What To Do in St. Louis This Weekend

 In City Guide, Culture

The city’s famous Balloon Glow event returns for a gorgeously illuminated Friday evening in Forest Park for this year’s Great Forest Park Balloon Race. Grab some friends and spend your Saturday with fun activities for book-lovers and film-goers and, on Sunday, find out which St. Louis restaurant will be named the 2019 STL Square Off Pizza Festival Champ.

After Glow in the Delmar Loop

Visit the Delmar Loop this weekend for after-hours fun at After Glow featuring some of the best St. Louis’s historic street has to offer. With more than 10 different restaurants offering specials on late night bites, drinks, and treats from Fitz’s, Blueberry Hill, Peacock Diner, Pi Pizzeria, Pin-Up Bowl and more. Visit the Facebook event page for a full list of participating vendors.

When: Friday, Sept. 20, from 10 p.m.-12 a.m.
Where: Various locations
Neighborhood: Delmar Loop
Price: Free

Great Forest Park Balloon Race

St. Louis’ famous Great Forest Park Balloon Race, the oldest and biggest free balloon event in the country, is back this weekend. Be sure to stop Forest Park on Friday night for the magical Balloon Glow event and bring a blanket and good company to enjoy the annual balloon race on Saturday. The website has a schedule of events, parking information and more.

When: Friday-Saturday, Sept. 20-21
Where: Central Fields in Forest Park
Neighborhood: Forest Park
Price: Free

Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival

The largest Hispanic celebration in the St. Louis area is this weekend with dancers, family-friendly activities and more than 70 booths. Bring your friends and family to the Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival to enjoy plenty of live music playing a mix of salsa, merengue, latin rock, cumbia and bachata.

When: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 20-22
Where: Soulard Park
Neighborhood: Soulard
Price: Free

2019 Soulition Park Jam

Now in its fifth year, the Soulition Park Jam returns to Strauss Park on Saturday, hosted by The Soulition DJ collective. Stop by Grand Center to take in some of the city’s best DJs playing soul, funk, afro-beat, hip-hop, afro-pop, reggae and dancehall tunes all day long.

When: Saturday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Strauss Park
Neighborhood: Grand Center
Price: Free

BookFest St. Louis 2019

BookFest St. Louis takes over the Central West End on Saturday for a day of book-related events, guest author Q&As and panel events, readings and performances. This year’s event also features a performance from St. Louis’s Youth Poetry Slam team, the National Champions of the 2019 Brave New Voices National Poetry Slam tournament. Visit the website for a full schedule of events, a list of featured authors and more.

When: Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Where: Various locations in the Central West End
Neighborhood: Central West End
Price: Free

‘Spirited Away’ movie screening

The Tivoli is hosting two screenings of the popular cult classic film “Spirited Away” on Saturday. There’s a matinee showing at 11:30 a.m. and a midnight showing at 11:55 p.m.—perfect for film-lovers looking for a daytime screening, a late-night special or both!

When: Saturday, Sept. 21, at 11:30 a.m. and 11:55 p.m.
Where: Tivoli Theatre
Neighborhood: Delmar Loop
Price: $7-$8

Harvest: A Marketplace Event

The Women’s Creative hosts Harvest, its quarterly marketplace event featuring all women-owned brands and small businesses on Sunday. Browse nearly 60 vendors for everything from food and home goods to fashion and gifts.

When: Sunday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Palladium Saint Louis
Neighborhood: Lafayette Square
Price: Free

STL Square Off Pizza Festival

The Annual STL Square Off Pizza Festival is back with eight of the city’s best St. Louis-style pizza restaurants competing for the Square Off Champion title. Tickets are available online and include a square of pizza from each competitor, a voting ballot, the Schlafly beer of your choice and more. Visit the Facebook event page for a list of the 2019 competing restaurants.

When: Sunday, Sept. 22, from 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Where: Berra Park
Neighborhood: The Hill
Price: $25

Featured image courtesy of Walter Lee Olivares De La Cruz.

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