Culture and Recreation in West County
West St. Louis County residents have a number of cultural and recreational activities in their own “backyard” and throughout the metropolitan area. Activities include community celebrations, nationally known performing art groups, historic walking tours, four professional sport teams, and much more.
The West St. Louis County area has many community celebrations throughout the year. The City of Ballwin features an event called Ballwin Days, which includes a five-mile parade, sports tournaments, carnival rides, a talent show, and live entertainment. Ellisville offers free “Concerts in the Park” at Bluebird Park every Thursday night from June til August. The weekend after Labor Day is homecoming in Manchester. The fair includes midway rides, band concerts, a variety of contests, and much more. Valley Days, hosted by Valley Bank, is held in mid-August. It includes a Parade with commercial entries, rides, music, a baby contest and more. In addition, residents of all ages can enjoy Wildwood Days, a celebration of a community joining together to recognize and celebrate a strong-rooted heritage.
A wide array of renowned performing arts companies and theaters are based in the metropolitan area. The Muny, a 12,000-seat outdoor amphitheater, is located in St. Louis’ Forest Park, and presents musicals, plays, dances, and popular headliners from around the country. The “Fabulous Fox” is a restored 1929 movie palace which provides an interesting backdrop for concert performances, touring theatrical productions, ballet, special events, and classic films. The Riverport Amphitheater, in northwest St. Louis County, has 20,000 seats and uses state-of-the-art sound and video systems to present outdoor concerts by major recording artists.
There are several communities in West St. Louis County with well-equipped parks and extensive recreational programs for all ages. Ballwin’s well-developed parks and recreational facilities include a municipal golf course, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, and two recreational centers. Ellisville has 10 parks, which weave through neighborhoods and connect by multi-trails. They comprise 13% of the City’s total size. The City’s Aquatic Park opens this summer. The 5 parks located within Manchester total approximately 55 acres of parkland. Each offers different amenities attractive to residents and families. The City of Valley Park has four parks, which provide residents with ball fields, picnic areas, open space recreation area, and much more. Wildwood boasts 12 square miles of beautiful parkland, which includes Babler State Park, Rockwoods Reservation, and Greensfelder County Park.
St. Louis is home to professional baseball, hockey, and soccer teams. Athletic associations in Ballwin, Ellisville, and Manchester provide baseball and softball leagues for young people and adults.