What To Do in St. Louis This Week

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This weekend promises plenty of outdoor fun with the return of a few St. Louis classics. Schlafly’s HOP in the City festival returns to its Midtown hub, the Taste of St. Louis returns Downtown to Soldier’s Memorial Park and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra returns to Art Hill in Forest Park for its annual free concert.

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Concert in Forest Park

Now in its 51st year, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s annual free Forest Park concert is this Thursday at the base of Art Hill. Spend the evening with family and friends enjoying a gorgeous live show with a scenic view of the park at sunset followed by a firework display to close out the evening. Check out this online map of parking locations and a schedule for the free shuttle.

When: Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m.
Where: Art Hill
Neighborhood: Forest Park
Price: Free

Fashion Anarchy: Challenge #3

The St. Louis Fashion Fund presents Fashion Anarchy, Challenge #3 this Thursday evening, inspired by the future of St. Louis’s garment district. After 48 hours of hard work, designers will put the final touches on their original looks live in front of Thursday’s guests. The three fashion designers featured for this phase of the event series are Yasaman Fayal, Lauren Chéri and Courtney Tharpe. The winner moves on to the competition’s finale Nov. 9.  Tickets are available online.

When: Thursday, Sept. 12, from 6:30-9 p.m.
Where: St. Louis Fashion Fund
Neighborhood: Downtown
Price: $25-$40 

100 Boots Poetry Series

The Pulitzer’s 100 Boots Poetry Series continues this week with poetry readings from nationally recognized poets Tracie Morris and Faisal Mohyuddin, coinciding with the Pulitzer’s new fall exhibitions. A selection of each author’s books will be available for purchase at the event, courtesy of Left Bank Books.

When: Friday, Sept. 13, from 7-9 p.m.
Where: Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Neighborhood: Grand Center
Price: Free

Opening weekend of SCAREFEST: The Darkness

Fittingly, SCAREFEST’s opening weekend for The Darkness kicks off on Friday, Sept. 13. The legendary haunted house is reopening for its 26th year with a longer, spookier experience and new festive attractions. Its website offers more information on individual and seasonal tickets.

When: Friday, Sept. 13
Where: 1525 S. Eighth St.
Neighborhood: Soulard
Price: $5-$40

What To Do in St. Louis This Week

Photo courtesy of The Luminary.

Exhibition opening at The Luminary

“Soft Scrub,” a group exhibition featuring nine artists from St. Louis and around the country, opens at The Luminary this Friday. The exhibition considers the complicated layers, stereotypes and foundational lessons of the black household from the black male perspective. Events coordinated in conjunction with the show include an artist roundtable on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 11 a.m.;  a live performance piece on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m.; and a film series Oct. 11-13.

When: Friday, Sept. 13, from 7-10 p.m.
Where: The Luminary
Neighborhood: Cherokee Street
Price: Free

Taste of St. Louis

St. Louis has a nationally recognized restaurant and culinary scene, and the Taste of St. Louis is back this year to showcase local gems this weekend. This year’s theme is “Educate, Elevate, Celebrate,” featuring plenty of eateries, family-friendly activities and educational opportunities around nutrition and healthy eating. Visit this online map for a full layout of the festival.

When: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 13-15
Where: Soldier’s Memorial Park
Neighborhood: Downtown
Price: Free

Schlafly’s HOP in the City festival

With more than 40 different beers available for sampling, Schlafly’s much-loved HOP in the City Festival is back. Enjoy bites from local restaurants, live music, a unique selection of beers and a commemorative tasting glass with each tasting ticket. Festival tickets are available online and at the gate.

When: Saturday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Schlafly Tap Room
Neighborhood: Downtown
Price: $35-$45

Exhibition opening at Bruno David Gallery

The Bruno David Gallery’s Clayton location presents its latest exhibition opening, featuring a group show alongside works by four celebrated artists: Thomas Sleet, Damon Davis, Jill Downen and Daniel Raedeke.

When: Saturday, Sept. 14, from 6-8 p.m.
Where: David Bruno Gallery
Neighborhood: Clayton
Price: Free

Featured image courtesy of Tatiana Rodriguez.


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