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Upcoming April Festivals around St. Louis

Heather Raulerson

Photo by Heather Raulerson

Spring is here in St. Louis with Opening Day at Busch Stadium just days away. But, if you are looking for something to do with your family or significant other this month, check out this collection of Spring Festivals around the St. Louis area. Have fun!

Aerie's Resort Hops Festival 4/3 - Grafton, IL

Take the Grafton SkyTour up to Aerie’s Resort to enjoy live music all weekend long with great scenic views of the rivers and tasty wine. The Hops Festival fun kicks off Saturday at Noon with Dan Grover performing live on stage until 3 pm, followed by Zydeco Crewdaddies from 3 pm to 7 pm.

Dark Hollow Bluegrass Festival 4/3-4/4 - Waterloo, IL

Come out for a day of live bluegrass music, spread out on a three-acre property. There will be a few vendors selling some food and crafts; all well-behaved dogs are allowed. We kindly ask for a $25 donation/person, and kids are free. The festival is at 6518 Brand Lake Dr, Waterloo, IL.

Saint Louis Spring Antique Festival 4/4-4/25 - Belleville, IL

Do you like to find gems while antiquing? Then you need to come out to the St. Louis Spring Antique Festival in Belleville. There will be 80 top-quality antique dealers in a climate‑controlled building. Refreshments will be available for purchase, and there is free parking. The festival is at 200 S. Belt E. at the Belle Clair Fairgrounds.

Florida State Bluegrass Festival & Chili Cook-off 4/9-4/10 - St. Louis, MO

The Florida State Bluegrass Festival is celebrating 19 years of bringing you the best in bluegrass and country music, a chili cook-off, craft vendors, a kids fun zone, and so much more. Featuring the Appalachian Road Show band, Apple Butter, Kenny Stinson, Belle and the Band, and many more musicians! Come and enjoy two days filled with live stage entertainment at the St. Louis Art Museum One Fine Arts Drive in Forest Park.

All-Star Jazz Fundraiser Festival 4/17 - St. Louis, MO

Do you love listening to Jazz Music? Then you have to come to this festival! The All-Star Jazz Fundraiser Festival is a festival led and organized by Kendrick Smith with the support of the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Jazz St.Louis, and W.S.I.E. The Festival will feature five groups consisting of twenty-five top-notch musicians in St Louis. The money raised will help Thurman's in Shaw, The Cigar Inn, WSIE, and some musicians heavily affected by the pandemic. The festival is at the Grandel, 3610 Grandel Square in St. Louis.

Lobster Festival at Grafton Oyster Bar 4/17- Grafton, IL

Lobster, lobster, and more lobster! Head on down to Lobster Festival at Grafton Oyster Bar for all the delicious lobster you could ask for!

Emerson Spring to Dance Festival 4/16-4/18 - St. Louis, MO

The Midwest region’s most celebrated dance festival! Over 20 dance companies from coast to coast flock to St. Louis to bestow their artistry. Presented by Dance St. Louis and Whitaker Foundation, SPRING TO DANCE brings together professional dance companies from across the country for two exhilarating nights of nonstop dance. As one of the region’s must-see festivals, SPRING TO DANCE offers something for everyone, from modern, ballet, and contemporary to tap, aerial, hip-hop, flamenco, and more, with a distinct, dynamic program each night. Dance St. Louis is at 3310 Samuel Shepard Drive.

Illinois Amish: Quilt Fest & More Bus Tour 4/24 - St. Peters, MO

Visit the Arthur Quilt Show, where you’ll get to view gorgeous quilts created by the Amish community and their neighbors. Head out to the countryside. Watch for buggies on the roads, clothes on the line, home gardens, and Amish farmers in the fields. Stop and shop at Beachy’s Amish Grocery Store for jams, noodles, baked goods, spices, cheese, and much, much more. Bring a hearty appetite, as we will enjoy an Amish meal served family-style in an Amish home. Tour another Amish house and outbuildings. Conclude our Amish Day with a visit to Arthur to do some last-minute shopping. Stitch and Sew is a great shopping stop for quilters, but there are also furniture and quilt shops, a bakery, greenhouse, a fudge shop, and more for you to explore. To register or learn more about motorcoach tours, go online to or call 636-939-2386, ext. 1400.

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