Spring has sprung: Events to ring in the new season

| Managing Editor

Despite what it might feel like outside, it officially became spring in St. Louis almost two weeks ago. This list is a little optimistic given the random bouts of thunderstorms and snow (?) we’ve had recently, but maybe putting them out there in the journalistic world will force Mother Nature to change her ways and bring some warmth to Washington University’s campus. To ring in the new season, check out these local events for some outdoors (or rainy-day indoors) fun.

April 5:
Spring CoOp Cafe ft. Jen Myzel
8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
6021 Pershing Ave.

Located just down the street from Kayak’s Cafe, the CoOp Cafe is a welcoming, inclusive environment for people to share their ideas and stories in 10 minute sets. Many students share ideas, music and poetry, so bring whatever you’ve been feeling like sharing to test it out. For this edition of the cafe, Washington University alumna Jen Myzel will perform songs from her two full-length albums, “Family Tree” and “Silence Speak.”

April 7:
WUStock 2018: Timeflies
1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The Swamp

Ah, a Washington University classic. Join naive freshmen and nostalgic seniors as they clamor for Vincent Van Doughnuts (side note: now also sold at Cafe Bergson and Cherry Tree Cafe) and frozen virgin margaritas. After tiring yourself out on the bouncy houses, sit back, relax, and enjoy the music of student bands The Snapchettes, Sami Pathak and the Good Samaritans and Devin and the Atmospheres before Timeflies takes the stage.

April 12:
Lego Night at 4 Hands Brewing Company
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
1220 8th St.

Do you like Legos? Do you like beer (or an alternative non-alcoholic beverage)? Then this event is for you! Escape the recent rainy days and play Legos with your friends, and you don’t even have to be 21-plus to have fun. 4 Hands frequently hosts unusual events, so check their Facebook page for others.

April 13-15:
ThurtenE Carnival
Simon Hall Lot, Olympian Way

Join ThurtenE Honorary for “three days of exhilarating rides, live performances, and tasty food.” As for the tasty food, that all depends on what you decide to give Zeta Beta Tau to fry at their infamous “we’ll fry anything” station. The best part is this one is so close to home, you can stop by after a visit to the Athletic Center.

April 20 and 21:
Reel Late at the Tivoli: “Wayne’s World”
11:55 p.m.
6350 Delmar Blvd.

Hopefully by the end of April we will have also reached the end of the seemingly never-ending rainy days, but on the off-chance that it hasn’t stopped, drop by St. Louis’ favorite historic theater to see “Wayne’s World.” Tickets are $8, and be warned: During Reel Late showings people are known to chatter, so be prepared to not have the most serene movie-viewing experience of your life.

April 24:
Choosing and Using Stones for Self Care
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
7241 Manchester Blvd.

Advertised as a “guided crystal meditation to better connect with your mineral friends,” the topic of this month’s meeting is “Attracting Abundance.” Absorb those good vibes right before finals week to keep the positivity going as you finish out the year.

April 26:
WUSTL Ballroom Social Dance
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Holmes Lounge

Just in time for sorority formals and the night before WILD, check out dance lessons by WUSTL Ballroom, Swing Dance Club and WUSauce. If you’re worried about being the odd one out with two left feet, never fear! The event is open to all and no dance experience or partner is needed to participate.

April 29:
EAT. DRINK. CHILL. LAUNCH EVENT
5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Ball Park Village, 601 Clark Ave

This event’s Facebook page promises “an afternoon of chill vibes,” and seems to be a roving St. Louis hangout. If you miss this one, check out the “BFREESTLOUIS” page for updates on where it’ll take place next!

May 2:
RFT Iron Fork 2018
7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
City Museum, 750 N 16th St.

OK, so this event is actually pretty expensive (general admission tickets are $50), but it sounds super cool so maybe some Top Chef superfans will be interested. Forty restaurants will be handing out food and five “famous chefs” will be competing for the Iron Fork title. If you’re willing to shell out the additional $25 for a VIP ticket there’s even a section with bottomless drinks.

May 5:
Cinco De Mayo 2018: A Cherokee Street Festival
11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
3406 Jefferson Ave

Established over 15 years ago, Cherokee’s Cinco De Mayo is a fun and (mostly) free way to enjoy the holiday—think Soulard Mardi Gras, but smaller and warmer and better. Stroll down Jefferson Avenue and enjoy authentic Mexican food, drinks and entertainment. While you’re having fun, you’ll also be supporting a diverse and talented group of local artists!