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 2017

Fair St. Louis is the best way to celebrate Independence Day. With headliners Akon, 3 Doors Down and Dan + Shay, join thousands of others from July 1-4. Held in Forest Park, Fair St. Louis has become a beloved tradition and draws thousands of people every year.

S.L.A.M. Film Series

This year’s film series is Best Dressed. Showing films that have won the Academy Award for Best Costumes. The movies shown will be “Titanic,” “Dream Girls,” “To Catch a Thief” and “The Devil Wears Prada.” 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 2–26, the Shakespeare Festival will be presenting “A Winter’s Tale.” 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. In it’s 99th season, shows will run from June 12 — August 13. Some of the shows featured this season include Jesus Christ Superstar, The Little Mermaid, A Chorus Line and Newsies. 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.

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