What To Do in St. Louis This Weekend
This weekend, St. Louis comes together to celebrate the culmination of LGBTQ Pride Month with vibrant festivals around the city. Party at four distinct pride-themed cultural events, see an artist talk at one of the city’s most prominent art institutions, get a taste of a lengthy roster of local theater organizations and more.
Artist Talk: Paul Mpagi Sepuya
Hear Los Angeles-based artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya speak about his work at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis in Grand Center this Thursday evening. Sepuya’s exhibition at CAM represents his first major museum survey, and it challenges traditional forms of portraiture to invoke questions of identity and the gaze.
When: June 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Contemporary Art Museum
SLAM Underground: Identity
On the final Friday of each month, join Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park for another installment of its art-centric cultural event series, SLAM Underground. This weekend’s event celebrates LGBTQ Pride Month with an evening of art, music, signature cocktails, make-your-own pronoun buttons, prize wheels, a photo booth and more.
When: June 28 from 7-10 p.m.
Where: Saint Louis Art Museum
Soulard Pride Pub Crawl
St. Louis’ historic Soulard neighborhood hosts the second annual Pride Pub Crawl to kick off your St. Louis PrideFest weekend. Wander between six local watering holes, including Bastille, Four Strings, Hammerstone’s and Duke’s, each featuring an exclusive drink special.
When: June 28 at 5 p.m.
Where: Check in at the Great Grizzly Bear
Price: Discounts at participating establishments
Grand Center Theatre Crawl
Thespians, take heed—for two days this weekend, St. Louis Public Radio presents the 2019 Grand Center Theatre Crawl, where patrons of the arts can explore new venues throughout the Grand Center Arts District. On Friday and Saturday, enjoy brief complimentary performances from more than 20 local companies and groups.
When: June 28-29
Where: Grand Center Arts District
Cuco with Triathalon and Victor Internet
Nineteen-year-old Cuco has quickly become a significant voice in the indie music scene. He released his first mixtape in 2016, “Wannabewithu,” and is currently hard at work on his debut album. Head Downtown to Old Rock House on Friday night to groove to Cuco, Triathalon and Victor Internet.
When: June 28 at 8 p.m.
Where: Old Rock House
Tower Grove Pride
On Saturday, Tower Grove Park hosts its own pride festival featuring more than 150 vendors, live music from local bands, family-friendly games and more. Meet at the park’s Sons of Rest Pavilion to indulge in the city’s best bites and celebrate with members of the LGBTQ community.
When: June 29 at 11 a.m.
Where: Tower Grove Park
Don something rainbow for the pièce de résistance of LGBTQ Pride Weekend in the Lou, PrideFest. This year’s festival marks 40 years of PrideSTL, and the event, premised on the theme “Millions of Moments,” features even more vendors and local acts than previous years on the grounds of the newly revamped the Soldiers Memorial Park in Downtown St. Louis. The parade steps off from Market and 10th streets at noon on Sunday.
When: June 29-30 at 11 a.m.
Where: Soldiers Memorial Park at Market Street between N. 15th St. and N. Tucker St.
Price: Free, but please bring at least $5 with you to the entry gates if you are able
Featured image courtesy of Tanushree Rao.