Special Events

social events

Fun and Networking Opportunities

All Day Hydration Station


There will be complimentary beverages all day on both Thursday and Friday in the Midway Exhibit Hall. Thank you to these GSLDS Specialists for sponsoring this event:

Sip ‘n Shop Happy Hour

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2021 at 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Save your shopping list for end of the year specials! Visit with colleagues and exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall for an evening of fun. Enjoy a variety of complimentary appetizers and beer or wine. Thank you to these GSLDS Specialists for sponsoring this event:

Sweet Tooth Breaks

Morning Breaks: 9:30 – 10:00am (and) 10:00 – 10:30am
Afternoon Breaks: 2:30 – 3:00pm (and) 3:00 – 3:30pm

Enjoy complimentary coffee and snacks in the Midway Exhibit Hall during all breaks. Thank you to these GSLDS Specialist Sponsors:

Under the Sea Social Event

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2021 at 7:00 pm

Join us Thursday evening for a splashin’ good time! Bring the whole family!

Enjoy an open bar while exploring the Confluence and Global River Galleries on the First Floor River Side, move through the Second Floor River Side and Touch Tanks, cross into the Ocean Side and down Shark Canyon and Shark Gallery, through the Bioluminescence Hallway and into The Deep, and return through the Vista before landing in Midway East for a delicious dinner. Throughout the tour, there will be animal care specialists to answer any questions about the Aquarium. Open to all MCDC attendees, exhibitors and their families. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

History & Architecture of Union Station Luncheon

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2021 at 11:30 am

Join Resident Historian, Darlene Menietti, as she presents the history of St. Louis Union Station. Built-in 1894 as the biggest train station in the country, Union Station served as a major transportation hub during World War II, with more than 200,000 passengers a month. While the Station played a big role in transportation, its architectural splendor is like no other in the Midwest. Learn of little hidden gems to look for as you explore this beautiful building during your stay.

A Day in the Life of the Aquarium Luncheon

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2021 at 11:30 am
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2021 at 11:30 am

All convention attendees are invited. Enjoy a relaxing lunch and find out what it takes to feed 13,000 animals, clean one million gallons of water, and keep thousands of guests happy each and every day at the Aquarium. Available on both Thursday and Friday.

Gateway to the West Luncheon

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2021 at 11:30 am

Historian Resident Darlene Menietti breaks down the railroading history of St. Louis to expose the REAL “Gateway to the West.” Learn how Abraham Lincoln faced Jefferson Davis, over a railroad dispute, years before the Civil War. And, what did the railroad system have to do with that famous “Dewey Defeats Truman” picture on the back of a railroad car?

20% Discount on Attractions


Fill your getaway with a variety of activities and adventures all in one place. Show your Mid-Continent badge to receive 20% off during your stay on all the attractions below! (Tickets must be purchased in person; discount not available online.) Visit stlouisunionstation.com/explore for further information.