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The Taste of St. Louis is a celebration of the best food, art, music and culture our great city has to offer. There is something for everyone at the event, as the array of activities and participants continues to grow. Don't forget to check out local and national music acts, Restaurant Row, the marketplace and more!
2010 marked the first ever LouFest. The two-day festival brought 18 bands to the middle of Forest Park for some of the best music this city has seen in one place in quite a while. The lineup featured She & Him, Jeff Tweedy, Broken Social Scene, Built to Spill, Airborne Toxic Event, Carolina Chocolate Drops and more. Can we expect an even better lineup this year? It's very likely.
Pridefest started in St. Louis 30 years ago, and it's grown to become one of the Midwest's largest gay pride events. Nearly 100,000 people flock to South Grand and Tower Grove Park for the parade and party that follows. With great food, entertainment and more - this is an event that celebrates people for who they are. There are typically lots of events that surround the main event, too, like a drag show, pet parade and more.
The one time of the year where it's ok to wear lederhosen, Soulard Oktoberfest is a great excuse to drink beer. It's a little like Mardi Gras in that regard. Get a giant mug, down a few brews and have a great time. There's typically excellent music, excellent beer and excellent food. In our books, that makes for one heck of a festival. And it helps to have a festival of this caliber to ease us into the fall season.
Fair St. Louis marks the start of Celebrate St. Louis' month-long music festival, Live on the Levee. Fair St. Louis itself is a three-day festival over 4th of July Weekend, and typically features a top-tier musical talent, along with great food and fun activities. Then Live on the Levee happens every Friday and Saturday in July, and features a free concert with some great musicians. You can't beat free music. Past artists include Boyz II Men, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Guster and more.
St. Louis Microfest lets patrons sample dozens of craft beers and craft sodas during the three-day event. With different beers on all three days, plus live music during the entire festival, this is one event not to be missed. There's also a silent auction and a cigar lounge. There's a special "designated driver" admission that includes a commemorative mug to sample just the craft sodas
The St. Louis Wine Festival started a few years ago in Forest Park, and has grown to be a strong two-day event, drawing thousands of people to the Grand Basin. The weekend festival features more than 150 Missouri, domestic and international wines from more than 20 wine exhibitors, select beers such as Stella Artois, Leffe and Hoegaarden, along with local area restaurants presenting selections from their menus.