m., Morris Day and The Time – Budweiser Stage

8:45 p.m., Kool & The Gang – Budweiser Stage

10 p.m. Enterprise Rent-A-Car/Edward Jones fireworks

Transportation

Plan ahead. There will be NO street parking in Forest Park or surrounding neighborhoods.

Lots within the park charge $20 per car. You may find free parking at nearby lots at Washington University and Forest Park Community college. Shuttles will run in the park and from nearby Metrolink stations.

Check out maps of the park, directions and information on parking here.

A Walk In 1875 St. Louis Exhibit Spins Off Play

St. Louis 1875The Missouri History Museum exhibit A Walk in 1875 St. Louis includes a play in June and July.

At least once a week the play will explore the lives of touring actors, circuses and other performers at that time. All performances will start at 2 p.m. be in the MacDermott Grand Hall.

The weekly performance dates are:

• June 23 and 25.

• June 30 and July 2.

• July 7 and 9.

• July 14 and 16.

• July 23.

• July 28 and 30.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.

 

A Walk In 1875 St. Louis Exhibit Spins Off Play

St. Louis 1875The Missouri History Museum exhibit A Walk in 1875 St. Louis includes a play in June and July.

At least once a week the play will explore the lives of touring actors, circuses and other performers at that time. All performances will start at 2 p.m. be in the MacDermott Grand Hall. An exception will be at 11:30 a.m. June 13.

The weekly performance dates are:

• June 9, 11, and 13.

• June 16.

• June 23 and 25.

• June 30 and July 2.

• July 7 and 9.

• July 14 and 16.

• July 23.

• July 28 and 30.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.

 

What’s Happening Free And Cheap This Weekend In St. Louis?

As befitting a beautiful June weekend in The Lou, a city known for its quality free and cheap attractions, there’s a bevy of fun things to do that are easy on the ol’ wallet. Go ahead:  Have fun, be cheap!

First Friday in Grand Center

First Friday in St. Louis' Grand Center

First Friday in St. Louis’ Grand Center

This event happens from 5 to 9 p.m. every month in Grand Center, St. Louis’ arts and entertainment district, and admission is FREE.  Enjoy the latest art exhibitions at numerous Grand Center arts organizations, including the Bruno David Gallery, Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, the Contemporary Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA), Portfolio Gallery, the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the Sheldon Art Galleries, and the Saint Louis University Museum of Art (SLUMA).

 

‘First Sip of Summer’

Screen Shot 2015-06-03 at 5.21.17 PMThat’s what KMOX likes to call its annual St. Louis Uncorked event set for Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Soldiers Memorial in downtown St. Louis. It’s FREE to attend.

St. Louis Uncorked features national recording artists on the Bud Light Main Stage. On Friday night: Plain White T’s and Parachute. Then on Saturday: O.A.R., Young Rising Sons and Clockwork.

Attendees can purchase local wines, a wide selection of craft and all-American beers and items from St. Louis food trucks.

A VIP experience (additional charge) at St. Louis Uncorked can be had on the Bud Light Party Deck with an elevated view of the entire festival and the only elevated view of the main stage.

 

Kimmswick Strawberry Festival

Strawberry Festival in Kimmswick, MOThey say if it’s made with strawberries you will find it at this festival.  The Kimmswick Strawberry Festival features everything from fresh strawberries, strawberry shortcake, chocolate covered strawberries, and strawberry cheesecake to–would you believe?–strawberry iced tea. Admission is FREE.

Craft and food vendors line the streets as live entertainers perform at several areas throughout town. The event is on from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2015 in the heart of Kimmswick in Jefferson County, MO, a short distanced from St. Louis.

Free: Workshop On Pre-Fab Planting At CAM

Green Varnish at Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis

Green Varnish at Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis

Want to learn more about pre-fab planting? Register now to attend a FREE workshop on the topic at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 7 at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited.

The workshop is one in a series CAM is offering with local horticultural experts and landscape architects. The workshops were inspired by Nomad Studio’s Green Varnish installation which can be seen at CAM until Sept. 13

Laurel Harrington, associate principal and director of landscape architecture at Christner will lead an  informational workshop on pre-fab planting. 

Nomad’s installation consists of a “vegetated blanket,” a form of prefabricated planting which is grown offsite by a contractor–for this project it was Sempergreen–and then delivered and installed to the architecture.

