We have finally kicked off festival season in St. Louis and I’m so excited that I can hardly stand it! Charles Macklin said, you are as welcome as flowers in May. I really hope to welcome you at some of the amazing things that St. Louis is offering this month. The New York Times recently spent 36 hours in St. Louisand said “The city, with its once-quiet, now-vibrant downtown, offers new restaurants, microbreweries and a rich array of cultural venues, including a museum that pays tribute to the blues.” Of course, you already know this, and you know that it can take a lifetime to discover all of the splendor that my St. Louis has to offer!
All the best. -Nate
May 1-5
If you are looking for something to do on Friday, the 3rd the Maplewood Stringfest will be upon us! Look for your favorite regional musicians performing around Historic Downtown Maplewood. Enjoy Food & Drink and Merchant Open Houses. 
Also on Friday, don’t forget about First Fridays at Grand Center where all of museums and galleries in the Grand Center Arts District are free and open until 9pm. Discover the remarkable array of visual arts in St. Louis’s premier neighborhood for arts and culture while enjoying cocktails, conversation, and entertainment. 
You remember Steve Ewing as the frontman for The Urge, he will be performing across the river at a Maibock Keg Tapping Party at Hofbräuhaus St. Louis in Belleville and DJ Carlos Suarez will be spinning on the rooftop at 360 in Downtown St. Louis!
If you are looking for a different flavor, the Gateway Men’s Chorus gets cheeky in Cabaret Risqué: Under the Big Top at Centene Center for the Arts.
For some cold suds, St. Louis Microfest Craft Beer Festival in Forest Park (upper Muny parking lot) is the place to sample a variety of flavors. Wet your whistle on Friday and Saturday.
From Friday through Sunday, COCA ignites the stage withTRIumphant, the dance season finale and last performance for graduating students.
Fool House is THE ULTIMATE 90’s DANCE PARTY! Prepare to go back to the golden era of boy bands, pop stars, hip hop, and pop punk at Tin Roof St. Louis. Come prepared to sing your heart out and dance all night long!
I am so excited for Saturday, because the Cinco de Mayo: A Cherokee Street Festival, one of my favorites of the year, is kicking off on Cherokee Street. It has evolved into a celebration of community and one of the largest and most diverse festivals in the St. Louis area. If you can’t get there by 11am,, when it kicks off, try to make it by 1 for the Peoples Joy Parade.
Speaking of the Cherokee Street District, it was just named one of America’s next great neighborhoods by Southern Living Magazine and the Real Estate Solutions Group @ Redkey Realty Leaders has just brought a great townhouse on the the market at 3635 Ohio. It features 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a 2 car garage and is offered at $250,000. Come and check it out.
If you love books, there are some for you – as in thousands – to discover at the Greater St. Louis Book Fair in Queeny Park. Thursday through Sunday.
It’s Rose’ Day in the CWE! You’ll find 10 Rosé wine tastings throughout the CWE — on side patios, galleries and in storefronts and with some unexpected spots you might not otherwise have explored. It should be a great time!
You might want to check out Kids Corner over at the Field House Museum! A day of fun with activities that the whole family will enjoy awaits you. Afterwards, grab a docent for a tour of the historic house and explore the gallery exhibits.
Also on Saturday, it’s time to celebrate community through music on porches. Yes, the 3rd annual PorchFest STL is back and it promises to be the best neighborhood-wide music festival yet! It is a free and hosts a variety of music, along with food truck row in the amazing and historic Skinker-DeBaliviere neighborhood.
Just Like Music is upon us on Saturday, where you can chill out at The Corner Street Food and kick it with DJ Reminise in Midtown St. Louis as he spins the night away with the ultimate 90’s/00’s R&B, Neo Soul & Hip Hop combination of music, cocktails, & food! Oh yeah, and no cover!
DJ Carlos Suarez apparently likes hanging out on roofs as he was at 360 on Friday and tonight, he will be spinning an eclectic mix of house music for feel-good vibes at the magnificent Angad Arts Hotel. The rooftop lounge features a full bar with panoramic views of the city. As they say, No cover. Good vibes only 🙂
On Sunday, you can hang out a bit at  Westport Plaza’s Outdoor Village at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop forFiesta in the Plaza – Cinco de Mayo Festival with live music from The Lone Rangers, drink specials, party games, and breakfast all day!
