End-of-Summer Hurrah

Nothing says good-bye quite like an end of summer celebration. Enjoy the local festivals and carnivals around town, amusement and water parks, and all the great family-friendly and adult experiences to kick off the end of one season and entry into another.

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    Clayton Recreation & Wellness


    Center of Clayton Indoor Pool:  Enjoy a competition pool or leisure pool; swim lessons available. 

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    Anne O’C Albrecht Nature Playscape:  17-acre experiential play space with natural landscapes including native and diverse species; features nine, free distinct activity distinct activity areas.

  3. Old Chain Of Rocks Bridge:  Originally, the bridge was used by U.S. Route 66 to cross over the Mississippi; now for walking or biking. 

  4. Melvin Price Lock And Dam Tour:  Take free, guided tour to see towboats and barges push through this incredible structure. Tours:  10 a.m/1 p.m/3 p.m. 

  5. Streets of St. Charles:  Joe Dirt & The Dirty Boys will perform classic rock at the free Beale Street Concert Series Aug. 11, 6-8 p.m.

  6. Raging Rivers Waterpark:  Miles of slide plus thousands of gallons of water equal family fun; great view of the Mississippi River and Sea Lion Show

  7. Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site


    Cahokia Mounds World Heritage Site:   Remains of most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico are preserved here; Interpretive Center and special events.


  8. Kades Playground


    Kade's Playground:  State-of-the-art playground themed around giant Mt. Vesuvius Volcano; children (with/without disabilities) play side-by-side, in honor of 3-year-old Kade who died Oct. 14, 2011. 


  9. National Blues Museum


    National Blues Museum:  Explore historical significance of the Blues as foundation of American music, celebrate genre’s styles and recognize musicians who created this art form.


  10. Ferry To Grafton:  Carries passengers from St. Charles to Illinois (Grafton Lighthouse/public boat ramp off Market Street); Missouri landing at Grafton Ferry Road/Highway 94.


  11. 2021 Klondike Krawler -- the first-ever judged Remote Control Car event in the park, featuring 1/10, 1/18, or 1/24 scale RC crawlers, August 29.


  12. First Missouri State Capital


    Celebrate Missouri’s 200th Birthday at this signature event held where our statehood began. 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. at First Missouri State Capitol--St. Charles.


  13. Daniel Boone Home National Historic Site


    Meet famous Missourians Daniel and Rebecca Boone, portrayed by Colonels Robert and Shirley Pecoraro, Saturday, Aug 21, at the Daniel Boone Home.


  14. The Festival of the Little Hills is back! Celebrating the rich history of St. Charles with 300+ vendors, craft demonstrations and antiques dealers August 20-22.


  15. Laclede's Landing


    Big Muddy is the region’s largest Blues festival featuring 18+ hours of music and many bands  throughout the cobblestone streets of Laclede’s Landing Labor Day Weekend.

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    The Muny - St. Charles County


    Catch all the razzle-dazzle as The Muny brings Chicago, the internationally-acclaimed musical about fame, fortune and justice to the stage, August 30-September 5.


  17. Saint Louis Music Park


    Hear the music of Jason Mraz in his Look for The Good Live Tour, August 4, 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. at Saint Louis Music Park.

  18. St. Louis Science Center/Tcsrc


    St. Louis Science Center hosts The STL Champagne & Wine Festival August 21, with wines  from across the globe, food vendors, photo booth, and more.


  19. Saint Louis Zoo


    Spend Family Fun Friday Nights at the Saint Louis Zoo for a free, safe night out with the family. 5:00 -7:00 p.m. through August 13.



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    Smallcakes: A Cupcakery and Creamery - Chesterfield, MO


    Smallcakes Cupcakery And Creamery:  Celebrate from among 200-plus cupcake flavors that are freshly baked each day, homemade ice cream, parties, events, birthdays and weddings. 

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    Columbia Bottom Conservation Area


    Columbia Bottom Conservation Area:   Ideal for lovers of wide, open spaces; paved, level hiking/biking trail and boat ramp; separate access gets paddlers onto the Mississippi.

  22. Missouri Botanical Garden


    Missouri Botanical Garden:  Experience Origami After Hours in the Garden as the sun goes down, every Thursday and Friday through Aug. 27. Reserve tickets.