Perhaps no other word conjures up so many memories – eating watermelon with its sticky, cold juice running down your forearm; splashing around in a local pool or aquatic center; joining friends for the proverbial backyard barbecue; family vacations. Need we say more?
Yes, we think we should because you can’t mention summertime without mentioning all of the concerts and family friendly events taking place between now and mid-August.
This week, The Meadows at Lake Saint Louis kicks off its SummerFest. On five Thursdays through Aug. 23, music lovers can bring their blankets or lawn chairs to the courtyard of the local shopping center for free concerts under the stars. Featured are local bands Trixie Delight, Whiskey Morning, Fanfare, Vote for Pedro and Dance Floor Riot.
Of course, concertgoers already have been enjoying the Sunset Fridays Concert Series in 370 Lakeside Park. As a sponsor, we may be a bit biased but we think its one of the best parties of summer. A beautiful sunset and a great line-up of bands including The Melissa Neels Band on June 8, Pure Nectar Trio on June 15, Acoustic Music Jam on June 22, Marissa Harms & Wade Trent on June 29, The Biscuits on July 13, Cole Blue Steel on July 20, Paul Bonn & The Bluesmen on July 27, Serapis on Aug. 3 and Oh Brother on Aug. 10 – what’s not to love?
One of the best parts of these local concerts is that they’re all free.
In addition to Sunset Fridays and SummerFest, area residents can enjoy free Big Band performances at Mid Rivers Mall from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Fridays June 8, July 13, Aug. 10 and Sept. 7. Those concerts are indoors, which can be an added bonus if rain is in the forecast or it gets hot, hot, hot!
In Dardenne Prairie, it’s the third Friday in August that needs to be circled in red because you won’t want to miss the bands playing in City Hall Park. On June 15, it’s Fanfare. On July 15, Butch Wax and the Hollywoods take the stage. And on Aug. 17, it’s Dr. Zhivegas. Three great bands, three fun nights.
Tuesdays take center stage in O’Fallon with the Jammin’ Concert Series from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Civic Park Bandstand. Food trucks mean you don’t have to cook. How’s that for a little summer vacation?
Food trucks also add to the fun at St. Charles Community College’s Outdoor Summer Movie Series and Food Truck Frolic June 22, July 20, Aug. 24 and Sept. 21.
We could go on and on. Instead, we’ll simply direct you to our events calendar – in this issue on page 26 and online at midriversnewsmagazine.com.
Why do we get so excited about local events? Because they’re a chance to come together as a community.
Lately, it seems that community is something we need more and more. There’s a lot of division in the world today. Maybe what we need is to come together and sit on blankets or in lawn chairs under the stars while listening to local bands and watching kids chasing fireflies across the night sky.