How to Find St. Louis Festivals in a Hurry

By: Kea Green

The summer is finally here! That means lots and lots of fun in the sun like going swimming, going to carnivals, and going to festivals. But, what happens when we run out of things to do for the summer? I’ll tell you what happens, we’re stuck inside the house doing absolutely nothing. So, how do we find festivals in the St. Louis area in a hurry. I’ll tell you how.

Simply just go to Google search and type in Community Calendar. There you will find all sorts of events like shows to Disney’s The Lion King Jr., The Loop Arts Fest 2017, and The Fair St. Louis 2017. Also, if you have any events you would like for people to know about, you can post any events you like on the Community Calendar. This way you can stay up to date on the events in the Lou and never run out of things to do. Click the button below for a list of events in St. Louis.

Crunch Time: 5 Summer Activities to do Before Fall Sets in

By Dominique Shields

Fall has officially begun, but the weather hasn’t caught up yet. So for those of you who are looking for the last few things to do to get your last piece of summer, look no further. Here are 5 things to do before the fall season really sets in:

Go Swimming

Swimming is always a must during the summertime. Unfortunately, water parks were closed as early as Labor Day, so what are you going to do? Hotels have indoor swimming pools for their guests to enjoy, so why not have a hotel party and take over the swimming pool? And the best part is hotels also have jacuzzis for those who like to relax in the water. Click here to find some hotels with the best pools!

Have A BBQ

Mmh. The sweet and spicy smell of an open pit on the back porch is just calling your name, isn’t it? Since it seems to be an unspoken rule that you can’t have a barbecue during the cold seasons, why not get your last taste of sweet, meaty heaven in right now? Go ahead and make your way to the nearest market and get to grilling! Check out these money-saving tips to get started!

Visit the Zoo

Remember Harambe? You don’t want to miss out on showing your appreciation and love for the animals, do you? It’s never too late to go to the St. Louis Zoo and get a little closer to your spirit animals, whatever they might be. If you don’t think going to the zoo one more time is worth it, imagine those cold days when you don’t even see a squirrel hanging out in a tree because it’s so cold. Also remember that the St. Louis Zoo is free and the #1 zoo in the U.S.! Don’t worry, I’ll get the keys.

Enjoy a Baseball Game

With the new season comes new sports to watch. But St. Louis is seriously lacking in the major sports category. I suggest you try and catch one of the Cardinals home games. Or if you’re not really a sports person, try going for the view. Have you seen the inside of Busch Stadium while sitting in the high seats? A little scary, but a very nice view of downtown STL. An extra bonus: Tickets are as low as $6 on StubHub!

An Outside Activity

Just want to be outside a little longer? Look for things to do outside. Plan a picnic, read a book in the park, walk or ride your bike to work. There are plenty things you can do outside before the chills of fall start getting to you. If you can’t think of anything, make something up. Get your friends and family together to have a game night in the backyard and enjoy the stars.

Please note that summer is my favorite season, so if you’re thinking about doing anything I suggested, let me know so I can join the fun. I just might take my own advice on this one!


1 Day Only! The Free Technology Camp for Girls

By Dominique Shields

Attention young tech-ladies! Microsoft is having a camp for girls like you! They are offering girls in grades 8-12 a chance to attend a FREE camp where they get to interact with women in technology and gain hands-on experience. Did I mention it’s FREE? Click here to register now and check out the flyer below for more info.

FYI: There's Still an Initiative for Ferguson

Today marks the two year memorial of the St. Louis native, Michael Brown. Since his death in 2014, the city of St. Louis and even the nation have taken strikes of change. From marches of support across the states, protests, more involvement in politics, even support from musicians and other celebrities.

Outside of the hashtags and social media posts, the Ferguson Youth Initiative (FYI), has been making an effort to ensure the tragedy of Michael Brown does not happen again.

The Ferguson Youth Initiative, gives teens 16 and older an alternative option of joining the program as community service to wipe fines and misdemeanors off of their record. Since the program began,  there has been over 100 teens to successfully complete the program and stay out of trouble.

 Photo By:  Winnie Caldwell

Photo By: Winnie Caldwell

If Michael Brown was still living, this program could have been beneficial to him.

This year FYI, received a huge update to their location in the heart of Old Town Ferguson. For months, teens worked on modifying an old firehouse to fit the new image of the Ferguson Youth Initiative.

