Living in St.Louis means there is always something exciting to do. We have great restaurants, top-notch festivals, and many interesting places to visit. It can be easy to take it all for granted, and always plan to go but never quite make it. Check out this list and make a plan to experience these places in 2017.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. St. Louis Union Station Grand Hall Light Show
The 3D light show in the Grand Hall of Union Station is perfect for a romantic dinner or a special treat for the kids. Projected onto the 10 stories of the hall, and set to music, it is an incredible show.
St. Louis Union Station Grand Hall Light Show: 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103
2. Escape The Room St. Louis
Trapped in a room with only your detective and observation skills to escape is an exhilarating experience. Escape The Room STL offers several themed rooms to choose from on your adventure.
Escape The Room St. Louis: 1201 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103
3. Venice Cafe
Venice cafe is a combination of eclectic art, a live music venue, and neighborhood bar. Known for its friendly, relaxed atmosphere and great food, this place could be the place where "everyone knows your name."
Venice Cafe: 1903 Pestalozzi Street, St. Louis, MO 63118
4. St. Louis Hills Christmas Town
The residents of St. Louis Hills bring Christmas to their streets with their larger-than-life Christmas Town display. Take a driving tour down Candy Cane Lane, Angel Avenue, and Snowflake Street, each all aglow with the magic of Christmas. This is a free event but donations are accepted to help support local charities.
This event is hosted by the St. Louis Hills Neighborhood Association.
5. James S. McDonnell Prologue Room
The James S. McDonnell Prologue Room is a tribute to their long history of air and space travel. It is free to visit the exhibit for self-guided tours, but is only open in June, July and August. Group tours for school age children are available year-round.
James S. McDonnell Prologue Room: 100 Airport Road, St. Louis, MO 63135.
6. Upper Limits Indoor Rock Climbing Gym
Test your nerve and ability with the help of the trusted staff of Upper Limits. All levels of experience are welcome and the staff will help you reach the top. There are three locations in St. Louis. The Chesterfield location can be found here:
Upper Limits Indoor Rock Climbing Gym: 17375 Edison Avenue, Chesterfield, MO 63005
7. World Chess Hall of Fame
Dedicated to all things chess, the World Chess Hall of Fame is open daily for tours. They feature monthly work shops, exhibitions, and a monthly music series. Daily visits are free, with a suggested donation, and they offer membership levels with many amazing rewards for your support.
World Chess Hall of Fame: 4652 Maryland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108
8. Japanese Festival - Botanical Gardens
Held in the Missouri Botanical Gardens, the Japanese Festival is a three-day-long event celebrating the history and arts of Japan. From bonsai displays to martial arts, there is something for everyone.
Japanese Festival, September 2nd - 4th 2017.
9. LouFest 2017
LouFest brings music, art, and food to Forest Park for two amazing days. More than 30 musicians and bands perform on four stages all weekend. True to our home town, LouFest chooses from local restaurants or vendors for food and drink choices. The fun starts at 11:00 a.m. and doesn't stop until 10:00 p.m.
LouFest 2017, Forest Park September 9th and 10th
10. Contamination 6 The Mutation
Science fiction meets a weekend of fun at Contamination 6. Scheduled events include daily seminars, a dealers room, Friday Night room parties, a film makers showcase, and much more! This is a perfect Con, whether you have been to many or are curious about what you've been missing.
Contamination 6 The Mutation: November 4th and 5th, 2017
Crown Plaza: 11228 Lone Eagle Drive, Bridgeton, MO 63044
Make a plan and go, don’t miss any of these exciting places and events in 2017. Do you know of other interesting events in St.Louis? Share them with us.