It's summer in St. Louis and we are starting to see more sunshine, heat and humidity. When it's hot outside, you can help your kids keep cool at the spray fountain at Tilles Park in Ladue. If you've never been, it's a really nice place for younger kids to play on a summer day. The fountain play area has more than a dozen bubblers for kids to run through. There's plenty of room, but it's small enough to keep a good eye on your children. The fountain is part of a larger, all-inclusive playground built by St. Louis Children's Hospital.
The fountain is open daily starting at 10 a.m., from Memorial Day to Labor Day at Tilles Park in Ladue. The entrance to the park is located near the intersection of McKnight and Litzsinger Roads.
(Photo by David O'Brien)
The best of local Hispanic culture will be on display this weekend at the annual Fiesta in Florissant. The two-day festival features live music from Latino bands, food, drinks, folk art and crafts. There's also a play area for kids with pinatas, inflatables, games and more. Fiesta in Florissant is held at Knights of Columbus Park near the intersection of Lindbergh and Washington Street in Florissant. Admission and parking are free.
Fiesta in Florissant 2013
Saturday, June 22
10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday, June 23
11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
The wait is about over for fans of the Muny in Forest Park. The popular outdoor theater kicks off its 2013 summer season with Monty Python's Spamalot. The musical is a tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Performances are at 8:15 p.m. each night from June 17-23, 2013.
As with all Muny shows, you can see Monty Python's Spamalot for free. Each night, about 1,500 seats at the back of the threater are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis. The free seat gates open at 7 p.m. For more on the Muny, including the complete schedule of shows, see 2013 Summer Season at the Muny.
It's time to show Dad a little love. There are several events in the St. Louis area this weekend if you're looking for a special way to celebrate Father's Day. If your father likes cars, consider a trip to the Kemp Auto Museum in Chesterfield or the Kimmswick Auto Show. Other options include BBQ or brunch. Here's more information on Father's Day Events in St. Louis. Or, try one of these St. Louis Steakhouses for a delicious meal for Dad.
It's not free, but it's cheap. You can get into a movie at Regal Cinemas for just a dollar. The Summer Movie Express 2013 offers nine weeks of films like Ice Age 4 and The Lorax. All of the selected movies are rated G or PG. They are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m., from June 11 through August 7, 2013. The only theater participating in the St. Louis area is the St. Louis Mills Stadium 18 in Hazelwood. For the schedule of movies, see the Regal website. And remember, there are also plenty of options for free summer movies around town including the Wehrenberg Theatres Family Summer Series.
Here's another event where you can enjoy some free live music in St. Louis. St. Louis Uncorked: A Wine & Music Festival is Saturday, June 8, 2013, from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. The festival features dozens of wines for sampling, plus food from popular local restaurants. There is also live music including a performance by Hanson. The festival will be held at Soldiers Memorial at 12th and Market in downtown St. Louis. Admission is free. A tasting glass and seven tickets is $25.
The heat of the summer is here... already. But, there are plenty of ways to keep cool in June in St. Louis. Top events this month include the Brewers Heritage Festival, Twangfest and Circus Flora. For more ideas, check out June 2013 Events in St. Louis.
Pools and water parks are also open across the area. Read my article on St. Louis Swimming Pools and Water Parks for information on hours, prices and more.
A summer tradition soon returns to St. Louis. The curtain will go up at The Muny in Forest Park in just a few weeks. Season tickets have been on sale for a while, but you have the chance to buy single show tickets beginning on June 1, 2013. Tickets are $12 to $80 and are available at the Muny Box Office or through Metrotix.
2013 Muny Shows
Monty Python's Spamalot
Shrek The Musical
Nunsense Muny Style
July 25-August 2
West Side Story
The St. Louis Zoo is great to visit any time of the year, but summer is when the Zoo really shines. From Memorial Day to Labor Day the Zoo is open extended hours until 7 p.m., on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The Zoo also opens an hour earlier every day at 8 a.m.
If you visit on a Friday night, you can also enjoy Jungle Boogie, free outdoor concerts featuring popular local musicians from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The concerts are held at Schnuck Family Plaza near the sea lion basin. Jungle Boogie is just one of many free concert series held in St. Louis each summer. For more information, check out Free Summer Concerts and Live Music in St. Louis.
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Memorial Day weekend is a busy time in St. Louis. There's a lot happening to mark the unofficial beginning of summer. From bar-b-ques and bargain hunting, to concerts and parades, there's an event for just about everyone. For ideas on what to do this weekend, see my article on the Top Memorial Day Weekend Events in St. Louis.
It's not just Memorial Day, you'll find fun things to do all summer long in St. Louis. And even better, many of the summer's most popular events are free. For all the details, check out my articles on Free Summer Events and Top Attractions in St. Louis.