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.
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
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
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.
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 www.sfstl.com.
When: 8 p.m., May 22 to June 16
Where: Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park
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
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