Days of rumors were put to rest early Wednesday when LouFest organizers made it official: this weekend's event at Forest Park is off.
Some vendors had already pulled out of the 9th annual music festival, feeding fears that the event was on the rocks.
But the 1:45 a.m. announcement angered people who had made plans to attend, and likely is leaving in the lurch the restaurants and bars who were selling their wares at the two-day festival.
All of the purchasing and prep that has taken place in good faith to serve at Loufest is such a big blow to our local restaurant community. Support your local restaurants a lot extra this week. @ByrdandBarrel serving VIP tent. Plus all of these places. #LouFest #support pic.twitter.com/cTj1wFvVqB— Guerrilla Streetfood (@guerrillastreet) September 5, 2018
The last-minute cancellation is "embarrassing," Twitter users said.
Mayor Lyda Krewson called it "disappointing."
.@loufest cancelled due to financial woes. Disappointing for fans, bands, stagehands, and StLouis.— Mayor Lyda Krewson (@LydaKrewson) September 5, 2018
Still lots of fun stuff... Ed Sherran Thurs, @TheDelmarLoop,free zoo/museums in FP, @cherokeestreet - @GatewayArchPark
AND SUPPORTlocal shops/restaurants who bought food. pic.twitter.com/29fwnTQn7c
And blaming the media? No, people weren't buying that.
Seriousl, they're trying to pin the blame of #loufestcancelled on the media? #LouFest is a major local event and crucial vendors pulled out last minute - that's news that deserves reporting. @stlpublicradio did their jobs. If you can't pay the people you hired, it's your fault. https://t.co/pzhMUxbDfX— Hannah Westerman (@HannahWest0917) September 5, 2018
Some fans started making suggestions for new festivals.
Anyway, I say #StLouis moves on from this whole #LouFest debacle and goes full Woodstock. I’ve got family with a farm up in Troy, MO. Someone needs to bring food and drinks. Also, we need some bands. What are you guys up to this weekend @thehalocline @TPAIN @MtJoyBand? pic.twitter.com/JHXNbSQPqE— Max Prosperi (@unaccompflyer) September 5, 2018
And there was, as always, the search for a silver lining:
Running a business is incredibly difficult at any level. Creating such an amazing festival, year after year, with so many unknowns, is an unbelievable feat.— Wellspent Brewing Co (@WellspentBeer) September 5, 2018
We’re thankful to have @loufest and hope they’ll be back. Until then we’ll listen to some tunes and drink beers.#LouFest
Get artsy at the St. Louis Art Fair
The fair celebrates a milestone 25th year this weekend. It’s now one of the largest in the country. More than 130,000 people come to Clayton for the three-day event to buy, appreciate, gawk at and even create art. More than 1,200 artists applied for this year’s 181 spots.
What St. Louis Art Fair • When 5-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday • Where downtown Clayton • How much Free • More info saintlouisartfair.com
Hear some of the bands you would have heard at LouFest
“The Sound of St. Louis is all-day Sunday event in response to the cancellation of LouFest.
The Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., Gaslight Records, the Regional Arts Commission and Express Scripts have banded together to showcase over 15 of the acts (including the Burney Sisters, pictured) who were supposed to perform at LouFest.
The free event is 2-10 p.m. Sunday at the Grandel and the Dark Room.
Catch a Beatle at the Fox
A Beatle will be in our midst this weekend when Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band play the Fox Theatre. On hand with Starr are Colin Hay, Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Graham Gouldman, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette. In addition to the tour, Starr is busy promoting his new book, “Another Day in the Life,” out this fall. It follows “Postcards From the Boys” and “Photograph” and is full of previously unpublished photos with captions reflecting his thoughts.
When 8 p.m. Friday • Where Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard • How much $40-$195 • More info 314-534-1111; metrotix.com
Eat some art in St. Charles
Show Me Sweets Edible Art Show aims to bring the excitement and fun of a cake, cookie and candy expo to Missouri. Hosted by Pege Yates of Never Forgotten Designs and Liz Kraatz of Liz's Cake Art, the two-day event includes an as-seen-on-TV celebrity cake artist, edible-art demonstrations and competition, hands-on learning classes, booths with local and worldwide industry vendors and suppliers, live Cake Battles, Sweet Taste of St. Louis competition, a photo booth and more.
