Best bets: Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2014


WHAT: The Art Fair at Queeny Park 

WHEN:  6-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. -4 p.m. Sunday 

WHERE: Greensfelder Recreation Center, 550 Weidman Road, Manchester

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THE 411: Up to140 juried artists from more than 20 states will exhibit their works at one of the longest-running art fairs in the bi-state region. 


WHAT:   Big Muddy Blues Festival

WHEN: 3 p.m.- Midnight Saturday & Sunday  

WHERE:  Laclede’s Landing — Main Stage at North 1st & Lucas Streets; Lucas Stage at North 2nd & Lucas Streets and Morgan Stage at North 2nd & Morgan Streets

HOW MUCH:  Free (Parking for between $10 and $20)

The 411: Guitar Shorty and Samantha Fish headline the 19th annual Big Muddy Blues Festival, which features three stages of music, including Tinsley Ellis, Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials, Kenny Neal, Kim Massie, the Soulard Blues Band. Marsha Evans and the Coalition and Hudson and the Hoodoo Cats.


WHAT:  Japanese Festival

WHEN: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday 

WHERE: Missouri Botanical Gardens, 4344 Shaw Boulevard

HOW MUCH:  $15 Admission (ages 13 & older), $5 children (ages 3–12), $5 Garden members (free for member children 3–12) 

THE 411: Since 1977, the Garden in conjunction with a coalition of several Japanese-American organizations provide art, dance, food and entertainment for thousands of visitors. This year’s highlights include martial arts demonstrations, a performance by the St. Louis Osuwa Taiko drummers and balloon designs inspired by Japanese culture and folklore. 

MORE INFO: 314-577-5100 or