What to Do in St. Louis This Weekend

 In City Guide, Culture


This weekend, bid adieu to several seasonal event series, including a holiday beer spectacular and a must-see art exhibition. Celebrate Kwanzaa in one of St. Louis’ most festive neighborhoods and make your New Year’s Eve count at parties around the city.

Brewery Lights at Anheuser-Busch

This weekend marks the last opportunity to experience Brewery Lights at Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Soulard. Bundle up to meander through dazzling light displays around the brewery’s campus, watch classic festive films on the big screen and enjoy delicious bites and beverages from beer to hot chocolate.

When: Thursday through Sunday until Dec. 30 from 5-10 p.m.
Where: Anheuser-Busch Brewery
Price: Free entry

Garden Glow

Don’t miss the Missouri Botanical Gardens’ annual Garden Glow, closing on New Year’s Day. See the gardens illuminated in a kaleidoscope of color and refuel with s’mores and a variety of drink options.

When: Through Jan. 1 from 5-10 p.m.
Where: Missouri Botanical Gardens
Price: $14 members, $18 public

What to Do in St. Louis This Weekend

Image courtesy of James Baldwin.

Closing Exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum

This weekend also offers the last chance to see CAM‘s unique fall exhibition, “Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979-1980.” The show includes the breadth of work Jean-Michel Basquiat produced in the year he lived in the East Village with Alexis Adler, before he garnered fame as an artist, as he transitioned from impulsively tagging buildings to a more sustained practice. Peek inside Basquiat’s mind through painting, sculpture, works on paper, notes and photographs.

When: Through Dec. 30
Where: Contemporary Art Museum
Price: Free

Anastasia at The Fox

Season ticket holders at the Fabulous Fox theater in Grand Center should make a point to see the new musical “Anastasia,” from the Tony Award-winning creators of “Ragtime.” Be transported to the Russian Empire and to 1920s Paris to join Anastasia as she hunts for the truth about her family.

When: Dec. 26 through Jan. 6
Where: The Fabulous Fox
Price: Season ticket package prices vary

Kwanzaa Celebration in the Loop

Bertha Knox Gilkey Pamoja Prep Academy, the only African-centered school in the St. Louis area, presents a Kwanzaa celebration in The Delmar Loop featuring live music, dancing, art exhibits, and more. Join students from the Bertha Knox Gilkey Pamoja Prep Academy (the city’s only African-centered public school) at St. Louis Artworks on Saturday evening to embrace St. Louis’ cultural diversity.

When: Dec. 29 from 5-7 p.m.
Where: The Delmar Loop, St. Louis Artworks
Price: Free

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in St. Louis

Ring in 2019 at a host of New Year’s Eve parties around the city. Here are a few of our top picks: Olio in Botanical Heights offers a traditional Israeli street food experience with hummusiya, where guests can top hummus with everything from charred octopus to chicken kefta, no reservations required. Starting at 9 p.m.—although guests can arrive as early as 5 p.m. to ensure a spot on the roof—join the folks at the Moonrise Hotel in The Delmar Loop for drinks, dancing, a photo booth and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Brennan’s in the Central West End invites patrons to welcome the new year with a glass of bubbly and a cash bar, no tickets required. Fans of an open bar can invest in tickets to parties at venues like Taste and Three Sixty. For a more tropical celebration, snag a ticket to dine and dance in the tropics at Yellowbelly in the CWE or party like a pirate at the Rhone Rum Bar in Lafayette Square.

When: Dec. 31, various times
Where: Venues around the city
Price: Varies

Winterfest Ice Rink

The Gateway Arch Park Foundation hosts this family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration at Kiener Plaza, complete with an evening of skating, fire performers, a countdown and a gorgeous fireworks display over Downtown St. Louis at 8 p.m. Big Daddy’s will be serving up drinks throughout the day. Can’t make it for the NYE party? The rink is open daily from now through Jan. 1, when it closes for the season.

When: Dec. 31 from noon-8 p.m.
Where: Kiener Plaza
Price: Free entry, $12 skate rental for adults and $7 for children

Featured image courtesy of Jeshoots.

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