Summer Fun in the Arts in St. Louis

Apr 24, 2023 | Blog, Events, News, Plan Your Visit

St. Louis comes alive in the summer. You never have to look far to find folks who are thrilled to be outside getting up close to some truly unique events. The long, sunny days send good vibes throughout the entire community. Whether you feel like a picnic in the park at sunset during the Shakespeare Festival, shopping an amazing artist market while sipping a local beer, or making memories at a stellar music festival, May to September in STL has it all. As the weather warms up, dip your toes into the local arts scene with these unforgettable experiences.

Cherokee Street Cinco De Mayo
May 6
Cherokee Street – From Nebraska Ave to Jefferson Ave

Laumeier Art Fair
May 12 – 14
Laumeier Sculpture Park

Show-Me Burlesque & Vaudeville Festival
May 18 – 20
The Golden Record, Casa Loma Ballroom

The Soulard Blues, Brews, and Bites Festival
May 21
Soulard Park

32nd Annual African Arts Festival
May 27 – 29
Forest Park World’s Fair Pavilion

Pointfest 2023
May 27
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Monet/Mitchell – Painting the French Landscape 
Until June 25
St. Louis Art Museum



Circus Flora Presents – Undercover
June 1 – 21
The Big Top

Jacolby Satterwhite – Spirits Roaming on the Earth
Until Aug. 13
Contemporary Art Museum

Twelfth Night presented by St. Louis Shakespeare Festival
May 31 – June 25
Forest Park

STAGES St. Louis 2023 Season
Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, Clue, Million Dollar Quartet
June 2 – Oct. 8
Kirkwood Performing Arts Center

June 7-10
Off Broadway

Golf the Galleries
June 9 – Aug. 6
The Sheldon

The Muny 2023 Season
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,
Chess, West Side Story, Little Shop of Horrors, Rent, Sister Act
June 12 – Aug. 20
The Muny

Open Highway Music Festival
June 16 – 17
Chesterfield Amphitheater

PrideFest St. Louis
June 24 – 25

Fiesta in Florissant
June 24 – 25
Knights of Columbus Park

Outlaw Music Festival
June 25
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre


Let Them Eat Art
July 7

23rd Annual Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase
July 21 – 30


Merry Wives presented by St. Louis Shakespeare Festival
Aug. 1 – 27
24 Parks throughout St. Louis

Blues at the Arch Festival w/ the National Blues Museum and Gateway Arch Foundation
Aug. 11 – 12 (Blues Brunch Aug. 13)
Gateway Arch National Park

STL Fringe Fest
August 14 – 20
The .Zack | High Low | The Marcelle | UCBC | The Shed

Evolution Festival
Aug. 26 – 27
Forest Park

Festival of Nations
Aug. 27 – 28
Tower Grove park


Paint Louis 2023
Sept. 1-3
The Graffiti Wall south of the Gateway Arch (1000 S. Wharf St. 63104)

World’s Fair Heritage Festival
Sept. 2-3
Forest Park

Japanese Festival
Sept. 2 – 4
Missouri Botanical Gardens

8th Annual Tennessee Williams Festival
Sept. 7 – 17
Catherine B. Berges Theatre at COCA

Schlafly Art Outside Festival
Sept. 8 – 10
Schlafly Bottleworks – Maplewood

St. Louis Art Fair
Sept. 8 – 10
Clayton, MO

Music at the Intersection
Sept. 9 – 10
Grand Center Arts District

Shakespeare in the Streets presented by St. Louis Shakespeare Festival
Sept. 14 – 16
Downtown St. Louis

Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival
Sept.  22 – 24
Soulard Park

Check out all the events happening in St. Louis this summer from our friends at the Riverfront Times.