#repost from @thevision314 Thank you everyone for your help with remodeling the FYI Backbay/Lounge ! #ferguson #fyi

A photo posted by Ferguson Youth Initiative (@fyifergyouth) on

In addition to the new venue, FYI has provided scholarships for two of their members who are soon to be college students. The scholarships are in honor of the late Gail Babcock, Former Program Director of FYI.

 In Photo from Left to Right: Parris Nathan (Attending SEMO), Dwayne James (President of FYI) and Jessica Baranowsky (Attending Lindenwood University)

In Photo from Left to Right: Parris Nathan (Attending SEMO), Dwayne James (President of FYI) and Jessica Baranowsky (Attending Lindenwood University)

Babcock, made a statement to reports before her death stating, “A lot of the youth realized that could have been them. I’m not here to second guess the judgement, but there’s a lot of work that needs to be done. The youth have said, ‘We need to change our attitude, and the police need to change their attitude with us.’ The only way to change is going to come is by knowing each other.”

Are you interested in participating in some of FYI's free and affordable events? Visit their page here! Tell 'em On the Money magazine sent you! 

Turn Up Tuesdays: STL Fairs

By Malaika Charrington

There are tons of fairs coming to Saint Louis for you to enjoy without messing up your budget this August and September. Here’s the list to help you get prepared and save the date!

International Institute Saint Louis Festival of Nations

The Festival of Nations is an awesome festival that you’ll hate to miss. Attendees get to try foods and watch entertainment from tons of different cultures. Thousands of people join each year for this great festival. This festival is August 27-28 in Tower Grove Park located at 4256 Magnolia Ave. Free Admission! For more information, click here.


Missouri Botanical Garden Japanese Festival

The Botanical Garden Japanese Festival is a great cultural experience packed with samurai sword performances, traditional Japanese art and music, and great food! This festival is well worth its admission price. This festival is September 3-5 at the St. Louis Botanical Gardens (4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis). Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for kids. For more information, click here.


Saint Louis Art Fair

The Saint Louis Art Fair is an excellent place to find beautiful art pieces and watch some awesome live performances. Kids can participate in tons of fun hands-on activities. This festival is from September 9th to the 11th in Clayton, Mo. Free Admission! For more information, click here.


Great Forest Park Balloon Race

There are tons of things for everyone at the Balloon Race. There’s great music, great food, and best of all, you get to see the balloons lift off, and fly away! Don’t miss it! This festival is from September 16-18. Free Admission! For more information, click here.


Historic Shaw Art Fair

The Historic Shaw Art Fair features lots of local artists and local music talent. It’s a relatively small fair when compared to others, but it’s still lots of fun! When you get there, try their famous kettle corn. You’ll love it! This fair is from October 1-2 on the 4100 and 4200 blocks of Flora Place. Admission is $7 for adults (free for kids 14 and under) and is valid for both days of the fair. For more information click here.


Be sure to save the date so you don’t miss these awesome fairs and festivals!


Turn Up on a Budget: Affordable St. Louis WaterParks

By: Khyle Buchanan

As summer vacation draws to a close, the days continue to get hotter and hotter. But don’t let the heat turn up alone and check out these pool places where you can turn up!

  1. Kennedy Pool - Kennedy Pool is a nice and cheap pool place in South County. Admission is only $4 for adults and $3 for children and seniors. Children four and under are admitted free of charge. It’s open from noon to 6p.m. so you can spend all of the hot hours of the day here chilling in a cool pool if you live near South County.

  2. McNair Park Pool - This St. Charles pool is family friendly and a great place to spend your day. It’s also open from noon to 6p.m and is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and children. After 4p.m. adults are admitted for $4 and children for $3. Anyone two and under gets in for $2. If you live near St. Charles, this just may be the place to cool off for you and your family.

  3. Bridgeton Crossing Aquatic Park - Bridgeton Crossing Aquatic Park is slightly higher than the previously listed pools. Prices for non residential adults and children are $8 and $7 respectively, while for residents prices are $6 and $5 respectively. Non residential seniors pay $8 while residential seniors pay $5. There are plenty of slides, a big pool, a children’s play area, and somewhere to just relax in the sun so the $7 to $8 could definitely be worth it.

