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Jul 26, 2016
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Stuff to do: July 2016

The Night Market
Wednesdays – 6 to 9 p.m., Elijah P’s Burgers & Brews, 401 Piasa St., Alton, 618.463.1016, downtownalton.com
Night owls, this evening session of the Alton Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market is for you. Grab a beer from Elijah P’s and stroll through rows of vendors as the sun sets. Pick up fresh produce, eggs from Rustic Roots Farm and a jar of Greene County Salsa Co.’s salsa. Keep caffeinated with a cup of coffee from Bunkhouse Joe Coffee. Take your finds home and whip up a midnight snack.

Sensational Summer Nights
Thursdays – 5 to 8 p.m., Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, 314.577.5100, mobot.org/sensationalsummer
Spend an evening in nature as the Missouri Botanical Garden stays open three hours late every Thursday. Wander through the flora while sipping on a botanical-inspired tipple like a vodka martini with lavender syrup, blueberry and lemon juice. While you sip, snack on a caprese crostini or a nitro ice cream from Ices Plain & Fancy.

Burgers & Brews
July 9 – 6 to 10 p.m., Main and St. Louis streets, Edwardsville, 618.307.6045, goshenmarket.org
Enjoy sliders and suds in downtown Edwardsville. Five restaurants including Cleveland-Heath, County Seat Cafe and Mike Shannon’s Grill prepare sliders made of beef, pork, lamb, chicken and even beets. Choose three plus side dishes, then enjoy a debut beer from Recess Brewing in honor of the 20th anniversary of The Land of Goshen Community Market. Tickets available online.

Little Black Dress Cocktail Party
July 12 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Bixby’s, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 314.361.7313, bixbys-mohistory.com
The Missouri History Museum explores all things LBD (that’s little black dress) at its most recent exhibit, and Bixby’s is joining the party. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres like pimento deviled eggs or lamb meatballs with lentils and a smoked pepper coulis. Sip The Morning to Night (peach schnapps and orange juice with a Champagne topper), then tour the exhibit, which explores the history of black dresses from a symbol of mourning to the mark of sophisticated fashion. Wear your own LBD and receive a free glass of Champagne when you walk in the door. Online reservations recommended.

Berries & BarBQ Wine Trail
July 30 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; July 31 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., participating wineries, Hermann, 800.932.8687, hermannwinetrail.com
Chefs and vintners pair up at the wineries of the Hermann Wine Trail for a celebration of summer berries, barbecue and wine. Drive or hop on the trolley and go from winery to winery, enjoying pairings like strawberry wine punch and tropical chicken from Bias Winery and Gruhlke’s Microbrewery or a vin gris with a Red, White and Bleu-berry slider at Hermannhof Winery. Tickets available online.

STL Sips Pub Crawl
July 30 – noon to 4:30 p.m., participating locations, Main Street, St. Charles, Facebook: STL Sips Pub Crawl
Buy a ticket benefitting the Animal Protective Association of Missouri to stop in six participating bars in historic St. Charles. Grab half-price fried pickles, t-ravs and more at Bobby’s Place, or a brew at Llywelyn’s Pub, Tuners, Mr. Thirsty’s Bar & Grill and more. Tickets available online.


Check out the events we are sponsoring...

Art Hill Film Series

Fridays from July 8 to 29 – 6 p.m.
Art Hill, 1 Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park, St. Louis

Enjoy dinner and a movie in Forest Park's grassy outdoor amphitheater at the Art Hill Film Series presented by Saint Louis Art Museum. More than a dozen food trucks start dishing grub at 6 p.m.; grab a bite from favorites like Slide Piece, The Fire & Ice Cream Truck and Taco Truck STL. Make sure to secure your picnic spot on Art Hill before the film starts at 9 p.m. The series begins July 8 with the ’80s classic Top Gun.

Tower Grove Farmers’ Market

Saturdays – 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Tower Grove Park, 4256 Magnolia Ave., St. Louis

Dig into summer’s bounty this month at the Tower Grove Farmers’ Market. Start your morning with outdoor qi gong classes or a sun salutation at yoga, then roll up your mat and grab fresh produce like stone fruit from Ringhausen Orchards and your weekly round of bacon from Robinson Family Farms.

Food Truck Friday

Aug. 12 – 4 to 8 p.m.
Tower Grove Park, 4256 Magnolia Ave., St. Louis

An array of mobile meal slingers line up in Tower Grove Park once again for Food Truck Friday. Dine on grub from Pyro Pizza and Gioia's Deli, then grab a beer from 4 Hands Brewing Co. or Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. and sip along to the folksy tunes of The Dust Covers. Shirt Kong screenprints all the FTF swag your heart desires to order.

The Rise Up Festival

Aug. 20 – 2 to 11 p.m.
1627 Washington Ave., St. Louis

Head downtown for The Rise Up Festival, an outdoor showcase of 15 artists, around 20 craft vendors and street performers. Purchase food from downtown area eateries like Medina Grill, Bootleggin’ BBQ, Snarf’s and more. While you snack, enjoy beer from Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. and live music from The Original Wailers and several local bands all day.

St. Louis World's Fare Festival

Aug. 19 – 4 to 10 p.m.; Aug. 20 and 21 – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
World’s Fair Pavilion, Forest Park, St. Louis

The third annual St. Louis World's Fare interweaves historical displays of St. Louis' past, present and future with live music, a local business expo, an artist's village, backyard games and a U.S. Bartenders’ Guild mixology competition. Browse an edible bazaar at the Culinary Pike, which features food from 15 restaurants and food trucks including I Scream Cakes, Steve’s Hot Dogs, Bombay Food Junkies, STL BLT and more.

Alton Food Truck Festival

Aug. 27 – 4 to 8 p.m.
Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater, 1 Riverfront Drive, Alton

Nearly 20 food trucks venture across the Mississippi River to the Alton Food Truck Festival. Descend to the Liberty Bank Amphitheater to dine al fresco from the likes of Doughboy's Wood-Fired Pizza, Completely Sauced and Brazil Express and enjoy live music from headliner Boogie Chyld. Spread your picnic blanket on the lawn for free or pick up VIP tickets that include parking, two drinks and open seating in the amphitheater.

Tower Grove Farmers’ Market

Saturdays – 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Tower Grove Park, 4256 Magnolia Ave., St. Louis

The Tower Grove Farmers’ Market overflows with fresh produce, meats, cheese, bread, artisan goods and more. Pick from vendors like Biver Farms, Three Rivers Community Farms and Kitchen Kulture. Arrive early to take advantage of free yoga and qi gong classes before you fill your market bag.

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