What to do while in Illinois for NASCAR Cup Series

Schlafly Beer, in collaboration with STL Barkeep, will hold the Tower Grove Park Beer and Cocktail Garden every Friday and Saturday through October at the Ruins Pond in Tower Grove Park.  For information, visit www.schlafly.com.

Schlafly Beer, in collaboration with STL Barkeep, will hold the Tower Grove Park Beer and Cocktail Garden every Friday and Saturday through October at the Ruins Pond in Tower Grove Park. For information, visit www.schlafly.com.

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Here’s a list of local events happening Saturday for visitors who have traveled to the area for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Enjoy Illinois 300 race and for metro-east residents alike:

▪ Gardens in Bloom Tour — 9 am to 1 pm Tours in Belleville and Swansea. Tickets available at Sandy’s Back Porch, Effinger’s Garden Center, Creative Landscapes Garden Center, Ace Hardware – O’Fallon, Hometown Ace Hardware – Belleville, and University of Illinois Extension Offices in Waterloo or Collinsville or online at event.gives/gardensinbloom2022. Day of event tickets: West End Dental, 9460 W. Main St., Belleville. 618-939-3434.

▪ Missouri Botanical Garden Green Living Festival — 10 am St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis. The Missouri Botanical Garden’s annual Green Living Festival is returning in person as a series of pop-up events at institutions throughout the heart of St. Louis. The “Summer of Sustainability” series invites visitors to engage with experts at five events throughout the summer in a day of learning and exploring ideas for sustainable lifestyles. The June 4 event is included with free general admission to the Science Center. 314-577-5100.

▪ Belleville Museum Open House Day — 10 am to 2 pm Belleville. Visitors will enjoy a fun and educational day at several museums and historic sites in downtown Belleville. Activities include historical demonstrations, walking tours, exhibits, hands-on learning, music, workshops, refreshments and more. The overall event is free of charge, though individual groups may offer items for sale. Donations are greatly appreciated at all participating sites.

▪ 35th International Horseradish Festival — 11 am to 10 pm Uptown Collinsville. The free annual festival includes live music, food, activities – learn how to prepare your own horseradish – contests and much more.

▪ Tower Grove Park Beer and Cocktail Garden — 11 am to 4 pm Ruins Pond, Tower Grove Park, 4257 Northeast Drive, St. Petersburg Louis. Enjoy a variety of seasonal and classic Schlafly beer, four seasonally rotating cocktails from STL Barkeep, food truck fare, live music, yoga and yard games. Free to attend. A portion of the beer and cocktail proceeds will benefit Tower Grove Park.

▪ Ainad Shriners’ Cajun Blues Fest — 12:30-6 pm Crehan’s Irish Pub, 5500 and 5700 North Belt West, Belleville. Featuring music from Zydeco Crawdaddys from 1-5:30 pm and the Ainad Drum & Bugle Corps. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the gate. Entry includes Cajun meal: red beans and rice, sausage, crawfish, shrimp, corn and potatoes, beer, soda and water, while supplies last. Must be 21+ to attend.

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