Let Them Eat Art

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Friday, July 13 from 6 PM to 11 PM
Historic Downtown Maplewood

2018 brings the 13th Annual Let Them Eat Art on Friday the 13th! This is Maplewood's whimsical tribute to Bastille Day held each year the second Friday evening of July.  The event features live art demonstrations by regional artists, live music, and food & drink by Maplewood's award-winning food purveyors.  Let Them Eat Art is not an art fair; it's a celebration of making art and enjoying art in the shops and on the streets of Historic Downtown Maplewood.  Get a preview of the event with Maximize St. Louis.

How the event works:  Let Them Eat Art is a self-guided event.  A list of entertainment, parking, etc. is listed below.  The event starts at 6 PM and it's a rolling event through 11 PM.  Not all activities start at 6 PM and not all activities run until 11 PM.  Most notably, kids' activities in Sutton Loop Park run from 6 PM to 9 PM.  The main stage headliner, Hobo Cane featuring Javier Mendoza will perform from 9 PM to 11 PM. Get the picture?  Here's all that we have to offer and of course, there are always surprises: 

Please visit our Facebook Event for more updates, photos, and information!

Here is the Interactive Directory of Everything!

Food & Drink 

Maplewood's award-winning will be offering a variety of food & drink items at Let Them Eat Art.  View the interactive map.

Music Abounds!

Sutton Main Stage, 2731 Sutton**
Farshid Etniko, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM  
Hobo Cane featuring Javier Mendoza, 9 PM to 11 PM
*Please note: Lawn chairs are permitted.  Coolers and outside food & drink are not permitted.**

Sutton Loop Park, 2800 Sutton
The Opera Bell Band (kid/family friendly)
6 PM to 9 PM

Citizens National Bank Park, 7300 Manchester
Saint Boogie Brass Band
7 PM to 10 PM

Streetside at The Benevolent King/Zee Bee Market, 7268/7270 Manchester
Acoustik Element
6 PM to 9 PM 

Mystic Valley Parking Lot, 7241 Manchester
Powerplay Band
6 PM to 9 PM

Streetside at SmithLee Productions, 7420 Manchester
Neil and Adam
Hosted/Sponsored by SmithLee Productions

Live Entertainment
Look for kid-friendly entertainment in Sutton Loop Park at Hazel and Sutton.  Including the Opera Bell Band, Circus Kaput (Elliot the Entertainer and Darren the Balloon Twister), Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Artists First (face painting and activities), Hi Tadah Top Spinning and a Craft Mafia craft activity.

Roaming entertainment includes the St. Louis Hoop Club and Aalim Belly Dancing.

Rusty Conklin and  Kathy Ann Duffin, chalk artists, will be creating a work of art at Marietta and Sutton.


This year's event will feature over 50 artists who are bringing their own interpretation of 
"Friday the 13th" to the event in the form of a custom-designed piece of art. View the Directory of Exclusive Creations 

Friday, July 13 will bring many artists into Maplewood. We have a special category at the event, "Artists Hosted by Businesses" and some are business owners in Maplewood. This year is really a "must-see" collection of artists and we hope you take the time to check out their work at the event.

Here is the online directory

Things to know before you arrive in Maplewood:

Street Closures

Sutton, Manchester and Marietta will all be subject to traffic changes and closures during the event.  View a list of street closures.


Parking is on street and at designated Event Parking lots.  Look for the Event Parking signs throughout Historic Downtown Maplewood.  All of our parking is free. Lots include:

1.  Citizens National Bank Parking Lot, northeast corner of Manchester and Oakview Terrace.
2.  Crossroads Presbyterian Church Lot, 2640 Oakview Terrace (just north of Manchester). 
3.  Maplewood Square Lot, 7307 Manchester 
4.  7415 Manchester (rear lot) enter at Margarette and Manchester.  
5.  7200 Manchester.
6.  Bellevue Parking Lot, northwest corner of Bellevue and Manchester.
7.  Immaculate Conception Church Lot, 2934 Marshall just two blocks south of Manchester.
8.  7300 Manchester, Marietta Parking Lot (rear lot), take Manchester south at Marshall and turn west onto Marietta. 

***Please do not park in private or unmarked lots, we cannot help you if you park illegally!!!***


Portable toilets are located at 7241 Manchester, 7300 Manchester and on the east side of 7373 Marietta.  There is a public restroom in Sutton Loop Park at 2801 Sutton.