Before we delve into May, I forgot to mention on the last list that this Thursday, 4/30, is Dining Out for Life to benefit AIDS research.
1. St. Louis Microfest in Forest Park (5/1-5/2): One of the beer festivals taking place in Forest Park this summer, the Microfest will feature different beers depending on the session, so you might want to look at the website to see which session appeals to you. You can bring your dog, so you know we're going to go. There will also be food and entertainment.
2. Cinco de Mayo (5/2): According to the website, this celebration on Cherokee Street is the biggest street party in honor of Cinco de Mayo in the country. There's a parade, food, music, vendors. Not to be missed for you Cinco de Mayo die-hards!3. Spring for Strays (5/3) and Muttini Night (5/10): Two benefits for Stray Rescue are held this month. Spring for Strays is held at Harry's downtown. We went last year and had a blast. The restaurant has a spectacular patio with views of the Arch. They have a silent and live auction and a drag queen show! We're going to try to stop by with Levi. Muttini night is held at Frazer's in Benton Park. Admission is only $10 and you get free appetizers for the first hour!
4. Bark in the Park (5/16): There's enough animal love to go around, right? I swear, Levi's social calendar is jam-packed this month. Bark in the Park is a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Missouri. There is so much going on throughout the day, so I'll let you check out the website. BUT, they do have photos with the AB Clyesdales! You know I'm there. Levi is obsessed with horses, so I'm not sure if we'll let him get in the photo or not;) OMG, and I just saw that there is a Slowpoke Crawl! If it's hot out, Levi's got that one in the bag! Since we entered him in the Mascot Contest (and didn't win-pfft), we are invited to the Mascot Clubhouse, where we will receive a goody bag. I'm excited for it!
5. Illumination Gala for Siteman Cancer Center (5/16): This event held at the Ritz features cocktails, dinners, reception, and after-party. Special guest and cancer survivor Christina Applegate will attend.
6. Shakespeare Festival in Forest Park (5/20-6/14): The play featured this year is The Merry Wives of Windsor, which I know nothing about. Hey, I'm a scientist, not a literary scholar! And every year I say I'm going to go, so hopefully I will actually fulfill my promise this year. This event is FREE and is held near the Art Museum. Just don't come on Tuesday because that's their night off. There will be concessions for sale.
7. Jungle Boogie Friday Night Concert Series (5/22; 5/29): More opportunities for live music in Forest Park! This time, head to the zoo from 5-8 to hear the bands and enjoy some food and drinks. I've been to this before and it's fun to be at the zoo in the evening. I highly recommend it!
8. Rib America (5/22-5/25): Since I don't eat meat, I wouldn't normally attend something with "rib" in the title, but I just saw that I will no doubt experience a hoosier-induced flashback to middle school if I go on Saturday! Warrant AND Bret Michaels performing? Bestill my 13-year old heart! There are going to be good bands too, like Third Eye Blind and Jackyl (just kidding about that last one). Drats though, I will be out of town, so if anyone goes Sat. night, I'd love a report!
9. Garden Party Thursdays (5/28): The Missouri Botanical Garden will stay open until 9p.m. so that you can stroll the grounds and enjoy wine and microbrews. There are events for kids too. This program will continue into September.
10. The Garden Comes Alive Sesquicentennial Gala (5/30): If you've got $1000 to spare, you can purchase a ticket to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Break out your black tie attire and enjoy cocktails, dinner, a program, and music.
11. Taste of Maplewood (5/30): There are some yummy restaurants in Maplewood, so this is a great opportunity to sample a variety of fare at once. I always drive by the boutiques in Maplewood and think, "I need to go in there," but never do. Lucky for me, the boutiques will have items for sale as well!
12. Twilight Tuesdays (Tuesdays in May): I've written about this before, but just wanted to include it again this month. FREE concerts at the Missouri History Museum on Tuesday nights.
13. Fabulous Fridays (Fridays in May): Come to my neighborhood to experience the eclectic atmosphere of the Central West End. Entertainment will include performers like jugglers and fire dancers! I've seen those fire dancers in action before and what they do is pretty amazing. There will no doubt be refreshments for sale as well.
14. Live Music at the Boathouse (Fridays and Saturdays in May): You know why I love the Boathouse? Because of their delectable chips? The beautiful views? The memories (it was the site of Jason and my first date)? Because it's in Forest Park where I spend an inordinate amount of time? Yes, of course those things, but I love it because it's dog-friendly! No doubt will Jason and I bring Levi over for some evening music and beers on the patio. It gets crowded, so come early.
And that'll do it. I'm exhausted just thinking about all the fun times to be had in St. Louis in May! This list was labor-intensive, so I apologize if there are a million spelling/grammatical errors.