St. Louis is a world class sport city and is proud of its 2006 World Series champion Cardinals. The Cardinals have now won 10 World Series, more than any other National League team. In 2000, The Sporting News named St. Louis the “Best Sports City” and in 2005 the “Best Baseball City.”
We’re home to the Rams, Cardinals, and Blues professional sports franchises along with many other fun-to-watch teams:
|St. Louis Cardinals
|| Major League Baseball
|St. Louis Blues
|| National Hockey League
|St. Louis Rams
|| National Football League
|| National Indoor Football League
|St. Louis Stunners
|| American Basketball Association
|| Frontier League Baseball
|River City Rascals
|| Frontier League Baseball
Hometown teams play in a number of top-notch venues, which attract millions of visitors to the area every year.
- The new $400 million Busch Stadium, a retro-style ballpark which hosted the World Series and saw the Cardinals as champions in their first season in the new stadium.
- The Edward Jones Dome, home to the 2000 Super Bowl champion Rams, holds an impressive 67,000 spectators while offering fans a vast array of amenities on four different concourse levels.
- The Blues compete in the Scottrade Center (previously know as Savvis Center), a 19,000-seat arena that hosts exciting NCAA basketball games each year.
- Saint Louis University’s new Chaifetz Arena is designed to create an exciting and intimate venue for Billiken basketball games with an opening in March of 2008. It will also have unparalleled flexibility to host a wide variety of other events. The Arena will have just over 10,000 seats for basketball.
The St. Louis area has more than 100 parks, including the nationally acclaimed Forest Park. With 1,300 acres, Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country and has recently completed a $100 million renovation. The Greater
St. Louis area has as many public and private golf courses as it does parks, and is home to some of the best trails for cycling, running, and walking. A network of hiking and bicycle trails follows the area’s great rivers, and is emerging as one of the best in the country.
Raging Rivers WaterPark in Grafton, Ill. and Six Flags St. Louis in Eureka, Mo. are favorite local destinations for families and children. Just a few hours’ drive away is the 55,000-acre Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri’s largest body of water. Nearby, too, are many beautiful rivers and streams ideal for canoeing. They include the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, the nation’s first scenic waterway, established by Congress in 1964. Innumerable destinations for hunting, fishing, camping, hiking-even spelunking and skydiving-encircle the area. In short, the St. Louis area is the perfect location for lovers of the outdoors.
Archdiocesan Children’s Choir has over 90 children from over 60 parishes in the Archdiocese. In addition to their regular schedule, they have performed in several cathedrals across the nation. Recently, they performed in Rome, Italy as part of the International Congress of Children’s Choirs.
Arts and Issues Series at SIUE brings exceptional speakers and world-class performers to the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Arts League Players is a cutting-edge Metro East performing arts group that has been performing for more than 20 years.
The Bach Society of Saint Louis sponsors the Bach Society Chorus to perform the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and other composers. Concerts, educational programs and outreach programs are presented to educate, entertain and enrich the lives of the people of the St. Louis region.
Belleville Philharmonic Society is the nation’s second oldest continuously performing symphony orchestra made up of three different performance groups: the Metro East Junior Orchestra, the Belleville Philharmonic and the Belleville Philharmonic Chorale serving the Metro-East area.
Black Cat Theatre, formerly Off The Cuff Productions, has opened its new theater home in Maplewood where it performs plays, music and continues to host its childrens’ theater group, Piwacket Theatre for Children.
Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center is certain to become one of St. Louis’ new landmarks. The Center brings the performing arts to the University of Missouri-St. Louis and to audiences from the St. Louis area and across the Midwest. UM-St. Louis students have incredible opportunities to train and display their talents in a world class performance hall while serving as a cultural classroom for the community.
Dance St. Louis brings prominent dance companies and performers to St. Louis.
The Circus Arts Foundation of Missouri (CAFM) is the parent non-profit organization of Circus Flora, St. Louis’ very own theater under a big top tent. Circus Flora excels in the art of combining a traditional European circus with modern theater techniques creating a “magical theater in a sawdust ring.”
James J. Eagan Civic Center is home to several community based theatre companies, including the Hawthorne Players and The Alpha Players.
Fox Theatre, located in the eight-block, Grand Center national historic district, features popular performers and Broadway musicals.
Gash Voight Dance Theatre’s all-female dance troupe performs thoughtful interpretations for St. Louis audiences.