Join Rosalita’s Cantina in the heart of Downtown St. Louis for their annual Cinco de Mayo Street Party. You’ll find delicious drinks and food options along with live entertainment including a Mariachi Fiesta – traditional Mariachi Trio, a DJ, photo booth, and yes…a mechanical bull!
You can spend your Sunday afternoon strolling the park full of art, music, food & family fun at the Art Fest in Richmond Heights 
On Sunday the 365 Black Bus Tour takes you on a tour of black-owned St. Louis businesses. There will be take-homes, shopping, and complimentary entry to The SIgnature Club; or if you have more of an international excursion in mind, head over to Cinco de Mayo – Fiesta in the Plaza at WestPort Plaza; or for a casual stroll on a grassy knoll, check out the Richmond Heights ArtFestwhere you can treat yourself to that one-of-a-kind creation! 
To commemorate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Japan America Society of St. Louis will bring traditional Japanese culture to the Missouri History Museum. Enjoy a lion dance with a powerful taiko drum beat, experience a tea ceremony, learn flower arranging (ikebana), and see doll displays. Kamishibai storytelling will delight children and adults.
Also on Sunday, Come ride with Trailneton Not-Mexican-Independence Day
!Viva la Mexico! This is the first ride to celebrate the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. After the Cinco de Mayo Ride, which kicks off in Eureka, you’ll celebrate with some great Mexican food and drinks!
May 6-12
Could it be? The Big Muddy Adventures offers Mississippi river paddling excursions? Yes, ! On Mondays and Fridays, starting this week, the STL Riverfront Adventure takes you on a Huck Finn-inspired venture…but with a view of the St. Louis skyline that’s different today.
On Tuesday the 7th, two events, both in Grandel Square, will make something of your musical musings: A Classical Cabaret with the Bach Society of St. Louis atJazz St. Louis and Irish Tenor Paul Byrom at Gaslight Theater.
Get ready for another great season with Twilight Tuesdays, as Kim Massie’s Tribute to Aretha Franklinkicks it off at the Missouri History Museum’s popular, free outdoor concert series.It takes place on the front lawn so grab your blankets and lawn chairs, pack your picnic basket, and come hear some terrific music under a beautiful Forest Park sunset.
Also on Tuesday, the amazing violin styling of Damien Escobar will be on stage at The Ready Room
The Iron Fork event at City Museum on Wednesday the 8th is like no other to satisfy discerning St. Louis restaurant patrons… mouth-watering food and thirst-quenching cocktails prepared by talented St. Louis chefs and mixologists.
It’s also that time of year when the Tennessee Williams Festival brings to life legendary plays of our own famed St. Louis playwright. From the 9th through the 19th at Grandel Theater.
Landmark’s Urbanites’ May meet up will take place in the newly renovatedAngad Arts Hotel. This former theater building is now the first hotel that empowers guests to book rooms by the emotion of color. Join them for a Happy Hour, building history by Steve Smith, CEO at Lawrence Group, and a tour. #StayColorful
Parties in the Park, the original outdoor after-work party, is back in downtown Clayton on Central Avenue!
The installment of St. Louis County Park’s Food Truck Fest will be at Bella Fontaine Park, with Steve Ewing blessing the stage. This event will also feature the Ribbon Cutting for the reconstructed Maline Greenway in conjunction with Great Rivers Greenway.
Welcome to Fashion Anarchy on Thursday, May 9th! Designers have 48 hours to create one look that tells a story of The Garment District past, present, and future.
It’s back! Gather your friends, grab a picnic blanket and head to Tower Grove Park to kick off the eighth annual Food Truck Friday season. More than 20 trucks join the festivities and you’ll enjoy live music from Tommy Halloran’s Guerrilla Swing.  
South Grand is on most everyone’s list of favorite spots for fun things to do in STL. How about taking the kids to see Incredibles 2 at Ritz Park on Friday. The movie is presented by Eagle Preparatory Academy.
On Mother’s Day weekend, the 32nd Annual Laumeier Art Fair is set to make the most of a tradition with food, drinks, kids’ activities, live music, and approximately 150 juried artists. Rain or shine… and fun for the whole family.
It’s kinda like a wine weekend in St. Louis and you can kick it off at theMissouri Botanical Gardens on Friday with Grapes in the Gardenwhere you’ll taste more than 250 wines( I hope you have a driver), both international and domestic, while enjoying live music and a beautiful spring evening in the Garden.
