Fun, Free Events

Recreation Council News…

 Tuesday, July 9 from 6-8pm at Chicken ‘n Pickle, 1500 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301 (behind QT and Streets of St. Charles – MAP). Come learn the hottest new sport around. PEOPLE OF ALL ABILITIES CAN PLAY THIS GAME! Rackets and balls are provided for this event. Chicken ‘n Pickle’s adapted sports director will be teaching us how to play the game and giving us practice time to learn how to play.  Come hungry because this is also GIVE BACK NIGHT and the Recreation Council earns 10% of all food purchases! This event is for EVERYONE! Bring your friends who want to learn about this sport. REGISTER HERE ~ Flyer

For People with Disabilities…

Sensory-Friendly Family Day at the Butterfly House (STL), Monday, July 15 from 9:30 AM – 12:00 noon at the Butterfly House in Faust Park, Chesterfield, MO. Visit the Butterfly House and mingle with free-flying butterflies in the Tropical Conservatory, without leaving Missouri! Engage in hands-on learning in the Lopata Learning Lab and catch a glimpe of local bug celebrities in the native butterfly garden. To keep this event sensory-friendly, spaces are limited. Adults and children ages 3 and older are $1 per registrant. Children 2 and under are free. Sponsored by Easter Seals Midwest. Get your tickets HERE

Water Skiing Signups are open for July 19 in Lake St. Louis (SCC): READY…SET… GO!!! It’s time to SIGN UP for the MDWSA adapted water skiing event. We are EXCITED and ready to welcome all volunteers and participants. If you don’t want to ski, take a boat ride. We have 26 slots for skiers with disabilities. Sign up Here

Hero Complex Grand Opening (SCC), Saturday, June 29 from 4-10pm at 124 Jungermann Rd, St. Peters, MO 63376. Living With Purpose, an agency that provides support services for people with Autism, is opening a new comic book/arcade/comic museum. Come to the opening day event that includes meet and greet with first responders and costumed superheroes, bounce houses, roving entertainers, food truck vendors, and a fireworks display at 9pm. This event is open to EVERYONE of all abilities so bring your friends. Information ~ Hero Complex Flyer

TAKE THE SURVEY – Help chart the future of outdoor recreation in St. Louis! One of our goals at River City Foundation, the parent organization of Big Muddy Adventures, River City Outdoors, and Terrain Magazine, is to expand outdoor access in our hometown and make the outdoor community inclusive, safe, and welcoming for all. To do so, we want to hear about your opinions when it comes to outdoor activities, experiences, barriers, and opportunities. The linked survey, which should take you 5-10 minutes to complete, is crucial to this task. We thank you in advance for your participation and look forward to reading your responses. Together we will make a difference! TAKE THE SURVEY

Missouri State Parks Beach Chairs Available for Use:  Missouri State Parks strives to provide accessible outdoor recreation for all. Beach chairs can help visitors access designated swim areas that may not be suitable for traditional wheelchairs. Missouri State Parks currently has 18 beach chairs in place across the state. This program is sponsored by Missouri State Parks. For detailed accessibility information for each Missouri State Park and Historic Site visit

Summer Heat Tips: With the summer heat upon us, make sure to stay safe, well fed, and well hydrated. Here are some resources shared by the MO Department of Health and Senior Services: St. Louis Area Foodbank ~ Missouri Food Banks ~ Feeding Missouri ~ Cooling SheltersUtility Assistance

Fun, Free Community Events for Everyone…

Listings by AREA:
St. Louis, MO ~STL=St. Louis
St. Charles, MO ~ SCC= St. Charles County

Shakespeare in the Park (STL), Final Weekend: June 20-23 from 8-10pm at Shakespeare Glen in front of the Art Museum in Forest Park (no performances on Monday evenings). Enjoy this outdoor production of Shakespeare’s play “As You Like It” as the brilliant and resourceful heroine, Rosalind, and her friends escape the confines of city life to the Forest of Arden and are free to explore new identities, friendships, and (of course) love. Information –  Shakespeare Troupe travels in August with a production of “The Tempest“.

