What to Do in St. Louis This Weekend

 In City Guide, Culture

This weekend is packed with opportunities to see live music from some incredibly talented musicians. In addition to live bands and DJs at four different festival events, we’ve included two unique opportunities to experience the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra live and enjoy Chamber Project St. Louis in a new performance space.

Craftoberfest 2019

The annual fall open-air night market, Craftoberfest, returns for its eighth year on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 5-10 p.m. Along with 40 St. Louis designers, makers, small business owners and craft vendors with local goods for sale, Craftoberfest 2019 also features locally brewed craft beer, food and live music.

When: Thursday, Oct. 10, from 5-10 p.m.
Where: Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.
Neighborhood: Midtown
Price: Free

Exhibition openings at the World Chess Hall of Fame

The World Chess Hall of Fame is opening two new exhibitions with a public reception on Thursday, Oct. 10. Guests will be treated to complimentary cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and valet service. An RSVP is recommended but not required. Both exhibitions, “Michael Drummond: Being Played” and “A Beautiful Game,” run until Saturday, Nov. 10.

When: Thursday, Oct. 10, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: World Chess Hall of Fame
Neighborhood: Central West End
Price: Free

Chamber Project Saint Louis: ‘RESILIENT’

The second concert of Chamber Project Saint Louis’ 12th season is on Friday, Oct. 11, at projects+gallery. This concert, “RESILIENT,” deals with ideas of recovery and reflection and marks Chamber Project’s first collaboration with projects+gallery. Tickets include a complimentary drink.

When: Friday, Oct. 11, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: projects+gallery
Neighborhood: Central West End
Price: $5-$25

Image courtesy of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

St. Louis Symphony: Live at The Pulitzer and Aretha Franklin Tribute

This isn’t happening on the weekend, but it’s too good for us to skip! The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s performance series at The Pulitzer opens its 2019-2020 season this week. Tickets for the “Songbirdsongs” concert featuring piccolos and percussion on Wednesday, Oct. 9, are still available online.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Neighborhood: Grand Center
Price: $10-$23

And now for a St. Louis Symphony Orchestra event that is on the weekend: a tribute show to Aretha Franklin, the legendary Queen of Soul and first woman to be inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. The one-night-only concert on Friday, Oct. 11, features the late artist’s greatest hits, including “Respect,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and more.

When: Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Powell Symphony Hall
Neighborhood: Grand Center
Price: $35-$55

Float-in movie at Boathouse Paddle Co.

The Boathouse Paddle Co. is hosting another float-in movie event on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. Guests are invited to rent paddle boats, canoes or kayaks; snack on complimentary popcorn; and enjoy a screening of “Young Frankenstein” in Forest Park. Food and drinks are available for purchase from the Boathouse Restaurant, but guests are also more than welcome to bring their own treats from home. Tickets to reserve your desired boat can be purchased online.

When: Friday, October 11 from 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Where: The Boathouse
Neighborhood: Forest Park
Price: $10-$20

Oktoberfest at Soulard Market

Soulard’s annual Oktoberfest celebration is this weekend, on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-12, at Soulard Farmers’ Market Park. This year’s German-infused festivities include delicious themed food, drinks like Oktoberfest-related beers and seasonal ales and live music from Grammy award-winning band Brave Combo and others.

When: Friday-Saturday, Oct. 11-12
Where: Soulard Farmers’ Market Park
Neighborhood: Soulard
Price: Free admission, with VIP Bier Hall tickets available for purchase

Last weekend of Zootoberfest

This is the last weekend for Zootoberfest, the Saint Louis Zoo’s family-friendly Oktoberfest-themed fall celebration. Enjoy a wide variety of seasonal and specialty beers for adults and root beer for kids. The weekend also includes live music and fall-related kids’ activities.

When: Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 12-13, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Saint Louis Zoo
Neighborhood: Forest Park
Price: Free

Sauce Magazine’s Harvest Fest

Sauce Magazine’s annual Harvest Fest is this Sunday, Oct. 13, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m, welcoming St. Louisans from across the region to Tower Grove Park. Enjoy an exceptionally colorful and wide array of local restaurants, breweries, wineries, farmers, small business owners and artisans at this festival event, alongside live music from popular local musicians.

When: Sunday, Oct. 13, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m
Where: Tower Grove Park
Neighborhood: South Grand
Price: Free

Featured image courtesy of Jan Strecha.

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