On Saturday, the annual Hill Wine Walk is upon us as you’ll enjoy tastings throughout the historic Hill neighborhood of St. Louis! For another wine experience on Saturday, the 2nd annual Gateway Wine and Spirits Fest is atChesterfield Amphitheater. Enjoy select wines from all over the world in addition to spirits, great food and entertainment all for a good cause as a portion of the proceeds go to Ollie Hinkle Foundation and STL Foodbank.
Dirty Muggs will be on stage at Sybergs in Maryland Heights on Friday night
You might want to head over to the City of Manchester and swing by theManchester Craft Beer Festival, featuring tastings from 20+ Craft Breweries, Music, & Food!
On Saturday, although we know it’s not summer yet, that doesn’t keep the fine folks at Urban Chestnut Brewing Company from hosting SUMMERMARKTwhere you will enjoy craft beer and craft vendors while enjoying live music, food specials and UCBC bier at the free market while you peruse the wares of 20-plus local artisans and artists at the Midtown Brewery & Biergarten.
On Sunday, The Boulevard Farmers Marketwill return to Richmond Heights this season EVERY Sunday where you can peruse a wide range of fresh, locally-sourced produce, baked goods and hand-crafted items. Sample delicious foods, all while enjoying live music and supporting local businesses. 
May 13-19
There are a couple of interesting opportunities at The Sheldon this week. On Wednesday the 15th, take a seat at An Evening with David Crosby and Friends.
Also on Wednesday, The St. Louis Black Repertory Company will present Nina Simone: Four Women, by Christina Ham. Simone’s velvet voice was unafraid to sing lyrics that cut right to the truth. From the iconic “I Put a Spell on You” to the protest song “Four Women” of the title, her music was a personal and political exploration branded in the kiln of the civil rights movement.
The South Grand Dine is on Thursday, too! Diners will have the opportunity to sample the vast array of what the South Grand restaurants with 14 countries represented within five blocks!
Also on Thursday night, 75 years after its premiere, experience MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS in the beautifully restored main auditorium of the Tivoli Theatre. 
But wait, there’s more on Thursday! The 2019 What’s Right with the Region Awards, a gathering with community leaders, will remind us why we are proud St. Louis residents! Another educational opportunity is on Thursday isTedXGatewayArch: Healthcare Head-On with discussions, refreshments, and entertainment at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.
Take your pick and head out! On Friday you can either get a foot tapping at theRiver City Bluegrass Festival at the Chesterfield Amphitheater or take part in the Walk to Cure Arthritis at Logan University.
Friday is also National Bike to Work Day!
Join the Young Friends of the Garden on Friday for the twelfth annual Fest-of-Ale! Celebrate local beer as the region’s microbreweries bring their best offerings to the Missouri Botanical Garden for tasting, there will also be food and live music, of course!
The City of Wildwood is bringing back the Music on Main series, which offers a great time for everyone! This Friday, Dirty Muggs will be on the stage! In addition to the wonderful music, there is always complimentary soda, water, Kettle Korn, snow cones and, of course, delicious hot dogs! 
The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 1st-century Italy continues to astound us long after that catastrophic historic event. Pompeii: The Exhibition at the Saint Louis Science Center opens Friday the 17th. Learn more!
Friday is also the opening of the Contemporary Art Museum’s summer exhibitions!
The stars may be light-years away, but you can get a close-up peek at them when Gateway Arch National Park hosts special stargazing experience on Saturday afternoon. This is also in support of National Kids to Parks Day! In the evening, there will be a ranger-led interpretive talk, followed by a St. Louis Astronomical Society-led telescope viewing of craters on the Moon; the planets Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn; and other celestial objects!
Saturday offers several other options for a good time. At the YMCA Monsanto Family Branch Community Impact Day, Spectrum hosts an outdoor resource fair. The first 400 families receive a Safe & Healthy Home Kit.
Also, on Saturday the 11th Annual Taste of Maplewood Street Festival, as always, promises an excellent day of food sampling and other activities.
You might want to head to St. Charles for their Sestercentennial Festival. Yes, the fine folks of St. Charles are celebrating 250 years! While you are there, check out another great home that RES @ Redkey is offering for $415,000 at605 Sterling Terrace, it’s a great house!
