The St. Louis Weekend Events Guide for Thursday, May 21 through Monday, May 25th, 2015.
Dine Around South Grand: The 7th annual foodie event gives you access to travel and taste 13 countries represented by cuisine on South Grand! From items like: Pork Spring Rolls, Beef Kabob, Pot Sticker, and more at Mekong, shrimp tempura and crab rangoon at Cafe Mochi, pastel, tostada and ribs at Brasilia, curry or Pad Thai at Basil, Meskerem, shish kabobs at Cafe Natasha, pesto conchiglie and fettuccine alfredo at Mangia, and much more. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 day of. A ticket is good for your choice of appetizer, entree, dessert, and drink plus a wild card to choose an additional drink, dessert, or appetizer. While you enjoy the restaurants of South Grand, be sure to check out the live performance by Pepperland in Ritz Park from 6pm-8pm.
Date: May 21
Place: South Grand
Show Me Burlesque Festival: A 3 day festival dedicated to glitz, glam, breathtaking talent, spectacular productions, and fabulous burlesque, vaudeville, circus, and variety entertainment from every gender and from around the world! Performers include: Jo “Boobs” Weldon NYC, Kitten N’ Lou Seattle/NYC, Mr. Spring and Strongman Tulga, Great Garter, Lola Van Ella, Geez Loueez, Victoria DeVille, and many more. Individual night tickets are available or weekend passes starting at $65.
Date: May 21-23
Time: Thurs: 8pm, Fri: 7pm, Sat: 8pm
Place: Cherokee Arts Center, The Ivory Theatre, & Casa Loma
Wizard World Comic Con: Special guests include: Phil LaMarr the Voice Actor of Futurama, Family Guy, Star Wars, The Avengers, Batman, Iron Man 2, Mass Effect 2, Spider-Man, Wolverine and X-Men, Michael Rooker of Guardians of the Galaxy and The Walking Dead, Elvira, Tara Reid, Joey Lawrence, WWE Diva Paige and WWE Seth Rollins, George Romero-Director of Night of the Living Dead, The Crazies, and Creepshow, Agent Carter-Hayley Atwell, Michael Golden-sketch artist for Batman, Spider-Man, Hulk, X-Men; Daredevil, Star Wars, BSG, and The Punisher, and many more. Attendees will receive ‘The Walking Dead #1’ Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Cover By Gerhard. 3-Day Weekend Admission advanced price is $79.95 or $90 day of, or 1 day tickets range from $39.95-$49.95.
Date: May 22-24
Time: Fri: 3-8pm, Sat: 10am-7pm, Sun: 11am-5pm
Place: America’s Center – downtown
Missouri River Irishfest: The largest free Irish Festival in the area. Entertainers include: Duddy Breeks, Paddy Keehan, Switchback, Clabber Alley, The Wee Heavies, Irish Dancers, and more. Check out the Fiddle Competition and a singing and Irish Set Dance Workshop. Children can enjoy activities such as face painting, Irish crafts, Irish Story Tellers, Bingo, and a visit from FredBird, plus cultural events, exhibitors, dog rescue groups, and more. There will also be a raffle for 1 Guiness Harp and 1 Framed Irish Soccer Jersey.
Date: May 22-24
Time: Fri: 5-10:30pm, Sat: 9am-10:30pm, Sun: 10am-5pm
Place: Frontier Park
Greek Fest:Whether you’re of Greek decent or just love ethnic cuisine, our Greek Fest is a lively environment destination in which you can experience the Greek community’s deeply rooted traditions and heritage. Enjoy authentic Greek delicacies: Lamb Shank, Shish-Ke-Bob, Gyros, Roasted Chicken, Shrimp Saganaki, Greek Salad, Souvlaki, Moussaka, Greek pastries handmade by the ladies of the parish including Baklava, Galatobouriko, Kataifi, Theples, Karithopita, and Greek cookies. There will be a full cash bar as well. Check out the market for items including jewelry, clothing, paintings, books, icons, etc while listening to live Greek music and traditional Greek folk dancers.
