What To Do in St. Louis This Weekend

 In City Guide, Culture

This weekend, catch the final iteration of an annual theater performance series, the opening of two new contemporary art exhibitions, the first of several free live blues events at the city’s most recognizable monument and more. Dive into August with the best in dining, entertainment and the arts in St. Louis.

Meet me in the museum

Take a casual tour of the current exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum in Grand Center this Thursday evening during a summer happy hour. Snag a complimentary beer courtesy of Urban Chestnut Brewing Company and get 10 percent off art-inspired goodies from the museum store.

When: Aug. 8 from 5-7 p.m.
Where: Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
Price: Free

‘The Bridge’ at the Missouri History Museum

Head to the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park this Thursday for “The Bridge,” inspired by the work of renowned Mexican artist Alfredo Ramos Martínez in the exhibit “Flores Mexicanas: A Lindbergh Love Story.” Enjoy light bites and beverages for the first hour from by 4 Hands Brewing Co. and Don Emiliano’s Restaurante Mexicano, then stay for a poetry reading, a panel discussion featuring local Latinx artists and leaders and a fascinating Q&A.

When: Aug. 8 from 5:30-8 p.m.
Where: Missouri History Museum
Price: Free, RSVP required

‘Matilda’ at The Muny

Roald Dahl’s kooky, eccentric literary classic comes to the stage this week during The Muny’s final show of the summer, “Matilda,” originally created by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Bring the whole family along to watch Matilda discover the power of books, imagination and friendship.

When: Through Aug. 11 at 8 p.m.
Where: The Muny
Price: Varies

Food Truck Friday

You know the drill—tote your picnic blanket to Tower Grove Park this Friday evening for another installment of Sauce Magazine’s Food Truck Friday, featuring more than 20 local food trucks, as well as drinks from Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., 4 Hands and Noboleis Vineyards. This weekend, kick back and enjoy live music provided by The Dust Covers.

When: Aug. 9 from 4-8 p.m.
Where: Tower Grove Park
Price: Free entry

Blues at the Arch

A classic St. Louis summer event series returns this weekend and every Friday night throughout the month of August. Blues at the Arch draws a diverse lineup of incredible blues artists Downtown to Gateway Arch National Park each week. This week’s performance includes the musical stylings of Kennedy Holmes, Kim Massie and Annika Chambers.

When: Aug. 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 6-9 p.m.
Where: Gateway Arch National Park
Price: Free

‘Rise Over Run’ and ‘WILD WILD’ at Monaco

Monaco celebrates the opening of two new exhibitions at its Cherokee Street gallery on Friday. “Rise Over Run,” a group exhibition including work by Kansas City-based artists Marcie Miller Gross, Armin Mühsam, Warren Rosser and Caleb Taylor, draws inspiration from architecture and structure. “WILD WILD” features new work by Rachel Youn, an innovative local artist who was recently awarded the 2020 Great Rivers Biennial Award.

When: Aug. 9 from 7-10 p.m.
Where: Monaco on Cherokee
Price: Free

Grub & Groove

Now in its eighth year, Grub & Groove highlights the best in local dining and music in Francis Park. Grub includes the likes of Salt + Smoke, Aya Sofia, Hi-Pointe Drive-In and more, while the groove is provided by a host of St. Louis’ best musicians. The event runs from early afternoon into the night, so come to South City for lunch, dinner or both.

When: Aug. 10 from 2-9:30 p.m.
Where: Francis Park
Price: Free

Start Bar anniversary party

If you love pinball, skee ball or shooting virtual zombies, head Downtown to help Start Bar celebrate its three-year anniversary. On top of its usual game extravaganza, the party features food and drink specials, a caricature artist, DJs and opportunities to win special prizes.

When: Aug. 11 at 4 p.m.
Where: Start Bar
Price: Free

Featured image courtesy of Gabrielle Mendez.

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