9 Cultural Events to Attend in St. Louis This May

May is ushering in a number of food, music, art and dining events in St. Louis worth adding to your agenda.

1. St. Louis Storytelling Festival Finale, 5/5
Presented by the University of Missouri Extension Community Arts Program, the St. Louis Storytelling Festival Finale focuses on fascinating ancient stories. In its 39th year, this free event showcases grand-finale performances by the festival’s featured storytellers at the  Touhill Performing Arts Center.

2. St. Louis Microfest, 5/4-5/5
The 2018 St. Louis Microfest is the perfect place to welcome spring and experience new flavors. The two-day festival boasts a variety of craft and international brews to try, surrounded by live music, food and brewer demonstrations.

3. The Cinco De Mayo Festival On Cherokee Street, 5/5
The holiday has come to symbolize a celebration of Mexican heritage in the U.S., and St. Louis’ diverse Cherokee Street arts district hosts a truly epic Cinco De Mayo festival every year. Expect authentic Mexican cuisine, drinks, Latin-American dance, music and more, with an average of 45,000 attendees per year.

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Photo courtesy of Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, paintings by artist Amy Sherald.

4. Summer Exhibitions Opening At The Contemporary Art Museum Friday, 5/11
Summer Exhibitions will soon open at the Contemporary Art Museum, which includes work from the museum’s Great Rivers Biennial exhibition winners, local artists Addoley Dzegede, Sarah Paulsen and Jacob Stanley. Each artist received a $20,000 grant and a show in the main gallery spaces, which opens with a Member Preview from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 11, and a Public Reception to follow from 7 to 9 p.m.

5. Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis, 5/10-5/19
The annual Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis is a revelation in cultural events and pays tribute to the renowned playwright, who spent many of his formative years in St. Louis and attended Soldan High School. This year’s festival theme centers around Williams’ time in New Orleans’ French Quarter, with a main stage production of “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

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Photo courtesy of Alexander Liberman, “The Way” by Kevin J. Miyazaki.

6. Laumeier Art Fair, 5/11- 5/13
The 105 acres of Laumeier Sculpture Park is chock full of artistic and architectural feats, such as the park’s famous sculpture, “The Way,” by Alexander Liberman. At 65-feet high, the piece is constructed out of steel oil tanks painted red. See “The Way” and more at this year’s Laumeier Art Fair, with food and drink from local vendors, activities for kids and more.

7. Fest-of-Ale at The Missouri Botanical Garden, 5/18
Helmed by the Missouri Botanical Gardens’ Young Friends group, the 11th annual Fest-of-Ale brings together many aspects of the St. Louis experience: the beautiful Botanical Garden, regional microbreweries, beer-tasting and live music.

8. Missouri Botanical Gardens Whittaker Music Festival, 5/23
May 23 marks the first concert in the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Whittaker Concert Series, in which attendees can bring food, drink and lawn chairs to enjoy live music amidst the flowers and foliage, for free. Jazz extraordinaire Gene Jackson kicks off the festival, followed by local rock band Brothers Lazaroff.

9. Schlafly Art Outside Festival, 5/25
For an event that brings together two of our favorite things—art and beer—you’ll love the Schlafly Art Outside Festival, hosted by one of the city’s beloved breweries. The festival began in 2004 and has been emphasizing appreciation of art and culture ever since. This year, get ready for beer tasting, various eats and the work of new local artists for inspiration.

Cover image courtesy of Nataniel Susantoputra.

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