What to Do in St. Louis This Weekend

 In City Guide, Culture

We know spring has finally sprung in St. Louis not because of the sunlight, or the dusting of petals on the sidewalks, or the fresh air, but because baseball season is here. This weekend, break out your Cards cap for Opening Day, gallery hop for First Friday, clean out your closet for a monthly clothing swap and more.

Opening Day at Busch Stadium: Cardinals vs. Padres
Don your Cards gear for the first home game of the season against the San Diego Padres. Get an early start at the official pep-rally at Ballpark Village, including ticket giveaways and a special guest appearance. Ceremonies begin at Busch Stadium at 2:15 p.m. sharp, with the first pitch at 3:15 p.m. Tickets may be scarce, but rest assured that plenty of Downtown establishments will be screening the game.

When: April 5 from 9:30 a.m.
Where: Busch Stadium and Ballpark Village
Price: Free entry to Ballpark Village

Opening Day tailgate
4 Hands Brewing Co. gets in the game day spirit with a lot party on Thursday afternoon. Sip on beer and cocktails made with 4 Hands’ own 1220 Spirits, groove to music provided by DJ Mahf, snack on some of the best burgers in St. Louis from Mac’s Local Eats, shop local vendors and enter a raffle to win Cards tickets.

When: April 4 at noon
Where: 4 Hands Brewing Co.
Price: Free entry

Image courtesy of Lesly Juarez.

First Friday in Grand Center
This First Friday, hop around Grand Center to experience the new spring exhibitions at institutions like the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Sheldon Art Galleries. Don’t miss a special performance by artist and choreographer Maria Hassabi at the Pulitzer at 7 p.m., created in response to “Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt.”

When: April 5 until 9 p.m.
Where: Grand Center Arts District
Price: Free admission

First Friday: Harry Potter
HP fans, listen up: The St. Louis Science Center presents a rare late-night screening of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” this Friday in their huge OMNIMAX Theater. Before the 10 p.m. showing, bring the whole family for an evening of wizarding-inspired sports, foods, games, demonstrations, animals, crafts and more.

When: April 5 at 6 p.m.
Where: St. Louis Science Center
Price: Free

Tim Portlock: “Ash Is Cold”
Monaco gallery on Cherokee Street celebrates the opening of a solo exhibition by Tim Portlock this Friday from 7-10 p.m. Portlock’s work fuses the contemporary and the traditional, utilizing both visual effects software and the tropes of 19th-century American painting. The landscape of home foreclosure capital-era San Bernardino, California, comes to life in print in “Ash Is Cold,” which runs through May 3.

When: April 5 at 7 p.m.
Where: Monaco
Price: Free

Mesa Home’s fourth anniversary
Vintage boutique and cultural hub Mesa Home celebrates four fashionable years on Cherokee Street this Saturday evening with the ABCs—art, beer and cake, that is. Drink, shop, mingle and see artwork from local photographer Jessica Page at its Derived birthday event.

When: April 6 at 6 p.m.
Where: Mesa Home on Cherokee
Price: Free entry

Image courtesy of Joshua Coleman.

Community Clothing Swap
This week, dig into that spring cleaning you promised yourself you’d do weeks ago, then bring your rejects to this month’s Perennial clothing swap. Purchase a ticket online or at the door for a unique shopping experience to benefit the educational programs at the South City community workshop and nonprofit store. If you miss this weekend’s event, not to worry—Perennial will host six community clothing swaps in total throughout 2019.

When: April 7 from 1-3 p.m.
Where: Perennial
Price: $10 with clothes to donate, $15 without

Featured image courtesy of Josh Applegate.

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