What to Do in St. Louis This Weekend
This weekend, see two theater productions written by a St. Louis legend, shop for Mother’s Day at several local pop-up shops and markets, nosh and people-watch at the season’s first weekly food truck gathering, load up on fresh berries during an annual produce festival and more.
Sauce Food Truck Friday
This Friday marks the long-awaited return of Sauce Food Truck Friday in Tower Grove Park. Grab your picnic blanket and make your way to the park to sample local offerings from more than 20 local trucks and enjoy live music. Skip the lines with the purchase of a Speed Pass online. A note on parking: Drivers can no longer enter the park from Kingshighway, so head through Shaw to Magnolia Avenue or South Grand to Arsenal Street instead.
When: May 10 from 4-8 p.m.
Where: Tower Grove Park
Price: Free entry
Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis
The Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis returns to Grand Center this weekend for 10 theater-packed days celebrating St. Louis’ own legendary playwright. See the “steamy and startling” “The Night of the Iguana,” which follows a disillusioned pastor as he finds refuge among a motley crew of characters in a rundown resort. Four eccentric women star in “A Lovely Sunday for Creve Ceour,” one of Williams’ few plays set in St. Louis—which served as the inspiration behind “The Golden Girls.” Theater buffs should make a point to attend the festival’s panel series on May 11 to dive deeper into Williams’ life and work.
When: May 9-19
Where: The Grandel
Laumeier’s 32nd Annual Art Fair
Bring the whole family to the Laumeier Sculpture Park’s 32nd Annual Art Fair stretching all weekend long. Explore the park in Sunset Hils, enjoy bites and beverages, participate in hands-on kids’ activities, groove to live music and get inspired by work from up to 150 juried artists from around the country.
When: May 10-12
Where: Laumeier Sculpture Park
Washington University MFA Thesis Exhibition
Support the next generation of artists at the Washington University MFA Thesis Exhibition, featuring students from the Sam Fox School of Art & Design, on display May 10 through July 12. During the opening reception on Friday, meet the artists, mingle with other members of the arts community and see work spanning a diverse array of media and themes at The Luminary on Cherokee Street. After the event wraps up, head next door to Monaco to catch the last hour of the opening of their new exhibitions “Time Share” and “Warm Welcome.”
When: May 10 from 6-9 p.m.
Where: The Luminary
Takashima Records and May’s Place collaborate this Friday in The Grove to present Vinyl Market, featuring a special supply of vinyl selected by more than 20 record aficionados. Enjoy a brew or a cocktail from The Ready Room bar while you shop for new tunes.
When: May 10 from 7 p.m.-12 a.m.
Where: The Ready Room
TechArtista’s Five-Year Anniversary Party
All night on Friday, celebrate five years of TechArtista, a coworking space and innovation hub in the Central West End. 4 Hands Brewing Co. and 1220 Spirits will be slinging brews and cocktails, and Thai 202 will provide sustenance while supplies last. Party on the rooftop patio, win prizes and don’t miss live performances by local talent Mvstermind and artists from the FarFetched label.
When: May 10 from 7-11 p.m.
Retro at Ritz
Found by the Pound on South Grand brings together a slew of St. Louis’ vintage, retro, handmade and boutique vendors this Saturday for Retro at Ritz. Shop clothing, accessories and more from outposts like Kandyland Vintage and Kreations, Pulpy Thrift, Afterlife Vintage and Thrift Gold.
When: May 11 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Found by the Pound
Price: Free entry
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company hosts another installation of its SummerMarkt series on Saturday afternoon at the Midtown Brewery & Biergarten. Lunch on food specials and shop from more than 20 local vendors both indoors and on the expansive patio, including Arch Apparel, Sprouted Designs, Stonebelt Supply and more.
When: May 11 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Urban Chestnut in Midtown
Price: Free entry
Mother’s Day brunches
Treat mom to a luxurious Sunday brunch at elegant establishments around the city, including the ballroom at the Chase Park Plaza, Grand Tavern By David Burke, Ritz-Carlton and Café St. Louis at the Missouri History Museum. Check the links for amenities like per-person pricing for varied brunch buffets, live music and spectacular views of the city.
When: May 12
Illinois Strawberry Festival
Throughout May, take a family field trip to Eckert’s Belleville Farm for the annual Illinois Strawberry Festival. Pick your own fresh berries, eat special strawberry treats like Eckert’s frozen custard, dance to live music, and enjoy carnival rides and kids’ activities.
When: May 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 and 27
Where: Eckert’s Belleville Farm
Price: Free to attend; food, beverage and activity prices vary
Featured image courtesy of Soroush Karimi.