- When: Sat., Sept. 8 and Sun., Sept. 9, times vary
- Where: St. Charles Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, St. Charles, Missouri
- Price: General admission: $20 daily, $30 weekend
Attend a classical cocktail party
St. Louis and Midwest Craft Distillers hold their 7th Annual Classic Cocktail Party on Saturday,. Each distillery will feature special cocktails to showcase their spirits at the festival. The party will be held in conjunction with the last of the Summer Concert Series in Lafayette Square Park.
See the Punch Brothers at the Touhill
The progressive bluegrass/classical outfit Punch Brothers join Madison Cunningham at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Touhill Performing Arts Center.
Throw horseshoes in Hazelwood
Enjoy horseshoe tournaments, the Miss Hazelwood coronation, bingo, food, games, music, a baby T. rex that will stroll the grounds, performances by Christian the Magician and more.
The event is Saturday starting at 9 a.m.
Watch Counting Crows
Counting Crows, enjoying renewed success touring amphitheaters, is on its “25 Years and Counting Tour” with special guest Live. “The nice thing about having 25 years of music to celebrate and seven studio albums we absolutely love to choose from is that we can play a different show every night," says Counting Crows singer Adam Duritz. "The nice thing about touring with Live is that we get to spend yet another summer with old friends who play great music.”
When 6:30 p.m. Sunday • Where Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights • How much $17-$125 • More info 1-800-745-3000; livenation.com
Take in a '90s House Party
Acts that were big on the pop, R&B and rap charts in the 1990s come together every year for the "'90s House Party" tour. Headlining is Mr. “Ice Ice Baby” himself, Vanilla Ice. Also on the bill are Tone Loc, Young MC, Coolio and more.
When 6:30 p.m. Saturday • Where Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights • How much $20-$49 • More info 1-800-745-3000; livenation.com
The Temptations, the Four Tops
Fans of classic Motown are in for something special this weekend at the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts. Coming together for one fantastic night of oldies are none other than the Temptations and the Four Tops. We won’t even begin to mention some of the hits that’ll unfold during the show; the list would never end.
When 8 p.m. Saturday • Where J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts Lindenwood Theater, 2300 West Clay Street, St. Charles • How much $49.50-$89.50 • More info luboxoffice.com
Tour the renovated Arch grounds and museum
Take a morning or afternoon to check out the new and free museum and visitor's center at the Gateway Arch, which reopened in July. Remember that the new, curved entrance faces Fourth Street and the Old Courthouse, and that the legs of the arch are exits only.
Buy tickets for a tram ride to the top gatewayarch.com/buytickets
Listen to a redneck rocker
Redneck rocker Kid Rock is back with his “Red Blooded Rock 'N' Roll Redneck Extravaganza.” His latest album is “Sweet Southern Sugar,” which includes “Po-Dunk,” “Greatest Show on Earth,” “Tennessee Mountain Top” and “American Rock ‘n Roll.” Kid Rock has also been doing some dates on Lynyrd Skynrd’s farewell tour.
When 6:30 p.m. Friday • Where Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights • How much $39.50-$129.50 • More info 1-800-745-3000; livenation.com
Hang out with the St. Louligans
The most rabid cheering section in town might belong to the St. Louis FC soccer team. You can join the St. Louligans at 7 p.m. Saturday for a game against Reno at Toyota Stadium in Fenton.
Stay in and watch the new season of 'Ozark'
The Netflix series set at the Lake of the Ozarks (but not filmed there) is back. Spend the weekend indoors, bingeing all 10 new episodes.
Or try another show. Our Go! Magazine staff recommends their favorite binge-worthy shows.
Catch up on that summer reading
Whether you prefer dark mysteries, beach-side romance, historical intrigue or satirical fun, this might be your last chance to catch up on the roundup of summer titles.
For something with weight, try Rebecca Makkai’s “The Great Believers” or the nonfiction “Barracoon” by Zora Neale Hurston.
See the Cycle Showcase downtown
Washington Boulevard revs up this weekend with the fifth annual Cycle Showcase, which celebrates the art and history of motorcycling worldwide. Check out more than 50 historical cycles from museums and private collections, watch the St. Louis Police Department’s motorcycle division demonstrate its skills on an obstacle course and enjoy motorcycle-related pieces of art.
When 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday • Where 3300 block of Washington Boulevard • How much $10 for adults, free for children 12 and under • More info cycleshowcasestl.com
Hit the wine trails
If you enjoy wine and gorgeous views, a visit to local wine trails should be on your list of things to do. We’re featuring five wine trails, the wineries you’ll find along them and others in the area.
