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Local Attractions

You won’t have to look far to fill up your social calendar in the greater St. Charles area. Whether it’s ongoing cultural offerings or a simple night out on the town you crave, you can take your pick here.

Culture

At the heart of St. Charles County, you’ll find the arts. A rich tradition of arts innovation and appreciation has helped shape the area and contributes in many creative ways to its success.

The Foundry Art Centre’s goal is to connect people with the arts through exhibitions, studio artists, performances and education. It hosts free performances, concerts, adult and children’s programs, summer camps and even a monthly book club in St. Charles. In addition, the center has a monthly “living art” series that offers free art-making events, led by local artists, to highlight the importance of art to personal well-being.

Missouri Artists on Main art gallery is located in the beautiful California House – a former stage coach stop – in St. Charles. At MAOM, there’s a variety of mediums and styles ranging from contemporary to traditional. The gallery features the work of more than Missouri 40 artists, plus classes to boot. In addition, the gallery hosts wine and cheese receptions with talks given by artists.

The Missouri Ballet Theatre was founded in 2009 in St. Peters, bringing first-class dance and educational performances to the community. The theater has held educational performances for more than 2,000 youth in order to promote continuing education and public awareness. The theater’s goal is to inspire and cultivate excellence in classical and contemporary dance through distinctive collaborations to explore the fusion of movement with other forms of artistic expression.

The J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts at Lindenwood University includes two theaters and an art gallery. The facility, which is used by performing arts and communications students, features classrooms, a costume shop, dance studios and faculty offices. The center also is home to national touring shows.

When it comes to creating public awareness of area arts activities, the St. Charles County Arts Council works to promote community art development. The council sponsors meetings, exhibits, workshops, cooperative displays and art shows.

St. Peters’ Cultural Arts Centre at City Hall welcomes artists and musicians of all ages and skill levels. The facility houses a performing arts theater, thematic art shows, exhibits, rentable gallery space, art and fencing classes, a music and voice lab, summer art camps, dance troops, and a Saturday Writers Group. Gallery space artwork rotates every two months.

The Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building on the campus of St. Charles Community College includes the Center Stage Theatre and Young People’s Theatre productions.

For live shows other than theater, The Family Arena in St. Charles assembles a diverse schedule of sporting events and concerts. Performers include renowned names in rock, heavy metal, country and oldies.

Nightlife

Take your appetite for a stroll down Main Street in St. Charles, where there’s more than 25 restaurants to choose from. With offerings from BBQ to fondue to more formal dining, the historic district has it all.

At Braddens, this comfy, brick-walled eatery offers American fare and wine every day of the week. Or stop by Llywelyn’s Pub. Located in a renovated historic bank, it offers Celtic food, music and shuffleboard. Smack dab in the middle of the action is Tony’s on Main Street. The American menu here includes everything from ribeyes to garlic shrimp to grilled chicken clubs. With a sports-bar vibe, there are TVs on hand to make sure you don’t miss the big game. For music, the Old Mill Stream Inn Restaurant and Beer Garden is always playing something, whether it be live or recorded. And if it’s barbecue you crave, be sure to hit Hendricks for some award-winning fare in the lovingly restored waterworks building.

The region’s newest shopping and dining destination is Streets of St. Charles – a big go-to on date night. It has a movie theater, with hotels on the way. Some of the hotspots to grab some nosh or dessert at are Firebirds Wood-Fired Grill, Tucanos Brazilian Grill, Bar Louie, PF Chang’s, Prasino, Pieology, Wasabi Sushi Bar, and U-Swirl/Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

For those feeling lucky, Ameristar Casino Resort Spa in St. Charles has slot and video machines and live game tables in its 24-hour facility. Try your hand at blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat and much more.

Spectator Sports

While hockey and baseball teams like the Blues and Cardinals usually dominate St. Louis sports talk, the St. Louis Ambush bring professional indoor soccer to the table, too.

For minor league play, check out the River City Rascals baseball team, based in O’Fallon. The Rascals are a member of the West Division of the Frontier League and play home games at T.R. Hughes Ballpark.

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