Looking for something to do on your 2015 Memorial Day weekend in St. Louis?
There is of course the traditional boating, barbecues, and first real tan/burn of the Summer, but there’s also a weekend jam packed with events that you can only find in unique cities like St. Louis.
Ribfest: 3 days of delicious ribs, great live music, and $5 drinks. The musical line-up includes local favorites: Murphy500, Jullian Rae, Steve Ewing Band, The Madison Letter, Red White & Floyd, RumLuck, Common Jones, Catfish Willie, Brandon Holland, Oh Brother, Jeremiah Johnson, and plenty more. Cabela’s will be hosting a Fishing Derby. And of course, the reason we all go, the food! Food vendors include: Aussom Aussie Australian Barbecue Co, Chicago BBQ Company, Sugarfire Smokehouse, Massa’s Italian Eatery, Uncle Bub’s, Porky Chicks, Howling Coyote BBQ, and more. Admission is Free.
Date: May 22-25
Time: Fri: 5pm, Sat-Mon: 11am
Place: New Town, St. Charles
Missouri River Irish Fest: The largest free Irish festival in St. Louis, takes place in Frontier Park in St. Charles this weekend. Duddy Breeks, Paddy Keehan, Switchback, Clabber Alley, The Wee Heavies, Irish Dancers, and more. Check out the Fiddle Competition and a singing and Irish Set Dance Workshop. Children can enjoy activities such as face painting, Irish crafts, Irish Story Tellers, Bingo, and a visit from FredBird, plus cultural events, exhibitors, dog rescue groups, and more. There will also be a raffle for 1 Guiness Harp and 1 Framed Irish Soccer Jersey.
Date: May 22-24
Time: Fri: 5-10:30pm, Sat: 9am-10:30pm, Sun: 10am-5pm
Place: Frontier Park
Emerson Spring to Dance Festival: 30 dance companies from across the country perform for 3 nights with each performance being unique. Dance companies include: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Neos Dance Theatre, Saint Louis Ballet, Owen/Cox Dance Group, ODC/Dance San Francisco, Oklahoma City Ballet, and so many more. Informal, interactive performances will take place in the lobby of the Lee Theater at 6pm with performances beginning on the main stage at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 per night.
Date: May 22nd – May 24th
Place: Touhill Performing Arts Center
Assumption Greek Festival: “Experience A Taste of Greece Without The AirFare” Festival to enjoy the Greek experience, from authentic Greek cuisine like shish-ke-bobs and gyros to live Greek music and dancers. The event will also include movies about Greek heritage every hour and a traditional Greek market where you can find authentic jewelry, groceries, clothes and more. This is a free festival.
Date: Friday, May 22 – Monday, May 25
Time: Fri-Sun: 11am-9pm, Mon: 11am-8pm
Place: Assumption Greek Orthodox Church – 1755 Des Peres Road
Shakespeare Festival: A free, outdoor festival that has become a premier attraction for St. Louis. This year’s featured production is Antony & Cleopatra. The Green Show, starting at 6:30pm features musicians, jugglers, artisans and an intro to the show’s characters and plots. There will also be backstage tours, and family art activities. Festival admission is free, however reserved seating can be purchased. Concessions are available nightly, and communal dining, with a four-course menu by Bixby’s will be offered on select evenings.
Date: May 22 – June 14
Time: Nightly (except Tuesdays) at 8pm. Green Shows at 6:30pm
Place: Forest Park- Shakespeare Glen-Fine Arts Dr
African Arts Festival: This annual festival brings together a diverse audience of thousands of local residents and out-of-town visitors in celebration of the rich contributions of Africa and the African Diaspora. Enjoy an African marketplace, cultural films, authentic food, children’s activities, cultural demonstrations, and more. At The Muny West Pavilion on Sunday, a pre-showing discussion at 8pm will be followed by a screening of The First Grader, a true story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford. Admission to the festival is free.
