What To Do in St. Louis This Weekend

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St. Louis’ end-of-summer festival season continues this weekend with the Brews, Blues + BBQ Festival in downtown Clayton, the Taste of Africa Festival in North City’s O’Fallon Park, the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Gardens and the annual Big Muddy Blues Festival Laclede’s Landing in Downtown St. Louis.

Monster Auditions for The Darkness

With Halloween just two months away, St. Louis’ most infamous haunted houses are holding open auditions for monsters, ghouls and ghosts for the 2019 season. Auditions for The Lemp Brewery Haunted House and The Darkness will be held Thursday in South City, and auditions for Creepyworld will be held Friday in Fenton, Missouri. All three Halloween attractions are also looking for makeup artists, carpenters and other staff. For more details, visit the Scarefest website.

When: Thursday, Aug. 29, from 6-7 p.m.
Where: Lemp Brewery Haunted House
Neighborhood: South City
Price: Free

SLAM Underground: Haus

Celebrate 100 years of the legendary Bauhaus school at this month’s SLAM Underground: Haus at the Saint Louis Art Museum on Friday at 7 p.m. The free evening of fun includes arts and crafts, music by DJ Makossa, hands-on activities and cocktails themed after the Bauhaus and its legacy.

When: Friday, Aug. 30, from 7-10 p.m.
Where: Saint Louis Art Museum
Neighborhood: Forest Park
Price: Free

Artists in the Room: ‘State of the Black Arts’

Join Artists in the Room on Friday for a panel conversation titled “State of the Black Arts.” The event features a lineup of black millennial artists and arts professionals, including Arts.Black founders Taylor Aldridge and Jessica Lynne, arts curator Amani Olu, artist Dominic Chambers and arts advocate LaKeisha Leeks.

When: Friday, Aug. 30, from 6-8 p.m.
Where: MaTovu, 4200 Blaine Ave.
Neighborhood: Botanical Heights
Price: Free, RSVP required

Blues at the Arch

Don’t miss the last of the Blues at the Arch live concert series happening Friday under the city’s most beloved landmark. Named “Best Way to Celebrate St. Louis” by the Riverfront Times, the Blues at the Arch’s culminating concert features performances by accomplished St. Louis native Marquise Knox and 16-year-old blues prodigy Brandon “Taz” Niederauer.

When: Friday, Aug. 30, from 6-9 p.m.
Where: Gateway Arch National Park
Neighborhood: Downtown
Price: Free

What To Do in St. Louis This Weekend

Brews, Blues + BBQ Festival

Local craft beer devotees, blues music fans and barbecue lovers get to enjoy all three this weekend at the Brew, Blues + BBQ Festival in downtown Clayton. A festival wristband gives you unlimited beer samples from some of the city’s newest and most popular breweries, a complimentary beer glass for samples and more. This year’s festival also includes four of the city’s most delicious barbecue vendors and live music from Blues City Swing.

When: Saturday, Aug. 31, from 12-5 p.m.
Where: Various locations in downtown Clayton
Neighborhood: Clayton
Price: $35, available for purchase online

Big Muddy Blues Festival

Every Labor Day Weekend, the Big Muddy Blues Festival welcomes people from all over the country for a day of live performances by some of the best blues musicians in the St. Louis region. This year’s free outdoor festival includes three stages, three indoor music clubs and two events at St. Louis’ world-renowned National Blues Museum.

When: Saturday, Aug. 31 from 2-11 p.m.
Where: Laclede’s Landing
Neighborhood: Downtown
Price: Free 

Taste of Africa STL 2019

This year’s Taste of Africa STL promises to be “bigger and better” than ever with authentic African, Caribbean and soul food dishes; family-friendly games and activities; vendors offering clothing, jewelry and handmade crafts; and live DJs and music performances in O’Fallon Park, just off Interstate 70 in North City. For a full schedule of performances, visit the website.

When: Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1, from 12-7 p.m.
Where: O’Fallon Park
Neighborhood: North St. Louis
Price: Free

Japanese Festival

The Missouri Botanical Garden’s annual Japanese Festival kicks off this weekend for three days of food and merchandise vendors, live shows and gorgeous art exhibits. Guests can enjoy incredible cultural performances like taiko drumming, bon odori festival dancing, martial arts and stunning candlelight walks in the Japanese Garden.

When: Saturday-Monday, Aug. 31-Sept. 2
Where: Missouri Botanical Garden
Neighborhood: Shaw
Price: $5-$16, free for Festival-level members


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