by Mabel Suen
Friday (May 18):
Rhythm and Ribs @ St. Charles Community College Campus Enjoy ribs from Bandana's-Bar-B-Q, Ethyl's Smokehouse, Mannino's Market and Stumpy's House of BBQ and Catering along with cold drinks, snacks, and live music. Admission is $5, with food and drink packages available for $25 or $50. 6 to 10 p.m.
Third Friday Party: May Mojo @ Third Degree Glass Factory This month's open house event features margaritas, greek salad, bruschetta, chicken and artichoke skewers and more amongst fire spinning, glass blowing, live music and art showings. Free admission. 6 to 10 p.m.
Around the World Wine Dinner @ Missouri Botanical Garden Chefs from Catering St. Louis prepare a multi-course Australian meal paired with wine from the same region. The menu includes the likes of ostrich meatballs, lamb in three take-away styles and reconstructed pavlova. Each seat costs $58 for adults 21 and older. Call 314-577-0200 for reservations. 6:30 p.m.
Saturday (May 19):
Maifest @ International Tap House - Chesterfield To quench a hankering for hops, head to ITAP during its 4th Annual Maifest event featuring "beers, brats and bands" including Hofbrau, Urban Chestnut and Civil Life suds. Friday, May 18 from 5 p.m. to midnight and Saturday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to midnight. Free admission. Call 636-537-8787 for details.
Taste of Maplewood @ Downtown Maplewood Sutton Boulevard transforms itself into a marketplace with extensive offerings including everything from retail and restaurant goods to live entertainment on two stages. Some vendors on hand include Acero with limoncello and pastas, Kakao Chocolate and Foundation Grounds. Free admission. Noon to 9 p.m.
The Hill Wine Walk @ Berra Park The Hill's first annual wine walk features 26 wines at 13 locations on The Hill. Tickets cost $25 per person and include a wine bag, a souvenir wine glass, an event guide and numerous coupons and discounts from participating area restaurants. 1 to 5 p.m.
Missouri Brewfest @ Westport Plaza This event to benefit non-profit Friends of Kids with Cancer features a commemorative pilsner glass, beer sampling from a dozen Missouri breweries and live music. $20 per person. Call 314-576-7100 for details. Noon to 5 p.m.
Sunday (May 20):
Grand Opening Car Cruise @ The Blue Owl Sweets Shoppe The Blue Owl celebrates the opening of its latest venture in House Springs, MO with a pie judging, ribbon cutting ceremony, kid's karaoke, live music and, of course, plenty of sweets for sale. Call 636-671-6233 for details. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Red Eye Brunch @ Amsterdam Tavern Enjoy a bloody mary tasting, an egg buffet and breakfast, and live music to benefit Operation Food Search. Admission costs $20 per person. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
31st Annual Downtown Washington Fine Art Fair and Winefest @ Historic Downtown Washington, MO Over 60 wines from 13 Missouri wineries including Adam Puchta Winery, Robller Vineyards and St. Jordan Creek Winery get poured all weekend with accompanying complimentary cheese and crackers, live music and more. Admission is $20 per person. Friday, May 18 from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 19 from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday, May 20 from noon to 5 p.m.