St. Louis Festival Season Ushers in Summer

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A festival is defined as a fun event, ordinarily staged by a local community, which centers on and celebrates some unique aspect of that community. The proud city of St. Louis and its surrounding neighborhoods are in no shortage of celebrations during the summer months. Check out our can’t miss picks for May.

18th Annual St Louis Microfest

What: This beer tasting festival is the biggest brewfest in St. Louis. Fest-goers can sample international and craft beers over the course of two days. Proceeds benefit Lift For Life Gym, a non-profit organization that provides fee athletic, social activities, nutrition and education programs for children.

When: 7 to 10 p.m., May 3 and 4

Where: Forest Park Upper Muny Parking Lot


Bark in the Park Festival

What: Even dogs get their own festival in St. Louis! This event sponsored by the Humane Society of Missouri and Purina ONE, is the largest dog festival in the Midwest. The one-mile walk, 5K run, family festival and pancake breakfast all benefit the Humane Society Animal Cruelty Fund.

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 18

Where: Forest Park’s Cricket Field


Taste of Maplewood Street Festival

What: If dogs aren’t your thing, head to Maplewood for their annual event between Manchester Blvd. and Flora Ave. Maplewood’s local businesses are on display at this festival, with restaurants, music and beer highlighting the day.

When: Noon to 9 p.m., May 18

Where: Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, Mo.


St. Louis Shakespeare Festival

What: This annual event is a festival that keeps on giving. This year’s performance is Twelfth Night, and performances run through June 16. Preview performances are May 22 and 23, and pre-show festival activities include a green show at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (314) 531-9800 or visit

When: 8 p.m., May 22 to June 16

Where: Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park


Thurman LoopFest

What: This year’s LoopFest is a family-friendly festival situated at the intersection of Shenandoah and Thurman Avenues in St. Louis City. Music, arts, storytelling, puppet shows and of course, food highlight this one-day event.

When: 5 to 11 p.m., May 31

Where: Thurman Grill & Provisions, St. Louis’ Shaw Neighborhood


Know of other festivals should be previewing? Let us know.

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