Get outside this weekend! Fair Saint Louis awaits with plenty of festival fare: The World's Largest Catsup Bottle Festival hits Collinsville, Illinois; the Saint Louis Art Museum kicks off its free summer film series on Art Hill; Eckert's fruit is just the right level of ripeness and more. Just take your pick!
Friday (July 5):
Fair St. Louis @ Gateway Arch "It's the Fourth of July and you're in St. Louis, which means it's hot, humid and time to party... The traditional kick-off for Fair Saint Louis is followed by three days of air shows (five of 'em this year), fireworks every night and a whole bunch of sweaty patriots." Friday, July 5, and Saturday, July 6, from noon to 10 p.m. Admission is free.
Murphy-Goode Wine Tasting @ Vin de Set Head to the rooftop for wine samples from Murphy-Goode to enjoy with grilled appetizers prepared by chef Dirk Yeaton. Tickets cost $15 and are available online. 4 to 6 p.m.
Outdoor Film Series: Casablanca @ Art Hill Saint Louis Art Museum's summer film series kicks off with a showing of Casablanca by moonlight. Pack your own picnic or let someone else do the cooking. The museum's new cafe and Panorama restaurant serve food till 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively, and food trucks including Lulu's Local Eatery, Seoul Taco and Zia's show up on the scene ready to dish out eats at 7 p.m. Admission is free. The movie begins at 9 p.m.
Saturday (July 6):
Pick Your Own Fruit @ Eckert's "Picking for peaches is available daily from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m at 99 cents per pound; blackberry picking is open 8 a.m. to noon on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekends for $2.99 per pound."
Fruits & Nuts of Tropical Mesoamerica Photo Exhibition @ Missouri Botanical Garden Check out these high-resolution photo prints which spotlight fruits and nuts native to the Maya and Aztec areas of Mesoamerica. It's all a part of the larger Foodology program hosted throughout the summer. Admission is included with garden admission. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Harvest Sessions @ Tower Grove Farmers' Market Enjoy a delightful summer soundtrack from folk-indie group Arthur and the Librarian while stocking up on fresh produce, goods and snacks from your local farmer. Free. The market runs from 8 a.m. to noon, with music from 10 a.m. to noon.
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