21 Events Happening in St. Louis this May 2019
Happy May! Discover a packed calendar of can’t-miss events in May, including Cinco De Mayo on Cherokee, Gateway Arch RiverBoat Cruises, U.S. Women’s Soccer, Memorial Day weekend festivities and so much more.
2019 St. Louis Microfest | May 3 – 4
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.
Experience St. Louis’ exciting annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration on Cherokee Street. Join in on the fun on Saturday, May 4th from 11am-10pm. The festival is filled with people enjoying authentic food, drinks, music and entertainment and also provides a variety of free kid and family friendly artistic activities throughout the day.
Get ready to walk in the steps of history as the 17th Annual Mary Meachum Celebration takes place on Saturday, May 4, from 12 – 5 p.m. along the Mississippi Greenway (28 E. Grand Ave.). All ages are invited to the reenactment of this important part of history. This year’s theme is “Africans to Americans: 400 Years of History.”
Rachel Whiteread | Through June 9
London to Vienna to D.C., and finally, St. Louis! The Rachel Whiteread Exhibit is on display at the Saint Louis Art Museum. See more than 90 innovative sculptures, drawings, and photographs from one of the world’s leading contemporary artists.
Twilight Tuesdays | May 7, 14, 21, and 28
Get ready for another great season with Twilight Tuesdays, the Missouri History Museum’s popular, free outdoor concert series. Twilight Tuesdays takes place on the front lawn and offers spectacular musical lineups including Kim Massie’s Tribute to Aretha Franklin, Dreamgirls Performed by Willena Vaughn and more. Grab your blankets and lawn chairs, pack your picnic basket, and come hear some terrific music under a beautiful Forest Park sunset.
Grapes in the Garden | May 10
Taste more than 250 wines, both international and domestic, while enjoying live music and a beautiful spring evening in the Garden. Attendees receive a souvenir tasting glass and festival program highlighting the wines served, and wine specialists from Schnucks are available to answer questions and guide your sampling adventure.
Laumeier’s 32nd Annual Art Fair | May 10 – 12
Take mom to St. Louis’ favorite Mother’s Day weekend tradition The Art Fair at Laumeier Sculpture Park featuring up to 150 juried artists from across the country, hands-on activities for kids, live music and local food.
Strawberry Festival | May 11 – 12
This is the weekend to share with family and friends. And what better place to share it than the family farm! Enjoy outdoor festival foods and live entertainment at this old-fashioned all-American festival located at Eckert’s Belleville Farm. Kid’s activities include pony rides, children’s play area, petting farm, carnival rides and strawberry treats. Fee charged for some activities. 10am – 5pm
Come From Away | May 14 – 26
Comes from away takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers passengers and the small town of Newfoundland that welcomed them. Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical voted Best Musical across North America.
Fest-of-Ale | May 17
Join the Young Friends of the Garden for the twelfth annual Fest-of-Ale! This event celebrates local beer and the region’s microbreweries bring their best offerings to the Garden for tasting. Ticket price includes a commemorative tasting glass, beer sampling, and live music. Food available for purchase.
U.S. Women’s Soccer vs. New Zealand | May 16
The U.S. Women’s National Team will take on New Zealand at Busch Stadium as part of the “Countdown to the Cup” matches leading into next summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
Blues music is a St. Louis tradition. Dance to the sounds of Billy Peek on this lively cruise while enjoying some of the best views of the Gateway Arch and St. Louis’ working riverfront on the Gateway Arch Riverboat Blues Cruise. Cash bar and concessions are available. Reservations Required. Must be 21.
South Grand Dine Around | May 16
Sample the vast array of what the South Grand neighborhood restaurants and bars have to offer. The South Grand Dine Around will feature selections from all over South Grand, St. Louis’ international corridor. Get your taste buds ready to eat around the world with 14 countries represented within five blocks! Spend your 5 tickets any way you like between small plates, desserts or drinks at some of our finest establishments!
Pompeii: The Exhibition | May 17 – November 3
Travel back in time to 79 A.D. when Pompeii flourished as a commercial port and strategic military and trading city and experience the lives of the city’s residents and how they lived, loved, worked and played. Relive the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the rediscovery of the Roman city Pompeii with more than 150 authentic artifacts and engaging interactives when this exhibit comes to the Saint Louis Science Center.
Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters! A team of scientists become “ghostbusters” and stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, leading to an attempt to save New York from complete destruction. Join as the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs Elmer Bernstein’s iconic score live while Ivan Reitman’s comedic masterpiece plays on the big screen on Saturday, May 18 at Powell Hall beginning at 7pm.
Taste of Maplewood Street Festival | May 18
The 9th Annual Taste of Maplewood Street Festival features the best flavors of the Maplewood neighborhood. This annual street festival brings together foodies, shoppers, and music lovers to enjoy the bites, sights, and sounds of a city known for everything hip and happening. The festival takes place from noon-8 p.m. on Sutton Blvd. just south of Manchester Rd. in Maplewood.
109 Annual Annie Malone Day Parade | May 19
Billed as the second largest African American parade in America, the annual Annie Malone May Day parade will take to the streets of downtown St. Louis on Sunday, May 19. What started over a century ago in historic Ville Neighborhood draws thousands to help raise funds for Annie Malone Children & Family Services, and is one of the most highly anticipated community celebrations of the year.
St. Louis County GreekFest | May 24 – 27
The annual St. Louis County Greek Fest is a Memorial Day weekend tradition. The Greek Fest will feature live Greek music and dancing, a marketplace shopping experience and fantastic Greek food specialties.
St. Louis African Arts Festival | May 25 – 27
Love arts and crafts? Then you won’t want to miss the African Arts Festival. Festival goers can immerse themselves in African-American artifacts, art tours, cultural demos at the Worlds Fair Pavilion in Forest Park.
Schlafly’s Art Outside: An Alternative Art Fair | May 24 – 26
Like beer, art brings people together. Since 2004, The Schlafly Art Outside: Alternative Art Fair has been hosted at the Bottleworks location in Maplewood featuring one-of-a-kind local art and music.
Eckert’s Memorial Day Festival | May 25 – 27
Eckert’s Orchards in Belleville celebrates Memorial Day with a three-day festival complete with live music and food. There is plenty of fun to be had for the kids at this event, including pony rides, a petting farm, carnival rides and inflatables.
For a full list of what’s happening this weekend in and around St. Louis, check out our calendar of events. Also, be sure to share your St. Louis Adventure on Instagram using the hashtag #ExploreStLouis. I hope you have a great weekend.