Summer in St. Louis can be hot and humid, but this season is when the city really comes alive. In June, specifically, the Gateway City hosts some of the best outdoor concerts, festivals, and stage productions—and even some indoor options for those looking to beat the heat.
Due to continuing safety precautions some of these 2020 events have been canceled or postponed. Please check with the organizers to verify dates.
The Missouri Botanical Garden hosts free summer concerts on Wednesday nights. Head to the garden on Wednesdays at 5 p.m., when admission is free to stroll the grounds before the show—concerts begin at 7 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic dinner and gather around the Cohen Amphitheater for a night of music under the stars. Food and drinks are also for sale if you don't have time to prepare your own picnic! This season, enjoy the delightful sounds Terence Blanchard and Tonina Saputo, among other luminaries.
Grant's Farm extends its evening hours until 9 p.m. every Friday of the month to host a variety of local food trucks that serve up entrees and sweets in the Tiergarten—bring your appetites! Visitors of all ages can enjoy live music, while kids in particular will delight in riding the carousel, feeding the resident goats, and devouring snow cones.
The name really says it all. This annual festival celebrates everything about the pungent, spicy root known as horseradish. And when it comes to horseradish, growers in Collinsville, Illinois, sure know what they're talking about. That's because this Metro East town produces 60 percent of the world's horseradish every year. There will be plenty of horseradish-flavored food at the festival, as well as live music, games, crafts, a Bloody Mary contest, a petting zoo, Budweiser Clydesdales, and a root toss.
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis gives free performances this month in Forest Park. This year, you can see the playwright's iconic tragedy "Romeo & Juliet." The show is performed nightly at 8 p.m., except Tuesdays, so you have plenty of opportunities to catch the show. Get into the groove with pre-show activities that start at 6:30: enjoy music and performance art or get a glimpse of the magic with a backstage tour. Vendors sell food and drinks or bring your own picnic and wine and indulge under the stars.
Twangfest is a celebration of Americana and roots music featuring artists from across the country. Musicians play at Off Broadway in the historic Cherokee Lemp District south of downtown St. Louis. This year, you can catch talented performers like Craig Finn + The Uptown Controllers, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, James McMurtry, and Superchunk.
If you're visiting downtown St. Louis on June 8, be sure to wear pink. That's when breast cancer survivors and their family and friends will hit the streets for the Race for the Cure fundraiser: St. Louis hosts the largest Susan B. Komen race in the country with more than 60,000 participants each year. If you're not ready to run the 5K, there's also a one-mile fun run/walk option.
It's not truly summer in St. Louis until the lights go on at the Muny in Forest Park. For 101 years, people have come every summer to see performances at the oldest and largest outdoor theater in the country. The season begins June 10 with "Guys and Dolls," followed by six other world-class productions. Tickets for all musicals are $15 to $100, or you can arrive early and snag one of the free seats at the back.
Thousands of visitors will fill the area around Soldiers Memorial in downtown St. Louis during the annual PrideFest celebration in late June. The festival is the year's largest event for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, drawing visitors from across the region and around the country. Don't miss the big parade that starts down Market Street at noon on Sunday. But you can have fun all weekend long: dance along to live music, shop the booths of local vendors, and sample some great food.
Get in a little exercise this month at The Macklind Mile. The race/walk is a one-mile downhill trek along Macklind Avenue from the South City YMCA to Big River Running Company at Macklind and Devonshire. There are six different events for runners and walkers of all types. Our favorite? Dog owners can walk with their pooches in The Dog Mile. After the races and awards ceremony, there is a family-friendly street festival where you can listen to live music, play games with the kids, or indulge in some local delicacies.