6 Free Summer Events to Attend in St. Louis

Whether you’ve lived here for one year or 20, St. Louis is the perfect city for providing wallet-friendly options for that college budget. Enjoy summertime in St. Louis with Shakespeare, movies and much more for no cost.

Fair St. Louis 2018

Celebrate America’s birthday at one of St. Louis’ greatest traditional events. With headliners like the Saint Louis Symphony, Andy Grammar and Martina McBride from July 4–8, join thousands of festival-goers at the event held once again on the Arch grounds.

S.L.A.M. Film Series

Go on a journey through films filled with this year’s theme: Epic Quests. The free film series takes place on Fridays this summer with movies “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Hidden Figures,” “Dr. No” and “The Neverending Story.” Grab a bite from the row of local food trucks or bring your own and enjoy music at 6 p.m. before the film begins at 9 p.m. Bring a blanket and your appetite to take in the magic of Art Hill in Forest Park turned into an outdoor cinema.

Shakespeare in the Park

This annual event draws hundreds to Forest Park in an effort to preserve William Shakespeare’s numerous works. From June 1–24, the Shakespeare Festival will be presenting the timeless classic, “Romeo and Juliet.” In Forest Park, the show starts 8:00 p.m. every night except Tuesday. Completely free, pack a picnic and bring your friends and family to this unique Forest Park tradition.

Whitaker Music Festival

This music festival takes place every Wednesday throughout the summer featuring eclectic artists Missouri Botanical Garden as the beautiful setting. Acts this year include Jack Grelle, Ptah Williams and Brothers Lazaroff. Unlike other music festivals in St. Louis, this extends through the entire summer and brings in local, independent artists. You can enjoy great music and the natural beauty of the Botanical Gardens.

Festival of Nations

Held in Tower Grove Park, from August 26–27, this is the premier international festival in the St. Louis region. Come hungry to enjoy more than 40 food booths from countries around the world. Sit and enjoy the global music to experience all of the different cultures that make up St. Louis.

The Muny

One of the most renowned outdoor theaters in the country, The Muny has a full line up of Broadway shows this year. Celebrating its 100th season, shows will run from June 11 — August 12. Some of the shows featured this season include “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Annie,” and “Meet Me in St. Louis.” The last nine rows of the theater are free seats at every performance, first-come-first-serve basis. Whether you want to pay for a ticket or take one of the free seats, you’ll still get to enjoy a great Broadway-quality show.

What are your favorite things to do in St. Louis? Share with us on Instagram and Twitter using #MBUinSTL.

Like what you read? Give Missouri Baptist Univ. a round of applause.

From a quick cheer to a standing ovation, clap to show how much you enjoyed this story.