4 Hands Brewing Co.’s 8th Annual Lupulin Carnival, The Greatest Beer Show on Earth, is the celebration of the hop and the release of War Hammer Imperial IPA. This is a day full amazing carnival acts, awesome tunes, carnival fare and LOTS of amazing beers all at The Big Top!
Finally, the Water Lantern Festival at Brookdale Farms in Eureka will enthrall visitors as thousands of ethereal lights glow in the night.
On Sunday, BLOOM Spring Pop-up & The Queen Bee Cook Off will feature more vendors, more food, more opportunities to sip, chew, shop and hang! This event is hosted by the Women’s Creative and will be at The Palladium.
Get ready for a great parade and family event on Market Street for the 109th annual Annie Malone May Day Parade. Pack a picnic, bring your family and friends and spend the day with us.
May 20-26
Every third Monday at 1860’s Saloon, Game Room & Hardshell Cafe there’s relaxing music for your listening pleasure at Third Avenue A Jazz.
Join Easta & Beyond for a delicious, healthy supper & learn about other cultures without the travel expenses! A Taste of Eritrea Vegan Dine & Learnoffers a seven course dinner menu which promises to be amazing! It’s all happening at The Bentil’s- Private Event Space & Art Galleries
On Tuesday, May 21st, The St. Louis Promise Zone has partnered with Urban Land Institute, Heartland St. Louis Black Chamber of Commerce and Midwest Bank Centre to bring Promise Zone residents a series of workshops covering the basics of equitable community development at Equitably Redeveloping Your Community . This six-month series is designed to give residents the tools they need to pursue development opportunities within their own communities!
Food Truck Fest will be in beautiful Creve Coeur Park this week, and the Soulard Blues Band will be on stage! While you are there, you can check out another great home that we have brought on the market located at 13232 Miriposa! It’s offered at $300,000 and it’s right around the corner!
The Centennial Scavenger Hunt for photos and videos is unique concept that includes family-friendly fun at Brentwood Community Center on Friday the 24th. Check out the website for game rules.
Jungle Boogie Friday Night Concert Series kicks off for the summer with Wildfire at the Schnuck Family Plaza in the center of the Zoo!
Like beer, art brings people together. That’s why Schlafly’s Art Outside Festivalwas established in 2004. Hosted at the Bottleworks location in Maplewood, they aim to raise awareness and appreciation of art and music created in our very own community. It is all weekend long, complete with drinks, food, art, and a kid’s corner. Oh yeah, and it’s free!
THAT 90s JAM returns on Friday, the 24th at The Ready Room with Soulition selectors: DJ Nico, Agile One & 90s Jam creator James Biko!
Sweet, honeyed Baklava, anyone? There’s that and more deliciousness at the St. Louis County Greekfest, Friday through Monday.
For three days, the 25th through 27th, the St. Louis African Arts Festival gathers at the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park. There’s so much culture to appreciate: traditional music, arts and crafts, and more.
May 27-31
Opening night for Whitaker Music Festival is Wednesday the 29th. Grab your lawn chair, fill a cooler, find some friends, then sit back under the sky and listen as music fills the air.
Show up St. Louis is upon us on Thursday. This state fair in Downtown St. Louis will be complete with carnival games, music, food, and a space for community conversations at The Den. This event helps the future class of New Leaders Council St. Louis learn policy, communication, and fundraising skills.  
On Friday the 31st the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis presents Love’s Labors Lost. It’s that season once again — time to enjoy age-old theater in the timeless beauty of Forest Park.
Food Truck Fest is again, upon us, this time in Laumeier Sculpture Park with the Facts o Life band.
A summer-flavored Strange Folk Festival kicks off on Friday and runs all weekend in Carondelet Park. This free, kid and pet friendly (sometimes I don’t know the difference) event encourages you to picnic the light fantastic. Wagons, coolers, and camp chairs welcome. Of course there will be plenty of music, food and drinks on hand with over 50 local and visiting curated indie makers and artists. Yes, the Big Glamp encourages temporary whimsy!
Yes, we have another great month ahead of us. I look forward to seeing you out and about enjoying our wonderful St. Louis!
All the best. -Nate
P.S.
Here is the latest Housing Report which shows that the median sales price of residential single-family homes in St. Louis City and County combined are up 8% from last year to $196,500 in March. Pending sales are down 5.5%. If you have any questions about how this affects you, just let me know. I’d be happy to provide some more insight.
Let me know if there is anything that I can do for you. -Nate
Nate K. Johnson
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