If shopping is on your list of things to do over the Memorial Day weekend, then you may want to check out the huge selection of crafts, antiques and flea market finds at the Gypsy Caravan.
When and Where
The Gypsy Caravan is a one-day flea market held each year on Memorial Day. The sale is held at the Family Arena in St. Charles.
Tickets and Admission
General admission is $10 a person. Early bird admission (from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.) is $20 a person (2018 prices). Children 12 and younger get in free. You can save a little money by purchasing your admission tickets before the day of the sale. Admission wristbands are available for a 10 percent discount and local Dierbergs grocery store locations.
The Gypsy Caravan is a fundraising event for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. The Symphony uses the money raised each year for its educational outreach programs, including its educational concerts which bring music to tens of thousands of local students.
What You'll See
Hundreds of vendors from 20 different states set up shop at the Gypsy Caravan. They sell a little bit of everything including antiques, crafts, jewelry, furniture, clothing and more. This year, there will about 150 vendors with air-conditioned indoor booths and about 300 vendors with outdoor booths.
You'll find everything from plants for your yard to toys for the kids. It takes hours to browse through the booths and take it all in. As you would expect, many of the items are handmade and would make good gifts for those on your wish list.
Don't Miss the Food
Shopping the biggest reason to go to the Gypsy Caravan, but it isn't the only draw for visitors. Dozens of vendors will also be selling a variety of fair foods like shish kabobs, corn dogs and chicken baskets. Or after a long day of shopping, treat yourself to a funnel cake for fresh-squeezed lemonade. For more information about the Gypsy Caravan, see the St. Louis Symphony website.
Other Memorial Day Events
The Gypsy Caravan is just one of the many events happening in St. Louis over the Memorial Day weekend. There's also the Greek Festival in Town & Country, the Missouri River Irish Fest in St. Charles and the big Memorial Day parade in Alton to name just a few. For more on what to do for the holiday in St. Louis, see the top Memorial Day weekend events in the St. Louis area.
After Memorial Day, the fun continues all summer long with plenty of free concerts, festivals, movies and fun for the kids. For more information, see free summer events and activities in St. Louis.