no strings attached | Something big is coming to City Winery. Puppeteers for Fears, a puppet musical horror troupe from Oregon, is bringing its original show Cthulhu: the Musical! to the StL on July 16. Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s most famous creation, the show blends cosmic horror with musical comedy. For tickets and more information, visit

best wishes!
The superintendent of Parkway Schools, Keith Marty, Ed.D., has announced he will retire at the end of the 2024-25 school year. “Working as Parkway’s superintendent for 14 years has brought me tremendous joy,” he says. “I feel as optimistic as I’ve ever been about Parkway as we look ahead to next school year and begin implementing our five-year strategic plan that provides strategies for student success in school and life, and the resources to support them.”

under new ownership!
Cat’s Meow has welcomed a new owner. A St. Louis native, Katie Pelikan will take the helm from founder, Catherine Bennett, building on the personalized gift boutique’s 17-year legacy.

on the stage
The 10th Annual LaBute New Theater Festival is coming to The Gaslight Theater from July 12 to 28. St. Louis Actors’ Studio selected four one-act pieces from hundreds of submissions from emerging playwrights around the world to be produced at the festival as well as a new piece from Neil LaBute. Tickets are available at

july 4 in the stl

Fair St. Louis has been reimagined as Celebrate St. Louis. The event will take place in downtown St. Louis with a special focus on the 150th anniversary of the Eads Bridge, which has been a local landmark since its dedication July 4, 1874. Enjoy concerts, fireworks, an esports competition, a parade and more. Visit for the full schedule of events.

Head to Kirkwood Park for the Freedom Festival. Starting at 5 p.m., get on your feet with live musical performances, check out the offerings from local food trucks and cap off the evening with a fireworks display.

Take in the charming atmosphere of Saint Charles and celebrate Independence Day with Riverfest. The two days of festivities include live music, food and drink, a carnival, children’s activities and, of course, spectacular fireworks.

Webster Groves Community Days kick off July 3 with a children’s pet parade. The festivities continue on the Fourth with the Community Days Parade in the morning and Independence Day Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. in Memorial Field.