Festivals

By Keaggy, Diane Toroian | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), May 19, 2013 | Go to article overview

Festivals


Keaggy, Diane Toroian, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Assumption Greek Fest

Enjoy lamb shanks, stuffed grape leaves, spanakopita (spinach pie) and loukoumades (fried dough topped with cinnamon, honey and nuts). What to wear Extra-large pants with a matching bib.

When 11 a.m.-9 p.m. May 24-26, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. May 27 * Where Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 1755 Des Peres Road * How much Free * More info stlgreekfest.com

Festival

of Nations

A weekend of Asian drumming, Highland games, Latin music and ethnic eats, the International Institute's Festival of Nations could be summer's top party.

What to bring Discipline. You will be tempted to buy the first delicious empanada/shish kebab/strudel you see, but wait to make your decision after you have visited all of the amazing vendors on food row.

When 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Aug. 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 25 * Where Tower Grove Park * How much Free * More info festivalofnationsstl.org

Festival of

the Little Hills

One of oldest craft shows in the region, the festival showcases jewelry, soaps, paintings and clothing, as well as live music and entertainment for the kids.

What to know There are no little hills unless you count the mounds of homemade goodies and piles of hand-stitched clothing.

When 4-10 p.m. Aug. 16, 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 17, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 18 * Where Frontier Park, 222 South Riverside Drive * How much Free * More info festivalofthelittlehills.com

Gypsy Caravan

Have you been searching for wrought-iron yard art or personalized dog leashes? Or perhaps pettiskirts or native flutes? This is the place.

Who to bring Not us. We still have plenty of homemade birdhouses from last year.

When 7 a.m.-5 p.m. May 27 * Where University of Missouri-St. Louis, 1 University Drive * How much $8.50-$20 * More info stlsymphony.org/gypsycaravan

IndiHop

Hop between St. Louis' two hippest neighborhoods the Grove and Cherokee Street for an afternoon of craft beer, live music, artists and street performers.

What to know Don't be afraid to pair British pale ales with Mexican food. Revelers are invited to stick around and enjoy Cherokee Street's top taquerias.

When Noon-5 p.m. June 1 * Where The Grove and Cherokee Street * How much $20 * More info indihop.com

International Horseradish Festival

Join the root toss contest, cheer Little Miss Horseradish and sit in on a root-grinding demonstration.

What to say "Bring it!" when asked if you'd like to try the roast beef horseradish sandwich/horseradish pickles/horseradish bloody mary.

When May 31-June 2 * Where Woodland Park, at Pine Lake Road and Olive Street, one block east of Route 159, Collinsville * How much Free * More info 618-344-2884, horseradishfestival.net

Let Them Eat Art

The Bastille Day bash boasts belly dancing, face painting and 1,000 cupcakes. Get it? Let them eat (cup)cake!

Who to bring Your shrink. Between the dream interpreters and the tarot card readers, your odd obsession with your mother-in-law is bond to surface. …

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