What to Do in St. Louis This Weekend

 In City Guide, Culture

This weekend has a soundtrack, and it includes some of the region’s most prolific and engaging bands and artists. Take advantage of five different live music opportunities, a dining district’s annual tasting event, new summer exhibitions at one of St. Louis‘ most innovative museums and more.

Blues City Deli’s 15 for 15 Year Celebration

Blues City Deli celebrates 15 years of sky-high sandwiches, loaded dogs and live music for the next 12 Thursdays as it counts down 15 live shows. This week, the Benton Park eatery’s fourth installment pays tribute to Memphis’ Stax Records, featuring soul artists Roland Johnson and Gene Jackson.

When: May 16 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Blues City Deli
Price: Free

South Grand Dine Around

The South Grand dining district’s annual Dine Around event returns this Thursday evening, with more than 14 countries represented in just five blocks. Grab a ticket book at Ritz Park, located between Mangia Italiano and King and I, then meander down Grand to spend your five tickets on diverse menus of small plates, desserts and drinks.

When: May 16 from 5-10 p.m.
Where: South Grand
Price: $30 in advance, $35 day of event

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Image courtesy of Andrew Seaman.

Summer exhibition openings at CAM

On Friday, head to the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis in Grand Center for mingling, cocktails from Rise Café and the opening of the summer exhibitions. Get inspired by photography by Paul Mpagi Sepuya, the sound-focused installation “Earwitness Theater” by Beirut-based artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Eric Ellingsen’s project “Tool Shed” in the museum’s courtyard.

When: May 17 from 7-9 p.m.
Where: Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
Price: Free


Experience the lush Missouri Botanical Gardens in Shaw at the 12th annual Fest-of-Ale on Friday evening. Sample beer from local microbreweries in your commemorative tasting glass surrounded by new blooms and the sound of live music.

When: May 17 from 6-9 p.m. (ages 21 and up only)
Where: Missouri Botanical Gardens
Price: $30-40 ($15 for designated drivers)

Lupulin Carnival

The Greatest Beer Show on Earth lands at Big Top Tent in Grand Center for the eighth year of 4 Hands Brewing Co.’s Lupulin Carnival. In addition to an afternoon of entertainment and music, ticket holders can sample 4 Hands’ War Hammer Imperial IPA, as well as offerings from more than 50 breweries from around the country.

When: May 18 from 1-5 p.m.
Where: Big Top Tent
Price: $60 ($15 for designated drivers)

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Image courtesy of Oleg Ivanov.


Pop’s Blue Moon in South City welcomes renowned musical talent, artists, and vendors at its 2oth Anniversary street festival. Urban Chestnut, 4 Hands and more will keep the craft beer flowing all afternoon and evening.

When: May 18 from 4-11 p.m.
Where: Pop’s Blue Moon
Price: Free entry


On Sunday, Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. teams up with KDHX to present KDHXFest, a celebration dedicated to elevating the voices of local musicians. Support the community at an afternoon of food trucks, family-friendly activities, merch shopping and live tunes from Annie and the Fur Trappers, Saint Boogie Brass Band and more.

When: May 19 at 1 p.m.
Where: KDHX
Price: Free

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