by Mabel Suen
This weekend, treat yourself to some cheap thrills by attending a free burlesque show at Al Waha Restaurant & Hookah Lounge, tuning into a free concert at Tower Grove Farmers' Market's Harvest Sessions or grabbing some from-scratch ice cream and sorbet samples from I Scream Cakes' official grand opening party. After that, choose from one of many ways to give thanks to Dad, whether it be DadFest at Eckert's Farms or taking him out to a special Father's Day brunch.
Friday (June 17):
DadFest @ Eckert's Country Store & Farms Head on over to Eckert's in Belleville for a barbecue contest, barbecue demos, beer and wine tastings, car and tractor shows and plenty of kids' activities. Live music on Friday night comes from the Bottle Rockets. Free admission. Friday from 3 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Around the World Wine Dinner @ Missouri Botanical Gardens Chefs from Catering St. Louis prepare a regional menu featuring the tastes of Napa Valley, California, and pair each course with a different wine from the same region. Enjoy menu items such as warm crab salad and slow-roasted Mongolian pork shoulder with gold potato blini. Call 314-577-0200 for reservations. $55. 6:30 p.m.
Burlesque Show @ Al Waha Restaurant and Hookah Lounge Every Friday and Saturday night, this South Grand hot spot plays host to a special burlesque performance from local and out-of-town dancers. Arrive early before the kitchen closes at 10 p.m. for dinner. (Snag a coupon here.) Or, show up after-hours for the entertainment, appetizers, hookah and drinks. No cover. 10:30 p.m.
Saturday (June 18):
Harvest Sessions @ Tower Grove Market Enjoy a delightful summer soundtrack from local folk/blues group the Skekses while stocking up on fresh produce, goods and snacks from your local farmer. Free. 10 a.m. to noon.
7th Anniversary Party @ Molly's in Soulard Molly's celebrates seven years in business with slow-roasted barbecue plates, drink specials all day and a dunk tank for Molly's employees and friends. No cover. Noon.
Official Grand Opening Party @ I Scream Cakes This new Cherokee Street sweet spot holds its official opening chock-full of "iscream" samples, beer and sorbet combinations, and $1 gourmet mini-sundaes or floats. Enter a raffle to win a hot dog cake and enjoy music spun by DJ Chappy. No cover. 8 to 11 p.m.
Uncorked Wine and Music Festival @ Soldiers Memorial Plaza Enjoy food, live music and more than a hundred wines to sample from the likes of Adam Puchta Winery, Mary Michelle Winery and more. Six sampling tokens cost $15, or get seven tokens with a commemorative wine glass for $20. Food vendors include Mangia Mobile and Talayna's. Free admission. 3 to 11 p.m.
Sunday (June 19):
Art Fair @ Crown Valley Winery Take in the scenery and check out work from more than 75 artists and craftspeople. Tour the winery while you're at it during a 30-minute wagon ride and sip some samples straight from the maker. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Father's Day Brunch @ Mosaic Modern Fusion Cuisine Treat dad to a special meal while enjoying the U.S. Open from the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, on the downtown restaurant's 42-inch televisions. Choose from items such as brioche French toast ($8), buttermilk biscuits and gravy ($8) and more. Call 314-621-6001 for reservations. 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Father's Day BBQ Brunch @ Nadoz Café Make dad's meal all-he-can-eat at Nadoz's Coronado café location. The menu features barbecue favorites with a country-western theme. Menu items include Hawaiian-style kona pulled pork, baby back ribs and a lavish dessert table. Make reservations by calling 314-367-4848 x 100. $35 per adult and $12 for children ages four to ten. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.