What to Do in St. Louis This Weekend

 In Culture, Guide

This weekend, The Lou tingles our taste buds with four culinary and cultural festivals, piques our imaginations with two new contemporary-art exhibitions and tests our willpower with a curated shopping event featuring some of the city’s most-inspiring local makers and artisans.

May’s Night Market
The next installment of May’s Night Market maintains its status as one of the city’s staple shopping events, featuring local vintage clothing, accessories, and décor, artisanal goods, skincare and more. This time around, enjoy eats from Good Fortune and make sure to shop from Chicago’s Death Rose Vintage and Kansas City’s Vintage for Josephine.

When: Sept. 21 from 6-11 p.m.
Where: The Ready Room
Price: Free entry

Two New Exhibitions on Cherokee Street
This Friday, head to Cherokee Street for the opening of two new exhibitions side-by-side at The Luminary and Monaco galleries. At Monaco, Allison Lacher’s “Full Sun” creates an immersive sunlit experience to insinuate environmental decay and the protection of domestic spaces. “Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time: Against Capitalism’s Temporal Bullying,” curated by Taraneh Fazeli from New York, gathers work by various artists offering contemporary interpretations of themes surrounding health and disability.

When: Sept. 21 from 7-10 p.m.
Where: Monaco and The Luminary
Price: Free

Image courtesy of Fernando Prado.

Image courtesy of Fernando Prado.


Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival
Come out to Soulard Park next to the Soulard Market this weekend for the Hispanic Festival, a weekend celebrating St. Louis’ rich Hispanic community through food, drink, music, entertainment and family-friendly activities. Move your hips to a full roster of live Latino bands including salsa, merengue, cumbia and bachata, and sample cuisine from around the world. This year’s theme is “Havana Nights,” highlighting Cuban dance, drinks and music.

When: Sept. 21, 22, 23
Where: Soulard Park
Price: Food and drink for purchase

1st Annual Taste of Black St. Louis
Support local Black-owned culinary institutions this weekend at the first-ever Taste of Black St. Louis in Tower Grove Park. Bask in the sunlight during a full day of sampling, shopping, and learning from local entrepreneurs and culinary artists.

When: Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Tower Grove Park
Price: Food and drink for purchase

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Image courtesy of Scott Madore.

Q in the Lou 
Celebrate one of St. Louis’ most quintessential cultural elements while chowing down on pulled pork, brisket and more classic smoky favorites. Q in the Lou gathers world-famous pitmasters to smoke over 18,000 pounds of meat all weekend. Show up for free entry, or purchase the VIP experience to skip food lines and enjoy free craft cocktails.

When: Sept. 21 from 4-9 p.m., Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Kiener Plaza
Price: Free entry, VIP experiences available

Bookfest St. Louis
Don’t miss Bookfest St. Louis, a packed two-day literary festival bringing some of the most talked-about authors to the Central West End. On Friday evening, purchase tickets to see Academy Award-winning actress Sally Field headline the festival as she discusses her new memoir with Kathleen Finneran, local memoirist and Washington University in St. Louis’ Senior Writer-In-Residence. Return on Saturday for a full day of readings and signings with bestselling novelists, poets and essayists.

Ciderfest 2018
St. Louis’ first cider bar welcomes the fall harvest season with their first annual Ciderfest. At the event, Brick River Cider will release a brand-new cider and lead festival-goers on a tour of their facility, complete with exciting collaborations with Civil Life and Vincent Van Doughnuts. Enjoy a range of sweet and dry cider and cheese pairings, live music and more for all ages.

When: Sept. 22 and 23 at 11 a.m.
Where: Brick River Cider
Price: Food and drinks for purchase

Feature image courtesy of TJ Dragotta.

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