Westport Bark (STL), Saturday, June 22 from 10:00am – 2:00pm at Westport Plaza. Four hours of fun with Fido at this adoption event where you can connect with dog-lovers like yourself. Enjoy giveaways from Kennelwood Pet Resorts. Click to claim a free 20 minute Kennelwood training session ~ Information

La Fete du Midsummer (SCC), Monday, June 24 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Foundry Arts Centre, 520 N. Main Center, 63301. This FREE Family-friendly event will feature live music, art activities, and food and drink vendors. Information

What Makes Blue Jeans Blue? (SCC), June 28 from 10am-2pm at The Historic Daniel Boone Home. Learn about indigo, a natural dye used to color cloth for centuries. Visitors bring their own item made from 100% cotton to design and dye. Watch the magic of chemistry as the indigo turns from green to blue and learn about other dyes found in nature. Sign up by calling The Historic Daniel Boone Home at 636-798-2005 or visit us online at Register Here. All ages • Free – Repeats on July 26 and August 23.

Movies Under the Stars: Elemental (STL), Wednesday, June 26 opening gates at 6:30pm and movie beginning at dusk at Chesterfield Amphitheater. Using laser projection technology, the movie “Elemental” will be projected on the roof of the amphitheater for a unique viewing experience. Pack a blanket, bring your drinks and snacks to enjoy a lovely evening outdoors. Information

HullabaZOO (STL), Thursday, June 27 from 10am-2pm at the St. Louis ZOO in Forest Park. Learn more about the Addax antelope and enjoy the popular Bubble Bus. Specialty themed food or drink is available for purchase.  Information

Fiesta in Florissant (STL), Saturday, June 22 from 10:00am to 10:00pm and Sunday, June 23 from 11:00am to 9:00pm at at the Knights of Columbus Park, 50 St. Francois Street, 63031. The two-day celebration will feature non-stop entertainment with live Latino Bands and Folkloric dancers, food vendors, folk arts and crafts, Los Niños Kids Corner, the Fiesta Car Show, and information booths. Admission and parking are free. Information

Outdoor Music in St. Charles

St. Charles Band & Jazz Concerts (SCC), Thursdays June 20 & 27 at 7:30pm at Frontier Park 500 S. Riverside Drive 63301. Bring your lawn chair to enjoy our weekly summer concert series along the beautiful Missouri riverfront. Band plays weekly, weather permittingInformation

Dardenne Prairie Summer Concert and Food Truck Rally (SCC), Friday, June 21 from 6:30-9:30pm at City Hall Park. Music by Joe Dirt and the Dirty Boys Band playing rock and roll hits. Event repeats monthly with different musicians. Information

St. Peters Sunset Concerts (SCC), CANCELED due to heat: Event was planned for Saturday, June 22 at 370 Lakeside Park, 63376. Fireworks rescheduled for September. Event repeats in August (no July dates). Information

New Town Concert (SCC), Saturday, June 22 & Friday, June 28 at New Town Amphitheater, 3312 Rue Royale, Saint Charles, MO 63301. On June 22, enjoy music by the “Ticket to the Beatles” tribute band, and on June 28, enjoy music by the “Ambassadors Latin Gospel” performing on their tour through the Midwest. Event repeats with multiple dates in July, August, & September with different musicians. Information

History in Harmony (SCC), Sundays, June 23 & 30 from 1-4pm on Historic Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301. Discover the sound of Main Street as a rotating line-up of guest musicians provide the perfect soundtrack for a stroll through the historic district. Information

O’Fallon Jammin’ Concerts (SCC), Tuesday, June 25 with music by “Johnny Rock-Itt” playing Rock and Roll Hits. Time: 6:30–9 pm at the Civic Park Bandstand, 63366. Bring your lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the outdoor concerts. Food trucks and concessions will be available at nominal prices. Event repeats weekly with different musicians. No concert on July 2, Information

