We love summer—from the much-welcomed warm weather to the seemingly endless array of activities. We also know that all that fun in the sun can take it’s toll on your bank account. But summertime doesn’t have to result in pinching pennies. Get out and explore St. Louis with these low-cost, high-fun activities!

Movies in the Park

There’s no better way to spend a cool summer night than enjoying a great movie in the great outdoors. The St. Louis Art Museum offers free weekly movies at the bottom of Art Hill, facing the Museum. BYO picnic or order from food trucks (when available)! Click here to see their full lineup.

Farmers Markets

Support local businesses while shopping for locally grown, farm-fresh produce; delicious baked goods; and good-to-the-last bite prepared foods. The St. Louis area hosts nearly 40 different farmers markets, each offering a festive fair, many with live entertainment, family-friendly activities, and a vibrant crowd of locals. Click here to check out a full schedule of this season’s markets.

Tour the Blues

St. Louis’ National Blues Museum is the only museum dedicated exclusively to preserving and honoring the national and international story of the Blues and its impact on American culture in the United States. For less than $20 you can tour an entertaining environment that includes high-impact technology-driven experiences, a state-of-the-art theater, artifact-driven exhibits and robust public programming. Click here for more info including hours and exhibits.

Get a Free Beer at Schlafly

Sure you can visit the big guy and tour Anheuser Busch, or you can get an inside look at craft brewing and take a tour of Schlafly at one of their three different locations. Best part – tours are free and include a complimentary beer afterwards—perfect for quenching your summer thirst. Click here for more info and a full list tours.

Rediscover Your City 

Enjoy the warm summer sun while learning something new about your city via the Landmarks Association’s Downtown Walking Tours. For just $10 you can get a tour of the East, West, or Washington Avenue parts of the city, exploring the fascinating history, culture and architectural legacy of downtown St. Louis with a pleasant two-hour stroll. Just remember the sunscreen. Click here to learn more about the tours and times.

Ready to Dabble without breaking the bank? Click here to check out great classes happening for $30 or less!