Clayton, Missouri is a suburb of St. Louis located in the inner ring area near Forest Park. It is an art aficionado’s paradise with numerous St. Louis art galleries and museums to explore along with specialty boutiques and antiques stores. The city of Clayton offers numerous hotels in the area with affordable rates along with wonderful restaurant and dining options ranging from casual outdoor cafes to elegant fine dining establishments with gourmet cuisine.
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One of the municipality’s main tourist attractions is their Art Fair which draws more than 15,000 people per year. The fair has been rated as the best in the region, and is held each September annually. The Taste of Clayton food event in St. Louis is held yearly, as is the Gallery Nights reception, where small cities around the suburb open their doors for night receptions and parties. Parties in the Park is another festival, as is The Big Read literary festival which is held each autumn. Particular notes to look out for include seasonal farmers markets, cocktail parties held in spring and summer, and a wide variety of events hosted by the city, and its many businesses.
Clayton is not home to any great historical buildings, but it is a thriving small economy full of bustling shops and businesses, offering tourists the ability to take in the STL lifestyle from a more peaceful perspective. While not as exciting as a visit to the arch or the perhaps the zoo, the city is worth a visit to anyone who wants to explore the city in depth, and truly see what local culture is all about. Whether visiting for the art fair, or at a time of year when nothing is happening, most tourists can enjoy the city to its fullest, although some of the eateries and cafes can be on the pricey side for budgeting visitors.
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Clayton is also famous for having some of the best art galleries in St. Louis, which draw a steady stream of tourists throughout the year for purchases and viewing. A night visit at the right time of the year can offer a rewarding gallery reception to art lovers, affording the ability to see new artists work, or to check out one of the area’s many famous artists.
Some of the many events include:
St. Louis Art Fair, sponsored by the non-profit organization Cultural Festivals, is an annual event that highlights the work of artists in all mediums. Additionally, this art fair has live performances and interactive art exhibits. The fair is located at 7818 Forsyth Boulevard and takes place in September.
Taste of Clayton, takes place at Shaw Park during the summer months. This food festival goes into the evening hours with live music and fireworks after 7pm.
Gallery Nights are special receptions and exhibit openings at the numerous art galleries in Clayton.
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Parties in the Park, a spring and summer tradition, take place the second Wednesday of the month from May through September from 5:00 to 8:30 pm. These street parties feature live music, STL Food, cocktails, and a chance to relax with family and friends under the stars. The location of the parties is Meramec Avenue in the block between Forsyth Boulevard and Maryland.
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