Weekend events in St. Louis from Thursday, May 8th through Sunday, May 11th. Sunday is Mother’s Day! Check Sunday’s events for great brunch options in St. Louis.
Food Truck Friday:The 2014 Food Truck Friday season begins this Friday! Head out to Tower Grove Park with a lawn chair or blanket and a healthy appetite. There will be food from over 20 food trucks, including drinks as well. The event will also offer live music – Brothers Lazaroff kicks off the season at this Friday’s event.
Date: Friday, May 9
Place: Tower Grove Park
Young Friends of Forest Park: Uncorked event: A wine tasting event at the beautiful World’s Fair Pavilion. Hosted by the Young Friends of Forest Park Forever, a group of young professionals who support Forest Park through fun and lively networking events throughout St. Louis, the evening will include wine, hors d’oeuvres, and spectacular views at the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park. Cost is $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
Date: Thursday, May 8
Place: World’s Fair Pavilion – Forest Park
Happy Birthday Foundry Art Centre: Not only is it a 2nd Thursday celebration, it is also the 10th birthday for Foundry Art. They will have their unique, family-friendly community arts series in which you can draw with artists, paint with painters, create with potters, make jewelry with jewelers, write with writers, act with actors, dance with dancers, all while listening to live music. In addition to all of this, there will be cake! Admission is free and open to the public and there will be food truck food and drinks from a full cart bar available for purchase as well.
Date: May 8th
Place: Foundry Art Centre – 520 N Main Center
U.S. Chess Championships 2014: For the sixth consecutive year, the best chess players in the U.S. will gather in Saint Louis to fight for the title of U.S. Champion and U.S. Women’s Champion. GM Gata Kamsky will defend his title at the 2014 U.S. Championship while recently anointed Grandmaster Irina Krush will look for her sixth title at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Championship. Tickets are available for $10 a day. This is a catered event, and food and drink are included in the price of your ticket. There will also be an Opening Ceremony on Wednesday, May 7 and a Closing Ceremony and party at Chase Park Plaza on Tuesday, May 20.
Date: May 8-20
Place: World Chess Hall of Fame – 4652 Maryland Ave
Friday & Saturday
Great Rivers Biennial: Summer exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum begin this weekend, from the local to global, and it’s free admission all summer! The sixth edition of the Great Rivers Biennial, an initiative which identifies talented emerging and mid-career artists working in the St. Louis metro area, provides them with financial assistance, and elevates their profile across the Midwest and national arts communities, is featuring the work of St. Louis-based artists Brandon Anschultz, Carlie Trosclair, and Cayce Zavaglia, plus monumental “postcards” by Katharina Fritsch, multimedia work by Brenna Youngblood and new sound art by Van McElwee, Sarah Paulsen, and Cameron Fuller.
Date: Friday, May 9
Place: CAM – 3750 Washington Blvd
Sip & Savor: A food and beverage event hosted by Angels’ Arms in partnership with Dierbergs. The event will feature over 280 wines, beers and spirits, as well as an assortment of delicious cuisine from Bob’s BBQ, Volpi Meats, Bento Sushi, Companion Bakery, Felix’s Pizza Pub, P’Sghettis, Bravo, Pretzel Boy’s and more. General admission tickets are $50. VIP, which include access to a private VIP area with premium wines, liquors and foods, is $70. All tickets include a commemorative tasting glass and discounts on select beers, wines, and spirits.
Date: May 9
Place: Dierbergs Des Peres – 1080 Lindemann Road
Laumeier Art Fair: A nationally acclaimed fine art and craft fair where visitors can choose from a variety of creative and original works of art from 150 artists from across the country. Available for sale are works in ceramics, fiber/textiles, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography/digital, printmaking/drawing, sculpture and wood. In addition to the artwork, there will be food and drink from a variety of vendors, plus music and entertainment from Jeremiah Johnson Band, Letter To Memphis, Wack-A-Doo, Trixie Delight, and more. Additional activities include Art of the Vine, a wine tasting event, on Friday, Art of Ale beer tasting on Saturday, and creation location for the kids all weekend. $10 adults. $5 children
Date: May 9-11
Time: Fri: 6-10pm, Sat: 10am-8pm, Sun: 10am-5pm
Place: Laumeier Sculpture Park – 12580 Rott Rd
Tap ‘N’ Run: A fun 4k Run/walk through Soulard with 3 chug stations along the race route. Participants receive a 12oz draft beer at the finish line. All participants also receive a bottle opener finisher’s medal, t-shirt, sunglasses, and koozie. After the race, there will be an after-party with JAM active announcing winners. Make sure to wear your best costumes. There will be a belching contest, a drunken spelling bee, and fun awards such as: best mustaches, celebrity look-alike, shortest shorts, and tons of others. Race fee is $55.
Date: Saturday, May 10
Place: Soulard – 1027 Geyer Ave
Girls on the Run 5K: Girls on the Run,a program which provides pre-adolescent girls with the necessary tools to embrace their individual strengths and successfully navigate life experiences, is hosting a Fun Run and 5k this weekend through downtown St. Louis. All 5K and Fun Run registrants will receive a commemorative short sleeve T-shirt while supplies last. Cost is $30 until 5/9,and $35 after. Medals will be given to all finishers. Awards for top three finishers (male and female) in each age division.
Date: May 10
Place: Soldier’s Memorial – Downtown
Spring Fling in the City: A festival all about love: love of vintage, love of handmade, and love of local. It’s an event inspired by times past, where old is new again and everything has potential. 60+ vendors will be out selling vintage clothing, accessories and home decor, as well as handmade artists who create items using vintage materials, methods or inspiration! Come out and check out the booths, enjoy food from local eateries, music from local musicians, and prepare your opposable thumbs for the return of the Super Nintendo game lounge.
Date: May 10
Place: Crown Square, North City – 2700 N 14th
National Train Day: National Train day at St. Louis Union Station is in commemoration of that day in 1869 when the last spike was driven and joined two tracks creating the first transcontinental railroad. This is a day to celebrate St. Louis history and bring back to life trains, railroads, the 1904 World’s Fair, and other milestones for the city of St. Louis.The event will include train rides, theatrical performances, train car exploration, food from 1904 World’s Fair, special 3D viewing of of revitalized Grand Hall, children’s activities, model train exhibit, local entertainment and a 250 in 250 Banner Show.
Date: May 10
Place: Union Station
Better Block Festival: A community planning exercise to show the potential to create a livable, vibrant, community. On May 10th, commercial vacancies will be brought to life with pop-up stores, restaurants and entertainment venues. The 3200 block of Morganford will be transformed to promote safe walkability and biking by installing bike “sharrows” and a permanent crosswalk. Outdoor café seating will be installed and a vacant lot will be transformed into public space that will offer classes and information on sustainability, as well as a Stray Rescue adoption event and a canned food drive benefiting Operation Food Search. Entertainment provided by: Steve Ewing Band, Miss Jubilee & the Humdingers, STL Hoop Club, DuBourg Swing Dancers, and more.
Date: May 10
Place: Tower Grove South- 3200 Morganford
Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 11th. Here are some great places to take your mom for brunch, lunch, or dinner – Mother’s Day 2014