Spring is here, once again, in St. Louis. It’s time to break the winter streak of cabin fever and venture outside to enjoy all the diverse and enriching activities the region has to offer. Spring is also festival time in St. Louis, so gather your family and friends, and make plans to attend one or more of these great spring festivals.
Lantern Festival
Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63113
(314) 577-5100

The first thing most folks want to do, as soon as the weather turns warmer is to head outside. What better location to enjoy the spring weather and all the treasures the changing season brings is to visit the Missouri Botanical Garden. From May 23 to August 23, 2015, the garden hosts the Lantern Festival. This event, rarely staged outside of Asia, is an event marking the Chinese new-year and dates back thousands of years. More than 22 sets are designed and created out of silk, steel, recycled and other building materials to create a beautiful display for your viewing pleasure. Bring your camera, as you won’t want to miss this opportunity to catch the perfect shot. The exhibit is open Thursday through Sunday evenings from May 23 to July 31, and nightly through August 23. Admission is $22-$26 for adults, $11-$13 for adult members and $10 and $5 for children and member’s children.

Annual Art Fair
Laumeiere Sculpture Park
12580 Rott Road
St. Louis, MO 63127
(314) 615-5278

Mother’s Day weekend is a great way to enjoy the beautiful spring weather and absorb the local beauty, and art, that explodes all over Laumeier Sculpture Park. Celebrate mom and family by wandering the exhibits of over 150 artists, food and wine vendors, and listening to live music at the Annual Art Fair. The three-day event, beginning on May 8, is generally attended by more than 15,000 art loving St. Louisans. Mom will love the photography, ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood and other media categories. Event admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Laumeier members are admitted for free.

Cinco de Mayo On Cherokee Street
Cherokee Street Development League
3407 S. Jefferson Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 632-6498

One sure sign of spring is the Cinco de Mayo Festival in St. Louis, and this year you should make a point of visiting Cherokee Street on May 2, 2015. At least three stages will be filling the air with lively and festive Hispanic music that will make you want to dance. Make sure you arrive on time to see the People’s Joy Parade. The floats, costumes, minstrels and puppeteers are just some of the magical whimsy the festival offers to set the mood for spring. There is delectable Hispanic food of all kinds, and local vendors and artists will keep you entertained throughout the festival.

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St. Louis Storytelling Festival
University of Missouri Extension
(573) 884-9025

No matter where you live, in the St. Louis region, you will find a venue close to you, to enjoy this delightful and unique Storytelling Festival. Why? Because it’s everywhere! For 36 years, the University of Missouri Extension has organized this wonderful event for you to enjoy the art of storytelling in various locations across the area. From April 30 through May 3, 2015, you can enjoy the world’s largest storytelling event at any number of local libraries, churches and parks from some of the most enchanting storytellers in the world. Peruse through the online schedule to choose your favorite story telling subjects and times. The events are free to the public, so there is no reason to pass up this opportunity, but you may want to call ahead and reserve your space, as some venues have limited capacity.

St. Louis Microfest
Forest Park – Muny Parking Lot
200 Forest Park
St. Louis, MO 63112
(314) 227-7302

No doubt, St. Louis is a beer town, and with the popularity of micro brew, it is even more so now. What better way to come together on, celebrate spring and raise a few bucks for a good cause than to attend the 20th anniversary of St. Louis Microfest, 2015? Not only is there lots of great brew to sample, there is also an abundance of food, silent auctions and music to round out the festival with loads of fun. Proceeds raised from the event go to benefit Lift For Life Gym, which provides opportunities for inner city youth to oppose the drug and gang culture. Buy tickets for the May 1 and 2 event at the Muny Parking Lot box office half an hour before the opening of the event. Box office tickets are $45 for general admission and $65 for VIP.

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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.