Our suggestion: Try something new and head east to the Carlyle Lake Wine Trail.
Squeeze some veggies at a farmer's market
One of the great delights of living in the Midwest is the great plenitude of farmers markets selling everything from honey to the biscuits to put it on, as well as about every crop that grows in the area (and some that don’t).
There are more than 40 farmers markets in the St. Louis area. Here is all the information you need to know about them, so the magic can begin.
Listen to some Brahms in Kirkwood
The Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis launches its 2018-19 season Sunday evening in the acoustically friendly nave of First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood with a highly listenable program: Arvo Pärt's "Fratres," the Brahms Serenade No. 2 and Dvorak's Symphony No. 7. MOSL's assistant conductor, Andrew Peters, takes the podium.
When 7 p.m. Sunday • Where First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood, 100 East Adams Avenue, Kirkwood • How much $20, $5 for students, $15 for seniors • More info moslmusic.org
Try a new restaurant
Restaurant critic Ian Froeb names the top 100 restaurants in St. Louis. Use the extra time this weekend to try a new one.
You might also want to support some of the restaurants who were scheduled to be at LouFest.
Take your pooch to the dog park
Dog parks have certainly evolved since their arrival in the St. Louis area in the early 2000s. Many municipalities have them now, and some are privately owned.
Tip: Check details for each park: Even if entry is free, most require proof of vaccination and other medical paperwork. Some don’t allow children, and most don’t allow younger puppies or dogs in heat. It also goes without saying, but dog park rules will require owners to watch for aggressive behavior and always to pick up their waste.
Take a hike on the Trail through Time
The Trail ThroughTime at Pickle Springs is moderate-ish, 2 miles of fascinating landscapes and a waterfall. Be sure to check out is the Double Arch formation, which holds up a shelf of sandstone.
Where • Interstate 55 to Farmington, Highway 32 to Highway AA to Dorlac Road north.
Head to Mizzou and try a new restaurant
Mizzou plays Wyoming with a 6 p.m. kickoff. Before the game, you might want to stray from Shakespeare's or Booches and try a new place to eat.
May we suggest the Barred Owl Butcher & Table, which was honored by Feast Magazine as CoMo's restaurant of the year?
Play a round of golf
Did the PGA Tournament inspire you to pick up the clubs? How about making an early-morning tee time at a course near you.
If you haven't gone out for a while you might try the Quarry at Crystal Springs. It's in great shape and meanders through the Creve Coeur Lake Park.
Catch some opera
The STL Opera Collective specializes in productions of chamber opera in an intimate space. This weekend's fare is "Three Decembers," by composer Jake Heggie ("Dead Man Walking") and librettist Gene Scheer. It's a story about family, love, lies and neglect, based on the play "Some Christmas Letters" by Terrence McNally. The three parts of "Decembers" take place in 1986, 1996 and 2006. Madeline "Maddy" Mitchell, a successful actor-singer, has neglected her children, Beatrice and Charlie; there are some reckonings to take place. The three-member cast includes contralto Stephanie Ruggles as Maddy, soprano Emily Truckenbrod as Beatrice and baritone Aleksandar Dragojevic as Charlie.
When 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday • Where Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 North Grand Boulevard • How much $20 • More info stloperacollective.org
Visit the Hopskeller in Waterloo
Hopskeller Brewing Co. was named our best desintation brewery and is worth a trip for its building alone. It dates to 1853 (with later additions in 1872 and 1910), and owner Matt Schweizer essentially had to renovate it twice when a fire devastated the brewery shortly after its 2016 opening. Come for the building, stay for Schweizer’s British- and Pacific Northwest-inspired brews and pizza and other fare from the wood-burning oven.
Take a road trip
Chicago, Indy, Memphis, Branson and more are just a few hours away. Pack up the kids and head out on a road trip.
Tour the 'Sunken Cities' at the art museum
"Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds" closes at the St. Louis Art Museum on Sept. 9, so grab your timed entry ticket now. The show, the museum's most significant exhibition of Egyptian art in decades, features finds submerged at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea for more than a thousand years.
Visit the grizzly bears or the baby cheetahs at the zoo
You've been meaning to get to Grizzly Ridge to meet Huck and Finley for some time now, and those baby cheetahs are just calling your name. Now's the time. And don't forget it's free.
Throw and ax — or something else
Ax throwing is the hottest new craze around town. But don't worry, cornhole, washers and bocce are still around.
