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 of other events to keep you busy. Here are recommendations for things to do in July 2018 in St. Louis. And don't forget about the free movies and concerts going on all summer long.
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Fair Saint Louis is one of the biggest events of the summer and one of the nation's biggest Independence Day celebrations—it spans three days. It returns to the Arch grounds on July 4, July 6, and July 7. The fair offers a chance to celebrate Independence Day with music, food, children's activities, and fireworks. This year's headliners are the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Jason Derulo with Andy Grammer, and Martina McBride.
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Eckert's Orchards in Belleville, Illinois, hosts free summer concerts on Friday and Saturday nights in July. Performers include Funky Butt Brass Band, Ms. Jubilee and the Humdingers, and Whiskey Morning. The music begins at 7 p.m. There is also a play area nearby for children who want to get up and move during the music.
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The Whitaker Music Festival offers free music at the Missouri Botanical Garden every Wednesday night during the summer. In July, featured performers include the Funky Butt Brass Band on July 4, Ivas John Band on July 11, Al Holliday and the East Side Rhythm Band on July 18, and Dawn Weber and the Electro Funk Assembly on July 25. 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.
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Forest Park's Muny, America's oldest and largest outdoor musical theater, celebrates its centennial in 2018. Shows for July include "Singin’ in the Rain" from June 27 to July 3, "Jersey Boys" from July 9 to 16, "Annie" from July 18 to 25, and "Gypsy" from July 27 to August 2. Tickets for all shows are $15 to $100, or arrive early and sit in the free seats (last nine rows of the theater).Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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The Gateway Festival Orchestra is performing free outdoor concerts Sundays in July at the Brookings Quadrangle on the campus of Washington University. The concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy a relaxing evening. Ted Drewes Frozen Custard and water is available for purchase.
Prior to the concert at 7 p.m. meet the artists and learn a little about the music you will hear.
- July 8—From Sea to Shining Sea (Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever" and more)
- July 15—From Start to Finish (Sibelius' "Symphony No. 1" and more)
- July 22—En Espanol (Bizet's "Carmen" and more)
- July 29—Conductor's Choice (Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 5" and more)
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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 lawn opens at 6 p.m. and the movies begin at 9 p.m. This year's theme is epic quests. The films are "Raiders of the Lost Ark" on July 13, "Hidden Figures" on July 20, and "Dr. No" on July 27. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs, and a cooler with food and drinks. Alcohol and well-behaved pets are permitted. The art museum's main level and restrooms will be open until 11 p.m.
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The St. Louis area's premier food truck event happens once a month in Tower Grove Park in South St. Louis. Sauce Magazine hosts Food Truck Fridays. More than two dozen local food trucks line up along the park's Southwest Drive to serve Mexican, barbecue, Italian, and many other types of cuisine. There's also live music and craft beer. The event runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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The 2018 Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase at Brown Hall on the Washington University campus 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 from July 13 to July 22. There are also free seminars for anyone interested in making movies.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Learn all about tiny hummingbirds at the Hummingbird Festival at the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site in Hartford, Illinois. 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.
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On July 25, the Young Zoo Friends are hosting a party with music, entertainment, gourmet food, and drinks for the 20s and 30s age set. There is reduced entry with zoo membership. Entry includes a wine and beer tasting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a performance by Dr. Zhivegas with Musicology. Free parking offered for all.
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Grant's Farm extends its hours in July and is open every Friday until 9 p.m. This free 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 (and ever-popular Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale horses) are open for viewing as well.