The Gateway Festival Orchestra provides summer concerts at Washington University.
Gateway Men’s Chorus performs a
full season series of three major concerts each year.
Grand Center—from the traditional to the experimental, from around the corner and around the world, the finest in art, music and theater for the people of St. Louis.
Hawaiian Polynesian Revue is a professional Hawaiian, Samoan, Tahitian and Maori native dance troupe.
Historyonics Theatre Company in Residence for the Missouri Historical Society creates shows using only the actual words and music from the past.
HotCity Theatre provides new, provocative and sometimes controversial works.
The Kirkwood Children’s Chorale provides children in second through eighth grade an enrichment program of musical excellence, vocal training and performance opportunities. The choirs perform in area hospitals, nursing homes, churches and clubs. Proceeds provide scholarships.
The Metro Theatre Company is a professional touring ensemble that develops and produces original theater pieces.
The Mid America Dance Company is one of the oldest and largest professional modern dance companies in the Midwest and one of the few remaining modern repertory companies in the county.
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is one of the country’s premiere opera companies and offers innovative performances sung in English.
Philharmonic Society of St. Louis is a full-sized symphony orchestra of 100 dedicated volunteer musicians who have achieved a professional level of performance.
Piwacket Theatre for Children, headquartered in St. Louis, is a traveling theatre group. They can be seen locally at five community locations with multiple shows per year and in various states across the U.S. Since their formation in 1989, the group has performed for 200,000 people across Missouri, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, and South Carolina.
Repertory Theater of St. Louis has a national reputation for producing live theater of uncompromising quality.
St. Charles Municipal Band performs for the Summer Concert Band Series in Frontier Park.
St. Louis Ballet consistently builds a culturally rich organization with artists from around the world and coast to coast.
St. Louis Cathedral Concerts offers spectacular music featuring the world’s best musicians in one of the world’s grandest Cathedrals.
St. Louis Chamber Chorus ranges from the Renaissance to the present day, and is sung in the original language usually without accompaniment. Programs match music to venue and occasion, with the finest a cappella compositions.
The St. Louis Classical Guitar Society presents a dazzling array of star performers on fretted instruments and offers a wide variety of educational programs for area young people as well as performing outlets for amateurs.
Center Stage Theatre, a theatre arts program for college students and community residents produced by the faculty of the
St. Charles Community College Arts and Humanities Division.
St. Louis Black Repertory Company, the largest African-American cultural performing arts organization in Missouri, offers six productions each season.
St. Louis Cultural Flamenco Society performs and teaches Spanish Dance in the St. Louis Area.
St. Louis Gateway Storytellers has continued to be a group of individuals whose mission is to promote the enjoyment of storytelling as an art form.
St. Louis Muny Opera is the country’s oldest and largest outdoor musical theater and presents Broadway musicals in enchanting surroundings.
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra has been nominated for Grammy Awards every year since 1977, with a total of six Grammies and more than 50 nominations.
St. Peters Community & Arts Center is known throughout the region as a destination for the arts.
The Sheldon Concert Hall has been called the Carnegie Hall of St. Louis. Originally built as the home of the Ethical Society of St. Louis in 1912, it is known for its perfect acoustics. The Sheldon is a popular venue for musicians, as well as speakers and art exhibits in its expanded galleries.
Stages St. Louis is a professional theatre company dedicated to producing the indigenous American art form of musical theatre at the Kirkwood Civic Center.
UMB Bank Pavilion offers a summer concert series with a wide variety of prominent entertainers.
Young Audiences produces and presents auditorium performances, classroom workshops, artist-in-residence programs and professional development workshops in music, dance, theater, storytelling, and the visual and literary arts.
The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog, known as the Dog Museum, commemorates man’s centuries-old relationship with the dog with a collection of artwork including dog paintings, bronze sculptures and etchings.
Armed Forces Museum of St. Louis is dedicated to the preservation of military history from all services for all eras and nations. The Museum has an extensive collection of historic military vehicles, aircraft, and memorabilia.
Black World History Museum tells the stories of famous and not-so-famous African-American Missourians including George Washington Carver, Dred and Harriet Scott, musician Clark Terry, Clara Brown. Hiriam Young and others.
City Museum, named as one of the “Greatest Public Spaces in the World” by New York-based non-profit Project for Public Spaces, is a unique interactive museum filled with caves, an aquarium, funhouse, playground, an art studio for children, architectural salvage museum, and more.
