What to Do in St. Louis This Week

 In Culture, Guide

St. Louis slides into June this weekend, heralded by a chorus of community events and festivals designed to coax you out of your air conditioning and into the streets to celebrate the unique charm of St. Louis’ neighborhoods. Enjoy two different O-shaped treats at pop-up events; stroll the streets at a neighborhood fair and a beer fest; head to an art opening curated by a local name, and more.

“A Night At The Brewseum” Presented By The Missouri Historical Society
We love partnering with our friends for fabulous local events, and “A Night at the Brewseum” is no exception. Join us to celebrate the history of beer at “A Night At The Brewseum” in collaboration with the Missouri Historical Society and Urban Chestnut Brewing Company. Mingle while sipping on craft brews at UCBC’s Midtown Brewery & Biergarten, then learn about St. Louis’ staple beverage from the experts during a panel at 6 p.m. After the panel, learn about your roots from an onsite genealogist, get crafty at the craft table, and meet MHS staff and learn about its three institutions: the Missouri History Museum; Library & Research Center; and Soldiers Memorial.

When: May 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Urban Chestnut Midtown Brewery & Biergarten on Washington
Price: Free, drinks for purchase.

Strange National Donut Day 2018
Strange Donuts celebrates their 5th Annual Strange National Donut Day with a circus-themed party in front of their Maplewood storefront. Enjoy festive games and activities, face painting for the kiddos, food, desserts, beer from 4 Hands Brewing Co., music, and—of course—a plethora of donuts. Strange Donuts is famous for their creative and unexpected monthly flavors, like “Mimosa” or “Hawaiian Punch,” as well as limited-batch creations like the “Fat Elvis Fat Baby”: stuffed with banana pudding and peanut butter fluff, and dipped in chocolate.

When: June 2 from 12-5 p.m.
Where: Strange Donuts in Maplewood
Price: Free, or VIP ticket for $28 including 1 free drink, a free food item, a t-shirt, and drink sampling.

Shmear Bagel Popup at Kaldi’s
Bagel-lovers and snobs, rejoice—Shmear hosts another popup this Saturday and Sunday at Kaldi’s Gerhart location on Vandeventer. Shmear hand-makes their bagels from scratch with local ingredients, taking inspiration from East Coast masters and utilizing traditional techniques. Keep abreast of the bagel action on their Instagram, but we recommend arriving early.

When: June 2 and 3, from 8 a.m. to sell out
Where: Kaldi’s Gerhart location on Vandeventer

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Image courtesy of Shmear STL.

STL Open Streets
Drivers, take note—Compton Avenue between Meramec and Cherokee will close to cars briefly this Saturday for a street fair celebrating the neighborhood and giving community members a chance to mingle, bask in the mid-day sunshine, stroll, bike, enjoy local food, and participate in planned activity stations.

When: June 2 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Compton Avenue, from Cherokee to Meramec
Price: Free, food for purchase

IndiHop: a Two-Neighborhood Beer Fest
For its 7th year, Indihop comes to The Grove and Cherokee Street this Saturday for six hours of beer tasting and community exploration. A ticket goes to supporting the participating neighborhoods and includes a tasting glass and the opportunity to sample offerings from 50 local craft breweries, evenly split between each district. Shuttles run on a constant rotation between the Grove and Cherokee from noon to 8 p.m., and local musicians will be stationed along the route to provide a soundtrack.

When: June 2 from 1-7 p.m.
Where: The Grove and Cherokee Street
Price: $30 adv, $35 day of

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Image courtesy of IndiHop.

Art Opening at Intersect Arts Center
Intersect, a local art hub and studio space, presents a new exhibition curated by Lyndon Barrois Jr. “Plaid Progress” brings together artists based in St. Louis and the Midwest to foster regional collaboration and explore themes of identity, place, and culture. The phrase “plaid progress” refers to a “lateral notion of moving forward,” reflecting the way in which diverse threads weave to create a “durable” cultural fabric. The exhibition remains in place through July 21, but head to the opening for refreshments and a discussion with the curator at 7 p.m.

When: June 2 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Intersect Arts Center
Price: Free

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