It's officially summer on Saturday, and boy, does it feel like it. It's not just the heat, it's the humidity! Don't let that stop you from enjoying all the great and yummy activities St. Louis has to offer this weekend. Then again, maybe you should just go to one with air conditioning. Either way, check out our food-related recommendations after the jump.
Friday (June 20)
Food Truck Friday isn't for another month, but check out this gathering of some of St. Louis' best mobile restaurants, and for a good cause, too. The event benefits Beyond Housing, a St. Louis community-development nonprofit. There will be seven food trucks, magicians and other performers and more. From 6 to 9 p.m. Advance tickets are sold out, but you can buy them at the door for $50.
Every month, the very cool Third Degree Glass Factory opens its doors for an event like no other. Watch glass-blowing demonstrations while munching on eats from Brazil Express, Seoul Taco, Kona Shaved Ice and Sia's Italian Gelato. There will also be a honey tasting plus a cash bar with two drinks of the month, the mojito and the Grasshopper. Live music starts at 8 p.m. From 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is free.
Enjoy wines from New Zealand and South Africa paired with a five-course dinner. It's part of the second annual St. Louis Centennial Wine Expo. There will be red, sparkling and white wines from South Africa's Graham Beck and New Zealand's Jules Taylor; Vin de Set's chefs and sommelier Scott Gaghan will also be on hand to discuss the wine. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $73 per person, available here.
Writer Joe Stange will be on hand to sign copies of his new book, Camra's Good Beer Guide Belgium. Craft Beer Cellar will provide some delicious samples of Belgian beer. The signing starts at 6 p.m. Admission is free, but you can buy a copy of the book for $24.95.
Continue for the rest of the weekend.
Saturday (June 21)
The Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival isn't until the fall, but you can enjoy its sister festival this weekend. There will be authentic food and drinks from South America and Mexico including tamales, tacos and empanadas, plus folk dancers from Venezuela, Guatemala, Colombia and Mexico. There are also kids' activities, including piñatas, a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables and more. New to the Fiesta are the Miss Chiquita Bonita Pageant and the Hispanic Heritage Costume Fashion Show. Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. You find more information here. Admission and parking are free, but all funds raised will go toward college scholarships and underprivileged children.
Lay back and enjoy the summer evening under the Arch, complete with dinner and a movie. There will be live music and food trucks starting at 7 p.m., and at sunset, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid will begin. From 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is free. You can find parking information here.
Can't make it down to Tower Grove? No problem -- Wildwood has a famers' market, too. Find fresh, local food from vendors like Cadet Creek Farms, Two Men and a Garden, Sunny Creek Farm and more. The Buckhannon Brothers will also be providing live music tomorrow. From 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Sunday (June 22)
A luau that helps kitties find homes? We're in. This event benefits Tenth Life Cats, Even Chance and St. Jude's, and there will be lots of cute felines to play with and adopt. It's a pig roast, but you can also get barbecue and vegetarian fare. There's also a dunk tank and a burlesque show. From 3 to 9 p.m. Admission is free.
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