Cortex Rolls Out a Full Summer Calendar of Outdoor Events

Cortex Commons will host a monthly maker market, farmers' market, lunchtime concerts, and the Square Pop-Up Emporium.

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Cortex has announced a slew of outdoor events happening this summer in Cortex Commons. From food truck lunches to pop-up markets and live concerts, the outdoor space will play host to several events a week. Mark your calendar with these.

Live at Lunch – Mondays and Fridays by the Food Trucks

Cortex and The Sheldon have teamed up to bring some of the best local musicians and restaurants directly to the Cortex campus at lunchtime on Mondays and Fridays. Open to anyone, the Live at Lunch series is a great opportunity to hang out, meet new people, and even battle it out on the lawn with some bocce ball, ladder golf, wiffle ball and other games.

What’s more, visitors can expect to see new food trucks each week.

“You shouldn’t see the same truck more than once a month because we’re trying to maintain a variety, and keep things open,” said Jessica LaBozzetta, Cortex Special Events Manager.

Music schedule:
May 12: The Bottle Snakes
June 9: Harvey Lockhart and the Collective
July 14: Emily Wallace & Jim Peters
August 11: Farshid Etniko
September 8: Crystal Lady
October 13: Devon Cahill

For more information, check out the Cortex events calendar.

Square’s Pop-Up Emporium – May 19, 11am to 2pm

Discover great local businesses while shopping for summertime goods at Square’s Pop-Up Emporium on May 19. Square, the mobile payments company founded by two St. Louisans and now employing around 200 employees in the Cortex district, has hand-picked more than 20 local vendors for the event. Vendors include STL-Style, the Sarcastic Nutritionist, Lonesome Traveler, Wang Dang Doodle Press, Left Bank Books and more.

St. Louis indie-folk band Letter to Memphis will provide the music, and Guerilla Street Food and Slide Piece will serve lunch. You can find out more about Square’s Pop-Up Emporium and share it with your friends by visiting the event’s Facebook page.

Maker Market – 2nd Monday of Each Month, 11am-1pm

Check out what the members of TechShop have been crafting at the Maker Markets held on the second Monday of each month.

“It’s a great way for the makers to come interact with our community and showcase what they’ve been doing behind closed doors and actually sell some of the stuff they’ve made,” LaBozzetta said.

In addition to shopping, visitors can grab some lunch from the food trucks and play lawn games. Check out the event’s Facebook page for more details.

Farmers’ Market – Third Monday of Each Month, 11am-1pm

Whether it’s to grab a quick lunch or knock out some grocery shopping, visitors will find everything from meats and cheeses to teas and tamales at the Cortex Farmers’ Markets held on the third Monday of each month. Some participating vendors include Good Life Growing, Windcrest Dairy Farm, and City Greens Market. Find out more on the farmers’ market Facebook page.

Whether it’s to shop, grab lunch, or take free yoga classes on the commons every Tuesday, LaBozzetta says she’s always excited to see neighbors and others from outside Cortex visit the commons.

“Our events are open to anyone – you don’t have to be a Cortex employee to come by.”