Top Things to Do in May in St. Louis

So Many Outdoor Events and Festivals, So Little Time

Beer hall interior
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St. Louis in May means great weather and lots of reasons to get outside. There are festivals, concerts and fairs almost every weekend. You can savor sweet strawberries at Eckert's Orchards or check out "man's best friend" at Bark in the Park. Here are details on those events, plus other fun things to do in May.

For holiday events this month, see articles on Where to Take Mom for Mother's Day Brunch and What to Do on Memorial Day Weekend in St. Louis.

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    Twilight Tuesdays begin in May at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. The free outdoor concerts feature popular musicians like The Melvin Turnage Band, Steve Davis and Dirty Muggs.
    May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2017
    Forest Park

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    Beer hall interior
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    St. Louis Microfest is your chance to sample a wide variety of international and craft beers. This year's festival features beers from more than 125 breweries from around the world. The festival also includes live music, food and brewing demonstrations. Microfest is held at the Lower Muny Parking Lot in Forest Park. General admission tickets are $42 for unlimited two ounce samples.
    May 5-6, 2017
    Forest Park

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    St. Louis celebrates Cinco de Mayo with music, food, drinks and fun. Local restaurants are serving up special celebrations, or join the festivities at the big street festival along Cherokee Street.
    May 5-6, 2017
    Various Locations

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    A sure sign that spring is here is the annual Strawberry Festival at Eckert's Orchards in Belleville. The festival is a family friendly event with food, live music and plenty of fun for kids including wagon rides, a petting farm and inflatables. But the best part are Eckert's delicious, ripe strawberries. You can pick your own or take home pies, muffins and other goodies from the bakery.
    May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21, 2017
    Eckert's Orchards, Belleville

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    The annual art fair at Laumeier Sculpture Park is held over Mother's Day weekend. More than 150 artists from across the country will be displaying and selling their original works. There is also food, drinks, music and a hands-on art area for kids. Admission is $10 for adults. Members and children 10 and younger get in free.
    May 12-14, 2017
    Laumeier Sculpture Park

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    The flowers are blooming at Shaw Nature Reserve, and you can have some of that same beauty in your own yard. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., several local nurseries are joining forces at the Reserve for the Wildflower Market. They'll be selling hundreds of varieties of wildflowers, ferns, trees and shrubs. You can also get expert advice on how to care for your new plants.
    May 13, 2017
    Shaw Nature Reserve

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    Enjoy an afternoon of fine wine and food in St. Louis' historic Italian neighborhood. The Hill Wine Walk runs from noon to 4 p.m at Berra Park. Participants get a souvenir wine glass, food and drink samples and special discounts at local shops. The cost is $35 a person.
    May 13, 2017
    South St. Louis

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    It's just a short drive to Belleville to see one of the top ranked art fair's in the country. This year's Art on the Square features more than 100 artists showing off their talents in painting, ceramics, photography and more. The festival also has food, live music and a Children's Art Garden where kids can make their own masterpieces.
    May 19-21, 2017
    Downtown Belleville

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    Bark in the Park promises a day of fun for both dogs and their owners. The annual pet walk and festival in Forest Park is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Humane Society of Missouri. After the pet walk, enjoy a full day of entertainment. There's also a pancake breakfast, 5K run and performances by the Purina Incredible Dog Team. All of the money raised goes to the Humane Society to provide veterinary care for homeless animals.
    May 20, 2017
    Cricket Field, Forest Park

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    Hermann Maifest

    ••• Photo courtesy Hermann Department of Tourism

    Residents and visitors in Hermann, Missouri, celebrate the arrival of spring with Maifest. This traditional German celebration includes parades, games, music, dancing, food and drink. Maifest is one of the oldest celebrations in Hermann dating back to the 1870's. It is held every year during the third weekend in May.
    May 20-21, 2017
    Hermann, MO

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    ••• Photo courtesy Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

    Cahokia Mounds is one of the most historic attractions in the St. Louis area and kids of all ages are invited to learn more about the site that was home to the largest prehistoric Native American city north of Mexico. Children can learn about the Mississippian culture with hands-on activities like making pottery, grinding corn and throwing spears. Admission is free.
    May 21, 2017
    30 Ramey Street, Collinsville

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    Make Tracks for the Zoo is an annual fundraiser for the St. Louis Zoo. it features competitive and non-competitive races for runners and walkers of all ages and skill levels. The cost to participate is $12 for kids and $25 for adults. All races are run between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Afterward, everyone is invited to a health fair inside the Zoo.
    May 21, 2017
    Forest Park

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    Memorial Day weekend is filled with all kinds of events from parades and festivals to shopping and live music. Here's information on the Top Things to Do Memorial Day Weekend in St. Louis.
    May 26-29, 2017
    Various Locations