How To Celebrate Memorial Day In St. Louis

May 9, 2014 7:00 AM

Kick off your summer with one of St. Louis’s major street parties or arts celebrations. The city sizzles with activity during Memorial Day weekend, offering everything from blues and beer to ballet and Shakespeare. You might also choose to set aside an hour for a quiet stroll through Jeffferson Barracks Cemetery, and explain to your children what we are memorializing during this holiday weekend.

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Shakespeare In The Park
5595 Grand Drive
St. Louis, MO 63112
(314) 531-9800

Is it surprising that a gritty Midwestern city is so in love with Shakespeare that we’ve made this one of our favorite annual festivals? No tickets are needed; simply wander into the park with a picnic and some chairs or a blanket. Enjoy wandering minstrels, musicians, belly dancers and jugglers before the show, then be dazzled by the theatrical experience of a lifetime. Nationally recognized performers, a massive set, spectacular lighting and booming sound will draw you into the drama like never before. Even if you don’t think your family is Shakespeare ready, you must have this STL experience at least once. This year’s season runs May 17 through June 15 and alternates two shows.

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Bluesweek Festival
Chesterfield Amphitheater
631 Veterans Place Drive
Chesterfield, MO 63017
(314) 534-2100

There’s nothing the Lou loves more than beer, blues and barbecue (well, maybe baseball). The Bluesweek Festival takes place all day long on May 24 and 25. Tickets are just $10 in advance or $15 at the gate. This year’s artists include local favorites like The Brothers, Soulard Blues Band and St. Louis Blues Kings. Royal Southern Brotherhood will close the show on Saturday, and Otis Clay will finish the whole event on Sunday. This is the festival’s first year in Chesterfield; it’s previously been held downtown. 

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Greek Festival
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church
1755 Des Peres Road
Town & Country, MO 63131
(314) 966-2255

Experience “A Taste Of Greece Without The Airfare” at this popular festival. The event goes on all weekend, from Friday until Monday, 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Food is the biggest draw, of course. Choices include lamb shank, roast chicken, kebabs, stuffed grape leaves, spinach pies, Greek salads and all of the best pastries for dessert. Enjoy live music and folk dancing while you nibble on your Greek delicacies, and browse the Greek Market or tour the ornate church after your meal.

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Spring To Dance Festival
Touhill Performing Arts Center
1 University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121
(866) 516-4949

This is the seventh year of the Dance St. Louis performance festival, which features 30 local and national dance companies. The price is just $15 each night, and there’s a different show each night (Thursday, Friday and Saturday). The performances include a blend of contemporary, classical and modern dance, along with hip hop, African and more. 

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Gypsy Caravan
The Family Arena
2002 Arena Parkway
St. Charles, MO 63033
(314) 533-2500

A beloved Memorial Day tradition since 1973, this event is a fundraiser for the St. Louis Symphony Volunteer Association. The massive antique, craft and flea market draws vendors from 20 states, selling collectibles, furniture, jewelry, imports, crafts, clothing and more. This year’s event will be bursting at the seams with 100 air-conditioned indoor booths and 350 outdoor booths. Come enjoy the STL’s favorite gypsy shopping event on May 26.

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Lauren Haas was the founder and publisher of The St. Louis Area Family Gazette magazine, and editor-in-chief of Marketplace Magazine. Now, Lauren is a full-time freelance writer who travels the world, using St. Louis as her base. Contact her at

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