Fun, Free ~ St. Louis/St. Charles MO ~ Events, Resources, Programs ~ July-August 2021

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Please check on friends and family who might be affected by the excessive heat we are experiencing.  Need to find a cooling shelter? Information Here

Specialized Events to Register for…

ASLBeginners Communication & Sign Language Virtual Class, Wednesday, August 18, 25 and September 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2021.  Enrollment is FREE. Join us for a 6-week group program designed to equip parents with the skills and tools to promote increased communication with your child with Down syndrome. This program in partnership with DEAF Inc. is for parents and their child with Down syndrome. Classes take place over Zoom. Two sessions offered:  5:30pm – 6:30pm: Ages 1-12 years old, & 7:00pm – 8:00pm: Ages 13 years and older. Please RSVP to Jen Teemer at to reserve your spot.  Pujols Foundation


Partner Resources…

The Arc’s Launch Program is now available in St. Charles County and Jefferson County!  Launch

The St. Louis Arc is excited to announce the expansion of Launch into St. Charles County and Jefferson County. With the support of funding from DDRB and DD Advocates, the expansion offers qualifying residents of St. Charles County and Jefferson County free access to the virtual Launch program. Click here for more information, or you can reach out to JR Johnson, Coordinator of Transition Services, at 314-817-2295.


Free Events and Activities…

St. Charles Events are in PURPLE-(SCC) – Information Here & HERE
St. Louis
Events are in GREEN-(STL) – Information HERE & HERE
Virtual Events are in ORANGE – Eventbrite 


Bridgeton ConcertBridgeton Summer Concert in the Park (STL), Thursday, July 29 from 7-9 PM at Gentry Park, 4201 Fee Fee Rd, Bridgeton, MO 63044. This outdoor concert with Tim Cunningham, Jazz Musician, was scheduled for earlier in July, but was postponed to July 29 due to rain. Bring your own lawn chair, blanket and a picnic dinner. No food trucks, so outside food, beverages, and alcoholic beverages (no glass) are welcome. For information call (314)739-5599 ~ Information Here


Sunset Sips


Sunset Sips, Outdoor Music (SCC), (age 21 and older) – Thursday, July 29 from 6-8pm at Piazza Mesinna in Cottleville, MO. (Outdoor seating only) Information This event repeats weekly through August.



SC band


St. Charles Municipal Band Concert (SCC), Thursday, July 29 – CANCELED due to excessive heat.   Next concerts are on August 12, 26, 2021Website



zoo fun nights
Family Fun Nights at the STL Zoo (STL)
Friday, July 30 from 5-7pm. This summer, kick off the weekend with Family Fun Friday Nights every Friday through August 13, 2021. It’s the perfect time to have a free, safe night out with the family. As you walk around the Zoo, you’ll find entertainers roaming around campus. Entertainers will vary throughout the summer. You may find strolling magicians, jugglers, stilt walkers, saxophone or guitar players, or even a DJ around the Zoo. The majority of animal exhibits will have extended hours, until 7 p.m.  Information


food truck2Outdoor Concert and Food Truck Festival (SCC), Saturday, July 31 from 5-8pm at SunRise Church, 7116 Twin Chimneys Blvd, O’Fallon, MO. Join us for some outdoor fun and the music of The Hulapoppers, playing rock & top 40 hits from the 70’s through today.  Information


spanish lakeNational Night Out at Spanish Lake Park (STL), Tuesday, August 3 from 5:30-7:30pm at Spanish Lake Park 12500 Spanish Pond Rd, St. Louis, MO 63138 (map). Join the St. Louis County Park Rangers and celebrate National Night Out with your friends and neighbors at Spanish Lake Park. This is a FREE event for all ages. Enjoy a hayride around the park or take a relaxing canoe ride on the lake. All canoe safety equipment is provided. No pre-registration required. Information


O'Fallon Jammin'O’Fallon Jammin’ Outdoor Concert Series (SCC), Tuesday, August 3, 10 from 6:30-8:30pm at O’Fallon Civic Park, 308 Civic Park Drive 63366 (map).  Relax to the musical sounds of an evening outdoor concert. Admission and parking are free. Food trucks and concessions will be available at nominal prices. Bring chairs or blankets for seating, and enjoy the evening. Music: Aug 3 – Butchwax and the Hollywoods (hits form 60’s & 80’s), Aug 10 – Whiskey Morning (country dance and hits)


SCC Nature WalksSeasonal Nature Walk (SCC), Friday, August 6 from 10-11am at Veterans Tribute Park, 1031 Kisker Road, St. Charles, 63303. Join our Horticulturist on a 2 mile walk to see all the plants in the park. August Information Here This event repeats on the first Friday of every month through November.