Date: May 23-25
Time: Sat: 10am-8pm, Sun: 11am-8pm, Mon: 10am-6pm
Place: Forest Park – World’s Fair Pavilion
American Legion Memorial Weekend Ceremony: The American Legion 11th and 12th District will host a memorial ceremony on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 10am at the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum (Chestnut street-side steps). The Soldiers Memorial Museum will be open from 10am-3pm on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
Date: Saturday, May 23
Place: Soldiers Memorial Military Museum – 1315 Chestnut St
Whiskey Fest BBQ Pig Roast: Whiskey, pig, and live music. The Whiskey War Festival only comes once a year & so does the BBQ so bring your party boots. Doors Open at 2pm. The pig is first come first serve, so get ther eearly. Music starts at 3pm. This is an all ages, fun for the whole family event. Performances by: The Maness Brothers, Tok, Beth Bombara, The Barn Mice (Album Release), Redheaded Strangers, The Zach Anderson Valley Opry, Joshua Powell, Fred Friction Music, Patrick Eagan, and Zacksquatch. Tickets are $7.
Date: May 23
Place: Off Broadway – 3509 Lemp Ave
41st Annual Memorial Day Fun Run in University City: The run includes both a 5K, 10K, a fun run for adults and a children’s fun run. The 5K and 10K begin at 7:30am at the corner of Delmar and Kingsland with awards taking place in the library parking lot at 9am. The Fun Runs begin at 9:15am at the U City Public Library. Afterwards, visit the many shops and restaurants in The Loop.
Date: Monday, May 25th
Time: 5K & 10K begin at 7:30am, Fun Run begins at 9:15am
Place: 10K starts on corner of Delmar & Kingsland
The Grape Race Run for the Troops: A 5K and 10K charity race at Chandler Hill benefiting “FOCUS Marines Foundation.” Each participant will receive a race shirt, food and a beverage at the finish. Top finishers in both races (men and women) will receive a prize. In 2010, a group of over 65 US Marine Veterans in the St. Louis Areas started The FOCUS Marines Foundation was formed to help wounded Marine and Navy Corpsmen returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Their mission is “to develop and administer programs for wounded warriors that will asset them in their transition from military to civilian lives.”
Date: May 25th
Place: Chandler Hill Vineyard – 596 Defiance Road
STL Symphony Gypsy Caravan: One of the largest antique, craft and flea markets in the area. Presented annually by the St. Louis Symphony Volunteer Association; this event raises money for the STL Symphony. The event will include gypsy caravan vendors from 20 states with handmade items such as: antiques, jewelry, furniture, clothing, imports, yard art and more. Ticket prices are: $20 for early bird (7-9am) or $10 GA (9am-5pm).
Date: Monday, May 25th
Place: St. Charles Family Arena
In addition to the weekend festivals, both Alton and Belleville, IL will host a Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 25th.
Belleville Memorial Day festivities: Downtown Belleville is hosting their annual Memorial Day parade at 10am. It starts at Cathedral and 2nd Street to 3rd and West Main down East Main and Mascoutah Ave to Walnut Hill Cemetery with ceremonies concluding at the cemetery. Afterward, head over to Eckert’s for a Memorial Day festival complete with outdoor festival foods, live music, carnival rides, and fun activities for kids.
Place: Downtown Belleville and Eckert’s
Alton Memorial Day Parade: Celebrate Memorial Day by experiencing the oldest consecutive running parade in the entire nation. The first one was held in 1868, just three years after the end of the Civil War. Celebrate the history of Pie Town, Upper Alton and those that served our country. Bring your lawn chairs and line the streets to show your support and join in on the fun at 10am. Stick around after and check out a local winery, the Great Rivers Museum, eat at a local restaurant, and enjoy the sites.
Other Memorial Day ceremonies include:
St. Louis comes alive in the Summer and there’s no better time to explore it than a 3-day holiday weekend where you’re sure to experience something unique and cool!
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