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Saint Louis Art Museum’s Art Hill Film Series kicks off July 13 with food trucks, live music and movies

Pack a blanket and enjoy the outdoors at the Saint Louis Art Museum Art Hill Film Series on Friday evenings from July 13 to Aug. 3. The free, family-friendly event features food trucks at 6 p.m., local live music and DJs at 7 p.m., and a flick at 9 p.m.

Food trucks are located in the museum’s west lot and vary each week. Ivy Magruder, executive chef and general manager of the Panaroma restaurant at the museum, expects 15 to 20 trucks per event. “It’s an eclectic group of trucks,” he said. “There’s for sure something for everyone.”

Participating food trucks, which close just before the film starts, include Angie Burger, Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery, Frankly Sausages, K-Bop, St. Louis Kolache, Guerrilla Street Food and many more. In addition, the museum’s cafe is open until 8:45 p.m.

Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks are available for purchase at the Panorama booth on Art Hill Plaza across from the museum’s entrance. 

“A lot of guests don’t know we serve alcohol, so this year, we will take a wagon up and down the hill selling bottles of beer and wine,” Magruder said, adding a full bar is available at the Panorama booth, along with frozen cocktails like pina coladas, daiquiris and margaritas to help attendees “embrace those warm summer nights in St. Louis.”

“We’ve never done [frozen cocktails] before, so we will let the guests dictate them,” he said. “If we sell out one week, we’ll do it again the next week. If not, we’ll go back to the drawing board.”

Inspired by the art museum’s “Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds” exhibit, the “epic quest” theme of the event series kicks off with “Raiders of the Lost Ark” on July 13. “Hidden Figures,” “Dr. No” and “The NeverEnding Story” follow on July 20, 27 and Aug. 3, respectively.

A blankets-only section is available at the front of the viewing area on a first-come, first-served basis. Pets are welcome, but they must be on leashes. Free parking is available on Fine Arts Drive, the east lot and anywhere permitted in Forest Park. Paid parking is available in museum’s parking garage.

Lauren Healey is associate editor at Sauce Magazine. Editorial intern Sam Balmer contributed to this article.

Sauce Magazine is a sponsor of the Art Hill Film Series.

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