5 Things to Do in St. Louis this Weekend 5/17 – 5/19

Friday May 17, 2013

Happy Friday, everyone! Here are five things you’ll want to make sure you do in St. Louis this weekend.

Bark in the Park, Saturday, May 18 in Forest Park

Grab your favorite furry companion for a fun-filled one-mile walk or a 5k run in Forest Park. Purina One Presents the annual Bark in the Park to promote exercising with your dog. For $7, you can even enjoy a pancake breakfast. Prizes will be awarded for top finishers, and proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Missouri to aid its mission to provide shelter for homeless animals

Eckert’s Strawberry Festival, May 18 and 19

Enjoy some family fun picking strawberries at Eckert’s Strawberry Festival in Belleville, IL this weekend. There will be hayrides, carnival rides, a play area and even a petting zoo for the kids. Strawberry bakery items will also be available for purchase in the bakery at the orchard. This festival is sure to get you in the summer spirit. Admission to the festival is free!

Missouri Botanical Garden Chinese Culture Days, May 18 an 19 from 10 a.m. – 5  p.m.

The Missouri Botanical Garden celebrates China this Saturday and Sunday during their annual celebration. A 70-foot dragon and lion dancers open this springtime celebration that includes a Grand Parade and acrobatics, theater, martial arts, Chinese calligraphy, paintings and authentic regional cuisine.  Take in tea tastings in the Grigg Nanjing Friendship Garden, where special tours focus on the symbolism of many plant species and architectural details. Admission is $12 for adults, $5 Children (3-12), and $5 Admission for Garden members

Art on the Square, May 17 – 18 in Belleville Ill

Of course there is art — jewelry, sculpture, painting, photography and other works from 100 national artists. But the annual art fair also offers live music, a children’s art tent and the “Living With Art” design stage featuring demonstrations from floral, landscape and interior designers.

Annie Malone May Day Parade and McDonald’s™ May Day Blues Fest, Sunday, May 18th Parade beings at 1 p.m.

The Annie Malone organization celebrates 125 years of service to families and children with a march through downtown featuring colorful floats, St. Louis’ best marching bands and appearances by local leaders Dick Gregory and Robbie Montegomery. The march is followed by the annual May Day Blues Fest in Kiener Plaza. Parade begins at 1 p.m.

If none of these events are your thing, check our calendar of events for a bunch more. Whatever you do this weekend, I hope you have a great time.

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