SLSC-Black WidowScience Center First Friday (STL), August 6 2021 from 4-8pm. Join us at the Saint Louis Science Center for First Friday Black Widow! Look forward to the real science behind everyone’s favorite Marvel Spy, Natasha Romanoff. The premiere of the movie will happen in the OMNIMAX® Theater that evening!. First Friday activities include presentations, pop culture trivia, and demonstrations that are primarily designed for visitors 14 years and older.  Science Center First Friday Information


laumeierFood Truck Fest & Outdoor Music (STL), Friday, August 6 from 5-9pm at Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Rd, Sappington, MO 63127 (map). Follow the caravan of various mobile or bring your own picnic dinner. Event includes free live music. Event is open from 5-8 p.m. and bands play from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call (314) 615-4386. Sorry, but no coolers are allowed. Music by Hudson and Friends. Information


libraryFriends of the St. Charles City-County Library Book Fair (SCC), August 6, 7, & 8 at St. Charles Family Arena, Hours vary. A huge variety of books will be available for low prices, and all sales will benefit the library. Find Book Fair Hours and Details Here ~ If the CDC advises against holding large gatherings due to Covid, the Book Fair could be canceled.


MOBicentennialMissouri Bicentennial Birthday Bash (SCC), August 7, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM at First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site, 200 S. Main St., Saint Charles, MO 63301. It’s Missouri’s 200th Birthday! 2021 marks 200 years of incredible history, amazing achievements, wondrous landscapes, fascinating people and so much more! You’re invited to this signature statewide event at the place where our statehood began. Come appreciate all the Show-Me State has to offer! 636-940-3322 ~ Website


Events at your County Parks…

St. Charles County Parks – Information Here
St. Louis County Parks Events (cost varies)

STL = St. Louis; SCC=St. Charles; Virtual


Planning for later in August…


Event information is updated weekly.
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These RESOURCES that were previously listed can be found at this LINK


NextED Challenge: August 2 – 6, 2021 • Monday – Friday; 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. A five-day independent living experience for young adults 18-25 years. Learn more here. For registration information contact

Happiest, Most Experienced and Most Trusted ABA Preschool for Autism in St. Charles ~ Now enrolling, little to no wait list!!! We just keep growing to help more children!  Call 636-493-9299 or email ~

Building Friendships Virtual Bookclub: Tuesday, August 3, 10, & 24 from 5-6PM. Join Genia of Good Things in LifeMERGE founder Lisa Drennan, and lifelong educator, trainer and mentor, Jack Yates to Talk Inclusion & Friendships. Email Lisa to register, receive your copy of the toolkit, and get the link to join the bookclub. MERGE Information July Newsletter


St. Louis Arc Fall Leisure Programs: Our program listing comes out soon. For more information about St. Louis Arc’s leisure programs, call (314)569-2211 and ask for the Leisure Services Department. Information

Eventbrite FREE Virtual Events – Find something you love to do using the search tools on the left column of this Eventbrite page that lists whole host of FREE events.

RIDE TO UNITE (STL), September 4, 2021 (STL):

 NEW Ways to Have Fun in St. Charles County (not free – cost varies)

Camp Invention:

The Arc, CONNECT Meetup Events: Click here 

Recreation Council Voucher Program:

Varsity Tutors, PLUS: 

Missouri Resource Guide:

IDD Help, Resource Center: Visit ~ IDD Help Video

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The Recreation Council is a clearinghouse of recreation and leisure information for people with disabilities. We have 3 offices in Missouri: St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County

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