11 Fun Things to do in St. Louis in July 2023

Last updated on July 30th, 2023 at 07:48 am.

Summers in St. Louis, Missouri have a lot to offer and the month of July is a particularly busy one. From Fair St. Louis and 4th of July celebrations to boozy craft and trivia nights and art festivals, there is no shortage of fun things to do in St. Louis in July.

Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of the warm weather by exploring the city’s beautiful parks and green spaces such as Forest Park or catch an outdoor concert or movie at the Muny (did you know it’s America’s oldest and largest outdoor musical theater?).

Whether you’re a nature lover or a thrill-seeker, St. Louis in July promises an exciting and memorable experience for all.

MOST POPULAR TOURS IN St. Louis THIS July

  • Guided Tour with Boat Cruise and Helicopter Ride: Experience the best of St. Louis with a guided tour that includes a riverboat cruise on the Mississippi River, a visit to the top of the Gateway Arch for panoramic city views, and a thrilling helicopter ride over the city. Travel in style in a Mercedes Metris to explore additional top attractions of St. Louis in one exciting adventure.
  • St. Louis Narrated Trolley Tour: Explore the best of St. Louis in just 90 minutes with a narrated trolley tour! Covering 23 miles of the city, this tour is the perfect introduction to St. Louis and will help you plan your visit. Discover the city’s rich history and get ideas for what to see and do during your stay.
  • Saint Louis Brews and Views Half-Day Tour: Discover the best of St. Louis’ beer culture and iconic landmarks on the Brews and Views Tour. Sample delicious craft beers at local breweries and explore historic neighborhoods to learn about the city’s rich history and culture. With stops at popular landmarks like the Gateway Arch and Forest Park, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views while sipping on some of the best beer in town.

The Fun Events to Attend in St. Louis in July 2023

We have searched and found the 11 most fun activities to fill your calendar in July.

We also have lists for the best things to do in Kansas City in July and the most fun things to do throughout the state of Missouri in July.

Fun Things to do in St. Louis in July

So, this July 2023, swing by the Gateway to the West and check out some of the amazingly fun events the St. Louis area has to offer.

1. Fair Saint Louis | July 4, 2023

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Photo Credit: Fair St. Louis

Fair Saint Louis is back focused on a July 4th Fireworks Spectacular. The fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. with a spectacular, explosive show over the Mississippi River with the St. Louis Arch in the background. This event is family-friendly and free to attend.

The 2023 Fireworks Spectacular is held in conjunction with The 140th America’s Birthday Parade the morning of the Fourth of July.

2. Gateway Arch Fireworks Cruise | July 4, 2023

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Grab a front-row seat to St. Louis’ most spectacular fireworks display. The annual Fireworks Cruise celebrates America’s independence with a night of food and fun that the whole family will love. Come aboard the Becky Thatcher paddleboat and enjoy dinner on the Mississippi River along with the sounds of a Dixieland band. After dinner, return to dock beneath the Gateway Arch and watch the night sky light up in celebration of the USA.

Cruise: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm with a boarding time of 7 pm

3. Show Me St. Louis! Summer Series: Walking South St. Louis by Jim Merkel | July 8, 2023

Author and journalist Jim Merkel set out on a walk that would take him block-by-block through the tales of history and community in South City. Completing the walk incrementally, Merkel ponders the ways in which the area has changed over time. Along the way, he interviews some of the unique characters and leaders who help maintain the city, encounters quirky stores and restaurants, and enjoys beautiful scenery in parks and on restored streets.

July 8th, 2-3pm.

Location: 4401 Hampton Ave St. Louis MO 63109

4. Tower Grove Walking Tour with MHS | July 9, 2023

Hidden history abounds throughout Tower Grove Park and the Tower Grove South neighborhood. On this tour, step back in time to see where common fields and plantations once dotted the area. They’ll also trace the neighborhood’s history from being a coal-mine hub to a streetcar suburb, and explain how it evolved from prosperity to decline and back again.

Learn about the people, events, and social forces that have shaped one of the city’s most dynamic neighborhoods. This program is offered by the Missouri Historical Society.

Tours are 2 hours in length and are wheelchair accessible.

Sunday, July 9, 2023 2:00 pm 4:00 pm

Location: Tour starting/ending points are shared after signing up.

