6 Quirky Things to Do This Week for $15 or Less

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6 Quirky Things to Do This Week for $15 or Less
Milo the scene-stealing cat -- just one of the many famous cats of the Internet featured in this weekend's Internet Cat Video Festival

4. Hail the Almighty Catsup Bottle in Metro East The enlightened among us know that things like french fries and hot dogs are truly just vehicles for delicious, delicious catsup. Join other tomato enthusiasts at the seventeenth annual Brooks World's Largest Catsup Bottle Festival Birthday Party & Car Show today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Woodland Park (Vandalia Street and Pine Lake Road, Collinsville, Illinois; 618-344-8775 or www.catsupbottlefestival.com). This full day of fun includes eating contests, a Big Bottle Bike Ride, a pageant for the wee ones, and visits from VIPs including the Rams cheerleaders. The Collinsville-Maryville-Evening Lions Club serves up brats, pulled-pork sandwiches, and more, and the Horseshoe Restaurant and Lounge offers cold beer for sale. Connect with other catsup aficionados by using the hashtag #CatsupFest. Admission is free. — Brooke Foster

5. Storm the Bastille in Soulard The streets of Soulard will be under mob rule this weekend as the masses salute the red, white and blue — of France — with a two-day celebration marking Bastille Day, the French Independence Day. At 5 p.m. Friday, July 10, the "gathering of the mob" parade congregates at Howards in Soulard (2732 South 13th Street). When the King and Queen of France appears, the masses (in period costumes, preferably), rise against the aristocracy and force the royal couple to meet their end at Pontiac Park, where jubilation, spirits and cake await. At 6 p.m. Sunday, July 12, at Franco (1535 South Eighth Street; 314-542-0400 or www.eventbrite.com),the revolution gets fancy with Bastille en Vogue, a fashion show with a whimsical take on period dress. The evening includes beer, wine and appetizers while you marvel at the designs by Luann Carmody Denten. The gathering of the mobs is free, while admission to Bastille en Vogue costs $25. — Rob Levy

6. Celebrate the Life of Harper Lee at Left Bank Famously reclusive author Harper Lee set the literary world abuzz with the revelation of a new book: Go Set a Watchman. Left Bank Books (399 Euclid Avenue; 314-367-6731 or www.left-bank.com) celebrates the release of Lee's novel with a full-day party. Show up at 8 a.m. Tuesday and take part in a read-a-thon of To Kill a Mockingbird, the book that put Lee on the map more than 50 years ago. Preorder or purchase a copy of the new novel, and you'll be treated to coffee and doughnuts in the morning and a literary cocktail hour in the evening, with additional fun in between. Admission is free with the purchase of Go Set a Watchman. — Brooke Foster

See also: The Cheapskate's Guide to Summer in St. Louis

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