7 Beautiful Things To Do This Month

 In Culture

1/ Do Saint Louis Fashion Week Right

Be there for each fashionable night of STLFW, starting with the Caleres Emerging Designer Competition, presented by Saint Louis Fashion Fund, where five national designer finalists will vie for the chance to win a $25,000 award (Nov. 4 at Union Station). On Nov. 5, head to The Luminary for the Wear It: Fashion Challenge to see St. Louis’ top local designers present fashion-forward looks inspired by iconic artwork. On Nov. 6, artists Fantich & Young bring East London flair to projects+gallery for their US debut. Finally, SKIF International hosts an STL Designer Pop-Up shopping experience on Nov. 7. For tickets and more info, visit stlfw.com.


2/ Light Up Your Life

The beautiful Missouri Botanical Garden presents its third annual Garden Glow, featuring more than one million lights and unique installations. Enjoy delicious food, traditional holiday music and photo opportunities as you stroll through St. Louis’ very own winter wonderland. For more info, visit missouribotanicalgarden.org.

3/ Get in the Holiday Spirit

Celebrate the season with the Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” on Nov. 30 at The Fabulous Fox Theatre. The classic performance still has all the beautiful elements you know from “The Nutcracker,” but this version includes a second act that emphasizes peace and harmony and features intricate backdrops from Russian designer Valentin Federov. For more info, visit nutcracker.com.


4/ Set the Pace

Bring the whole family out for a healthy start to the holiday season: The Hungry Turkey 5K starts at 7:30am on Nov. 26, just before the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. Participants can exercise their charitability by bringing canned food donations to the event to help assist Operation Food Search—a nonprofit organization striving to end hunger in the metropolitan area. For more info, visit thehungryturkey.com.

5/ Parade Around Downtown

The annual Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade is celebrating its 31st year on Nov. 26. The parade kicks off at 8:45am from 7th and Market streets Downtown with giant balloons, marching bands from around Missouri and, of course, Santa’s send-off into the Christmas season. For more info, visit christmasinstlouis.org.

6/ Discover a New Film

The 24th annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival returns Nov. 5-15. From narrative features to documentaries, SLIFF showcases a slew of filmmaking talent. Engage with thought-provoking work and rub shoulders with award-winning directors, actors and actresses at this year’s screenings. For more info, visit cinemastlouis.org. 

7/ Dive Into Photography

Warm up inside the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, where Ernest H. Brooks’ show will take you to tropical depths: His collection of striking black-and-white seascapes, “Silver Seas: An Odyssey,” tells the story of the sea from an up-close-and-personal point of view. For more info, visit iphf.org.

This story appeared in the November 2015 issue. 

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