What to Do in St. Louis This Weekend

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Mardi weekend is finally upon us. Plumb your closet for your wackiest outfits of purple, green and gold, stack your neck with beads, and eat a hearty breakfast, because St. Louis’ Mardi Gras celebration never disappoints. And that’s not all—read on for the best in music, dining and the arts in St. Louis this weekend.

Art in Bloom
Saint Louis Art Museum’s annual Art in Bloom festival returns this weekend, featuring floral displays inspired by pieces from the museum’s extensive collection of visual art and sculpture. Don’t miss the packed schedule of presentations, lectures and family activities. Tour each floor of the museum to hunt down all 30 designs, created by the region’s most innovative florists.

When: March 1-3 starting at 10 a.m.
Where: Saint Louis Art Museum
Price: Free

Mayor’s Mardi Gras Ball
Don your pearls and fasten your cufflinks for the Mayor’s Mardi Gras Ball, a yearly black-tie gala replete with food, cocktails, dancing and entertainment. This year, the ball even offers opportunities for young professionals to network with the region’s leaders. Waltz to the rotunda in St. Louis City Hall to benefit the Mardi Gras Foundation and give back to the St. Louis community.

When: March 1 at 7 p.m.
Where: The rotunda in St. Louis City Hall
Price: $150 and up

Mardi Gras Noir
Blank Space on Cherokee Street hosts an alternative Mardi Gras kickoff party this Friday night, featuring the sounds of DJ JMo, Makeda Kravitz, DJ Nico Marie and DJ Reminise. Come to ring in Mardi Gras in an alternative, inclusive space—and groove until the wee hours of the morning.

When: March 1 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Where: Blank Space
Price: $5 early bird, $7 advance, $10 at the door 

Image courtesy of Luca Iaconelli.

Soulard Mardi Gras 2019
The weekend’s main event, of course, is the annual Soulard Mardi Gras parade and festival. Head to the historic Soulard neighborhood at 11 a.m. for the incredible Bud Light Grand Parade, second only to that of New Orleans. The route starts at Busch Stadium, winds through Downtown’s southern edge and Soulard, then wraps up at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Afterward, party all day as the neighborhood welcomes DJs and live bands, as well as stands serving Cajun food, craft beer and fruity Hurricanes.

When: March 2 from 11 a.m.
Where: Soulard
Price: Free entry

Mardi Gras Brunch at 4 Hands
4 Hands hosts the ideal boozy brunch early Saturday morning to get you in the Mardi Gras spirit. Enjoy 1220 Spirits hurricanes and Bloody Marys, as well as gumbo and biscuits and gravy from Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. And a bonus: The brewery is located south of Downtown, within walking distance of the Mardi Gras parade.

When: March 2 at 9 a.m.
Where: 4 Hands Brewing Co.
Price: Food and drink for purchase

Cherokee Creole Carnivale
This year, Soulard isn’t St. Louis’ only neighborhood getting festive for Mardi Gras. Cherokee Street will host a family-friendly celebration on Saturday filled with delicious food, live entertainment, drinks, kids’ activities, a bonfire and more.

When: March 2 at 12 p.m.
Where: Cherokee Street
Price: Free entry

Wellspent First Anniversary Party
Come wish Wellspent Brewing in Midtown a happy birthday this weekend as they celebrate one year as a valuable member of St. Louis’ craft-beer scene. Try some of their extra-special brews all afternoon and evening, and come early to partake in food provided by Bolyard’s Meat and Provisions.

When: March 2 from noon-11 p.m.
Where: Wellspent Brewing
Price: Food and drink for purchase

STRFKR at the Ready Room
End the weekend on a high note at The Ready Room in The Grove with STRFKR as they tour their fourth album, “Being Nothing Going Nowhere.” The band’s shows are famously vibrant and energetic—think astronaut suits and pool floaties—so don’t be afraid to show up in some glitter and neon.

When: March 3 at 8 p.m.
Where: The Ready Room
Price: $20

Featured image courtesy of Kogulanath Ayappan.

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