Summer In St. Louis

Lakesha Mathis

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The Gateway Arch and The Mississippi River at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis. 2012. Kbh3rd.

Everywhere you go in the city this time of year you can hear, “It’s hot!” but what you will not hear is anyone complain about is the great events and experiences St. Louis offers during the Summer. From marathons to free concerts to float trips situated just outside the city, St. Louis is bubbling with things to do this Summer. And while Summer began on a few days ago the fun in the sun began much sooner.


Nomad Studio: Green Air, Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis. 2016. Lakesha Mathis.

For the Art lover, there are few excellent exhibits all over the city. The Contemporary Art Museum (CAM), located at 3750 Washington Blvd., currently has on exhibition, Nomad Studio: Green Air. Nomad Studio is based in New York. The exhibit is comprised of thousands of slices of wood suspended from CAM’s courtyard trellis. The slices of wood have Tillandsia air plants attached to their ends. Amazing may be an understatement because this exhibit is so much more. The idea of plants suspended on pieces of wood, wood which actually comes from a plant, moving in the wind brings to mind the best wind chime imaginable.  I have visited the exhibit once; however, I know I will visit it several more times before it leaves the museum August 21, 2016.

However, don’t be too mesmerized by Nomad Studio to venture throughout the entire museum to visit the other equally awe inspiring exhibitions.

For all the fashion-loving, history enthusiasts, the Missouri History Museum, situated close to CAM on Lindell and DeBaliviere right inside Forest Park has on exhibition The Little Black Dress: From Mourning to Night. 


Missouri  History Museum, Little Black Dress. 2016. Lakesha Mathis

I love dress, art and history so this was a must visit for me. The exhibit takes the visitor on the historical journey of the ‘little black dress’. The history ascends from the rarely-worn, basic black mourning dress, to its evolution as a popular, must-have garment for all women. Of course a trip down memory lane must include the influence of French designer, Coco Chanel, brought to the little black dress, making it one of the most versatile and accessible garments today.

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Round Lake in Forest Park. 2008. Bluelion.

After you leave the history museum, leave your car parked and stroll through Forest Park. Take in views of the many lakes, golf course, bike trails, waterfalls and then visit the St. Louis Zoo. Or, if you’re seeking a more adult visit to the park, have dinner at the Boat House or see a show at The Muny to end your day. But please leave your wallet at home unless you’ve planned for dinner at the Boat House because all three of these events, Nomad Studio: Green Air, Little Black Dress: Mourning to Night and a stroll through Forest Park are FREE.

And if you happen to be in St. Louis for the Independence Day Holiday, Forest Park will be hosting Fair St. Louis, America’s Biggest Birthday Party. Come on out and join the celebration; This fair is always a good time with fireworks every night, concerts and a lot of events for the family.

St. Louis Ballpark Village. 2014. Cardinals Nation.

If museums and art isn’t your thing visit Busch Stadiums for a Cardinals game or Ballpark Village for quick bite with friends. All summer long Ballpark Village has a schedule full of exciting events.

For the super adventurous Summer wanderer, I encourage you to grab a group of friends and head down to Steelville, Missouri, just an hour and a half drive, for a weekend of camping and floating on the Courtois, Huzzah and/or Meramec Rivers. Down in the country you get to pick your poison. Camp outside in a tent/camper or rent a cabin for more home like comforts. While there are several resorts to accommodate your needs, Bass’ River Resort is my personal favorite.

So whether you want to take in art or camp in the wild, Missouri is an incredible place to be in the Summer. Visit for a more complete listing of Summer events for 2016.


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