The Contemporary Art Museum
St. Louis is one of the leading voices
in the world of contemporary art. The Contemporary is dedicated to exhibiting the visual arts and artists of our time and to producing nationally recognized education programs.
Dave Mungenast’s Classic Motor-cycles Museum offers a diverse display of motorcycle history. The 6,000-square-foot museum has retained much of its “retro” look adding to the nostalgic feel of the era. Over 200 motorcycles from a wide variety of manufacturers are on display, many beautifully restored to their original condition.
Gateway Arch, on the banks of the Mississippi River, is a dramatic monument to Thomas Jefferson’s purchase of what is now much of the American west. In 2005, this 630 foot stainless steel structure celebrated its 40th birthday. Visitors can take a tram to the top or tour the Museum of Westward Expansion.
The Holocaust Museum and Learning Center houses an exhibition that provides a chronological history of the Holocaust with personal accounts of Holocaust survivors who immigrated to St. Louis.
Kemp Auto Museum is one of St. Louis’ newest attractions which offers an exhibition which presents over 40 historically significant and artistically inspired automobiles dating from the turn of the century to the contemporary.
Latzer Homestead/Albert Kaiser Memorial Park and Museum/ Highland Historical Society offers tours of the home of the founder of Pet Milk Co. and a working miniature Pet milk plant.
Madison County Historical Museum and Archival Rivalry has permanent exhibits depicting Madison County Illinois history; period furnished rooms; displays of antiques, quilts, historic costumes and Native American artifacts.
The Magic House—St. Louis Children’s Museum is the 3rd-most visited children’s museum in the nation.
Missouri History Museum* houses a variety of exhibits and educational resources focusing on the history of the St. Louis region, the state of Missouri and the American West.
The Moto Museum is a collection of rare and vintage motorcycles dating back to the beginning of motorcycling in the 1900s. Many motorcycles have an interesting story and/or a notable pedigree associated with them.
Museum of Transportation St. Louis County Park is one of the largest collections of transportation vehicles in the world, including over seventy real locomotives representing the rail power that built America.
Museum of Westward Expansion, accredited by the American Association of Museums, tells the history of the American Indians and pioneers who ventured west of the Mississippi River.
The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts is a museum-like facility with galleries that are open to the public two days a week. The building houses 20th century and modern art including many pieces on loan from the collection of Emily and the late Joseph Pulitzer.
Old Courthouse*, scene of the historic lawsuits by slave Dred Scott and suffragist Virginia Louisa Minor, features restored courtrooms, a beautifully-decorated dome, Dioramas and a film and gallery depicting the history of St. Louis.
Saint Louis Art Museum* ranks among the nation’s top 10 comprehensive museums, with an average of 500,000 visitors annually. There are more than 30,000 works in its collection.
St. Louis Science Center* is the 5th most visited science center in the nation and the 8th most visited in the world. It serves as a bridge between scientist and layperson.
Saint Louis University Museum of Art offers art and artifacts relevant to the long history of Jesuit liberal arts education including works of local, national and internationally acclaimed artists.
The University Museum at SIUE offers an encyclopedic collection displayed throughout the campus.
William and Florence Schmidt Arts Center showcases an extensive college and foundation collections and provides unique opportunities to experience art.
Anheuser-Busch Brewery*: Tours of AB’s headquarters take visitors on a memorable journey through an important part of America’s brewing heritage. The brewery is also home to one of the three traveling Budweiser Clydesdales teams.
The Butterfly House is a glass enclosure with lush flowering tropical plants and more than 100 species of butterflies from around the world located in Faust Park in Chesterfield.
Cahokia Mounds State Park*, the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Midwest, preserves the remains of the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico, within a 2,200–acre tract.
Great River Road has been designated part of a 50-mile National Scenic Byway. Only 20 other roadways in America have received the scenic byway designation.
Gateway Arch*, on the banks of the Mississippi River, is a dramatic monument to Thomas Jefferson’s purchase of what is now much of the American west. The stainless steel structure soars 630 feet. Take a tram to the top or visit the Museum of Westward Expansion.
Gateway International Raceway hosts the NASCAR SEARS Craftsman Truck Series, the NASCAR Busch Series, the NHRA Drag Racing SEARS Craftsmen Nationals, and the Emerson Indy 250.
Faust Village* is a historical village including ten structures, built between 1840 to 1888, representing a range of regional building and architectural styles. The village is located at Faust Park in Chesterfield.
