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 festivals taking place between now and mid-August.
This weekend, it’s Ballwin Days. For 41 years, the annual community festival has brought fun, games and great bands to Vlasis Park. Generations of families have voted on pretty babies. Many of those pretty babies now bring their children and grandchildren to this red, white and blue celebration of community. And why not? Its one of the best parties of summer.
Of course, if you live in Creve Coeur, you might beg to differ with that opinion. And we can’t argue that Creve Coeur Days, June 21-24, is just as much fun. With local band Jobz 300 taking the stage both Friday and Saturday nights, carnival rides and food, and a local parade on Sunday – what’s not to love?
The lucky part of this scenario is that it’s so easy to attend both along with a couple of local concerts in between festivals.
Every Thursday through July 26, the city of Ellisville hosts its annual summer concert series. Likewise, every Tuesday of summer through Aug. 14, the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce brings local bands to Faust Park for free concerts. If you’ve never attended one of these series, you really should. In fact, we’ll personally invite you to join us as West Newsmagazine sponsors Butch Wax and the Hollywoods in Ellisville on June 7 and in Chesterfield on June 12.
That’s the best part of these local concert series, area businesses sponsor the concerts, which makes them free for you to attend.
The city of Chesterfield sponsors The Sounds of Summer concert series on select Saturdays at the Chesterfield Amphitheater. You won’t want to miss Master Blaster on June 16, Petty Cash Junction on July 14, Dogs of Society on July 28, Silver Bullet on Aug. 11 and Rockin’ Chair on Aug. 25.
In Des Peres, you can kick back and enjoy “Hot Summer Nights, Cool Summer Sounds” on the second Friday of June, July and August. Where else but in the beautiful city park at the intersection of Manchester and Ballas roads.
In Creve Coeur, the dates to save are June 14, July 12 and Aug. 16 – all Thursdays and all perfect reasons to enjoy dinner from local food trucks and music from local bands Boogie Chyld, My Friend Mike and Abbey Road Warriors. Plus, the city’s Farmers Market is held on those nights and who doesn’t love a good farmers market?
We could go on and on. Instead, we’ll simply direct you to our events calendar – in this issue on page 43 and online at westnewsmagazine.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.