See the Muny exhibit at the History Museum
The “Muny Memories: 100 Seasons Onstage” exhibit at the Missouri History Museum marks the huge, open-air theater’s centennial season. The exhibit runs through June 2, 2019.
Venture out on your own or join amateur astronomers at a public stargazing event. The Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri hosts them every Friday night when the skies are clear at Broemmelsiek Park or you can check out a telescope from your local library participating in the St. Louis Library Telescope Program.
Going on a drive? Play our car bingo game
In the spirit of Labor Day road trips, we’ve created a St. Louis version of auto bingo. Click on the PDFs to get a better look or print them out. Just for fun, see if you can spot these landmarks around town.
Find a hidden gem in Forest Park
Everyone has a favorite spot in Forest Park, but it's so big you may not know all of its secrets. Spend an afternoon exploring parts you've never been to.
Not the planet. Heck, it's not even a town, just a tourist spot along Interstate 44. And yes, we know all the sophomoric jokes that go along with the name. We've told most of them.
Heard of a wine trail? Try a beer trail.
Our beer writer Brian Feldt has created six routes to help you visit every St. Louis area brewery.
Go on a float trip
With the Mississippi and Missouri rivers and their tributaries roaring through, plus numerous lakes and ponds, there are plenty of opportunities in our region to boat, float, paddle and plunge.
See the goats at Grant's Farm
Everyone has a goat story. Usually those stories come from feeding them at Grant's Farm. There can be 80 to 100 goats at a time in the feeding areas, she said. Visitors can feed pellets to adults in one yard, or buy bottles of formula to feed to adults and babies in another.
Take a ride at Six Flags
Admit it, you haven't used that season pass as much as your thought you would. Now's the time. Ride Mr. Freeze, Batman, the Log Flume and more.
Try a new recipe
Use the extra day off work to try out a new recipe for your family. Even better, try one tested by the Post-Dispatch from recipes by the top chefs in the city.
Visit a museum you've never been to
In addition to our selection of great museums like the St. Louis Art Museum and the Missouri History Museum, the area has plenty of niche museums — unusual attractions devoted to a particular cause or thing. So check out the saxophone museum, the money museum, the telephone museum and more.
Tend to the garden
If your gardens are overgrown with cucumbers and tomatoes, use the weekend to do some canning.
Chip Tynan of the Missouri Botanical Garden offers tips on what needs to be done in your yard and garden each week.
Try the Dutchman at Ted Drewes
We sometimes take out beloved St. Louis institutions for granted. How about making trip down Chippewa or Grand and try out a concrete from Ted Drewes? We recommend the Dutchman, a concrete or sundae with chocolate, butterscotch and pecans.
... or sample a new frozen treat
From a century-old St. Louis institution to a storefront Mexican restaurant to sleek contemporary ice-cream shops, St. Louis offers a little something for every frozen-treat fan.
Adopt a pet
Use the weekend to visit local shelters (but check the hours first!) to find the perfect pet for you.
Go on a guided tour of our town
There’s no lack of guided walks (and bus tours — and even a trolley tour) available for the taking in the St. Louis area. And they’re not just for out-of-towners — there’s a lot for locals to learn and enjoy. We found and participated in several tours that took us past a tuberculosis hospital, a giant deer and a half-buried giant tire and through an old graveyard where spirits may join your group.
Visit a food truck
The food-truck craze officially hit St. Louis a few years ago, and it hasn't slowed down since. From donuts, cupcakes and waffles to traditional Filipino, Korean and Chinese dishes, these trucks are serving some of the city's most creative fare – on wheels.
Currently, there are more than 50 trucks on the streets; here are a few of the best.
Visit the mastodons
Here is what the Missouri State Parks says about the mastodon: "Here, scientists discovered the first solid evidence of the coexistence of humans and the American mastodon in eastern North America."
The Jefferson County park houses a museum with a mastodon skeleton replica, three trails, picnic space, a playground and a wildflower garden.
Check out a garage sale
With the kids heading off to college, plenty of folks are clearing out basements. Their junk could be your gems as garage-sale season heats up.
Play a board game
Board games are a great way to bring the family together. Every December our features crew rates the new ones.
Take in the view
The Arch’s view isn’t the only one in town. There are others to appreciate, with many providing a look at our favorite metal monument.
We came up with 50 St. Louis-area locations to admire the scenic surroundings. Most are open to the public, some offer a look at downtown and others show off nothin’ but nature.