Lake St. Louis Summer Concerts (SCC), Saturday, June 29 from 7-10pm at Boulevard Park in Lake St. Louis, 63367. Bring your lawn chairs, food, and beverage to hear the sounds of “Lucky Old Sons” playing popular oldies of the mid twentieth century such as Elvis, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and many others. Event repeats monthly with different musicians. Information

Summer-Long Events and Music in St. Louis

Party on the Plaza (STL), Thursday, June 20 from 4:30-7:30pm at Westport Plaza. Enjoy live music from No Diggity, the show-stopping band playing the best music from the ’90s and 2000s hip hop & R&B. Admission is free, all ages are welcome, and the venue is dog friendly. Event repeats the 3rd Thursday of each month. Information ~ Westport Events

One Time Concert – Miss Jubilee, 20’s and 30’s Jazz and Blues (STL), Thursday, June 20 from 7-8pm at Grant National Historic Site. Bring a chair or blanket and your picnic dinner for a lovely outdoor concert. Information or call 314-842-1867.

NEW ADDITION: Ferguson Summer Concert Series (STL), Friday, June 21 from 7-9pm at The Plaza, 501 S. Florissant Rd 63135 (map). Admission to each concert is FREE! Bring your own lawn chair, coolers are welcome. Music by the Glenn Clark Group, and fun for the kids with the Bubble Bus. Information

Finally Friday Series (STL), Fridays, June 21, & 28 from 4-8 pm at Laumeier Sculpture Garden, 12580 Rott Road, Saint Louis, Missouri 63127. Each Friday this summer, you’ll find food and beverage vendors onsite at the Park from 4-8 p.m. So grab a drink and a bite and celebrate that it is finally Friday with us. Event repeats weekly with various food trucks. Information

Chesterfield Sounds of Summer FREE Concert Series (STL), Saturday June 22 with music by “Pyromaniacs,” a Tribute to Def Leppard. Doors open at 6pm with pre-band at 6:30 and main band from 7:30-9:30pm at Chesterfield Amphitheater. Event repeats with dates in July and August with different musicians. Information

Lunchtime Live Music (STL), Wednesday June 26  from 11:30am – 1:30pm at the Downtown Post Office Plaza, 801 Locust Street, St. Louis, MO 63101. Food trucks will be available for food and beverage purchases. Event repeats weekly with different musicians. No concert on July 3. Information

Whitaker Music Festival (STL),  Wednesday June 26 & July 3 at MO Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110. The open-air Whitaker Music Festival welcomes local musicians for these free concerts in the garden. Event repeats weekly with different musicians. Information

Summer Family Fun at the MO History Museum (STL), Visit the History Museum in Forest Park every Wednesday and Friday in June and July from 10am-1pm for a variety of family activities, including crafts, performances, and scavenger hunts. Fridays include Storytelling in the Museum and Cuentos en el Museo programs at 10:30am, followed by a 2-hour drop-in craft workshop. Come back on THURSDAY evenings for exhibits, pop-up activities, concerts, and lectures on various topics. June 13 is Juneteenth Celebration Night with speakers, ballet, the IN UNISON Chorus, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. MO History Calendar of Events

Events coming in July 2024…

Recreation Council Reminders…

Fundraiser Survey: Please let us know what kind of fundraisers you’d like to see us plan for the Recreation Council. CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY
Summer Guide: 2024 Recreation Council Summer Opportunities Guide
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Summer Voucher program for St. Louis COUNTY: St. Louis County parents who have school-aged children with developmental disabilities, did you know you can apply for the Recreation Council’s Summer Voucher program? The Summer Voucher program will assist in paying for half of one Summer program or care (parents must be working) up to $1,000. For more information, please call Sue Fleming at (314)726-6044, ext. 101. You may find the application for the Summer Voucher Program on our website at ~ Application

Search for more Activities in your part of town…

Here are a few links to continue your search for fun in the metro area. Some places charge entry fees, so check on costs before you go.


Click HERE to see fee-based programs for people with disabilities
Click Here to see Community Resources for People with Disabilities

Need Funding for a Recreation Program? Click here for information about our voucher programs for people with developmental disabilities in St. Louis and St. Charles.
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