5. Comics Central | July 15, 2023

Comics Central is an annual mini-comic con held at Central Library. Join us this year on July 15 for game tournaments, crafts, workshops, and more fun for all ages! Comics Central is free and open to the public.

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: 1301 Olive Street St. Louis MO 63103

6. Taste of North St. Louis | July 15, 2023

Feeling a little hungry? Then head over to North St. Louis and enjoy a tasting event with you in mind. Taste of North St. Louis celebrates the unique tastes and culture only found in this area of the city. Enjoy music, local businesses, and food vendors throughout the day. This festival is hosted by SAINT LAAA FAB and is free to attend!

July 15th, 1:00 p.mp – 7:00 p.m.

Location: 2323 North 14th Street St. Louis, MO 63106

7. NIGHT OUT: Mud + Merlot: Chip + Dip Bowls | July 28, 2023

Elevate your party or family gathering with a touch of creativity by crafting your very own chip + dip bowl at Laumeier. Spend an evening embracing the art of pottery and design a truly unique chip and dip bowl set, infused with vibrant colors that will make your dish a standout centerpiece.

To enhance the experience, feel free to bring your preferred wine or beverage, while we provide light snacks to keep the inspiration flowing. Don’t worry about the finishing touches – simply pick up your masterpiece the following week and prepare to impress your guests with your one-of-a-kind creation. Let the artistry and flavor collide in a memorable fusion of creativity and culinary delights.

July 22nd, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Location: Laumeier Sculpture Park; 12580 Rott Road, Saint Louis, Missouri 63127

8. Jammin’ at the Zoo | July 21, 2023

Sip and savor adult beverages and enjoy live entertainment at the Jammin’ at the Zoo adults-only event.

Jammin’ at the Zoo is hosted by the Zoo Young Professionals, a group of adults in their 20s and 30s dedicated to the continued success of the Zoo. Proceeds from this event help our Zoo’s conservation efforts here and around the world.

Admission includes free wine and beer samplings from 6 to 8 p.m. with local St. Louis brews and over 50 different wines. There will also be live music and DJs including DJ Nico Marie, DJ Franco and strolling entertainment.

July 21st, 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Location: The St. Louis Zoo

9. Blues On The Block | July 29, 2023

Get ready to ignite your dancing spirit as the sensational performer and singer, Laka, takes the stage at Blues on the Block from 4-7pm. Get your groove on and let loose with the infectious funky beats that will fill the streets of St. Louis.

Prepare for the soulful sounds of James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Sly & The Family Stone, and Parliament Funkadelic, expertly delivered by Laka.

There will be an excellent selection of local craft beer available at the bar.

Remember to bring your lawn chair for a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable evening of music, dancing, and pure funkadelic fun!

Location: corner of Washington Ave. and 6th Street

Beyond STL (But Worth A Mention!)

10. Let Them Eat Art | July 7, 2023

Get ready for an art fair like you have never experienced before. Let Them Eat Art is not just about viewing art but it is about the appreciation for the creation of art. Let Them Eat Art serves as a celebration of the arts and a whimsical tribute to Bastille Day

Stroll through downtown Maplewood and watch local artists create works of art right in front of you.

There will also be live performances, activities for kids and adults, dozens of art vendors, and food options. Plus, the local shops and restaurants along St. Louis’s historic Manchester Street will be open for exploring. Spend the evening drinking, eating, and celebrating all things art! This event is free to attend.

July 7th, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Location: Downtown Maplewood, around Historic Manchester Road

11. California Wine Tasting | July 14, 2023

Hosted by Vom Fass of St. Louis, a rare opportunity to meet Shannon Behnen, certified wine sommelier from Vintegrity wines. Shannon will the guide as you explore what’s new and what’s hot in the various appellations of California. Sample 5 (and maybe more!) wines from around the state, each representing a different style and terroir.

Along with the wine each guest will also enjoy an individual plate of charcuterie and light fare. Sip, snack, and learn about the latest trends with a certified sommelier for just $25/person. Seating is limited, so don’t wait too long to reserve your seat!

Location: Vom Fass St. Louis; 7314 Manchester Rd Maplewood, Mo 631433108

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