12 Events Happening in St. Louis this May

Wednesday April 20, 2016

Happy May! Spring is now in full swing. Here are a few upcoming events in St. Louis for you to enjoy.

21st Annual St. Louis Microfest Beer Festival | May 6 – 7

Taste beers from more than 80 breweries and 100 international and craft brews during this annual beer festival. A ticket to one of three sessions includes a commemorative tasting glass, as well as access to cooking demonstrations, a silent auction, live music, food tents, and more. Times: Fri, May 6, 6 – 10 p.m. & Saturday, May 7, 1 – 5 p.m. and 6:30 – 10 p.m., Lower Muny parking lot & Theatre Drive, $40 per session.

Art Fair at Laumeier | May 6 – 8

A nationally acclaimed fine art and crafts fair featuring 150 juried artists from across the country displaying original works in ceramics, fiber/textiles, glass, jewelry, mixed media 2D, painting, photography/digital, printmaking/drawing, sculpture and wood. There will also be regional food vendors, a wine garden, and live music  throughout the weekend. Rain or shine. $10 admission.

Cinco de Mayo on Cherokee Street | May 7

St. Louis’ largest street celebration for Cinco de Mayo includes authentic food and drink, street entertainment, live music, arts, crafts, and specials at participating shops in the Cherokee neighborhood. Free. Time: 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Cherokee Street between Nebraska and Iowa avenues

15th Annual Art on the Square | May 13 – 15

Every spring, Art on the Square transforms downtown Belleville into an alfresco gallery, with 105 juried artists from all over the world. There’s also food, music, and a children’s art garden. Downtown Belleville, Free.

2016 Spirit of St. Louis Airshow and STEM Expo presented by Boeing | May 14 – 15

Watch and enjoy many amazing pilots including the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the Canadian Snowbirds including the CF-18 Hornet flight demonstration. Watch them perform some of their amazing flight maneuvers in an exciting aerial ballet across the sky.  The event’s popular STEM Expo, presented by MasterCard, highlights the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives of academic, business and not-for profit institutions in the St. Louis area and inspires youth to pursue these important areas.

Jersey Boys | May 18 – 22

The award-winning musical based on four rock n’ roll stars The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi., is not a show to miss. Receiving rave reviews and numerous die-hard fans, this musical is one that truly captures the essence of musical stardom.  This  story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. The Fabulous Fox Theatre.

Taste of Maplewood Street Festival | May 21

The Taste of Maplewood Festival brings together foodies, shoppers, and music lovers to enjoy the bites, sights, and sounds of a city known for everything hip and happening.  Visitors will enjoy live entertainment on two stages, including performances by the Jeremiah Johnson Band, PowerPlay, and more to be announced soon. “The Best of the Taste of Maplewood” food and drink contest, a feature added in recent years, promises to be spicier than ever. Sutton Boulevard, South of Manchester Road

Schlafly Art Outside | May 27 – 29

Schlafly Art Outside is changing it’s date.  Normally on the same weekend as the St. Louis Art Festival is now moving to May.  The annual art fair will feature affordable art from artists who reside within 100 miles of St. Louis. Schlafly Bottleworks.

2016 Metro St Louis Mid-America Chevy Dealers Ribfest – May 27 – 30

Barbeque and music are front-and-center in this festival in New Town St. Charles. Featuring a variety of musical acts, this festival is full of great hard-rocking tunes as well as delicious food (namely, ribs). Arrive a bit early to beat some of the lines, and get a full plate before concerts begin.

SPRING TO DANCE® FESTIVAL 2016 presented by Dance St. Louis & The Touhill | May 27 – 29

Michael Uthoff has retired from Dance St. Louis, but his brainchild Spring to Dance lives on. Now in its ninth year, the festival features 30 professional dance companies from all over the country, all performing in the span of one weekend. Touhill Performing Arts Center.

Gypsy Caravan | May 30

Those resisting the call of KonMari already have the Gypsy Caravan marked on the calendar—it’s the biggest vintage and antiques market in the Midwest. Even better, the money raised goes to benefit the St. Louis Symphony. Family Arena, St. Charles.

Great Rivers Biennal | May 6 – August 14

Now in its 13th year, the Contemporary Art Museum–St. Louis’ Great Rivers Biennial shows off work by rising local midcareer artists. This year, that’s Lyndon Barrois Jr., Nanette Boileau, and Tate Foley.

For a full list of events happening in May, check out our calendar of events. Also, be sure to share your photos of your St. Louis adventure using the hashtag #ExploreStLouis.

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