You're unlikely to find a better date night than Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Imagine sitting on a blanket on a hillside while the stars emerge, with crickets chirping and the sounds of two sets of bickering lovers rattling out of the nearby Athenian woods. Don't worry, the faerie King and Queen will work out their troubles in the end, but not before having a little fun at the expense of mortals Helena, Demetrius, Hermia and Lysander. A Midsummer Night's Dream returns to Shakespeare Glen with some new features. For starters, there are the new songs composed jointly by Peter Mark Kendall and the Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra. You can also enjoy Schlafly's newest beer, 1616, especially brewed for the festival. Picnics are welcome, but if you prefer to wing it, the festival sells food and drinks on-site — and that will be your only expense for the evening, because admission is free. A Midsummer Night's Dream is performed at 8 p.m. every night except Tuesday (June 3 to 26) at Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park, just off Art Hill (www.sfstl.com).
Price: free admission