What To Do in St. Louis This Weekend

 In City Guide, Culture

This weekend brings a wealth of family-friendly (and delicious!) fun with Q in the Lou and Oktoberfest St. Louis alongside outdoor celebrations like National Public Lands Day at the Gateway Arch and the Strange Folk Festival. And don’t miss the grand re-opening of the Kemper Art Museum featuring a jaw-dropping major exhibition from the legendary Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

“Lean To” album release party

St. Louis singer-songwriter Lisa Houdei, who goes by her stage name LéPonds, is releasing her third project, “Lean To,” alongside the debut of her own artworks. Houdei’s original paintings and prints will both be available for purchase at the live music and art event.

When: Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Royale
Neighborhood: Southwest Garden
Price: Free admission

Taste of Maryland Heights

The Maryland Heights neighborhood is hosting its very first Taste of Maryland Heights on Friday. With more than 13 participating restaurants—including Bristol Seafood Grill, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Hollywood Casino & Hotel, Nothing Bundt Cakes and more—you can enjoy delicious food and specialty drinks while taking in the neighborhood’s family-friendly atmosphere.

When: Friday, Sept. 27, from 5-8 p.m
Where: Biergarten at SportPort International
Neighborhood: Maryland Heights
Price: $35

Opening weekend of SCAREFEST: The Lemp Brewery

One of the St. Louis region’s scariest haunts, SCAREFEST’s The Lemp Brewery Haunted House, opens this weekend. Visit one of the city’s most historic themed attractions to kick off the Halloween season. Tickets can be purchased online.

When: Friday, Sept. 27
Where: The Lemp Brewery
Neighborhood: Benton Park
Price: $25

Q in the Lou

Q in the Lou is a barbecue-lover’s dream, and it’s back this weekend at Kiener Plaza in Downtown St. Louis. The mouthwatering barbecue festival features live music, a selection of beer and, of course, some of the best ‘que made by award-winning chefs from across the country.

When: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 27-29
Where: Kiener Plaza
Neighborhood: Downtown
Price: Free admission

Strange Folk Festival

The Strange Folk Festival is back this year with even more family-friendly fun at its Enchanted Uprising. The festival marketplace promises a unique selection of local and visiting vendors, brands and small businesses, live music and arts and crafts activities.

When: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 27-29
Where: Carondelet Park
Neighborhood: Holly Hills
Price: Free admission

Grand re-opening and exhibition opening at Kemper Art Museum

Following massive renovations, the Kemper Art Museum invites guests to celebrate the grand re-opening alongside the debut of its new, world-class exhibition “Ai Weiwei: Bare Life.” Explore more than 35 different artworks by the legendary artist, including some of his most iconic pieces, and enjoy the Kemper’s new exhibition and gallery space.

When: Saturday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Kemper Art Museum
Neighborhood: Skinker-DeBaliviere
Price: Free 

Oktoberfest St. Louis

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company hosts its annual Oktoberfest St. Louis celebration this weekend at its Midtown location with additional events nearby in Grand Center. The three-day festival welcomes all things German, featuring polka dancing, live music, food and a wide selection of UCBC beers.

When: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 27-29
Where: Various locations
Neighborhood: Midtown and Grand Center
Price: Free admission

What To Do in St. Louis This Weekend

National Public Lands Day at the Arch

St. Louis’ Gateway Arch National Park celebrates National Public Lands Day with a wealth of environmentally friendly activities. Bring family and friends to enjoy the Downtown greenspace with the Great MonArch Migration Event, yoga under the Arch, a Mississippi River cleanup, a ranger-led walk around the park and more.

When: Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Gateway Arch National Park
Neighborhood: Downtown St. Louis
Price: Free admission

Art in the Park 2019

This year’s Art in the Park is on Sunday, Sept. 29, in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood. Welcoming to guests of all ages, the festival offers an array of live music, art activities, local vendors and food surrounded by the lush greenery of Francis Park. Some of our favorites—including Mahnal Jewelry and Leigh Roberts—are on the full list of participating artists.

When: Sunday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Francis Park
Neighborhood: St. Louis Hills
Price: Free admission

Featured image courtesy of Catherine Wegner.

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