Festival of Nations mini-preview (May 3)

May 2, 2008

The Festival of Nations in Tower Grove Park is one of our summer highlights, despite the August heat and the hordes of culturally curious people. To avoid those two downsides but still get a taste of the international aura, head to the Central branch of the St. Louis Public Library on Saturday (May 3) for a Mini-Folkfest. There’ll be storytellers and bands, demonstration booths and games — just like at the regular festival — but this free event is indoors (no heatstroke risk!). It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with activities scattered throughout the library’s multi-purpose rooms. Although there’s no schedule posted yet, some of ethnicities represented by performers or artisans include Korean, Turkish, Mexican, German, Hungarian and Native American. For details, call 314.539.0348.

The only downside that I can see is that the fabulous food booths of the International Institute’s big event on Aug. 23 and 24 won’t be present at the library. There’s still food nearby — check out the vendors at the Christ Church Cathedral’s Flower Festival or the nearby restaurants, especially along Washington Avenue (keep in mind that this is downtown, though, so some eateries will be closed at lunchtime on a Saturday).

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