July begins with parades, fun and fireworks at the many 4th of July celebrations in the St. Louis area. But after Independence Day there are still dozens other events to keep you busy. Here are recommendations for things to do in July 2013 in St. Louis. And don't forget about the free movies and concerts going on all summer long.
Fair St. Louis and Celebrate St. Louis Summer Concerts (formerly Live on the Levee) are two of the biggest events of the summer. Fair St. Louis offers a chance to celebrate Independence Day in downtown St. Louis with music, food, kids activities and fireworks. The festivities continue with two weekends of free music at Celebrate Summer Concerts.
July 4, 5 & 6 (Fair), then July 12, 13, 19, & 20, 2013
Downtown St. Louis
July 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2013
The Gateway Festival Orchestra is performing free outdoor concerts in July at the Brookings Quadrangle on the campus of Washington University. The concerts begin July 7, at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy a relaxing evening.
July 7, 14, 21 & 28 2013
Brookings Quadrangle, Washington University
The free concerts at the Missouri Botanical Garden continue through July. Featured performers this month include Victor & Penny and Big George Brock. Admission to the Garden is free on Wednesdays after 5 p.m., and the concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner and gather around the Cohen Amphitheater. Food and drinks are also for sale at the Garden.
Wednesdays in July 2013
Missouri Botanical Garden
The Dave Matthews Band returns to St. Louis for a concert this month at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Maryland Heights.
July 10, 2013
The St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase is the venue to show off the work of St. Louis directors and filmmakers. You can take in dozens of feature films, shorts and documentaries during the festival. There are also free seminars for anyone interested in making movies.
July 14-18, 2013
The Butterfly House in Faust Park invites you to a Bug Hunt. The kid-friendly event includes games and activities that teach about the behaviors of insects and how they live in their habitats. The Bug Hunt is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and is included in the price of admission.
July 20-21, 2013
Faust Park, Chesterfield
The Young Zoo Friends are hosting a party with music, entertainment, gourmet food and drinks. There's music from 3 Pedros, Paint the Earth, Dirty Muggs and American Idle. Admission is free for Zoo Friends members and $10 for non-members. For an additional $10, you can enjoy a wine and beer tasting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free parking is available for everyone.
July 24, 2013
St. Louis Zoo