The St. Louis area Weekend Events Guide for Thursday, June 4th through Sunday, June 7th, 2015.
Ballwin Days: The 38th annual Ballwin Days Festival is this weekend. The festival kicks off on Thursday with rides only. There will be live entertainment all weekend long starting with the Jeremiah Johnson Band on Friday at 7pm. Saturday performances include: School of Rock House Band at 6pm, Chris Bandi at 7pm, and the Marshall Tucker Band at 9:30pm. All concerts are free with festival admission. Friday & Saturday nights will close out with a fireworks display at 9:15pm! Rogers and Neinhaus will perfrom in the beer garden on Sunday at 2pm. Enjoy carnival rides, the parade on Saturday at 9am, K-9’s in Flight dog show including the diving dog pool, local food vendors, Boys Scout hosted activities, as well as tons of free activities for the kid’s in Kid’s Korner. Sign up for the 1st ever Ballwin Days Pickleball tournament and/or the 5K and 1 Mile run on Sunday.
Date: June 4-7
Time: Thurs: 6:30-9:30pm, Fri: 5-11:30pm, Sat: 11am-11:30pm, Sun: 11am-7pm
Place: Vlasis Park – 14811 Manchester Road
Food Wine Design: Eleven Chefs.Five Nights.One Memorable
Dining Experience. Indulge your senses at St. Louis Magazine’s Culinary Week. Each night, a duo of the city’s most celebrated chefs will prepare a one-of-a-kind meal complete with carefully selected wine and beer pairings. Plus, enjoy live music, cocktails from top mixologists, and inspirational tabletop designs. Tickets to attend Monday-Thursday are $85 per person or $800 per table of 10. Ticket includes a four-course dinner, wine and beer pairings, cocktails, live entertainment, valet parking, a Riedel wine glass, and a gift bag. Close out the week on Friday at “The Grand Finale” – the extravagant final evening of Food Wine Design that includes a five-course dinner, fine wine and beer pairings, specialty cocktails, thrilling live entertainment, complimentary valet parking, a Riedel wine glass, and an exclusive gift bag. Tickets are $100 per person or $950 per table of 10.
Date: June 1-5
Time: Mon-Thurs: 6-10pm, Fri: 7-11pm
Place: Lumen Private Event Space – 2201 Locust St
West County Restaurant Week: One week where West St. Louis County’s finest restaurants come together to showcase their best dishes. Restaurant goers will get three courses from a list of options for $25 at participating restaurants. Valid for dine-in only. Reservations are encouraged, but not required. Participating restaurants include: Bishop’s Post, Charlie Gitto’s, Gianfabio’s, Satchmo’s, and Vito’s in the Valley in Chesterfield, Cooper’s Hawk and The Melting Pot in Town & Country, Surf & Sirloin and Three King’s Public House in Des Peres, Walnut Grill, Massa’s and Monty’s in Ellisville, and McCormick & Schmick’s in West County Center. Check the website for their menus.
Date: June 1-7
Time: participating restaurant hours
Place: participating restaurants
First Friday at CAM: Enjoy an exhibition tour, a drink at the bar, and a different DJ the First Friday of every month. This month, in collaboration with the International Institute, CAM will offer a special Spanish Language tour. Music by DJ Hubbble. In addition, museum staff will lead tours, and the bar and café are open. Young Friends members can enjoy a complimentary drink. This is a free event. Cash bar will be open. Arts organizations throughout Grand Center are free and open the entire evening.
Date: June 5
Place: Contemporary Art Museum – 3750 Washington Blvd
Strange Donut Day: National Donut Day is June 5th. To celebrate, Strange Donuts hosts a fun event with live music, food, drinks, and more. The event will be hosted by Wesley Hoffman and special guests, including the 2015 Strange Cares scholarship presentation. The event will benefit Strange Cares. Admission is $10 and includes donuts from Strange Donuts, Union Square Donuts (Boston), and District Donuts (New Orleans). There will be live music from DJs Billy Brown and Drace, plus a special acoustic performance by Story of the Year. Iced coffee from Kaldi’s, beers from 4 Hands Brewing Co. and food from Mission Taco Joint and Sugarfire Smokehouse will be available for purchase. Tickets sell out fast so don’t wait to get yours.
Date: June 5
Place: Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co – 700 St Bernard’s Ln
12th Annual Art & Air: A one-of-a-kind fine arts fair in the beautiful park setting of Eden Theological Seminary. The fair features on-site food from favorite local restaurants, non-stop live performances by great local bands, featuring various styles from children’s songs to jazz, bluegrass to classical, as well as student ensembles, art demonstrations, and creative activities that draw over 25,000 visitors and buyers. There will be over 110 juried artists participate at Art&Air, which is often noted as one of the best art fairs in the Midwest. New this year: you can pre-purchase art to support the artists and the fair.
