St. Louis is hosting some awesome events starting with a full week of culinary heaven with the Food Wine Design Culinary Week, then mixing it up with a little bit of mud with Muckfest and risqué performances at the burlesque festival, and finally bringing it back to what we’re known for: our food, wine & art festivals. Check out the full week of exciting events happening Monday, May 13-Sunday, May 19:
Food Wine Design Culinary Week: A full week of culinary delights. Each night features a different style cuisine paired with it’s own unique atmosphere, cocktails and live entertainment. Monday features an Italian cuisine, Tuesday, the American Heartland from chefs Eric Kelly and Lou Rook, Wednesday, a gourmet comfort dining experience, Thursday, a contemporary American experience featuring a modern approach to cooking, and the finale event on Friday, masterful Italian cuisine from chefs Frank Gabriele and Steve Komorek. Tickets are $85. Ticket price includes a 4-course meal, wine and beer pairings from Batch 19 and Major Brands, cocktails, entertainment by Mo E Trio, valet parking, a souvenir Riedel wine glass and gift bag. Check the website to view the menu, chefs and entertainment.
Date: May 13-17
Place: Lumen Private Event Space-2201 Locust St
Show Me Burlesque & Vaudeville Festival: A 3-day Burlesque & Vaudeville Variety Show featuring fabulous entertainers from all over the Midwest including the award winning St. Louis burlesque grand dame Sammy Tramp. the event features a meet and greet, red carpet entrance, a late night Red Light District Revue on Friday night, the infamous Beggar’s Carnivale performers. the finale event includes a hooch tent, peep show, carnival games, live music, fire breathers, and so much more.
Date: Thursday, May 16-Saturday, May 18th
Time: Thurs – 8pm, Fri – 7pm, Sat – 8pm
Place: Thurs: Cherokee Performing Arts Center-2720 Cherokee, Fri: The Royal Brick Hall-2600 Iowa Ave, Sat: Casa Loma Ballroom
Bark in the Park: A full day of fun with your pets. Beginning with a 5K Fun Run/Walk and Pancake Breakfast. Then, as always, the event will include performances from the Purina Incredible Dog Team. In addition to the race and performances, the event will include food and drink for purchase and fun entertainment including pet contests and a silent auction. Cost is $35 to attend (children $12 and under and pets are Free). Proceeds benefit HSMO’s Animal Cruelty Program.
Date: May 18
Place: Forest Park-Cricket Field
Taste of Maplewood: 5th Annual taste festival featuring food samples from Maplewood Restaurants such as: Acero, Booglaoo, Maya Café, The Wood, the new restaurant on the scene, Strange Donuts, and many more, along with retail vendors: earth First Solar, Maven, Airdale Antics and more. This year’s event will feature a fun contest to name one food dish and one drink “The Best of Taste of Maplewood.” There will be 2 stages for entertainment, with music from local talents such as: the Dave Glover Band, The Blue Devils Rhythm & Blues Band, Giant Steps of St. Louis and more.
Date: Saturday, May 18
Place: Downtown Maplewood-Sutton Blvd
22nd Annual Crawfish Boil & Ragin’ Cajun Fest: An all you can eat Cajun food and Bud Light festival in Soulard. In addition to delicious food and drinks, Funky Butt Brass Band and The Darrells will be performing. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Proceeds benefit The Cancer Support Community of St. Louis.
Date: Saturday, May 18
MuckFest MS: The nation’s best mud and obstacle fun run. A 5-mile course which features muck-filled mazes, pits and craters with over 20 obstacles that spin, swing, fling and thrill. Teams dress in fun attire, complete the race and then head to the Muck Festival area for food, beer, fun photos & contests and live music. All of the funds raised from the MusckFest MS benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Registration is $90 in advance, $100 day of.
Date: Saturday, May 18th (*changed to July 6 due to flooding-now you have more time to register!)
Time: All day
Place: Federated Auto Parts Raceway-1540 Herky-Horine Road, Pevely, MO
Faust Fine Art Festival: An art festival in Faust Park’s Historic Village featuring artists and crafters showcasing handmade sculptures, paintings, wood carvings, drawings, jewelry, pottery and metalwork. In addition to the art, the event includes live music, a children’s fun area, wine tastings, fair concessions and homemade ice cream. Cost is $3 for adults and $1 for children under 8.
Date: Saturday, May 18-Sunday, May 19
And if you feel like venturing to the Illinois side, there are some great events happening in Belleville and Edwardsville, IL.
Art on the Square: The 12th annual art festival is one of the biggest and best around. Featuring original art from over 100 artists, there is literally something for everyone. In addition to art, the event includes live music and performances, delicious food and drink and fun activities for children.
Date: Friday, May 17-Sunday, May 19
Time: Fri: 5-9pm, Sat: 10am-8pm, Sun: 11am-5pm
Place: Downtown Belleville
Taste of Edwardsville: A taste of the restaurants of Edwardsville: Bella Milano, Chava’s, Craft Chophouse, Edison’s, Mike Shannon’s, Peel, Zapp Thai, Wooden Nickel and more. Tickets are $50 and include unlimited food sampling plus soda and beer. The event will also feature music by an East side favorite, the Well Hungarians.
Date: Saturday, May 18
Place: SIUE Meridian Ballroom
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