What to Do in St. Louis This Weekend
This weekend, we’re particularly stoked on the opening of a groundbreaking exhibition, two beer festivals from distinct local breweries, a couple of funky live music shows and one delectable brunch experience. Read on for our latest roundup of the best in the arts, dining and entertainment that St. Louis has to offer.
Saint Louis Story Stitchers: ‘Peace in the Prairie’
This Thursday, head to the .ZACK Theatre in Grand Center for a special video program and performance presented by the Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective. “Peace in the Prairie” interrogates themes of violence and peace, mental health, survival and sustainability, juxtaposing nature and urbanism. This unique event explores these concepts in the context of the African-American experience in St. Louis.
When: March 21 from 7-8 p.m.
Where: .ZACK Theatre
20th Annual Schlafly Stout & Oyster Festival
Schlafly’s Stout & Oyster Festival returns to The Schlafly Tap Room Downtown for its 20th year this Friday and Saturday, featuring more than 80,000 fresh oysters from both coasts and 10 new stouts. Try oysters of all varieties—fried, roasted, Rockefeller and more—and keep your eyes peeled for a special commemorative silver can offered only at the festival.
When: March 22-23
Where: Schlafly Tap Room-Downtown St. Louis
Price: Free entry
St. Paul and the Broken Bones at The Pageant
Alabama-based St. Paul and the Broken Bones returns to St. Louis this Friday for a lively evening of music at The Pageant in The Delmar Loop. Come groove to their unique blend of rock and soul, rooted in the lead singer’s experience growing up in the Deep South.
When: March 22 at 7 p.m.
Where: The Pageant
Price: General admission $25 in advance, $30 day of show
‘Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt’ Opening Reception
We can’t wait for the opening of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation’s fascinating new exhibition “Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt.” The Grand Center gallery’s collaboration with the Brooklyn Museum dives into the power of images and their destruction. Mingle, grab a beverage and see the exhibition on its first evening open to the public.
When: March 22 from 6-9 p.m.
Where: Pulitzer Arts Foundation
13th Annual Gateway Blues Festival
Celebrate St. Louis’ rich musical heritage at the Chaifetz Arena this Friday night. For its 13th year, the Gateway Blues Festival presents a dazzling lineup of blues artists, including Sir Charles Jones, Shirley Brown, Pokey Bear, Calvin Richardson, TK Soul, Theodis Ealey and Terry Wright.
When: March 22 at 8 p.m.
Where: Chaifetz Arena
Price: Starting at $55
RFT Mac & Cheese Throwdown
Local chefs go head-to-head at Union Station for the title of Mac & Cheese Champion during the Riverfront Times’ self-described “melty-cheesy smackdown.” Last year’s winner Salt + Smoke will be in attendance to defend its title. Each general admission ticket includes 12 samples and four drink tickets, and children under 5 get in free.
When: March 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: St. Louis Union Station
Price: General admission $40
Ales for Tails
Urban Chestnut hosts the third annual Ales for Tails beer festival this Saturday afternoon in support of Tenth Life Cat Rescue and Needy Paws Dog Rescue. Get adoption information from on-site reps and enjoy four hours of beer samples, live music and local arts and crafts.
When: March 23 from 1-5 p.m.
Where: Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery and Bierhall
Price: General admission $25
Brews + Blues Brunch at Grand Tavern
The rave-worthy contemporary American restaurant Grand Tavern by David Burke in Grand Center now offers a Sunday brunch experience, featuring bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys and beer from a different brewer each week. This week, sip brews from 4 Hands Brewing Co. while Lady J Huston serenades you with her musical talents. We’ve got our eye on unique dishes such as the bbq brisket with truffle mac & cheese “toast” and the ritz crab cake ham & cheese “sliders.”
When: Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Grand Tavern
Featured image courtesy of Jonathan Gallegos.