10 Places to Get Outside This Memorial Day Weekend in Missouri
Memorial Day weekend is upon us. These three blissful days of vacation provide the perfect opportunity to break from your routine and venture outside to enjoy the recent arrival of the summer sun with your loved ones. Our guide to Memorial Day adventures and excursions in Missouri offers a much-needed antidote to your cabin fever.
1. Cocktails on the Plaza in Lafayette Square
Ring in the weekend early during Cocktails on the Plaza in Lafayette Square Park Plaza. For $30, enjoy unlimited tastings of food and cocktails from neighborhood businesses, live music and the chance to win a milieu of prizes in an exciting raffle.
When: Thursday, May 24 from 4-7 p.m.
Where: Park Avenue and Vail Place
2. Food Trucks at Grant’s Farm
Starting this Memorial Day Weekend, Grant’s Farm hosts live music and a rotating series of local food trucks every Friday until 9 p.m. Throwback jams from John Paul Keith start at 6:30 p.m., while deer park rides, goat feeding and carousel rides extend later into the evening. For dinner (and dessert), choose from a diverse selection at Angie Burger, Brazil Express, Sarah’s Cake Stop and Zia’s.
When: Friday, May 25 from 4-9 p.m.
Where: Grant’s Farm
3. Schlafly Art Outside
This family-friendly art festival is a yearly tradition at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood. Meander through the tents outside the brewpub, perusing the work of local and emerging artists while sipping a variety of Schlafly brews, including a limited-edition Artist Series beer made especially for Art Outside. Food offerings range from lighter fare like the greens and grains salad, to more hearty options like the grilled brat or jerk chicken skewers.
When: May 25 from 5-10 p.m., May 26 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., May 27 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood
4. Eckert’s Memorial Day Festival
Eckert’s farm returns with their yearly Memorial Day festival, perfectly suited for a summery outing in the sun with food, family and friends. Kids will love the pony rides, children’s play area, petting farm, carnival rides, and bouncy houses. Coal Jimmy’s plays live tunes from 12-4 p.m.
When: May 26-28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Eckert’s Farm in Belleville, IL
5. Summer Weekends at the Zoo
Kicking off this weekend through Labor Day, the beloved Saint Louis Zoo in Forest Park extends its hours until dusk. On Friday from 5-8 p.m., you can boogie to the funky sounds of the Funky Butt Brass Band in the first installment of the “Jungle Boogie Friday Night Concert Series.”
When: May 25-27—8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
May 28—8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: The Saint Louis Zoo in Forest Park
6. African Arts Festival at World’s Fair Pavilion
The African Heritage Association of St. Louis presents this three-day cultural celebration of the global contributions of African people and the African diaspora. Head to World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park from Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28 starting at 10am for food, shopping from jewelry, clothing and accessories vendors, live performances, and local artists showcasing their work. Admission is free!
When: May 26-28, starting at 10 a.m. (11 a.m. on Sunday)
Where: World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park
7. Tower Grove Farmers’ Market on Saturday Morning
If you haven’t made it out to the farmer’s market yet, make Memorial Day weekend your first expedition. Stock up on fresh, seasonal produce while grabbing breakfast or a pastry from local food vendors. There’s even a live music series from 10am to noon, running through October. To beat the heat, sustainable bakeshop Whisk STL will be there serving ice pops in creative flavors like Strawberry Rhubarb and Cereal Milk.
When: Saturday May 26 at 8 a.m.
Where: Tower Grove Park
8. Memorial Day Weekend Bash at Big Daddy’s
If you’re seeking a 21+ Memorial Day getaway, Big Daddy’s throws their 19th annual Memorial Weekend bash from Friday through Sunday at their Soulard location, featuring food and drink specials all day. A DJ spins highly danceable tunes late into the night. Enjoy the night air on the patio if you need a breather.
When: May 25-27, starting at 4 p.m.
Where: Big Daddy’s in Soulard
9. Grand Basin Yoga in Forest Park
Stretch it out this Memorial Day with three opportunities for yoga while gazing on the placid waters in Forest Park. Dianna Lucas, a yogi with over thirty years of experience, leads the 10th year of Grand Basin Yoga, an inclusive and community-oriented class that caters to participants of all experience levels. Grab a mat, a water bottle, and a friend and head to the park every Monday, Wednesday, and weekends for $12-13 per class.
When: Saturday, May 26 at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday, May 27 at 11:30 a.m.
Where: Lagoon Drive, Forest Park
10. Cherokee Caravan Antiques and Art Bazaar
Memorial Day marks the inaugural antique and art fair on Cherokee Antique Row, hosted by Retro 101/Cherry Bomb Vintage. Starting bright and early, Cherokee will be closed from Jefferson to Lemp for over 100 antique dealers, live entertainment, and food and beverage trucks.
When: Monday, May 28 starting at 9 a.m.
Where: Cherokee’s Antique Row