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Top Upcoming Spring Art Festivals Or Events In St. Louis

March 18, 2013 6:00 AM

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(photo credit: renstl.org)

(photo credit: renstl.org)

(photo credit: renstl.org)

Sunshine and warmer temperatures mean spring has come at last to St. Louis. And spring in St. Louis means it’s time to get out and bask in the creativity of the arts. Festivals and fairs are in abundance for anyone who wants to shake off the winter and breath in the freshness of the new season and the artistic culture of the city.

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(Credit: dancestlouis.org)

6th Annual Emerson Spring To Dance Festival
Touhill Performing Arts Center
1 University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121
(314) 534-5000
www.dancestlouis.org
Dates: May 23 to 25

For the sixth year, Dance St. Louis creates the opportunity for 30 dance companies to converge at the Touhill with a weekend of continuous dance entertainment and spectacular performances. Different programs are featured every night of the festival on the main stage. Make plans to come early so you don’t miss the interactive performances in the lobby and the Lee Theater. Ticket prices are $15 for individual seats and go on sale April 1, 2013.

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(Credit: Peabodyoperahouse.com)

Shen Yun
Peabody Opera House
1400 Market St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 499-7600
www.shenyunperformingarts.org
Dates: April 19 to 21

Five thousand years of traditional dance and music live on in this season’s Shen Yun performance at the Peabody Opera House. These Chinese ethnic folk dances tell the stories of dynasties of the past. The music, costumes and sets only compliment the skills and talents of the vocal and dance performing artists. Shen Yun performances always elicit rave reviews from theater-goers. Don’t miss your chance to experience this exciting experience. Ticket prices range from $50 to $120.

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Chinese Cultural Days
Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 577-5100
www.missouribotanicalgarden.org
Dates: May 18 to 19

The Missouri Botanical Garden and Chinese Cultural and Educational Services Foundation have collaborated since 1996 to create a springtime festival that celebrates the art, history and cuisine of the Chinese culture. The Garden is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the festival for patrons to enjoy a variety of exhibits, theater, martial arts, acrobats and a parade featuring a 70-foot dragon with lion dancers to mesmerize the crowds. Special tours highlight the symbolism of the culturally authentic and unique plantings in gardens. Admission to the festival ranges from $5 to $12 per person.

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(Credit: stlouisstorytellingfestival.org)

St. Louis Storytelling Festival
Touhill Performing Arts Center
1 University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121
(866) 516-4949
www.stlouisstorytellingfestival.org
Date: May 1 to 4

Reconnect with the ancient art of storytelling the first week in May as the St. Louis Storytelling Festival celebrates it 33rd year by offering stories and workshops for people of every age and interest level at more than 29 locations across the St. Louis metro area and St. Charles County. Events and stories for adults and children, the deaf, those who love ghost stories or faith-based narratives are scheduled throughout the week, and the celebration culminates at a Grand Finale at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on May 4 at 7:30 p.m. Local storytellers delight audiences at most events. While most events around the region are free, tickets for the Finale are $10 for adults and $7 for students and youth.

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(Credit: facebook.com)

St. Louis Renaissance Faire
Rotary Park
2577 W. Meyer Road
Wentzville, MO 63348
www.renstl.org

Dates: May 18 to June 9

Where else can you travel back in time to a quaint French renaissance village and experience the era of jousting knights and thundering steeds? Nowhere but the St. Louis Renaissance Faire at Rotary Park in Wentzville. Springtime is the right time for lovers of the renaissance era to immerse themselves in the history and entertainment offered by the fair’s celebration of the period. Enjoy jugglers, jousting, crafters and feasts. Sit in on a variety of shows, shop the artisan booths and converse with the village’s king and queen. It’s a great family outing. The grounds are open on weekends from mid-May to early June from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine. Daily tickets and season passes can be purchased online or at the gate, and children under 5 attend for free.

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(Credit: artfairatqueenypark.com)

The Art Fair At Queeny Park
Queen Park Greensfelder Recreation Center
550 Weidman Road
Ballwin, MO 63011
(636) 724-5968
www.artfairatqueenypark.com

Dates: April 5 to 7

Spring in St. Louis is a great time for the arts and it’s a great time to attend the Art Fair at Queeny Park. Over 130 artists from at least 20 states across the country gather at the Greensfelder Recreation Center to enter their creations in a juried show of at least 14 different mediums from digital art,to woodworking, to oil painting and sculpture. There’s also wine tasting for the adults and Children’s Adventure for the kids. Take a stroll through the fair and buy original masterpieces directly from the artists. There will be two drawings to win a $100 Art Certificate to spend at the fair.

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Lisa Payne-Naeger, a native of the St. Louis area, is a freelance writer, blogger, political activist and a homeschooling mother of two children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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