Think Missouri. Think Midwestern fun and culture. And Missouri’s most famous city, St. Louis, is no stranger to such activities.
Show up for the spirits events of Mardi Gras in Soulard, St. Louis. This free winter event is filled with the thrilling sights of a pet parade, Cajun cook-off, the Taste of Soulard restaurant showcase, and a Wiener Dog Derby.
For you beer fans out there, check out the St. Louis Brewers Guild: Heritage Festival. Held along the Mississippi River beneath the Gateway Arch, there are over 100 styles of beer, live music, and great food. Another great beerfest is the Annual St. Louis Microfest, which also has over 100 international and craft beers, plus tastings, live music, a silent auction, and plenty of grub.
Of course, there’s something for every season when you’re in Missouri. Summertime is especially active. Come summer, you can enjoy music festivals Twangfest, PrideFest St. Louis, and St. Louis Pagan Picnic.
Hit up the Fair Saint Louis, one of the summer’s biggest events. Ring in Independence Day at St. Louis’s Fourth of July celebration and enjoy fun for the whole family like music, food, a massive zip line, and fireworks, plus ample activities for the kids.
Winter and spring festivities are sprinkled with First Night, the Cinco de Mayo Festival, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. There are many more cultural celebrations that are filled with merriment dedicated to various nationalities.
Take on the fantastic Festival of Nations on for size right in Tower Grove Park. Get ready to celebrate diversity and ethnic artistry through dance and music. Learn some Spanish flamenco moves, watch a Vietnamese lion dance, thundering drums, and Irish harps.
Other nationality-themed extravaganzas include Missouri Botanical Garden: Chinese Culture Days, Cherokee Cinco de Mayo, Saint Louis County Greek Fest, St. Louis African Arts Festival, the World’s Fair Heritage Festival, and Japanese Festival.
The Japanese Festival has been happening since the ‘70s, celebrating Japanese culture at the Missouri Botanical Garden and with Japanese activities. Enjoy music and dance, martial arts, cooking demos, plus nature walks around the Japanese Garden, also known as Seiwa-En. You can also visit the Marketplace.
Art fairs and shows are also a huge draw in St. Louis around the fall. Experience the Art Outside Festival, The Historic Shaw Art Fair, St. Louis Art Fair, St. Louis Hills Art in the Park, Art Fair at Laumeier, Schlafly Art Outside Festival, and the Annual Saint Louis Art Fair. Catch top talent on stage at the spectacular Shakespeare Festival St. Louis and Big Muddy Blues Festival.
But that’s not all. Have your pick from a mix of miscellaneous festivals including the St. Louis Earth Day Festival, Central West End Cocktail Party—which celebrates what is known as the first-ever cocktail party held by Mrs. Julius S. Walsh Jr. back in 1917.
LouFest, a music festival in Forest Park is also worth checking out and so is Grove Fest, a festival that is all about celebrating the Grove neighborhood. Carve out time for the Gypsy Caravan, considered the largest flea market and crafts/antique fair of the Midwest.
With the number of things to see and do and festivals to attend to, you’ll never have a dull moment in when visiting Missouri.