Will you listen to Irish storytelling, visit a national cemetery, eat some of the world’s best BBQ, or rock out to some live music? These St. Louis, Missouri, area Memorial weekend events are sure to be the holiday destinations of hundreds this year.
Bearcats Getaway Presents “Midlife Crisis” on Memorial Weekend
For a lot of people, camping is the way to spend memorial weekend, and at Bearcat Getaway in Lesterville, Missouri, the Memorial Day Weekend camping is legendary. Feautured live entertainment this year will be the party rock band “Mid-life Crisis,” who will take the stage the evening of May 24. And why not top off the weekend with a Bearcats canoe or raft float trip on Sunday? Camping rates are $12.50 per night for adults, and it is highly recommended that you make reservation ahead of time. This place fills up fast every weekend, especially Memorial Weekend.
St. Louis Bluesweek
The St. Louis Bluesweek Memorial Day event will be happening May 24-25, and takes place in and around the Chesterfield Amphitheater. Twelve different blues bands will take the stage, and over 25 food vendors will be serving up their own special recipe BBQ. While admission to the festival area and the Bunge BBQ area are free, tickets to the shows inside the amphitheater are $15 at the door or $10 in advance.
Missouri River Irish Fest
St. Charles, Missouri
This unique Irish Memorial Day event near St. Louis is a great way to spend the weekend for those who may be interested in exploring and celebrating the Celtic heritage. Over 15 musical entertainers will perform, including the Celtic Rock Band Tempest. There will be plenty of activities for children as well, including craft making, games, story telling, and even the chance to learn an Irish Jig. The event will run from May 23-25, concluding on Sunday with a special Memorial ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Admission to Missouri River Irish Fest is free.
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery Memorial Ceremony
St. Louis, Missouri
One can not get any closer to the true meaning of Memorial Day than the ceremony at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. An American Flag is placed on every one of 190,000 gravestones, with soldiers being buried here from every single war in history. There will be a special ceremony at 10 AM on May 26 to honor all fallen soldiers. Following the main ceremony will be a separate Civil War ceremony in the Confederate area of the cemetery, and then one where the Union soldiers are buried.