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Friday, May 6, 2016

7 Can't-Miss Things to Do in St. Louis This Week

Posted By on Fri, May 6, 2016 at 6:45 AM

click to enlarge Celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Cherokee Street this Saturday — for free. - PHOTO BY MICAH USHER
  • Celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Cherokee Street this Saturday — for free.
Finally, the weekend is here! And whether you're nursing a hangover from last night's Cinco de Mayo festivities or just gearing up for the Cinco de Mayo parties going down on Saturday, there's plenty to do. With several free events and a few really cool festivals devoted to all of our favorite things (Tennessee Williams, beer, dance), you can't help but have a good time.

Here are our picks for the weekend's events. Interested in art openings? We've got a separate list of those, too.

1. Sample dozens of beers in Forest Park
The St. Louis Microfest has grown so large that this year the organizers had to cap the number of entrants in the homebrew competition at 300. That's a lot of beer brewers in town, but they're still outnumbered by the beer drinkers, who will swarm the lower Muny parking lot in Forest Park this weekend to sample beer, eat a bit, and then sample more beer. More than 70 commercial craft brewers participate in the fundraiser for Lift for Life Gym (, with notable entrants Brouwerij De Ranke, Old Bakery Brewery and Riparian Ales joining the fray for the first time. Your ticket ($42 to $77) gets you in to one of three four-hour sessions, a two-ounce sample glass and unlimited beer tastings during your session. You'll need money for food; dining options include Mission Taco Joint, Sugarfire Smokehouse and the Dam. Sessions take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, and 1 to 5 p.m. and 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday (May 6 and 7).

2. Hang out on Cherokee for one of its most fun days all year
Despite the common misconception, Cinco De Mayo is not Mexico's independence day (that's September 16). It's not even that big a deal in Mexico, but that's OK. Americans coming together to celebrate the culture and people of Mexico is a good thing regardless of the reason — we're neighbors, so we should be nice to each other. Cinco de Mayo Cherokee Street is a street festival dedicated to the spirit of neighbors getting outside to party together. The residents and business owners along Cherokee invite you to come down and join the fun — there ain't no wall separating you from them. This year's Cinco de Mayo is centered on on the intersection of Ohio Avenue and Cherokee Street (, and festivities run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today. You'll eat well, drink even better and get to hear a ton of great music on three different stages. And don't forget the People's Joy Parade, which starts at 1:11 p.m. and stars Mexican wrestlers, dancers, puppeteers, neighborhood kids, artists and pretty much everyone else who signs up before the May 6 deadline. Admission, like empathy, don't cost nothing.

3. Come and meet those dancing feet at the St. Louis Dance Festival
St. Louis Dance Festival is your chance to see multiple dance techniques as performed by almost twenty local dance troupes. Almost every style of dance is represented, from contemporary belly dance to classical ballet. Participating companies include Viva Flamenco, Final Veil and the Slaughter Project, as well Dances of India, which organizes the annual showcase. Performances take place at 5 and 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts (425 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Frontenac; Tickets are $15 to $20, but keep in mind that both programs star different companies. If you want to enjoy it all, you need the festival package, which only costs $25.

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