This unique process requires many variables, dealing with a living object that must be transported, and once installed, maintained. The technology is considered revolutionary but many local architecture firms such as Christner have worked with clients to integrate prefabricated plantings into their spatial designs.

CAM is in the Grand Center arts and entertainment district at 3750 Washington Boulevard. 

Hours are:
Wednesday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 

Admission to CAM is FREE compliments of Gateway Foundation.

Saint Louis Renaissance Faire Continues This Weekend In Wentzville

 

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Saint Louis Renaissance FestivalThe 2015 Saint Louis Renaissance Faire continues this weekend in Rotary Park, 2577 W. Meyer Road in Wentzville.

During the event, the park takes on the persona of a wooded, 16th century village called Petit Lyon.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends through June 14. The event goes on rain or shine.

This weekend is dedicated to wine, chocolate and romance and features a mass vow renewal at 12:30 p.m., May 30 with a reception in Queens Garden across from the Jousting Field at 12:30 p.m. There is a $25 fee.

 

Other activities this weekend:

  • Newlywed Game, daily at 3:30 p.m. on Friendship Stage
  • Costume contest, 1:30 p.m. at the Friendship Stage
  • Grape stoop, 4:30 p.m., Friendship Stage
  • Couple Balloon Toss, 3:30 p.m., Joust Field
  • Sutter Home Wine Tasting, 1-4 p.m. near Joust Field
  • Fudge Fling, 5 p.m., Joust Field
  • Woo Your Mate, best woos win prizes, 2 p.m., St. Louis Stage
  • Longest kiss competition, couple holding the longest  kiss will win a prize, 2:30 p.m., Marco Polo Stage

For the entire weekend schedule, click here.

This is also Deaf Awareness Weekend with interpretations of some performances in American Sign Language.

 

The Saint Louis Faire transports you back to the Renaissance with interactive activities, jousting knights on thundering steeds, food and nine stages of entertainment including comedy, music and magic. Artisans demonstrate period skills like blacksmithing and woodworking and colorful villagers, nobles, peasants and characters greet you. Village shoppes feature unique crafts. Activities for children include a petting zoo, games and special daily free activities.

Upcoming weekend themes:

  • Shamrocks & Shenanigans, June 6-7
  • Passport to Adventure, June 13-14

Throughout May faire-goers can make a unique fairy house and share it during the Faire. The promotion is open to children and adults alike. It’s FREE to participate and each fairy house submitted will receive FREE admission tickets! Judges will award prizes to the top three fairy houses and gardens. Fairy houses may be dropped off any day the Faire is open. Registration is required.

2015 Renaissance Faire Tickets to the Faire are $15.95 for adults at the door and $12.95 in advance. Children ages 5-12 get in for $8.95 at the door or $7.50 in advance. Senior/student admission is $12.95. Kids for and under are free. You can also get a season pass that lets you in daily for $49.95 for adults and $29.95 for children.

Various ticket packages are available through the website.

This year the Saint Louis Renaissance Faire has a Sister Cities program that gives discounts if you’re from certain St. Louis area municipalities. This weekend if you bring an ID showing you live in one of these cities, you’ll get a $3 discount on admission at the Faire box office.

 

 

Great Rivers Festival At Great Rivers Museum In Alton

Great Rivers Festival, Alton, IllinoisMusic, live animals and bird-house building will all be part of the fun at the Great Rivers Festival at the National Great Rivers Museum in Alton, Illinois this weekend.

The event takes place from noon to 9 p.m. at the Museum, 2 Lock and Dam Way in Alton.

On the MainStage:

  • Blues Handle Band, 2 p.m.
  • Hobo Jungle, 4:15 p.m.
  • Clockwork, 6:30 p.m.

The Festival will also include live animal shows:

  • World Bird Sanctuary LIVE Bird Show, noon
  • Serengeti Steve: The Reptile Experience, 1 p.m.

Family entertainment includes: 

  • Catch and release fishing pond
  • Archery
  • Eating aliens: Asian carp cooking demo
  • Sandbox creation ctation
  • Chalk art
  • Birdhouse building

 

FREE: Shakespeare Festival St. Louis In Forest Park

Antony & Cleopatra at Shakespeare Festival St. LouisThe 15th annual Shakespeare Festival St. Louis continues in Forest Park with the Bard’s Antony and Cleopatra. The FREE event runs nightly except Tuesdays through  June 14. The play and the green show is interpreted into American Sign Language on Thursday nights

Performances are 8 p.m. with pre-show activities at 6:30 p.m.  Concessions are available nightly, and communal dining with a four-course menu by Bixby’s, will be offered on select evenings.

