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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, October 1-9, 2015

As The Porch Review (BPW newsletter) is printed quarterly, we'll post upcoming activities on Thursdays through the "Weekly Porch." If there's an area activity that you'd like to have included, please send your activity details to

Below is a list of upcoming activities for Benton Park West area residents.

Taste of Benton Park

Saturday, October 3 from 10:00am-6:00 pm, Benton Park, Corner of Jefferson & Arsenal

Chalk Art Festival (10-3 pm), VW Van Show (12-6 pm), Tie Dye Festival (12-4 pm), Taste (1-6 pm) and live music. For more info, please visit


Saturday, October 3 from 10:00am-8:00 pm, 3636 Texas

A site specific exhibition of 25 artists, poets, and dancers focused on community investment, historical understanding and a collaborative future! Join us for a panel discussion about how and why artists are engaging alternative spaces in St. Louis! 12:30-2pm October 3rd. Also enjoy 25 artist talks from 2-6pm as artists reflect on their work and process during the Pentimento project! Facebook Invite

Open Studios STL After Party

Saturday, October 3 from 5:00-9:00 pm, The Luminary, 2701 Cherokee

The Luminary will be open 12:00–5:00 pm for Open Studios STL with both artists in residence and local artists participating. At 3:00 pm, Brea McAnally, Co-Director, will lead a free walking tour of Cherokee artist studios. Facebook Invite

Grove Fest

Saturday, October 3 from 2:00-10:00 pm, Manchester between Kingshighway and Vandeventer

GroveFest is an outrageously eclectic street festival in the Grove, a vibrant commercial district here in St. Louis located along Manchester between Kingshighway and Vandeventer. Last year the festival drew over 12,000 attendees, was likened to funky New Orleans street festivals, was praised for the diversity in programming and turnout. This year’s GroveFest is the 10th annual, so we are going above and beyond! To learn more, visit

​St. Louis Swap Meet

Sunday, October 4 from 10:00 am-3:00 pm at the Lemp Brewery, Cherokee @ Lemp

Various vendors participate in this open-air swap meet.

Ruby Francis Grand Opening

Sunday, October 4 from 4:00-9:00 pm, Ruby Francis, 2310 Cherokee

Ruby Francis, a handmade clothing and general store, is hosting a grand opening party. There will be light refreshments from Elaine's Deli and beverages by Earthbound Beer and 4 Hands Brewery. Live music by Lamplighter and Wandering Trails. Facebook Invite

Zumba Classes

Monday, October 5 at 6:00 pm, Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2621 Utah

Curby Church will host Zumba classes on Mondays. The suggested donation for the instructor is $1-5.00 a session. For more info 314-771-0242.

Soulard Oktoberfest

Friday, October 9-Sunday, October 11

Benton Park West and Marine Villa will again host a beer booth at the largest Oktoberfest event in the region! Help BPW and MV by volunteering to work one or multiple shifts at the THREE DAY event.

To volunteer, please click here for the Signup Genius.

Can't work? Buy from us; we'll be located in the middle of the festival tents/booth right on 7th Street.

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