The heat during St. Louis summers can feel unbearable. But if you feel up to braving the heat—and you have a lot of water on you—St. Louis has some incredible activities to offer. Here’s a list of our favorite summer things to do in St. Louis:
Movies on Art Hill:
Make sure you check out one of the movie nights at Art Hill. Pack a blanket and some snacks and drinks and then settle in for a movie night under the stars.
July 13: Raiders of the Lost Ark
July 20: Hidden Figures
July 27: Dr. No
August 3: The NeverEnding Story
The MUNY is one of our absolute favorite things to do in St. Louis. They put on affordable musical productions all summer long. The MUNY itself is a remarkable space—the oldest and largest outdoor musical theater in America. Tickets start at just $15.
July 9-16: Jersey Boys
July 18-25: Annie
July 27-August 2: Gypsy
August 4-12: Meet Me in St. Louis
Whitaker Music Festival:
Every Wednesday night, the Missouri Botanical Garden puts on a free concert. You get to bring out your picnic supplies again and listen to great music, all while sitting in botanical garden scenery.
July 11: Ivas John Band
July 18: Al Holliday and The East Side Rhythm Band
July 25: Dawn Weber and the Electro Funk Assembly
Cardinals games are happening sporadically all summer long! Even if you don’t like baseball, the view from the cheap seats at Busch stadium is one of the best in the city—especially during an evening game. Stadium tickets start at just $11!
The Boat House:
There’s no more scenic place in St. Louis to grab a meal and a beer. And, if you’re feeling up to it, you can rent a boat and make your way through the waters of Forest Park. They have paddleboats, stand up paddle boards, canoes, and kayaks for hourly rent.
There are a variety of farmers markets in St. Louis to choose from. Soulard Famers Market is a must see—it’s the oldest in St. Louis, established in 1779, and it’s open Wednesday through Saturday.
Tower Grove Farmers’ Market is a bit smaller, but has some incredible vendors for food and drinks as well as for arts and crafts. It’s open Saturday mornings as well as Tuesday afternoons.
If you live near The Loop, you might want to stop by the Midtown Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. It’s smaller than the other two, but the booths are great, and it’s easy to find what you need quickly.
During the summer, food trucks aren’t hard to find in St. Louis. Our favorite place to go for food trucks is Tower Grove Park for Sauce’s Food Truck Fridays (check out GiftAMeal restaurant Seoul Taco’s truck while you’re there!)
Or, if you’re in the St. Charles area, you can check out the Food Truck Frolic at St. Charles Community College. They have a line-up of food trucks along with a family-friendly movie on July 20, August 24, and September 21.
Or, you can even find food trucks outside of GiftAMeal’s office space on Mondays and Fridays on the Cortex campus.
There are things to do in St. Louis almost every day during the summer—so be sure to take advantage! But if you find yourself needing a break from the heat, don’t forget that you can always head over to a GiftAMeal restaurant for a bite to eat.