  4. Maryland Heights Aquaport - In Maryland Heights, there’s a water park just waiting to entertain you and your family. It’s a little expensive for non residents with prices of $15 for adults and $10 for children. Residents pay $5 for adults and $4 for children. Children three and under get in free. There’s a lazy river, a variety of slides and even an area for you and your dog to play. Not to mention free parking. The Aquaport is open from 11a.m. to 7p.m. on weekdays, 11a.m. to 9p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 7p.m. on Sundays and can be worth the price of admission.

  5. Splash City - Although it’s a 22 minute drive through Illinois, Splash City has a plethora of activities to engage in. It’s a bit pricey with adults paying $18 to get in while children pay $15. However everyone gets a $5 discount after 4p.m. so you could possibly end up paying $13 and $10 respectively. It’s open from 11a.m. to 7p.m. and open until 9p.m. on (Turn up) Tuesdays!

Happy Hour: 4 Places to Turn Up Under $20

By Kenyae Shelton

There are so many ways to enjoy your summer at little to no cost. Here are some examples of places where you can take advantage of their “happy hours” and other times where you can afford to enjoy yourself at these places.

“City Museum is designed to be enjoyed by children of all ages.”

General admission at the City Museum is $12 for ages 3 years and up. If you can wait until the weekend, admission is cheaper. After 5pm on Friday and Saturday, it is only $10 to enter. On Friday and Saturday the museum is also open til midnight, so you can get your money’s worth. More information here!


“The Missouri History Museum is accessible to persons with disabilities and seeks to accommodate the needs of our patrons.”

At the Missouri History Museum, happy hour is everyday. On Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, general admission is free from 10am to 5pm. On Tuesday, admission is free from 10am to 8pm. More information here!


Tropicana Lanes is open everyday at 10am. There’s no entrance fee, but to bowl it is usually over $4 plus $3.50 for shoe rental. Monday-Friday before 5pm, you can bowl for only $3.50. Monday-Thursday after 5pm, you can bowl for $3.75. On Sundays, it cost $4 per game/per person from 10am to 11pm. More information here!






“Since years, Buffalo Wild Wings has been the ultimate place to enjoy Buffalo Wings and Wines with live sports.”

If you love to eat, this is the place for you. Buffalo Wild Wings’ “happy hours” are on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3pm to 6pm and 10pm to 12am. At Buffalo Wild Wings there are many specials and offers during these times, that include a $3 menu and $3 drinks. Read more here!

You can spend your time affordably almost anywhere. Look online for places and times within your budget.

3 Ways to Turn Up (on a budget) Before Summer Ends

By: Latahjia Robinson

Are you tired of just sitting at home with nothing to do? Looking for ways to have fun the rest of your summer? Well here are some events that you can go to and ways that you can participate for little to no cost.

Sometimes not everyone has money to go places but there are events that you can go to that are within your budget.

Super Jam 2016

Lowest Ticket Price as of Today: $50

Jul 16 - 6:00 PM

Scottrade Center

For those who love music and dancing this is the event for you. From Rap to R&B, there is a variety of your favorite artists that will be performing this summer.Can’t afford tickets? You can enter in a floor seat contest to be up close and personal with K.Michelle, Fetty Wap, 2 Chainz, Young Thug, LA4ss, Dreezy, and more for free!


Mamma Mia Saint Louis in Saint Louis

The Muny

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Lowest Ticket Price as of Today: $14

Want to attend a musical? And get a ticket under $20? Mamma Mia is the play for you! Never heard of Mamma Mia? Mamma Mia is..“Set in a beach resort in the Mediterranean. Mamma Mia! tells the story of Sophie, a bride-to-be with one wish: to have her absent father walk her down the aisle. After reading passages about three old lovers in her mom's diary, Sophie sends each a wedding invitation in hopes of learning which is her dad” The Muny also is hosting other plays showing now that may be familiar like The Wizard of Oz and Young Frankenstein. Click here for tickets!

Cirque du Soleil: OVO in Saint Louis

Friday, August 5, 2016

Lowest Ticket Price as of Today: $38

Chaifetz Arena

Ovo is a touring circus production by Cirque du Soleil and premiered in Montréal, Canada, in 2009.Ovo's creator and director, Deborah Colker, took inspiration from the world of insects. The idea for Ovo was not to be about the acts, nor dancing, nor insects, but about movement.” If you  are on a budget, you can buy a seat that is further away from the stage to save money. The closer you are to the stage, the more the price on the ticket will increase unfortunately. But the further you are from the stage the more the price will decrease on your ticket to an reasonable price. Just look at it this way, you will see everything and save money at the same time!