Cinco de Mayo Festival and The Cherokee Street Businesses District

Annual Festival Celebrating Vibrant Arts and Culture Around Cherokee Street

May 4, 2018 | 3 min reading time

This article is 6 years old. It was published on May 4, 2018.

cherokee street face painted women
Photo by City of St. Louis Staff

The Cherokee Street festival Celebrating the hispanic influence on St. louis, happens on Cinco de Mayo, May 5th. The Community Celebration covers the neighborhoods that touch Cherokee Street and provide a diverse backdrop to city life.

Patrons to the Festival can treat themselves with authentic food and drinks at the same time visit the booming small businesses, local vendors and booths.With the multitude of bright displays, colorful costumes, savory aromas from the food being grilled, and sounds of musicians playing combined with the mixing language, the whole experience is enticing.

The festival hosts 3 stages and over 30 musical performances all throughout the day. Many look forward to the Lucha Libre wrestling matches, bull riding, latin american dancers, and childrens activities all within steps of each other on the street.

The 10th Annual People’s Joy Parade steps off and starts rolling at 1:11 at Minnesota heading east on Cherokee then turns to go through Benton Park West ending at Texas and Cherokee.

Businesses on Cherokee Street

Businesses have boomed and busted over the years on Cherokee – lately in the past year, Saint Louis Hop Shop moved three storefronts down from their original shop and into a space close to three times as large.

Teatopia has expanded from their small footprint 7-foot-wide store to take the place of the former Hop Shop. And Bridge Bread, a great social enterprise provides job opportunities for people experiencing homelessness, opened its first retail location on Cherokee back in 2015 and they too recently moved  to a larger location. Allowing Bridge bread to expand their hours and income for their bakers. A young, up-and-coming clothing designer, Brandin Vaughn, opened a boutique in the former Bridge Bread shop location.

Upcoming Cherokee Street Events

Cherokee Street will host another event on June 2 – Celebrating the 7th year, IndiHop is a joint event with The Grove where attendees with a purchased ticket receive a tasting glass and a chance to taste 50 different local craft beers (including beer from Earthbound Brewing, located and crafting beer everyday on Cherokee) at 25 locations along Manchester and along Cherokee. There are shuttles to get attendees between the two neighborhoods and musical entertainment along each street.  

Cinco de Mayo Festival Details:

Cinco de Mayo: A Cherokee Street Festival
Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Cherokee Street from Nebraska to Jefferson.

There is always something new to discover on Cherokee and lots of reason to come explore.

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Public Art & Space: murals on the side of 3411 S. Jefferson and 3355 S Jefferson, Love Bank Park (Cherokee & Nebraska)

Retail Stores: Mesa Home, Art Farm, Brandin Vaughn Collection, Angel Boutique, Bespoke, Indian Custom Tailor & Alteration, St. Louis Jewelers (Joyeria), Economy Shop, Carrillo Western Wear, STL Style House, Flowers & Weeds, Firecracker Press, Mr. Nice Guy

Food and Drink: VISTA Ramen, Teatopia, Parm Pasta & Sandwich, El Chico Bakery, The Juice, The Fortune Teller Bar, Bridge Bread, The Whiskey Ring, Foam, The B-Side, Earthbound ,Brewing, 2720, Yaqui’s, Propaganda, The Taco & Ice Cream Joint, Frankly on Cherokee, Taco Truck Bar & Grill, El Torito, Lilly’s Panaderia, Carniceria Latino Americana, La Vallesana, Chaparritos, Mariscos Seafood, Taqueria El Bronco, Master Pieza, Diana’s Bakery, The Palm Trees, the Blue Pearl, El Lenador, Tower Taco, San Loo, Red Guitar, RKDE

Other Shops and Enterprises: Midwest Guitar, The Bomb Door, Art Monster Tattoo, Communication Depot, Van Ella Studios, Guardian Angel Settlement Association, Casa Loma Ballroom, Latin Barber Shop, Cherokee Buddhist Temple, Alchemy Tattoo, Don’s Muffler Shop, Cherokee Kuts, Franciscan Connection, Creative Litho, Latina J Salon, Pianos for People, Tenth Life Cat Rescue, Community Arts & Movement Project, Kismet Creative Center, The Luminary, Nebula Co-Work Space


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