What to Do in St. Louis This Weekend

 In City Guide, Culture

This weekend, see the work of both St. Louis-based and national artists during two annual art events, shop local businesses to the sounds of live music in two distinct St. Louis neighborhoods, celebrate Oktoberfest at the zoo, and more.

A Night at the Brewseum Part II: Coffee
Celebrate the history of coffee brewing in St. Louis with the Missouri Historical Society, ALIVE Magazine and GUIDED Saint Louis during “A Night at the Brewseum.” Mingle while sipping on coffee stout and other craft brews at UCBC’s Brewery and Bier Hall in The Grove. Then, get an in-depth look at the history of the St. Louis coffee community during a panel featuring local experts. Panelists include Bryndon Bay of First Crack Coffee, Frank McGinty of Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co., Dermot Williams, the Master Roaster at Thomas Coffee, and Katie Moon from the Missouri History Museum.

When: Oct. 4 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Urban Chestnut in the Grove
Price: Free

Shop The Loop this Friday for a self-guided tour of exclusive specials and discounts on dining, goods, and entertainment. Don’t sweat the dinner rush—expect more than 20 Loop businesses to stay open late. Discover new restaurants, shops and bars, or hit up your favorites.

When: Oct. 5
Where: The Delmar Loop
Price: Discounted food and shopping

Best of Missouri Market
The Best of Missouri Market at the Missouri Botanical Garden rejoices in the fall season all weekend. The event highlights over 120 local food producers and artisans. Bring the whole family for live music, bites from the food court, wine and beer samples, and a Kids’ Corner complete with barnyard animals, arts and crafts—including pumpkin decorating, an autumnal classic—and more.

When: Oct, 5-7
Where: Missouri Botanical Garden
Price: $15 adult and $7 child (non-member), $7 adult (member)

Sauce Magazine’s Food Truck Friday
You know the drill—Food Truck Friday returns this week in Tower Grove Park with its consistently fantastic lineup of local food vendors. Enjoy beer from St. Louis breweries and a diverse selection of food options, while you ogle all the cute pups.

When: Oct. 5 from 4-8 p.m.
Where: Tower Grove Park
Price: Food and drink for purchase

FarFetched Presents: Somi
Don’t miss the unique opportunity to see Somi, internationally acclaimed vocalist and songwriter, perform in the Pulitzer Arts Foundation’s gorgeous space. Somi weaves a compelling story of immigration and diaspora in her latest album, “Petite Afrique,” which fuses jazz influences with African music.

When: Oct. 5 from 7-9 p.m.
Where: Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Price: $12 (student/senior) and $20 (general admission)

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Image courtesy of Steve Johnson.

Open Studios STL
This weekend, see where the magic happens during the thirteenth year of Open Studios STL, a self-guided tour of the creative spaces belonging to an incredible roster of local artists. First, attend the kickoff party during First Friday in Grand Center. Get to know participating artists, groove to beats provided by DJ-in-residence 18andCounting, and pick up a free map to plan your route. Then, visit two different batches of participants on Saturday and Sunday for a full weekend of artistic inspiration.

When: Oct. 5 from 5-9 p.m.
Where: Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
Price: Free

Grove Fest
Grove Fest returns this weekend in an explosion of color, music, food, and family-friendly fun in the Grove neighborhood. Stay all afternoon for street performers, live music, food stands, drinks from local breweries and watering holes, and more. Sample the offerings of a wide variety of Grove businesses, like Sanctuaria, Firecracker Pizza, Vincent Van Doughnut, Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., Layla, Sauce on the Side and many more. Shop crafts, fashion and art for purchase from local artists and makers.

When: Oct. 6 from 2-11 p.m.
Where: The Grove
Price: Free

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Image courtesy of Marko Blazevic.

Beer, Bands and Brats” is a family-friendly Oktoberfest celebration offering a fresh take on the classic German festival. Slake your thirst at several German bars serving authentic, local and national Oktoberfest brews, root beer for the kids, and German specialties like brats and pretzels. Listen to live music or participate in fall-themed games and crafts.

When: Oct. 6-7 and Oct. 13-14
Where: Saint Louis Zoo
Price: Free

Historic Shaw Art Fair
Stroll through the vibrant Shaw neighborhood this Saturday and Sunday during the Historic Shaw Art Fair, an autumn institution since 1993. See the work of over 130 juried artists and makers from around the country and across all media. It wouldn’t be a St. Louis festival without live music, a local food court, and an area devoted to kids’ arts and crafts.

When: Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Shaw neighborhood
Price: $7 for adults (valid both days). Age 14 & under free with adult. $1 off with canned food donation.

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