What to Do in St. Louis This Weekend

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This weekend, celebrate St. Louis’ diversity at the Festival of Nations in Tower Grove Park, experience Downtown’s culinary vibrancy during Restaurant Week, thrift fall fashion at an exclusive sale, and much more.

14th Annual Downtown Restaurant Week
The fourteenth year of Downtown Restaurant Week allows you to sample the best in cuisine at 15 distinct restaurants. Participation is easy: simply make a reservation at the restaurant of your choice, or take your chances as a walk-in (although last year’s event drew over 8,000 diners!). Select from special three-course dinner menus, priced per person.

When: Aug. 20-26
Where: Downtown St. Louis
Price: $25-$35 menus at participating restaurants

Café Osage’s 10th Birthday Party
Happy 10th birthday, Café Osage! Come help them ring in a new decade with open-fire cooking and cocktails in the leafy courtyard of Bowood Farms in the Central West End. Bring the whole family for delicious food with fresh ingredients, mingling, and yard games.

When: Aug. 23 from 4-7 p.m.
Where: Cafe Osage at Bowood Farms
Price: Food and drink for purchase
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Image courtesy of Cafe Osage.

Film Screening and Q&A: Major!
Join ArchCity Defenders, KDHX, QTPOC-STL, the ACLU-MO and more fantastic organizations for a special screening of “Major!”, an award-winning documentary chronicling the life of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a Black and transgender activist, Stonewall Rebellion veteran, and community leader with 40 years of experience fighting for the rights of trans women of color. Stay for a Q&A and panel discussion after the film that will connect the film’s themes to St. Louis’ own past and present.

When: Aug. 23 from 6-9 p.m.
Where: The Stage at KDHX
Price: Free

Avalon Exchange’s Semi-Annual Dollar Sale
Avalon Exchange on Delmar is a cornucopia of vintage and thrift finds. Head to the Loop this weekend for their semi-annual dollar sale, featuring men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, accessories and jewelry for one dollar each. The shelves will be restocked with $1 items throughout the duration of the sale.

When: Aug. 24-26
Where: Avalon Exchange on the Delmar Loop
Price: Discounts on clothing items

Exhibition Opening at Flood Plain: Juan William Chávez , “Mound City”
In his new exhibition at Flood Plain gallery, St. Louis-based artist Juan William Chávez draws inspiration from the area’s man-made mounds, built by early indigenous communities in the region. Chávez infuses his artistic practice with research and his own personal experience and perspective to explore how artists relate to the built environment.

When: Aug. 25 from 6-9 p.m., through Sept. 22
Where: Flood Plain
Price: Free

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Image courtesy of the International Institute.

Festival of Nations Presented by the International Institute
Dance, eat, and soak up the sunshine all weekend in Tower Grove Park during the International Institute’s Festival of Nations, the region’s largest multicultural celebration. Sample the wares of more than 40 vendors, enjoy non-stop music, participate in arts and crafts activities, and shop an international bazaar with gifts from around the world. A shuttle service will provide free rides to the festival along predetermined routes.

When: Aug. 25-26 at 10 a.m.
Where: Tower Grove Park
Price: Free entry

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