It’s a sure sign of summer when the Missouri Botanical Garden kicks off the annual Whitaker Music Festival. Rarely is there a better reason to pack up the family and head to the Shaw Neighborhood for an evening under the stars.
The music begins at 7pm. Come early, scout your perfect location among the rampant natural beauty of the gardens, and enjoy a wonderful evening of entertainment.
If you and your family and friends are cruising down Highway 44 on your way to the concert, why not jump off in Webster Groves to try the new Fizzy’s Soda Fountain and Grill? This throwback to different era is a place where you really get your burger your way, as it comes hot off the griddle you pile on your own toppings, including mayonnaise, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, freshly cut onion, relish, jalapeno peppers and banana peppers.
The big draw, however, are the sweet treats, like The Fizzy with Cream, aka an ice cream soda. The soda jerks at Fizzy’s hand mix cream with flavored syrups and then add the soda water and float a scoop of ice cream on top. There are a lot of flavors, but start with the classic Root Beer Float and work your way down the list.
Fizzy’s Soda Fountain and Grill, 29 North Gore Ave., Webster Groves, 314.395.4550, fizzyssodafountain.com. Open until 8pm.
Whitaker Music Festival at The Missouri Botanical Gardens, 4344 Shaw Blvd., mobot.org. The festival runs through Wed., Aug. 7. Admission is free after 5pm, and the last admission is at 9pm. The music begins at 7:30pm.