Top Things to Do in July in St. Louis

Independence Day Celebrations, Free Concerts and More

Crowd at Fair Saint Louis in Forest Park
••• Crowd at Fair Saint Louis in Forest Park. Photo by Paul Sableman/Flickr/Creative Commons

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 in St. Louis. And don't forget about the free movies and concerts going on all summer long.

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    ••• Photo by Deborah O'Brien

    Eckert's Orchards hosts free summer concerts on Friday and Saturday nights this month. Performers include the Jeremiah Johnson Band and Javier Mendoza. The music begins at 7 p.m. There is also a play area nearby for children who need to get up and move during the concerts.
    July 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29, 2017
    Belleville, IL

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    Fair Saint Louis in Forest Park
    ••• Fair Saint Louis in Forest Park. Photo by Paul Sableman/Flickr/Creative Commons

    Fair St. Louis is one of the biggest events of the summer. The fair offers a chance to celebrate Independence Day with music, food, kids activities and fireworks. The fair will once again be held at Art Hill in Forest Park. This year's headliners are AKON, 3 Doors Down and Jake Owen.
    July 2, 3 & 4, 2017
    Forest Park

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    ••• Photo by David O'Brien

    The Muny season continues this month in Forest Park. Shows for July are A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumAll Shook Up and The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Tickets for all shows are $14 to $85, or arrive early and sit in the free seats!
    July 5-27, 2017
    Forest Park

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    ••• Photo by Leslie Wallace, courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden

    The free concerts at the Missouri Botanical Garden continue through July. Featured performers this month include Beth Bombara and Ptah Williams. 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.
    July 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2017
    Missouri Botanical Garden

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    ••• Bauernhof at Grant's Farm. Photo by Deborah O'Brien

    Grant's Farm is open late every Friday of the month. 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 snow cones. The animal exhibits will all be open for viewing as well. Parking is $12 per car or $5 for walk-ups.
    July 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2016
    St. Louis County

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    ••• James Richards leads the Gateway Festival Orchestra at free Sunday Concerts. Photo courtesy Washington University

    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 10, at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy a relaxing evening.
    July 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2017
    Washington University

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    ••• Photo courtesy St. Louis Art Museum

    Enjoy a free outdoor movie at Art Hill in Forest Park. The St. Louis Art Museum's Outdoor Film Series is held Fridays in July. The movies begin at 9 p.m. This year's selections include Titanic, Dream Girls and To Catch a Thief. The Art Museum's main level and restrooms will be open until 11 p.m.
    July 14, 21 & 28, 2017
    Forest Park

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    The St. Louis area's premier food truck event happens once a month in Tower Grove Park. That's when Sauce Magazine hosts Food Truck Fridays. More than two dozen local food trucks line up along the park's Southwest Drive to serve Mexican, BBQ, Italian and many other dishes. There's also live music and craft beer. The event runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    July 14, 2017
    South St. Louis
     

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    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 16-20, 2017
    Tivoli Theatre

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    Learn all about tiny hummingbirds at the Hummingbird Festival at the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site. Educators from the Illinois Audubon Society will be on hand to answer questions. Visitors can also "adopt" and release a hummingbird. The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Admission is free.
    July 22, 2017
    Hartford, IL

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    The Young Zoo Friends are hosting a party with music, entertainment, gourmet food and drinks.  Admission is $10 for Zoo Friends members and $20 for non-members. The cost includes a wine and beer tasting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free parking is available for everyone.
    July 26, 2017
    St. Louis Zoo

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    Mamma Mia! returns to the Fox Theatre this month for its Farewell Tour. The award-winning musical featuring the songs of ABBA is always a favorite with St. Louis audiences. Tickets are $25 to $100.
    July 28-30, 2017
    Fox Theatre