What to Do in St. Louis This Weekend

 In Culture, Guide

Can you believe it’s already May? This weekend, don’t miss one of the city’s biggest annual street festivals—plus the usual in art, dining and entertainment from May 2-May 9!

23rd Annual St. Louis Micro Beer Fest
This weekend, the 23rd Annual St. Louis Micro Beer Fest returns to Forest Park for three separate sessions. Tasting glass in hand, you can sample beers from over 125 international and craft brewers, jam to live music and observe cooking demonstrations, food-and-beer pairings and brewing discussions. Proceeds from the festival go toward funding Lift For Life Gym, a local nonprofit offering children a safe and educational after-school environment.

When: May 4 from 6-10 p.m., May 5 from 1-5 p.m. and 6:30-10 p.m.
Where: Upper MUNY Parking Lot in Forest Park
Price: $45 general admission, $77 VIP

Building the Future Party and Washington University MFA 2018 Opening
The Master of Fine Arts program at Washington University has launched some of the city’s most vibrant and important artists. Come toast the Washington University MFA Class of 2018 at the opening of their thesis exhibition at Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, on view through May 21. This evening is made even more special thanks to a performance by DJ Agile One, a photo station, and gelato for purchase from Gelato Di Riso on the Hill. The Kemper closes for expansion on May 22, so let’s honor this St. Louis institution and the work of these emerging artists!

When: May 4 from 7-9 p.m.
Where: Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
Price: Free

Cinco de Mayo Cherokee Street Festival
Cherokee becomes a whirlwind of color and life during the annual Cinco de Mayo Cherokee Street Festival celebrating Mexico’s victory at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. Stroll along Cherokee between Jefferson and Nebraska with a margarita or a mango con chile in hand. Sample mouthwatering fare from local restaurants (try all the tacos, of course!) and enjoy a lineup of entertainment across several stages. The People’s Joy Parade, presented by the Community Arts and Movement Project, will begin at its traditional time of 1:11 p.m.

When: May 5 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Where: Cherokee Street
Price: Food and drink for purchase

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Image courtesy of the Cherokee Street Development League.


Kentucky Derby Day Parties
It’s not every year that Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby fall on the same day, and the city is exploding with parties! Gamlin Whiskey House in the Central West End offers complimentary mint juleps to put you in a derby state of mind. Scape, Sanctuaria Wild Tapas, and 360 St. Louis host separate watch parties and hat contests. Big Daddy’s fuses the two occasions with tacos, margaritas and derby drinks. Wherever you end up, enjoy food and drink specials throughout the afternoon.

When: May 5 from 3-6 p.m.
Where: All over!
Price: Tickets, food and drink for purchase

Lift for Life’s 8th Annual Celebrate Success Fashion Show
Dine at the Ritz for a good cause this weekend at the 8th Annual Celebrate Success Fashion Show presented by Lift For Life Academy, the city’s first independent charter school. Enjoy a delicious meal, a silent auction and a fashion show where students from the school’s Fashion Design class have the opportunity to showcase the designs they’ve worked hard on all year.

When: May 6 at 12 p.m.
Where: The Ritz-Carlton in Clayton
Price: $125 for a single ticket, $1,250 for a table of 10

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Image courtesy of Lift for Life.

Gaslight Songwriter Showcase
Every other month, the Gaslight selects five talented musicians, singers and songwriters to perform original music at their Songwriter Showcase. At the Gaslight on Shaw, music-lovers can order food and drinks at their bar and lounge while enjoying the live music from bands in the high-quality in-house recording studio. Another plus: there’s no cover!

When: May 6 from 7-10 p.m.
Where: The Gaslight
Price: Free, drinks for purchase

Mt. Joy at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room
ALT 104.9 presents Mt. Joy, a Los Angeles-based folk-rock group founded by two transplants from Philadelphia. The band burst onto the scene in 2016 with their single “Astrovan,” which quickly gained traction on Spotify and online. Their debut album, released in March of this year, contains more jangly jams that fans of bands like Rainbow Kitten Surprise will love, perfect for driving down the coast with the windows down.

When: May 8 at 8 p.m.
Where: The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
Price: $13-15

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