Date: June 5
Time: Fri: 6–10pm, Sat: 11am–9pm, Sun: 11am–5pm
Place: Eden Theological Seminary – 475 E Lockwood Ave
STL Uncorked: Headlining this year’s wine festival will be Plain White T’s and Parachute on Friday night and O.A.R., Young Rising Sons, and Clockwork on Saturday night. The festival will offer a host of “Uncorked Experiences” like the Lou Fusz Automotive experience, the Cutter Kid Zone, the Lipton Sparking Ice Tea Hydration Station, and the Missouri Beef Industry Council Marketplace. New this year is the Lifestyle Stage, which will include entertainment ranging from “wine pairings to cooking demonstrations to performances from some favorite local groups.” St. Louis Uncorked is free to attend with beer and wine samples sold on site.
Date: June 5 & 6
Time: Fri: 5-11pm, Sat: 12-11pm
Place: Soldier’s Memorial – downtown
BBQ Challenge & Craft Beer Walk: The 3rd annual BBQ Challenge will feature will feature 14 BBQ Vendors, a Carnival food vendor, and two beer tents. Participate in The Craft Beer Walk on Friday evening. The cost is $25 each or $40 for two. It will include a 5oz Beer Mug Souvenir, tickets for 15 beer samples, and a token for beer on Saturday. Then come back to eat some BBQ on Saturday and vote for your favorite. In addition to the food and drinks there will be live music from Old Salt Union and Rat Rod Kings, plus a petting zoo for the kids.
Date: June 5 & 6
Time: Fri: 5-9pm, Sat: 11am-9pm
Place: East Main St, Downtown Belleville, IL
Horseradish Festival: A festival devoted to all things horseradish. Learn how to prepare your own horseradish, submit your zippy recipe for the recipe contest, run in the 5k, visit the Children’s Area or Craft Village, join in any of the classic Horseradish Festival events, or just sample the food and listen to the music. Admission, musical entertainment and parking are free. Enjoy Hot air balloon rides, fishing derby, root grinding demo, washer tournament, bloody mary contest, bags tournament, root toss, and the Little Miss Horseradish Pagaent. Cold Shot will be performing on Friday at 6:30pm, Midnight Rail on Saturday, and Party Rock on Sunday at 3pm. The 5k Run/Walk is Sunday at 8am.
Date: June 5-7
Time: Fri: 5-10pm, Sat: 10am-10pm, Sun: 10am-6pm
Place: Woodland Park – Collinsville
46th Annual Home & Garden Tour: Lafayette Square hosts their annual tour and festival featuring tours of historic Victorian homes…including one under renovation. Enjoy vintage baseball games where volunteer players dress in authentic uniforms and use a hand-stitched baseball to play strictly by 1860’s rules. Catches are made barehanded. A bell at home plate is rung each time a runner scores. You’ll hear language from days gone by, such as “Well hit, sir!” at the crack of the bat, and “Leg it! Leg it!” as runners round the bases. And of course, “Huzzah!” – The equivalent of our modern-day “hoorah!” Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery will be hosting a Grand Opening, enjoy an open house at Forrest Gallery, an antique art fair, food from local restaurants and food trucks, and a free concert by Dawn Weber on Saturday night. Tickets are $18 in advance or $25 day of.
Date: June 6 & 7
Time: 10am – 5pm
Place: Lafayette Square
Kimmswick Strawberry Festival: The second largest festival in Kimmswick. If it is made with strawberries, you will find it at this festival. Craft and food vendors line the streets as live entertainers perform at several areas throughout town. There will be a petting zoo, pony rides, and carnival rides for kids, a Jazz festival, Polka band, horse drawn carriage rides, and more. Strawberry Jam from Centennial Farms, raffle prize from HW Herrell’s, the Good Same Club band on Saturday and bluegrass bands on Sunday,and much more.
Date: June 6 & 7
Place: 6041 3rd St, Kimmswick
Shakespeare Festival: The annual festival is in full swing. A free, outdoor festival that has become a premier attraction for St. Louis. This year’s featured production is Antony & Cleopatra. The Green Show, starting at 6:30pm features musicians, jugglers, artisans and an intro to the show’s characters and plots. There will also be backstage tours, and family art activities. 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.
Date: May 22 – June 14
Time: Nightly (except Tuesdays) at 8pm. Green Shows at 6:30pm
Place: Forest Park- Shakespeare Glen-Fine Arts Dr
Renaissance Faire: This long-standing event brings you the adventure, excitement, and spirit of the Renaissance! This weekend’s theme is Shamrocks and Shenanigans. Shamrocks & Shenanigans. Check out Irish Step Dancing Competition, Potato Sack Race, Keg Toss, Kilt Dance Off, Arm Wrestling Competition, and Steampunk Costume Contest. Enjoy Free Wine Tastings in addition to the annual entertainment: armoured jousting, shop for unique crafts as our artisans demonstrate period skills like blacksmithing and woodworking. Delight in comedy, music, magic, and more on nine stages of non-stop entertainment! Feast on delicious food and drink from the far reaches of the globe, and interact with the colorful villagers, nobles, peasants and characters of ages past. Children will love the petting zoo, games, and daily free activities. Adults will enjoy beer, wine, and mead at our three thematic pubs! Additional daily packages include: pub crawl, happy hour, and romantic rendezvous.
Date: May 16 – June 14
Time: 10am – 6pm
Place: Rotary Park – 2577 West Meyer Rd