Memorial Day Weekend Events in St. Louis for 2017

20 Things to Do Over the Holiday Weekend in the Gateway City

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Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and the chance to remember those who have served our country. In 2017, Memorial Day is May 29. The St. Louis area has plenty of festivals and fun on Memorial Day weekend, but also parades and military services to honor our veterans. Here are some of the most popular Memorial Day weekend events in St. Louis.

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    Grant's Farm is staying open late the Friday before Memorial Day. The popular attraction will have a variety of local food trucks serving up entrees and sweets in the Tiergarten. There will also be live music, carousel rides and more. Parking is $12 per car.
    May 26, 2017
    St. Louis County

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    Laclede's Landing is hosting a new event this Memorial Day weekend. The Mississippi Nights Festival features live music from dozens of local artists. The Friday night concerts are free. Everyone is encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs. Full day admission on Saturday is $10 a person. Restaurants and vendors will be selling food and drinks throughout the festival.
    May 26-27, 2017
    Laclede's Landing

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    The Greek Festival in Town & Country is a Memorial Day tradition for many St. Louis area families. Thousands of visitors attend the four day festival which features Greek music, dancing, gifts and plenty of authentic Greek food. The festival runs Friday through Monday of Memorial Day weekend at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church at 1755 Des Peres Road in Town & Country. Admission and parking are free.
    May 26-29, 2017
    Town & Country

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    Sample some of the best bar-b-que around at January-Wabash Park. Ribfest 2017 is four days of food, drinks and live music. Dozens of vendors will also be selling a wide variety of goods at the open-air market. The festival is open Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.
    May 26-29, 2017
    Ferguson

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    Memorial Day weekend at Frontier Park in St. Charles is about all things Irish. Put on something green and head over to the Missouri River Irish Fest. There will be plenty of Irish music, dancing, food, drinks and more. There's also a Kids Village filled with art, crafts and other children's activities. General admission is free.
    May 26-28, 2017
    St. Charles

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    Thirty dance companies from around the country perform during a three day festival of dance at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. This annual event brings in top dancers showing off talents in everything from ballet and hip-hop, to modern and jazz. Tickets are $10 to $25 per night.
    May 26-28, 2017
    St. Louis County

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    Art Outside is a three-day celebration of local artists at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood. The festival features the works of 60 St. Louis artists. There's also live music, food and plenty of Schlafly beer on tap. The festival is open Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
    May 26-28, 2017
    Maplewood

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    Memorial Day means the start of extended weekend hours at the St. Louis Zoo. The Zoo is open until 7 p.m., Friday through Sunday, and on Memorial Day too. Friday is also the kickoff of the Jungle Boogie concert series. The free concerts begin at 5 p.m.
    May 26-29, 2017
    Forest Park

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    Bargain hunters can also look for deals at the Grafton Riverside Flea Market. Dozens of vendors will be selling antiques, glassware, tools, furniture and more along Front Street during Memorial Day weekend.
    May 27-28, 2017
    Grafton, IL

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    Eckert's Orchards in Belleville is celebrating Memorial Day with a three-day festival complete with live music and food. This family-friendly event also includes plenty of fun for the kids including pony rides, a petting farm, carnival rides and inflatables. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday night, stick around for a free concert from Miss Jubliee and the Humdingers from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    May 27-29, 2017
    Belleville, IL

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    The St. Louis African Arts Festival is held at the historic World's Fair Pavilion in beautiful Forest Park. The three-day celebration includes live music and entertainment, an African marketplace and food court. There's also a children's village with crafts and activities for the kids. The festival is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    May 27-29, 2017
    Forest Park

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    Enjoy a cruise on the Mississippi River over Memorial Day Weekend. The one-hour tour is on the 49 passenger River Rambler. The tour boat has an enclosed first level with air conditioning and and open top level. It sets sail from Grafton Harbor north of St. Louis. Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for children.
    May 27-29, 2017
    Grafton, IL

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    Most local water parks and public pools open on the Saturday before Memorial Day. It's your first chance to enjoy a day in the water at Raging Rivers, Hurricane Harbor or any of the community pools across the area.
    Opening May 27, 2017
    Various Locations

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    The Memorial Day Parade in Alton, Illinois, is truly a part of history. It is the oldest consecutive running Memorial Day parade in the nation, dating back to 1868. The parade honors American veterans and celebrates the history of the small Mississippi River town. It begins each Memorial Day at 10 a.m. at the intersection of College and Washington Avenues.
    May 29, 2017
    Alton, IL

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    Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery is an impressive sight any day of the year, but even more so on Memorial Day. Each year, local boy scouts place small flags at each of the nearly 190,000 headstones on the cemetery grounds. There is also a special service at 10 a.m., in the cemetery chapel honoring all those who have served.
    May 29, 2017
    St. Louis County

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    The Gypsy Caravan is a shoppers paradise. This one day only flea market attracts bargain hunters from across the Midwest. More than 300 vendors sell everything from antiques to t-shirts to birdhouses and baseball cards. This year, the Gypsy Caravan is once again at the Family Arena in St. Charles. Early bird admission is $20. General admission is $10. Money raised goes to the St. Louis Symphony and its educational programs.
    May 29, 2017
    St. Charles

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    The Compton Heights Concert Band has been performing free concerts  in St. Louis since 1976. The band's summer season kicks off every year with a Memorial Day Concert in Tower Grove Park in south St. Louis. Everyone is invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair and gather round the bandstand at 3 p.m., for an afternoon of patriotic music.
    May 29, 2017
    South St. Louis

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    Spend Memorial Day afternoon at a ballgame at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals return home to play the Dodgers at 1:15 p.m. There's also a pre-game pep rally at Ballpark Village.
    May 29, 2017
    Downtown St. Louis

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    Classic car lovers can check out the annual Cobblestone Nationals Car Show on Memorial Day in St. Charles. The event features more than 400 classic and muscle cars, as well as motorcycles and specialty cars. Car show registration is $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show. The car show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Fast Lane Classic Cars in St. Charles.
    May 29, 2017
    St. Charles

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    Make the trip to Missouri wine country for a Memorial Day concert in Hermann. The Hermann City Band performs a free concert at the Clara Messmer Amphitheater. Everyone is welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
    May 29, 2017
    Hermann, MO