CGPR Summer Fun
From music festivals and fairs to cross-country motorcycle rides, CGPR has a busy yet fun summer ahead of us, as we work on projects and events that allow us to support and promote tourism and our beloved city of St. Louis. Here’s just a brief look at what we have going on these next few months:
Fair Saint Louis, also known as America’s Biggest Birthday Party, takes place July 2, 3 and 4 in St. Louis’ famed Forest Park (and the site of the 1904 World’s Fair). The multi-day fair will be jam-packed with live music (Lee Brice, Sammy Hagar and The Circle, and Flo Rida, just to name a few!), world-class fireworks, a variety of family-friendly activities including an Interactive Zone, the Ameren/Purina Family Festival Zone, the STEAM exhibit, the world’s longest, tallest mobile zipline, a human slingshot ride, food and much more.
Ahead of the Fair, the city-wide Independence Day celebrations will kick off Saturday, July 2 with the Freedom 4 Miler (7 a.m. at Ballpark Village) and 138th annual Veiled Prophet Parade (9:30 a.m. in Downtown St. Louis). With its 2016 theme of “Hats Off To Heroes,” the VP Parade will feature a procession of 130 units that will march west on Market Street from 7th Street to 20th Street, presenting a tribute to Americans from all walks of life whose everyday contributions make them heroes in their communities.
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Rebel Yell Bourbon is taking a Midwestern road trip promoting its “Rebels Uncaged” giveaway – a nationwide contest in which four winners will receive a custom-built café racer motorcycle – as it makes its way to Sturgis, S.D., for the 76th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally (of which Rebel Yell is a sponsor). Beginning August 3, the four nationally-recognized motorcycle builders will drive their creations from St. Louis to Sturgis, stopping in Kansas City, Mo., Omaha, Neb., and Sioux Falls, S.D. At each stop along the route, Rebel Yell is hosting a “Rebels Uncaged” event in partnership the local Hy-Vee, where visitors can meet the builders, check out the motorcycles up close, get Rebel Yell Bourbon swag and samples, and donate non-perishable food items to benefit a local food bank.
LCD Soundsystem, Chris Stapleton, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Band of Horses, Big Gigantic, The Kills, Buddy Guy, Shakey Graves, and many more of the best global entertainers are set to rock Forest Park, Sept. 10 & 11 at the seventh annual LouFest. This year’s locally-produced festival features over 30 acts on four stages and looks to bring the Lou back to LouFest with a larger LouKidz area, an enhanced Nosh Pit featuring the region’s top chefs, the Market Square showcasing local artists, expanded beer tasting experiences, and more, all in St. Louis’ own backyard.
A flurry of events are planned this summer at the Gateway Arch, Old Courthouse and Gateway Arch Riverboats. With the Mississippi Riverfront now open (featuring new bike and walking paths, an elevated riverfront, and much more!), visitors have a new space to take in the Arch.
The Gateway Arch Riverboats offer Sightseeing, Dinner, Brunch and Blues cruises throughout the summer. The Arch and Old Courthouse, meanwhile, are making plans to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service on August 25. NPS hosts many free programs this season, including Gateway to the Stars, Free Family Fridays and the Junior Ranger program. Check www.gatewayarch.com to learn about all of the events happening at the Arch, Old Courthouse and Riverboats.
As CityArchRiver renovations continue at the Arch, construction is progressing on the Arch’s new museum and updated park grounds. The Arch Store, located in the Gateway Arch lobby, recently reopened after undergoing renovations. The new 4,000-square-foot space features products dedicated to various themes, including: mid-century modern, westward expansion and Gateway Arch history. And the store sells many flavors of homemade fudge made fresh in the store. Yum!