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.