Looking for ways to celebrate the full glory of spring? The first of May is traditionally a day for flowers and festivals, and there are lots of luscious opportunities in St. Louis to get outside and enjoy the warm spring breezes in early May — along with live music, storytelling, wine and boutique beer. The Lou waits until May 19 to offer its only official May Day celebration, the Annie Malone May Day Parade and Music Fest.
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Annie Malone May Day Parade
Market Street, from 20th to Broadway
Downtown St. Louis
Date: May 19, 2013
The Annie Malone May Day Parade is the nation’s oldest and second largest African-American parade. The tradition began over a century ago, when thousands of St. Louisans gathered to celebrate Annie Malone, the founder of Poro College. The parade includes bands, drumlines, classic cars and lots more.
McDonald’s May Day Barbecue And Music Fest
7th and Market St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
Date: May 19, 2013
Local blues artists perform a live concert to benefit the Annie Malone Children’s Center. Families can enjoy the May weather and celebrate the St. Louis musical traditions at this free outdoor show. Historically, this has been a blues festival, but in recent years, it has been renamed to include a broader base of performers. Local celebrities, civic and religious leaders will serve barbecue and entertain to help raise funds for the Center.
Grapes And The Garden
Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110
Date: May 3, 2013
There is no better place to celebrate spring in St. Louis than at Missouri Botanical Garden. On May 3, the Garden will host a special evening for wine and food lovers. Tickets to Grapes And The Garden include garden admission, sampling of over 100 wines and hors d’ouvres, music and a wine glass to take home. Tickets are available in advance to ages 21 and over for $45. A “designated drivers” ticket for those who won’t need wine samples or a souvenir glass are priced at just $15. Register online or by calling (314) 577-5100.
St. Louis Storytelling Festival
Date: May 1-4, 2013
The art of storytelling is very much alive in St. Louis and is celebrated across the area during the early days of May. The Festival features 95 events at 25 venues over four days. Venues include libraries, parks, museums and attractions across St. Louis city and county and into the Illinois suburbs and St. Charles as well. Some stories will be interpreted for the deaf and, in an interesting twist, some deaf storytellers will have interpreters for the hearing.
St. Louis Microfest
Upper Muny Parking Lot
St. Louis, MO 63112
Date: May 3-4, 2013
When St. Louisans want to get outside, they head to Forest Park. And, in this city that Anheuser Busch built, they prefer to have a beer in hand. So where else would you spend the first weekend of May but at the St. Louis Microfest? Over 75 breweries and more than 100 international and craft beers will be on hand for sampling, demonstrations of the art and craft of beer-making and more festivities are planned in this 18th annual celebration. Tickets start at $30 and are on sale now.
Lauren Haas is a writer who specializes in finding the fun! Lauren was the publisher of the St. Louis Area Family Gazette for eight years, and now writes freelance articles on St. Louis events and attractions, budget travel, arts and entertainment and fitness topics. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.