Shirine Babb stars as Cleopatra with Jay Stratton as Mark Antony. Other cast members include Kari Ely, Gary Glasgow, Raina Karianne Houston, Ryan Alexander Jacobs, Alan Knoll, Bernell Lassai III, Matt Lytle, Conan McCarty, Jesse Emanuel Muñoz, Charles Pasternak, Reginald Pierre, Michael James Reed, Robert Riordan and Moses Villarama.

Here’s the synopsis of Antony and Cleopatra from the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis website:

Following the assassination of Julius Caesar and his defeat of Brutus and Cassius, Mark Antony becomes one of the three rulers of the Roman Empire, together with Octavius Caesar and Lepidus. In the course of overseeing the eastern half of the empire, he falls in love with Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt, and settles in Alexandria.

He is compelled by his fellow triumvirs to return to Rome when the empire is threatened by the rebellion of Sextus Pompey, who attempts to revenge the defeat of his father by Julius Caesar.With his wife Fulvia recently deceased, Antony marries Octavius’ sister, Octavia, in an attempt to heal the rift between the two emperors. They make peace with Pompey. When Cleopatra hears about Antony’s marriage, she flies into a jealous rage, but is confident that Antony does not love Octavia. Antony goes to Athens, but when war breaks out between Caesar and Pompey, Antony sends Octavia back to Rome and returns to Egypt.Octavius Caesar defeats Pompey and, incensed with Antony’s recent behavior, declares war on both Antony and Cleopatra. When the Romans arrive, Antony is offered a choice of how to fight and, despite being renowned as the world’s greatest soldier, chooses to fight at sea. The Egyptian navy is inadequate, and when Cleopatra’s navy turns and flees, Antony follows them and Caesar defeats him.Antony despairs, blaming Cleopatra for leading him astray, but quickly forgives her. The couple sends messages to Caesar: Antony requests to be allowed to live in Egypt, while Cleopatra asks that her kingdom be passed down to her rightful heirs. Octavius dismisses Antony’s request, but agrees to grant Cleopatra’s if she will betray her lover. She seems to consider the offer, until Antony interrupts and rails at her disloyalty. He forgives her moments later, and resolves to return to battle.When Antony meets Caesar again at sea, the Egyptian fleet repeats their treachery, leaving him to a tragic downfall. Antony vows to kill Cleopatra, so she goes to her tomb and sends a message to Antony that she is already dead. Antony is devastated and decides to kill himself. He botches the suicide, wounding himself severely. His followers take him to Cleopatra’s tomb, where he dies in her arms.Cleopatra’s life is in tatters. Without Antony and at the mercy of Caesar, she resolves to commit suicide. She has someone bring her some poisonous snakes and incites them to bite her. Caesar arrives just after her death and orders that the two lovers be buried together.

 

 

IndiHop Unites The Grove And Cherokee Street In One Party

IndiHop 2015 in St. LouisCheck out two of St. Louis’ hippest neighborhoods–the Grove and Cherokee Street while sipping some awesome suds at 25 businesses at IndiHop 2015 Saturday, May 30, 2015.

For $25 participants can pick up an IndiHop tasting glass in either neighborhood and same up to 50 different local brews.

Live musicians, artists and street performers will be entertaining visitors as they go. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Six IndiHop shuttles, running from noon to 8 p.m., will transport participants from one neighborhood to another.

A Walk In 1875 St. Louis Exhibit Spins Off Talk, Play

St. Louis 1875The Missouri History Museum exhibit  A Walk in 1875 St. Louis will spin off several events.

Andrew Wanko, the exhibit’s curator, will speak about it at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 31, 2015, in the AT& T Foundation multipurpose room of the museum.

At least once a week starting on Tuesday, June 2, a play will explore the lives of touring actors, circuses and other performers at that time. All performances will start at 2 p.m. be in the MacDermott Grand Hall. Exceptions will be 11:30 a.m. starts on June 6 and 13.

The weekly performance dates are:

• June 2, 4 and 6.

• June 9, 11, and 13.

• June 16.

• June 23 and 25.

• June 30 and July 2.

• July 7 and 9.

• July 14 and 16.

• July 23.

• July 28 and 30.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.