This Sunday will represent the longest stretch of daylight in 2009. No surprise there, the longest day of the year is usually the 20th or 21st of June. Sunday is also the first official day of summer. Again, that's no shocker, June 21 is always the first day of summer. However, some of the events going on this weekend will surprise you with their low cost. Here a ten suggestions that run the gamut from the family-focused to 21+ dance parties. Remember to call ahead or check the website before leaving.
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18 & Life: The Favazz and KSHE Anniversary Show (Friday)
"With the possible exception of KMOX (1120 AM), KSHE (94.7 FM) is probably the most legendary radio station in St. Louis. After eighteen years of doling out near-lethal daily doses Led Zeppelin, afternoon disc jockey Favazz is arguably one of the classic-rock powerhouse's most legendary on-air personalities." Read more about this party -- only $8 -- in Shae Moseley's preview.
Suckers for 90's pop culture -- Crystal Clear Pepsi commercials, Zack Morris' giant mobile phone and the hype of Reebok Pumps -- should be quite comfortable at Reference (4241 Lindell Boulevard), the space above Sol Lounge (4239 Lindell Boulevard), during the 2-Legit weekly party. Music videos and commercials from the Clinton years should give '90s addicts more than enough sensory stimulation. It's open until 3 a.m. and just $5. More details.
Gateway Grizzlies (Friday & Saturday)
Drive just a few minutes past the gleaming lights and red-brick heft of Busch Stadium, and you'll find a ballpark that pays homage to a different time in American sports history. At GCS Ballpark (2301 Grizzlie Bear Boulevard, Sauget, Illinois), you won't find swanky VIP suites or pitchers with multi-million-dollar arm insurance. What will you find? The perfect summer-night getaway. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. each night and the Grizzlies play the Rockford RiverHakws. You'll pay just $9 for field reserve box seats, $7 for bleacher seats and $5 for lawn seats. More details.
White Flag Projects hosts FASTX3, its third annual showcase of recent BFA/MFA graduates from St. Louis-area universities and colleges. The opening reception runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. This year seven artists were chosen from more than 100 submissions, including Washington University MFA candidate Jake Cruzen, who creates installation-paintings, and University of Missouri sculpture artist Eric de Leon Zamuco. Saturday night and is free. (4568 Manchester Avenue; 314-531-3442.) More details.
This new twice-monthly dance party at Atomic Cowboy (4140 Manchester Avenue) specializes in indie, '80s, rock and that trendiest of genre names, electro music. It's $6 and runs until 3 a.m. at this Grove neighborhood landmark. More details.
To Kill a Mockingbird (Saturday)
At the movies, summer may be the season for mushroom-cloud explosions, apocalypse-bringing aliens and hazy pot adventures. But on Saturday night, enjoy a story worth watching, the classic 1962 version of To Kill a Mockingbird, starring the late, great Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch (a role that earned him an Academy Award). Show up at the Whitaker Theater at the Pool Pavilion at Tower Grove Park just before dusk -- bring your lawn chair and a few drinks -- and enjoy the film. It's free. More details.
Father's Day Automobile Show (Sunday)
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Kemp Auto Museum (16955 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield) hosts the second annual Father's Day Automobile Show, which showcases the museum's collection of Mercedes Benz vehicles along with vintage and rare cars owned by local collectors. It's free for fathers who bring their sons or daughters and just $5 for other adults. More details.
Who cares why you skate, how you dress, how technical your run is and who your sponsors are? Just skate and shut up about the rest. Go Skateboarding Day celebrates the spirit of the old days, when the only thing that mattered was that you were on your board. Skate on the finely crafted Woodward Keystone Ramps at Plan Nine Skatepark at St. Louis Mills Mall (5555 St. Louis Mills Boulevard, Hazelwood; www.plan-nine.net). The park has areas for beginners to experienced skaters. More details.
Circus Flora (Through Sunday)
The circus is in town only until Sunday night, and with ticket prices ranging from a paltry $8 to $36, you can be entertained for fair prices and see, in-person, the world-record holder for most hula hoops spun. Circus Flora's big red-and-white tent is located at North Grand Boulevard and Samuel Shepard Drive in St. Louis. Get more details here.
Gateway Arch (All Weekend)
More than a few St. Louisans have here their entire life and never set foot in the Arch. Well, this weekend's as good of a time as any.Tram rides to the top of the Arch are $3 off! What are you waiting for?