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Chinese Culture Days

Sun., April 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

What would spring in St. Louis be without the Missouri Botanical Garden's Chinese Culture Days? The two-day celebration begins with a 70-foot-long dancing dragon leading a parade of revelers, followed by acrobats, dancers, displays of traditional art and more. There's an outdoor food court serving cuisine from many of China's diverse regions as well as cooking demos — it's a packed weekend. This year's Chinese Culture Days takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (April 21 and 22) at the Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard; www.mobot.org). Admission is $7 to $15. $7-$15

St. Louis Earth Day Festival

Sun., April 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

How are you feeling about the state of the planet: optimistic, or something worse? In either case, the St. Louis Earth Day Festival will brighten your outlook. This year's event features dozens of exhibitors providing everything from arts and crafts to information about alternative fuels and green building practices. Many of this year's food vendors are members of the Green Dining Alliance, and even the ones that aren't have agreed to adhere to its standards while at the festival. There will be a ton of vegan and vegetarian options from Bombay Food Junkies, Confluence Kombucha and SqWires Restaurant & Annex, as well as treats for meat eaters from Salt + Smoke, Baileys' Range and Bayou Seasoning and Catering. Two stages of live entertainment will keep you hopping throughout both days, with acts ranging from the live birds of the World Bird Sanctuary to the Brothers Lazaroff. The St. Louis Earth Day Festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (April 21 to 22) on the Muny grounds in Forest Park (www.stlouisearthday.org). Admission is free. free admission

LagerFest

Sun., April 22, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
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Ryan Rakel is the ombudsman and event coordinator at Urban Chestnut's Grove Brewery & Bierhall. He explains the origin of the LagerFest as a simple matter of taste.

"It's a style that we know and love, and we brew them well," Rakel opines. (He's right; try UCBC's Zwickel and fall in love all over again.) "It's the most mass-produced and popular beer, but not in craft breweries. It's not easy to do, and it's not easy to hide its flaws if it goes poorly."

UCBC challenged area and national breweries that make quality lagers to whip up a historic lager of the past in order to get a wide variety of styles. The results should be impressive.

"We should have 20 to 25 varieties on tap," says Rakel, before rattling off a list of options. "We're doing four, because we're hosting — a 1910 lager, a honey lager and what we're calling an India Pale Lager. There's a Kulmbacher clone, a couple doppelbocks, a Baltic porter and a couple of ambers."

LagerFest takes place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Urban Chestnut's Grove Brewery & Bierhall (4665 Manchester Avenue; www.urbanchestnut.com). A commemorative glass and five samples cost $15. Additional samples can be purchased (two samples for $5).

$15 for glass and 5 samples; $5 for 2 additional samples

Shake 38

Sun., April 22
phone 314-531-9800
krion@sfstl.com
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April 18-22, 2018 Each spring, SHAKE 38 gives Shakespeare back to St. Louis residents, artists, performers, and fans of his work in a marathon celebration of the Bard’s 38 plays. Since its first year in 2010, SHAKE 38 has grown from a 38-hour performance by 200 artists to a five-day event attracting over 1,500 artists from across the region and dozens of diverse community partners. Only one rule exists for participants: Make the play happen any way you see fit. Free

https://www.sfstl.com/in-the-streets/shake-38/
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St. Louis Earth Day Festival

Through April 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
phone 314-282-7533
stlouisearthday.org

29th Annual St. Louis Earth Day Festival. Saturday and Sunday April 21st-22nd. 11 am - 5 pm. Free and open to the public. Muny grounds in Forest Park. Rain or Shine. Join in this community tradition to learn about sustainable products and services offered by local businesses and organizations, meet area non-profits that share Earth Day values, catch local musical acts and performance art, participate in a number of hands-on educational activities, and enjoy diverse cuisine featuring local, organic, vegetarian, and vegan options. Free

Dwell In Other Futures: Art / Urbanism / Midwest

Fri., April 27, 7 p.m. and Sat., April 28, 7 p.m.
phone 314-533-0367
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How do images of the future shape the city in the present? What competing futures are emerging in the urban fabric? Dwell in Other Futures is a two-day festival of art and ideas that explores the collisions of race, urbanism, and futurism, providing a platform for alternate visions of the St. Louis to come. Anchored by the legendary science fiction author Samuel R. Delany, the festival will feature performances, presentations, screenings, and installations by an exciting line-up of participants—artists, architects, poets, and scholars working both locally and nationally.

.Zack (map)
3224 Locust St
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Dwell In Other Futures: Art / Urbanism / Midwest

Country Craft Festival

Sat., April 28, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sun., April 29, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
phone 314-822-8171
info@sappingtonhouse.org
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Discover a cache of treasures from the silly to sublime at open-air fair featuring antiques, arts and crafts, books, garden and home décor, jewelry and things that resist categorizing – originals handmade by talented vendors. See old-time artisans ply their historic skills. Enjoy live music and delicious food and animals to pet. Kids will have fun at the Young’uns Outpost, with a costumed passport program for craft activities. Free admission and parking at Crestwood Elementary School and in the overflow lot off Reco Avenue. In case of inclement weather, the fair will be rescheduled for June 23-24. free

Laumeier Art Fair

Fri., May 11, 6-10 p.m., Sat., May 12, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sun., May 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
phone 314-615-5278
info@laumeier.org
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Make Laumeier Sculpture Park’s Annual Art Fair your Mother’s Day weekend tradition! The Annual Art Fair features local food and beverage vendors, hands-on activities for kids, live music and 150 juried artists from across the country. Rain or shine; no pets or outside food and beverage allowed. Friday, May 11, 6:00–10:00 p.m.; Saturday, May 12, 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; Sunday, May 13, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Admission is $10; Laumeier Members and ages 10 and under are free. Call 314.615.5278 or visit www.laumeier.org for more information. Presented by Emerson and produced in partnership with St. Louis County Parks. $10, Ages 11 & Up

http://www.laumeiersculpturepark.org/calendar/2018/5/11/annual-art-fair
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Paint St Louis Plein Air Event