International Bowling Hall of Fame preserves and displays the 5,000-year history that has led to the worldwide success of this sport. A key part of that story is the individual efforts of bowling legends honored in our Halls of Fame.
Laumeier Sculpture Park* is one of the major sculpture parks in the nation.
Laclede’s Landing*, a restored, nine-block, nineteenth century industrial area, features unique restaurants and sidewalk cafes. At night, horse-drawn carriages and live music add to the atmosphere.
Missouri Botanical Garden is a major cultural institution, an historic landmark and a world-renowned scientific research center. Its 79-acres include a formal English garden, a traditional Japanese garden, a Chinese garden, the Flower Trail garden; and the Climatron, the first geodesic-domed green house in North America.
Missouri Wineries*: Visitors can taste award-winning wines, enjoy tours, specialty shops, bakeries, bed and breakfasts, fine restaurants and live entertainment.
Raging Rivers Water Park, one of the Metro East’s top attractions, offers a gigantic wave pool, water slides and a kid’s play area.
Six Flags St. Louis: 1.56 million visitors a year enjoy eight themed lands of exciting adventure, thrilling rides, spectacular shows and a host of other fun attractions.
St. Charles National Historic District* is a ten-block Nationally Registered Historic District that preserves early St. Charles. It has brick streets, gas lights, lovingly restored buildings and Missouri’s First State Capitol. The Frenchtown District has unique antique and collectible shops, fine restaurants, tea rooms, several wineries and a micro brewery.
St. Louis Carousel is an original carousel built by the Dentzel Company of Philadelphia in the 1920’s. This historical carousel is refurbished for rides and housed with the carousel building at Faust Park in Chesterfield.
St. Louis Forest Park* is at the center of the urban area and encompasses over 1,300 acres, with over six miles of biking trails, 20 lakes and ponds, 30 athletic fields and two golf courses.
Saint Louis Zoo*: One of only three free zoos in the nation and one of America’s top ten zoos, (according to Travel & Leisure Magazine) the Saint Louis Zoo is home to over 3,500 animals. It hosted nearly three million visitors in 2003. Featured exhibits include the River’s Edge, with elephants, hippos, and cheetahs, and the new $2 million Penguin and Puffin Coast, which includes the only walk-through sub-Antarctic penguin exhibit in North America.
St. Louis Union Station*: This restored National Historic Landmark covering 11.5 acres, features a hotel, a unique marketplace of shops, assortments of fine restaurants and faces, live entertainment and a lake for paddle boating.
ARTS ORGANIZATIONS AND EDUCATION
Art East was initiated in an effort to encourage creative exchange on the “east side.” Artists participate by opening their studios to the public or through exhibits organized in alternative spaces & galleries. The EAST in Arts East is an acronym for “Edwardsville Alton Studio Tour.”
Art on the Square is a premier event in the metro-east region that fosters the appreciation of the visual and performing arts to a diverse public by presenting an exhibit and sale of fine art, providing educational and enjoyable workshops for children and promoting the importance of the creative process.
Art Saint Louis is a not-for-profit visual arts co-op gallery, organization and advocate exhibiting work by established and emerging artists from the St. Louis region.
Arts in Transit (AIT) is a community partnership program of Metro. AIT integrates public art and urban design with community and enhancement initiatives.
COCA (Center of Creative Arts) multidisciplinary and multicultural arts programs include performances in its theatre; educational classes, camps, and workshops serving individuals ages six months through adult; artists’ residencies; exhibits of contemporary art in the Millstone Gallery at COCA; and an extensive outreach program offered to low-income youth through its nationally recognized Urban Arts Program.
Chesterfield Arts works to foster the growth of the visual, performing and literary arts in the Chesterfield area by acting as a presenter of quality artists from around the region and as a catalyst for arts activity.
Classic 99 KFUO FM 99.1 is tuned into classical music and the arts in St. Louis.
Community Music School of Webster University provides the finest educational programs in music as well as outstanding performance opportunities and performances.
Craft Alliance is a nationally respected non-profit visual arts center providing inspiration and education to the entire community through exhibitions, instruction and a gallery shop. Located in the Loop, the organization offers classes, gallery talks and a community outreach program to continually expose new audiences to the unique qualities of contemporary craft.
The Department of Theater and Dance-SIUE provides instruction and practical performance experience in all phases of theater and dance production for the stage.
