10 Ways to Celebrate Spring in St. Charles
Dine outdoors, attend the St. Charles Historic House Tour and do the Spring ArtWalk.
1. Clean Up Your Town
A few St. Charles residents organized a clean up of downtown St. Charles. Dubbed the iClean event, locals are invited to get out and clean up the community from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 1. Members of the St. Charles County Young Professionals Group are planning to attend. Nothing feels better than being outside and giving back.
2. Dine alfresco
While evening outdoor dining may be a bit chilly in March, lunch or brunch on the patio sounds perfect. Many places on North Main Street have sidewalk dining available (from Picasso's to Frankie Tocco's to Ham's Deli). Or eat at one of the many establishments with an outdoor patio (Magpie's and Miss Aimee B's Tea Room have shady tables outdoors).
3. Adult Easter Egg Hunt
If you have kids, you're probably already planning to have breakfast with the Easter Bunny or go on an egg hunt. You are never too old to join in the fun. Check out the upcoming New Town Adult Easter Egg Hunt on April 7. Register from 5-6:30 p.m., hunt at 7 p.m.
4. Ride the Katy Trail
Rent or borrow a bike and head for the Katy Trail on a Saturday. Start somewhere near Frontier Park and head west toward Defiance where you can stop for lunch. It's about 40 miles round trip. If you're not up to that distance, try riding to the Greens Bottom Trailhead, which is 6.2 miles each way.
5. Discover Your Inner Scot
The Missouri Tartan Festival is among the first festivals in St. Charles each year. The three-day event in Frontier Park includes opportunities to learn more about Scottish history, see live drumming, piping and dancing, and see demonstrations of people throwing hammers, stones and trees in the heavy athletic games. This year the event is April 13, 14 and 15.
Check out the wide range of historic homes in St. Charles during the "St. Charles Through the Years" house tour from 1-5 p.m. April 15. Tour homes built in the 1890s, 1900s, 1930s, 1940s, 1960s and 2010. Head here for more information.
7. Buy Some New Duds
Pack up the winter sweaters and stop by a locally-owned clothing shop to stock up on springy looks. Jake's on Main has new St. Charles hats, Lillians is exploring color and MOss has locally designed clothing options.
8. Spring ArtWalk
Stroll along North Main Street and see juried art that is on display in participating businesses during the annual Spring ArtWalk April 27-29. The free, three-day event ends with a "Patron's Preference Auction" on Sunday.
9. Watch the Sunrise
Get up early and head toward the Missouri River. Park and walk through Frontier Park and watch the river roll past as the sun rises. The cool, crisp morning and flowers blooming is a great way to start the day.
Experience life during Lewis and Clark's time May 19-20 and learn more about the history of St. Charles. Participate in the fire starting competition, listen to the Fife and Drum Corps, and experience the reenactment of the discovery expedition.