Cultural Experiences

The best resource for what's happening in St. Louis is the free weekly paper, The Riverfront Times. Beyond the permanent options lised below, the Riverfront Times Event Calendar offers the most comprehensive listing of everything going on in the city.

The Fox Theater, first opened in 1929 as a vaudeville theater, is a wonderful example of the opulent architecture characteristic of the early twentieth century, often referred to as Siamese-Byzantine. A few decades after opening, the theater went into steep decline, ultimately closing in the 1970s. The building was restored to its original grandeur in 1982 and has hosted a rich variety of plays, musicals, and concerts ever since.

Founded in 1880, the St. Louis Symphony is recognized internationally as an ensemble of the highest caliber, performing a broad musical repertoire with skill and spirit. The STL Symphony continues to build upon its reputation for musical excellence while maintaining its commitment to local education and community activities. Powell Hall, constructed in 1925, reflects European elegance in the classic red, gold, and cream decor of the Wightman Grand Foyer, modeled after the royal chapel at Versailles.

Housed in the 600,000 square-foot former International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of children's playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects. The brainchild of internationally acclaimed artist Bob Cassilly, a classically trained sculptor and serial entrepreneur, the museum opened for visitors in 1997 to the riotous approval of young and old alike.

Since its founding in 1852 by Eberhard Anheuser, Anheuser-Busch has been perfecting the brewing process, taking pride in producing some of the world's finest beers, one batch at a time. From the finest, all-natural ingredients, to the finished product, visitors of all ages will experience first-hand how Budweiser is brewed and packaged. The world famous Clydesdale horses are also housed on the brewery grounds and welcome visitors.

The 2011 Major League Baseball World Series Winners, the St. Louis Cardinals call Busch Stadium home right in the heart of downtown. Tours of the studium are offered daily, or if the Cardinals are in town why not catch a game?

There are many exciting animal encounters possible at Grant's Farm, the 281-acre ancestral home of the Busch family, located just south of the city of St. Louis. The Farm is home to more than 900 animals representing more than 100 different species. Grant's Farm, operated by Anheuser-Busch, Inc., has been a St. Louis tradition for over five decades. More than 24 million guests have visited this popular family attraction during its history. The Farm takes its name from our 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant. In the 1850s, Grant founded and farmed a portion of the 281 acres. Today, this land is home to Grant's Farm and is preserved as a living symbol of the Busch family's love for animals and Anheuser-Busch's commitment to wildlife conservation and preservation. Admission to Grant's Farm is free to all ages.