Date: May 22-25
Time: Fri – Sun: 11am-9pm, Mon: 11am-8pm
Place: Assumption Greek Orthodox Church – 1755 Des Peres Rd
Ribfest: 3 days of delicious ribs, great live music, and $5 drinks. The musical line-up includes local favorites: Murphy500, Jullian Rae, Steve Ewing Band, The Madison Letter, Red White & Floyd, RumLuck, Common Jones, Catfish Willie, Brandon Holland, Oh Brother, Jeremiah Johnson, and plenty more. Cabela’s will be hosting a Fishing Derby. And of course, the reason we all go, the food! Food vendors include: Aussom Aussie Australian Barbecue Co, Chicago BBQ Company, Sugarfire Smokehouse, Massa’s Italian Eatery, Uncle Bub’s, Porky Chicks, Howling Coyote BBQ, and more. Admission is Free.
Date: May 22-25
Time: Fri: 5pm, Sat-Mon: 11am
Place: New Town, St. Charles
Shakespeare Festival: A free festival celebrating their 15th year in Forest Park. With a mission to better the community, facilitate a diverse conversation, and encourage collaboration across disciplines, this festival brings Shakespeare and works inspired by Shakespeare to local schools, streets, and the Park. This year’s performance shares the life and love story of Antony & Cleopatra. Festival admission is free, however reserved seating can be purchased. Concessions are available nightly, and communal dining, with a four-course menu by Bixby’s will be offered on select evenings. In addition to the main show, roving acts will entertain beginning at 6:30. Rovers include: musicians, dance groups, magicians, jugglers, hooping, and more. There will also be backstage tours, and family art activities.
Date: May 22-June 14
Time: 8pm daily except Tuesdays, 6:30pm Green Show
Place: Forest Park – Fine Arts Dr
African Arts Festival: This annual festival brings together a diverse audience of thousands of local residents and out-of-town visitors in celebration of the rich contributions of Africa and the African Diaspora. Enjoy an African marketplace, cultural films, authentic food, children’s activities, cultural demonstrations, and more. At The Muny West Pavilion on Sunday, a pre-showing discussion at 8pm will be followed by a screening of The First Grader, a true story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford. Admission to the festival is free.
Date: May 23-25
Time: Sat: 10am-8pm, Sun: 11am-8pm, Mon: 10am-6pm
Place: Forest Park – World’s Fair Pavilion
Sip n Shop: Enjoy over 10 local St. Louis boutiques and businesses at this fun, outdoor festival. Sip, shop, and enjoy live music from Perry Woods. Participating vendors include: Apricot Lane, Bud Shop, Cha Boutique, The Fashion Lane, The Foundrie, Paisley Boutique, Paperdolls, Pink Magnolia, Rack + Clutch and Too Blue. The Sweet Divine and Vincent Van Doughnut will also be on-site to provide delicious sweets while you are shopping. In addition, you can treat yourself to a $15 drink package which includes 4 of our signature cocktails at the outdoor Dugout Bar. This package will be sold on-site day of the event (21+ only). Signature cocktails include: Mimosa, Bloody Mary, Sangria & Bellini, try one or try all four! Bring the event flyer for 10% off any one item on-site.
Date: May 23
Place: Ballpark Village – Busch II Infield
Whiskey Fest BBQ Pig Roast: Whiskey, pig, and live music. The Whiskey War Festival only comes once a year & so does the BBQ so bring your party boots. Doors Open at 2pm. The pig is first come first serve, so get ther eearly. Music starts at 3pm. This is an all ages, fun for the whole family event. Performances by: The Maness Brothers, Tok, Beth Bombara, The Barn Mice (Album Release), Redheaded Strangers, The Zach Anderson Valley Opry, Joshua Powell, Fred Friction Music, Patrick Eagan, and Zacksquatch. Tickets are $7.
Date: May 23
Place: Off Broadway – 3509 Lemp Ave