Let Them Eat Art

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Friday, July 14 from 6 PM to 11 PM
Historic Downtown Maplewood

Welcome to the 12th Annual Let Them Eat Art, 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.  

The Sutton Cortege, a celebratory walk up Sutton to kick-off the festivities!

Come meet KSDK's Show Me St. Louis hosts Heidi Glaus and Dana Dean as they help kick-off the event at the Sutton Main Stage. There will be a procession of artists and performers led by Saint Boogie Brass Band from Sutton Loop Park starting at 6:30 PM. Join in the fun. 

Look for updates and information about our artists and entertainers on our Facebook Event Page

Here's what we have at Let Them Eat Art This Year:


This year's Let Them Eat Artists are coming to the event with their visually stunning artist designed umbrellas.  The umbrellas will be offered for sale by the artists and will be on display at the event.  Here is the directory.

A number of our businesses host their own artists.  Here is a directory.

Many of the artists come to Let Them Eat Art to show off their talents and share their stories with guests, we hope you take the time to engage with them.

Entertainers (Includes a List of Kids' Activities)

Live music, hoop dancing, belly dancing, face painting, a juggler, a top spinner and more!  There are more than 25 entertainers at Let Them Eat Art.  Here is a directory.

Food & Drink 

Food & Drink Guide This is an interactive Google map, you can save it to your phone and use it while you are at the event.  There are over 30 food purveyors, all in the heart of Historic Downtown Maplewood.

Please note: no outside coolers are permitted at the event.  Food & Drink are available for sale.

Merchant Open Houses & Activities

More than 25 open houses and activities in your favorite Maplewood shops. Knifemaking demonstrations, artist demonstrations, live music, specials, give-aways and surprises await you!
Merchant Open House & Activity Guide.

Things to know before you arrive in Maplewood:

Street Closures

Sutton Blvd. will be closed between Manchester and Hazel starting at 4 PM. Sutton will be closed very briefly between Railroad Street and Saratoga Lanes starting at 6:30 PM for the parade.  This will only take about 10 minutes, we thank you in advance for your patience.

The south parking lane of the 7300 block of Manchester will be closed for the duration of the event starting at 5 PM.

Marietta will be closed at the western end of the block just after the western driveway of the parking lot.  This will begin at 4 PM and stay in effect for the duration of the event.


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.  Dobbs Tire, 7447 Manchester.
4.  Jay B. Smith Funeral Home Parking Lot, 7456 Manchester.  
5.  7415 Manchester (rear lot) enter at Margarette and Manchester.  
6.  People’s Health Center, 7200 Manchester.
7.  Bellevue Parking Lot, northwest corner of Bellevue and Manchester.
8.  Immaculate Conception Church Lot, 2934 Marshall just two blocks south of Manchester.
9.  7300 Manchester, Marietta Parking Lot (rear lot), take Manchester south at Marshall and turn west onto Marietta.
10.  7300 Manchester, Shop n' Save lot, the south row of the lot and east side of the lot (by Citizens National Bank) are event parking.

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


Portable toilets are located at 7195 Manchester and 7300 Manchester.  There is a public restroom in Sutton Loop Park at 2801 Sutton.

Schedule of Music

Main Stage Performers

The Sutton Main Stage is at 2731 Sutton

  • The Gene Dobbs Bradford Blues Experience, 7 PM to 9 PM  
  • Jeremiah Johnson Band, 9:30 PM to 11:30 PM

Sutton Loop Park Stage

2801 Sutton
Elliot Ranney, 6 PM to 9 PM 

Citizens National Bank Stage

7300 Manchester
Saint Boogie Brass Band, 7 PM to 10 PM 

Intaglia Home and Garden Stage  

7195 Manchester
Kecia Davis, 6 PM to 9 PM   

Sutton Cortege - A celebratory walk to kick-off Let Them Eat Art

Come meet KSDK's Show Me St. Louis hosts Heidi Glaus and Dana Dean as they help kick-off the event at the Sutton Main Stage at 6:30 PM.  There will be a procession of artists and performers from Sutton Loop Park starting at 6:30 PM.  Join in the fun.  

General Inquiries

Contact the Let Them Eat Art Manager


Vendor Policy