Weekend plans are not hard to find in St. Louis, as there is a wide range of activities taking place once again. Have fun at Fan EXPO, featuring a host of sci-fi favorites and more, or take the family to Eckert’s Farms for their Strawberry Festival. If you’re looking for something weirder, you’ll have to plan a trip to Elephant Rocks State Park to see the pending Blood Moon on Sunday.
These are our best options for the weekend and don’t miss the opportunity to plan the rest of your week with our options for weekdays.
fun for fans
Previously produced as Wizard World, which ran from 2013 to 2019, the St. Louis Fan EXPO will feature beloved actors such as sci-fi favorites, anime standouts, animation stars, and voice actors. The Fan Expo will take place from Friday, May 13 to Sunday, May 15 at the America’s Center (701 Convention Plaza, 314-342-5036, fanexpohq.com/fanexpostlouis). Ticket prices start at $27. Hours are 4-9 pm on Friday, May 13; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14; and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 15. Read more about the event here:
St. Louis small businesses will head to the Central West End this weekend for the return of Edera Italian Eatery’s Community night market. More than 30 vendors, food trucks and live music will fill the streets as guests shop at places like Arch Apparel, Mud City Soaps, Series Six and more. Edera’s full menu will be available inside the restaurant and her pizzas will be available outdoors. Food from the Mission Taco Joint food truck, local pop-up Izumi and Pete’s Pops will also be available for outdoor purchase, and there will be live music from DJ Al Cheekz and Mars Sinclair. The Community Night Market takes place outside of Edera Italian Eatery (48 Maryland Plaza, 314-361-7227, ederastl.com/events) and is free to attend on Saturday, May 14.
music by the mile
Illinois native Dan Hubbard picked up a guitar for the first time after his 12-year-old brother died of brain cancer. Hubbard was 15 years old and writing songs to cry and heal. Later the singer-songwriter joined the band The Humadors, whose launch in 2011 love show was in the Top 50 of the Roots Rock chart. Since then, Hubbard has gone solo with his 2016 release Dan Hubbard and 2019 LP Attention. You can see Hubbard along with 15 other local acts at Morganford Music Mile in (you guessed it) Morganford. You can enjoy Alpha craft beer while visiting local shops. Morganford Music Mile is Saturday May 14 from 2-9pm
It’s strawberry season, and Eckert’s organizes its Strawberry Festival. The event will include “holiday food and lots of fun,” including carnival rides and farm animals. The festival will be from Saturday, May 14 to Sunday, May 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Belleville Eckert’s Farm location (951 S. Green Mt Road, 618-310-2758, eckerts.com/event/strawberry-festival ) . Admission starts at $5.50 per person. —Cassidy Waigand
Annie Malone’s May Day Parade
The oldest and second-largest African-American parade in the nation returns downtown this year after a hiatus due to the pandemic. The Annie Malone’s May Day Parade it’s both a celebration and the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Annie Malone aims to improve the quality of life for children, families, and older adults through the provision of social services and educational programs, as well as advocacy. It has drawn tens of thousands of viewers in previous years, and it will also be streamed live for those unable to join in person. Parade attendance is free, but those interested in being part of the parade must pay a registration fee. The Annie Malone May Day Parade (2612 Annie Malone Drive, 314-531-0120, anniemalone.com/parade) takes place in downtown St. Louis on Market Street on Sunday, May 15 at 1 p.m.
painted on stone
Experience over 70 paintings on 20 different types of stone before it’s too late with Stone Paintings: Science and the Sacred 1530-1800. Judith Mann, chief curator of European Art at the Saint Louis Art Museum until 1800, curated the exhibition. “It grew out of my interest in learning about a painting we bought: ‘Perseus’ by Cavaliere d’Arpino. [Rescuing] Andromeda,'” Mann explains in a SLAM video. “It’s a little eight-inch oval where the lapis lazuli is left bare. It’s just a beautiful painting, and the lapis lazuli becomes the sky and it becomes the water.” Stone Paintings is open through Sunday, May 15 at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive, 314) 721-0072, slam.org/exhibitions/paintings-on-stone-science-and-the-sacred-1530- 1800). Tickets are $6-$12, members are free. —Cassidy Waigand
Thirteen live music videos were shot as part of the annual LoFi Cherokee music festival, and now we’ll have a chance to see the results. LoFi Cherokee Premiere Party will show us the videos created by videographer Bill Streeter and his team. Featuring local bands like Jesus Christ Supercar, YouPeopl, Karen Choi, Starwolf and more, the premiere is a night full of music again. The party is Sunday, May 15 at Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue, offbroadwaystl.com/event/12019085/lofi-cherokee-2022-premiere-party). Doors open at 7 pm and the show starts at 8 pm Tickets are $10.
When the full moon is caught in Earth’s shadow, it turns a coppery red and is called a blood moon. That’s happening this weekend when Elephant Rocks State Park (7390, 7406 Mo-21, Belleview, Mo., 573-546-3454, mostateparks.com/park/elephant-rocks-state-park) hosts a Blood Moon Total Eclipse viewing event. Not only can you stay in the park late, but the dark skies that surround it guarantee a great view. The eclipse begins at 8:30 p.m. and peaks at 11:11 p.m. The free event is on Sunday, May 15, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. — rosalind early
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