You don’t have to be an insider (or know people who know people) to experience the very best of the arts in St. Louis. Much of our city’s artistic pride and joy are available at our leisure—and many of them are free.

On any given day, a visit to Forest Park alone would yield some quality time with Monet, Pollock and Van Gogh at the Art Museum, or a dose of St. Louis’ glorious—and sometimes, tumultuous—past at the History Museum. At the start of summer, The Bard can be seen and heard through Shakespeare Festival’s annual production; and to welcome fall, the St. Louis Symphony serenades under the stars.

You’ll find Renoir, Botero and Trova strolling along the streets of Clayton. Or get to know Cass Gilbert a little better with a visit to the St. Louis Public Library’s Central Library.

I truly get excited just thinking about everything we, as St. Louisans, have at our fingertips. What are your favorite arts experiences? Tell us on Facebook,, or email me at