Fri., May 18, 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat., May 19, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sun., May 20, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
phone 314-965-4975
academyofnatureandwildlifearts@gmail.com
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The St Louis County Plein Air Festival celebrates the tradition of outdoor painting combining art and science in its most natural format. Painting from life and the landscape has long been an artistic tradition whether to make a record as in the cave paintings or document details for further study or to express the feelings of the moment. Watch artists create in front of you. Relax with great music and food at our Sunday concert and paint out. View fresh paintings at our Sunday Show and Sale. Children can try painting plein air during our Kid's Paint, Sunday May 20th. Free

http://www.academyofnatureandwildlifearts.com/paint-st-louis-plein-air-event

Bevo Bazaar-O Flea Market

Sat., May 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
phone 314-780-5054
bevo.bazaaro@yahoo.com

@ Sebilj Park, 5000 Gravois Ave, St. Louis, MO 63116
This market is an eclectic and fun community shopping and selling experience featuring handcrafted, rummage, and vintage items. Collectors, pickers, and thrifters from all over St. Louis flock to this sale to find their next treasure. Vendors pay only $10 for a standard-sized parking spot. Sign up for a vendor booth here - bit.ly/2pD2IPK. For more information, please call 314.780.5054 or email bevo.bazaaro@yahoo.com. Be sure to bring the entire family and an appetite! There will be a kid’s zone with games, face painting, and a scavenger hunt! You can also grab some BBQ from the Hog Bitz food truck. $10 for vendor booth. FREE to attend.

http://facebook.com/events/1843061265994499/

Taste of Maplewood Street Festival

Sat., May 19, 12-8 p.m.
phone 314-781-8588
membership@midcountychamber.org
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For a decade now, the Taste of Maplewood Street Festival has been bringing together foodies, shoppers, and music lovers to enjoy the bites, sights, and sounds of a city known for everything hip and happening! This event is free to attend. Check out the event website for more details. free

https://midcountychamber.org/programs-events/tom/
Manchester Avenue and Sutton Boulevard (map)
Manchester Ave. and Sutton Blvd.
Maplewood Taste of Maplewood Street Festival

St. Louis County Greek Fest

May 25-28, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
phone 314-966-2255
office@assumptiongoc.org
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The annual St. Louis County Greek Fest is this Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 25th - Monday, May 28th. As one of the weekend’s highlight events, the Greek Fest will feature live Greek music and dancing, a marketplace shopping experience and fantastic Greek food specialties. Where: Assumption Greek Orthodox Church 1755 Des Peres Road, Town & Country, MO 63131 When: Memorial Day Weekend Times: 11:00am – 9:00pm (Friday – Sunday) 11:00am – 8:00pm (Monday) Cost: Free Admission and Free Parking Web Site: www.stlouisgreekfest.com Free

http://www.stlouisgreekfest.com
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church (map)
1755 Des Peres Road
Town & Country
phone 314-966-2255

Cherokee Caravan Antiques & Arts Bazaar

Mon., May 28, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
phone 314-772-1436
Cherokeestreetantiques@gmail.com
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Celebrate a new Memorial Day tradition at the first annual Cherokee Caravan Antiques and Arts Bazaar taking place on Historic Cherokee Antique Row. The Bazaar will host over 100 local and out of town antiques dealers, vintage purveyors, and makers. Vendors will line the streets of Cherokee between Jefferson Ave. and Lemp Ave. and provide choice antiques, artifacts, vintage goods, and handmade wares for purchase. Peppered in between antique vendors will be local food and beverage trucks as well as entertainment for the whole family. free

https://www.facebook.com/events/587150834981595/?ti=icl
Cherokee Antique Row (map)
Cherokee St. from S. Jefferson Ave. to Lemp Ave.
St. Louis - South City
phone 314-771-6353
Cherokee Caravan Antiques & Arts Bazaar

Rendezvous at Fort de Chartres

Sat., June 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., June 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
phone 618-284-7230
lesamisdufortdechartres@gmail.com

The two-day popular annual Rendezvous, held the first weekend in June, features shooting competitions, military drills, dancing, music, food, and traders of eighteenth-century-style goods. The boom of cannons, the smell of campfires and a parade of colorful uniforms will transport visitors back to the 1700s on June 2nd and 3rd at Fort de Chartres State Historic Site’s annual Rendezvous, the largest gathering of its kind anywhere in the Midwest, attracting many thousands to the site during this 2 day special event. The Rendezvous features 1700s military units, traditional craft demonstrations, period music and dancing, black powder shooting events and cannon $5.00 per car parking

http://www.fortdechartres.us
Fort de Chartres (map)
1350 State Route 155
Outstate IL
phone 618-284-7230
Rendezvous at Fort de Chartres

The Grand Market: Fashion, Flowers and Folk

Sun., June 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
phone 573-639-0382
hello@sociallyjenandco.com

Curated with a passion for folk, flowers, and fashion, The Grand Market festival is broad enough to attract a large crowd, but still holds an emphasis on festival-goers with a shared passion: creativity. Music-lovers, makers, influencers, movers and shakers all love The Grand Market as it’s a unique experience held in the heart of St. Louis. Our target audience celebrates quality craftsmanship, and the latest in fashion and home decor, while avoiding kitschy trends. free

.Zack (map)
3224 Locust St
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
The Grand Market: Fashion, Flowers and Folk
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