Fair St. Louis & Celebrate St. Louis combine for the first time in the summer of 2006 to bring more entertainment and fireworks to downtown. Activities include live music and entertainment, thrilling air shows, educational activities, delicious food and magnificent fireworks.
The Foundry Art Centre is an educational, visual and performing arts center housed in a 37,000-square-foot, former railcar factory in the historic riverfront district of St. Charles.
Freeburg Historical Society is a very active historical and genealogical organization.
Gitana Productions Inc. is a local arts and education organization.
Greater St. Louis Arts & Educational Council is a non-profit organization, which raises funds from the private sector to support the arts and arts education activities in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
Juneteenth Heritage and Jazz Festival feature jazz and blues greats.
The Katherine Dunham Centers for Arts and Humanities are a non-profit, multi-disciplinary arts organization founded by, and currently operated under the artistic direction and leadership of dance legend Katherine Dunham. The Centers operate the Katherine Dunham Dynamic Museum, East St. Louis’ only cultural center.
KETC Channel 9 brings quality, educational programming to the community.
KMWU 90.7 FM provides in-depth news and intelligent talk radio.
Lewis & Clark State Historic Site was designed as the location for one of the national signature events for commemoration of the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial.
Madison County Arts Council is a community based nonprofit cultural organization that provides services and resources to artists and organizations and presents and produces culturally diverse programming for the public.
Metro South Arts Council act as facilitators to enrich and promote the arts offered in our community.
National Society of Arts and Letters is a member organization that is dedicated to assisting young Americans aspiring to careers in one of the five visual, performing arts.
Riverwind Storytellers Company is a non-profit organization of story loving folk, of all ages and backgrounds.
St. Charles Community College offers Center Stage Theatre, a theatre arts program for college students and community residents produced by the faculty of the SCC Arts and Humanities Division.
Saint Louis Art Fair* is an annual event on the streets of Clayton. Artists bring their creations for display, food is served by some of St. Louis’ finest eateries, and several music stages are set up.
St. Louis Arts & Education Council is a non-profit organization, which raises funds from the private sector to support the arts and arts education activities in the
St. Louis metropolitan area.
The St. Louis Artists’ Guild is a resource and advocate for creative expression, serving the Midwest as a center that exhibits, supports, and promotes the visual arts.
St. Louis Art Works is a unique summer employment program for St. Louis area youth.
St. Louis Irish Arts is the local Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, (Translated: “A Gathering of Irish Musicians”), based in Dublin, Ireland.
St. Louis Jazz Festival is a two-day event that combines top-flight national and local acts in Clayton’s Shaw Park.
St. Louis Mid-Sized Arts Cooperative bring art into schools and communities with residencies, classes, teacher’s workshops, internships, and performances utilized as means of reaching their audiences.
St. Louis Regional Arts Commission is a granting organization located in St. Louis distributing over $3,000,000 to the arts and organizations in St. Louis City and County.
Schlafly’s Art Outside* started in 2004 as an alternative art fair focusing on local artists. Located in Maplewood at the Schlafly Bottleworks, this free event includes a wide range of artists and media as well as musical performances.
Springboard to Learning provides in-school programs to break down stereotypes and broaden children’s world view.
Warren County Fine Arts Council mounts a variety of exhibits on an annual and biannual basis.
The Webster University Film Series is a year-round program that prides itself as the most comprehensive alternative film series in the St. Louis area.
St. Louisans can try their luck at Fairmount Park Race Track or at any of these casinos: Alton Belle, Casino Queen, Harrah’s Casino, Lumiére Place Casino & Hotels, The President Casino on the Admiral, and Ameristar Casino St. Charles.
Pinnacle Entertainment’s $430 million downtown casino and hotel project began construction in September 2005 and opened in December 2007. The project includes a 90,000-square-foot casino, a 200-room luxury hotel, business center, restaurants and 12,000 square feet of meeting and convention space. Pinnacle has recently announced a second phase of this development will include 375 condos, retail space, a grocery and more which will raise its investment to nearly $1 billion.
Pinnacle has also started construction of a $375 million River City Casino & Hotel in Lemay in south St. Louis County which is scheduled to open in 2008. The casino project will able include a 100-room hotel, spa, restaurants, a bowling alley, a multiplex movie theatre, an indoor ice rink, a public park with athletic fields, a music venue.
* General Admission Free