What to Do in St. Louis This Weekend

 In City Guide, Culture

This weekend, St. Louis parties 314-style for its very own holiday, then transforms into the Emerald City for St. Patrick’s Day. Check out a special event fusing art and beer, take a tropical vacation without leaving St. Louis, then don your corniest “Kiss me, I’m Irish” t-shirt and head to two vibrant neighborhoods to celebrate Irish heritage.

314 Day at the Ready Room

Celebrate St. Louis this 314 Day in The Grove with local vendors, music, food and art. Dance to the sounds of DJJTR3Y, KimmyNu and Police State, see artwork created before your eyes and shop independent brands like War Ready, Blvck Clothing, Syrus Klothing Co. and Rocky Vintage.

When: March 14 at 7 p.m.
Where: The Ready Room
Price: Free with RSVP, $5 at the door

Pi Day and Pi’s 11th birthday

Pi Pizza is the place to be this week as they hail their 11th year serving up delicious pies across St. Louis. In honor of this milestone, they’re offering special deals today and tomorrow. On Thursday, also known as Pi Day, guests born on March 14th receive a free pizza. The rest of us can purchase a large pizza and get another for just $3.14. Youngsters under the age of 15 can participate in the pi memorization contest at The Delmar Loop location for the chance to win prizes and prestige.

When: March 11-14
Where: Pi Pizza locations
Price: Varies

Orchid Show 2019

Winters in St. Louis can begin to feel endless once March rolls around. Escape to the tropics at the Missouri Botanical Garden in Shaw this month during the 2019 Orchid Show, an annual display of hundreds of orchids from their collection.

When: Through March 24
Where: Missouri Botanical Garden
Price: $5 in addition to regular admission

‘Fashioning the Black Body’ exhibition opening

Head to projects+gallery in the Central West End this Friday evening to toast the opening of “Fashioning the Black Body,” a mixed-media exhibition curated by artist Dario Calmese. Through May 4, see the work of a group of artists exploring fashion as a storytelling medium that reflects themes of race, space, and agency. The show includes arists Bisa Butler, Soly Cissé, Renee Cox, David Antonio Cruz, Kenturah Davis, Hassan Hajjaj, Basil Kincaid, Mario Moore, Chris Ofili, Fahamu Pecou, Katherine Simóne Reynolds, Jacolby Satterwhite, Mickalene Thomas and Kehinde Wiley. Following the opening, join the curator and several artists for a gallery talk on Saturday at 11 a.m.

When: March 15 from 5-8 p.m.
Where: projects+gallery
Price: Free

What to Do in St. Louis This Weekend

“Westindi,” 2018, by Stan Squirewell.

Steinfest at Third Friday

Third Degree Glass Factory hosts a very special Third Friday this week. The fourth annual Steinfest features handmade blown glass beer steins available for purchase, plus two local beers to enjoy for free. Snag a bite from Mission Taco Truck, and taste beer samples from Urban Chestnut, 4 Hands, Six Mile Bridge and more. As always, glassmaking demonstrations will take place throughout the night, as well as live music and fire spinning.

When: March 15 from 6-10 p.m.
Where: Third Degree Glass Factory
Price: Free entry

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

We hope you’ve rested up since Mardi Gras, because St. Patty’s takes over St. Louis this weekend, blanketing the city in green. The 50th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade—one of the top parades in the entire country—marches through Downtown this Saturday starting at noon, rain or shine. The route begins at 20th and Market streets and winds east to touch down at Broadway and Clark. Dress in various shades of emerald to join more than 350,000 spectators cheering the 120 floats, bands, balloons, clowns and more. The more intrepid paradegoers should rise early for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Run at 9 a.m., including a 5-mile or a 3-kilometer option, followed by a post-race party in Kiener Plaza.

When: March 16 from 12-3 p.m.
Where: Downtown
Price: Free

Dogtown Irish Festival

On Sunday, the St. Patrick’s Day festivities migrate to Dogtown, St. Louis’ historically Irish neighborhood. The celebrations begin at 9 a.m. and continue all day, including local food, drink, music, vendors and the 37th Annual Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 11 a.m. along Tamm Avenue.

When: March 17 at 9 a.m.
Where: Dogtown
Price: Free entry

Featured image courtesy of Amy Reed.

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