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25 Reasons to Love Summer in St. Louis

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People may gripe about the heat and humidity of St. Louis in the summer. But ask someone to share his or her favorite memory about this town, and chances are you're going to hear a story about something that happened between May and September.

Why? Because summer is when we get together with friends and share. When we slow down just long enough to appreciate all that is here for the taking. And as RFT discovered when we sat down to brainstorm what we love about summer in St. Louis, the reasons could be infinite. Here, though, are 25 places to begin.

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1. Mike Shannon.With his references to "high hard ones," his catch phrase "get up, baby!" and his near-constant cackling, you'd be forgiven for thinking you've stumbled upon the rants of a ham radio operator or a senile Viagra pitchman. Nope. That's just "the voice" (TM) of the St. Louis Cardinals. And while Shannon's delivery may be out of the strike zone, his radio ruminations in St. Louis are as much the sound of summer as the singing cicadas.

See also:
- 11 Best Food Events This Summer
- 7 Can't-Miss Summer Cocktails Available at St. Louis Bars, Restaurants
- Get Your Sweat on This Summer

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2. Pork steaks. They're a St. Louis delicacy, these sliced strips of pork shoulder. Pro tip: Cook these babies on a low heat for 90 minutes and brush with another St. Louis original -- Maull's barbecue sauce.


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3. Circus Flora. Circus the way circus was meant to be. This magical big top sets up shop each summer in midtown, offering its fans an intimate and upclose view of perennial favorites such as the peewee acrobats St. Louis Arches and the death-defying high-wire act the Flying Wallendas. And at what other circus do you get to meet the performers after the show? (3547 Olive Street; 314-289-4040)


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4. Washers. Bags (a.k.a. "cornhole") may be all the rage these days, but washers remains the official lawn game of St. Louis. While its origins remain a mystery, it was likely created when one southsider said to another, "Bet I can throw this washer into that Busch can over yonder."


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Missouri Botanical Garden
5. Free concerts. From the mega stages of Fair Saint Louis to weekly concerts at the Missouri Botanical Garden and downtown Kirkwood to the monthly shows at municipal parks like Maplewood's Ryan Hummert, it might just be possible to experience free music under the stars every summer night in St. Louis.

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ksd6162
ksd6162

You know, I had to move to the Pacific Northwest, Seattle now, and if you didn't get summer like we do, you'd miss it, storms and all. It doesn't even THUNDER here, for  God's sake. Today is the 4th of July and by the time the fireworks start I'll be wearing a goddamn jacket. I MISS STL, I MISS FLOATING IN THE POOL, I MISS THUNDERSTORMS......so be thankful you don't have to live in GLOOM 10 months of the frickin year!!!!!


Riverfront Times
Riverfront Times

We had brunch outside under blue skies. Yeah, we're ok with that.

Mark Poepsel
Mark Poepsel

Spotty storms, otherwise awesome. It's Spring in the Midwest and I'll take it. That's the fucking world that I fucking live in for fuck's sake fuck fuck fuck. :P

Mark Jones
Mark Jones

Fun? Somebody hasn't been looking at the weather radar and/or the forecast for today.

Mark Jones
Mark Jones

We just had a thunderstorm blow through at 5 in the morning with more on the way today. What fucking world do you live in?

Mike Klobnak
Mike Klobnak

mostly right. couple of those were a stretch...lol

Leland Avants II
Leland Avants II

Much better...be back in a minute, I gotta put in my parka to take out trash.

The God Of Baseball Heaven
The God Of Baseball Heaven

Mike Shannon for the win! :D Seriously though, any given night during the summer you can find 30K-40K people from all different walks of life crammed into Busch Stadium and the crazy part is... when a Cardinal player hits a home run all those 30K-40K people instantly become friends and drop any pretenses they had before that very moment. It might only last a minute or two but still, pretty awesome when you actually think about it.

Josh Revelle
Josh Revelle

Fairmount Park and the free Wednesday night concerts at the Botanical Gardens!

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

being able to hear the gunfire when i got the sunroof open.

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

Chesterfield has a outdoor amphitheater now?

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Mike Shannon? No. that's not fun at all. Pork steaks? Yea cause you can't eat that any other time of the year or in any other city in the country for that matter and BTW how is food fun? The circus? What am I seven years old? No thanks. Washers? How does that pertain to St. Louis exclusively? Fail. Free concerts? Tell me; can anyone name more than a hand full of great rock bands that have come from St. Louis? It's OK I'll wait. Float trips? Yet another thing that people enjoy in many other states. Not me but many other people. Cocktails? Oh yes it is so fun to get drunk since once you do in St. Louis we have such a great public transportation system that you don't have to worry about driving home from the city...Oh wait that's Chicago never mind. The Muny? Once again something that is not exclusive to St. Louis. Fast Eddies? What is this a list of fun things to do or a paid advertisement for places where I can go stuff my face? Riverboat cruises? Sorry I have better things to do than waste my money. Grants farm? Once again great if you are seven years old. Carny food? Knock it off on the (stuff your face kick.) There is food in St. Louis I get it. Outdoor movies? Um I'd rather go indoors and not get eaten by bugs thank you very much. Farmer's market....More food? Just shut up with the food already. Wow so that's the list huh? Well if I went off this list St. Louis would suck more than it already does. You want to know what St. Louis has that is better than many of it's neighboring states that no one bothered to mention in this crappy article? The St. Louis Zoo. I have been to many other Zoo but I got to say the St. Louis Zoo is much better than many others I have been to. Terrible list. Whoever wrote this does not know the first thing about having a good time.

a1exis
a1exis

@bfeldt and Loufest? And day drinking with your...wife?

Corwin Gibson
Corwin Gibson

2 cars robbed, and one stolen......that did me in

Cheryl Heiney Meyer
Cheryl Heiney Meyer

I pour the beer OVER the meat while it's cooking, just like my Grandpa always did! Then you get to drink what's left! :-)

Frankie Z Cammarata
Frankie Z Cammarata

People that dont like Pork Steaks havent had them prepared properly.... Thats my assumption

Jeff Everett
Jeff Everett

The smell and taste of summer time in st Louis. With a st Louis made beer.

Cheryl Romo
Cheryl Romo

sara-they are sooo good!!!on the grill n bbq sause them ohhh my!

Sara Ivie-Trankler
Sara Ivie-Trankler

Bunch of low grade meat half of which is fat. I'll stick to center cut chops.

Dvdn Alt
Dvdn Alt

thoroughly disgusted by this

Bruce Campbell
Bruce Campbell

Say it with me, Paark Steaks. :) Just a little St. Louis accent for you.

Sara Ivie-Trankler
Sara Ivie-Trankler

Pork steaks is definitely a native thing. I'm not originally from here, I'll go hungry first!

Touré Turner
Touré Turner

The first four are lame and brown people don't do #6.

Deb45
Deb45

Your response to this article is SO MUCH BETTER than the actual article. Seriously lamest list EVER. No wonder STL SUCKS.

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