Plan for the ultimate Memorial Day experience in St. Charles

Memorial Day is a little ways away but will be here in no time! Don’t get caught without any plans for the weekend especially since there is so much going on in St. Charles! We have so much going on for everyone to come and explore the town, the amazing St. Charles Fine Art Show and more! Let’s get started on how you should plan for the weekend.

First, the hotel room: gotta make sure you have a place to stay for the weekend! Lucky for you, St. Charles has fantastic hotels to accommodate all your needs. If you’re looking for a hotel near the Fine Art Show and in the heart of St. Charles, Hotel Baker is your best bet. The historic hotel is not only convenient, but provides unrivaled views of the downtown and the Fox River, has a fantastic restaurant and martini bar inside it with ROX and is surrounded by all the amenities of downtown St. Charles.

Along with Hotel Baker, there are plenty of other amazing hotels to choose from. All are utilizing the latest booking and safety standards so that you can book your stay quickly and easily, while experiencing safety and comfort during your stay! Check out the rates for the hotels below so you can find the best one for you!

Hilton Garden Inn From $111/night
Hotel Baker From $193/night
Quality Inn From $72/night
Hampton Inn & Suites From $124/night
Courtyard by Marriott From $133/night
Holiday Inn Express From $98/night
Best Western From $105/night
Fairfield Inn & Suites From $127/night
Geneva Motel Inn From $75/night
Super 8 Motel From $54/night
*Room prices subject to change. Prices updated as of 4/12/2021*

Next we have to figure out what you are going to do. It would be sm-ART of you to head around town to the various events and places that will DRAW you in a world of fine art, fun and beauty for you to SCULPT some PICTURE perfect memories.

This year may see some additional changes, but one thing will remain certain: the St. Charles Fine Art show will bring talented artists from across the U.S. to downtown St. Charles to showcase art in a variety of mediums. Typically, mediums such as ceramics, painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry, mixed media and glass can be found at the show, though each year brings new artists with other mediums! Come wander and peruse through the various art and even purchase one for yourself! To find more out about the event, visit our website.

Now the Fine Art Show isn’t the only place you’ll be able to find art during the weekend. Here are some ideas on where you can find other art!

Sculptures in the Park – Mount St. Mary’s Park is not only gorgeous in it’s stunning views of the river, but also the iconic sculptures that are placed throughout the park. Throw on your walking shoes to take a walk in the park to see amazing sculptures that have been crafted by insanely talented artists. The walk is free but be ready to be rewarded with art you can’t find anywhere else!

116 Gallery features amazing local art for all to enjoy.

116 GALLERY – Located right on Main Street inside the Mixology Salon, 116 GALLERY hosts stunning, local art – such as paintings, sculptures, digital media and more- in a sleek and chic gallery that will wow all who come in to see! They also will be hosting an event that weekend so be sure to check out their Facebook for updates and information!

Make some memories at Pinot’s Palette and other DIY art shops.

DIY Paint Shops – When you come to St. Charles, instead of buying or looking at art, why not make your own? St. Charles is home to amazing DIY Board and Paint Shops. Join a class at Pinot’s Palette or Board and Brush to make and take some art home with you! Both places also have BYOB to have some extra fun!

Fine Line Creative Arts Center – Take a journey out of the downtown and into a world of art of all kinds! Fine Line Creative Arts Center features the Kavanagh Gallery, which features exhibitions representing a variety of mediums. Also check out the Dempsey Artisan Shop for art pieces, materials and more!

Downtown St. Charles Murals – Break out those selfie sticks or grab a friend to take a picture at one of the many murals in downtown St. Charles. Stop by the Be You Sculpture in the First Street Plaza by Alter Brewing, the Flowers mural in First Street Plaza by Gia Mia, the Find Beauty in Everyday mural on HM Hair Bar’s building, Forever Yogurt’s St. Charles Mural in their shop and more! Explore the downtown to find all kinds of murals for that perfect background.


And of course, there are some things you can’t plan for, so just have fun winging it in our scenic downtown for everything you could want: dine inside or out on the patios at one of our restaurants and cafes, shop till you drop at our amazing retail businesses, or find activities such as live music, Fox River water activities and more. For ideas on what to do once you finish perusing the Fine Art Show, check out our itineraries for whole lists on how to spend your time in St. Charles!

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