On the weekend of October 11, thousands of Deutschlandishly whimsical folks will celebrate German culture with cold, frothy beer and traditional German food at Soulard Oktoberfest, one of the Top 3 fests in the country. Frauleins fill mugs to overflowing with pilsners and lagers from Paulaner, Kulmbacher, and Schlafly, all poured from a stockpile of kegs and one beer-granting genie. In between mingling with friends, guests can appease their appetites with steaming bratwursts, German pretzels, roasted turkey legs, and other mouth-watering provender, along with a round of Jägermeister. To top it all off, the festivities get a hearty dose of Bavarian-style music played by live bands such as the Polkanauts, Deutschmeister Brass Band, and The Dorfrockers, one of Germany's premier party bands.
Initially conceived as a one-off event in 2010, The Smoker's Club has since expanded, presenting fans with tours that unite skilled rappers and expert beat makers. One of the original members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Grammy-winning wordsmith Method Man spouts off dexterous rhymes in a gravely voice obtained by chugging asphalt smoothies every day for breakfast. Curren$y gently cradles ears with laid-back flow, and frequent Smoker's Club collaborators such as Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA and Fiend buoy the evening with additional verbal fireworks. Rattling bass shakes The Pageant’s designated dance floor as fans bob and weave through the crowds to try to snag an autographed poster, CD, or security guard.
Beloved boy bands New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys rev the engines of adoration among droves of fans with their poptastic summer tour. New Kids on the Block has been plucking heartstrings and handcrafting harmonies since 1986, combining a collection of international hits such as "Hangin' Tough" and "Step by Step" with five-part choreography and fashionable duds. Following in its footsteps, the Backstreet Boys began blowing up charts in the '90s, producing a songbook replete with favorites such as "I Want It That Way," "All I Have to Give," and "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)." The NKOTBSB Tour brings both acts together for a songful extravaganza, forming the more perfect union prophesied nearly 50 years ago by the Constitution. The Tuesday, July 19 concert also includes the vocal virtuosity of special guest and Glee star Matthew Morrison, adding to an ear-pleasing stew of dulcet melodies sure to soothe the most savage beast or most irascible mail carrier.
Historic, picturesque Laclede's Landing is the backdrop for the "Kick It On The Cobblestones" block party, a fundraising event for area youth-sports organizations. In keeping with the sports theme, participants can enter for a chance to win tickets to the soccer game between Real Madrid and Inter Milan at the Edward Jones Dome at 1 p.m., and youngsters can compete in soccer challenges in the hopes of winning prizes. The full-day event isn't just about sports, though. Crowds can boogie to live tunes by R&B-tinged rockers Dirty Muggs and eclectic quintet El Scorcho. They can also wield their tickets for discounts at area establishments all weekend, including $3 off adult admission at the Wax Museum, a free handcrafted beer with lunch or dinner at Morgan Street Brewery, and half off apparel at other local businesses.
If summer could talk, it would brag about how every year, it gets to spend its final days at the Washington Town and Country Fair. The all-ages festival combines the quaintness of the old-fashioned with the marvels of modern times, much like Charlotte's Web, but with more monster trucks. Showing off the "town" part of Town and Country, classic rock and country stars perform on the main stage, while the Midway twinkles and rumbles with carnival rides. The fair shows its "country" side with livestock pavilions, farm mechanic exhibits, and Agriland, where wee ones leans the joys of farm living while participating in pig chases. Adults get to cheer on monster truck rallies, tractor pulls, bull riders, UTV, and motocross races.