What to Do in St. Louis This Weekend

 In City Guide, Culture

This weekend, don your mittens and gather ’round the fire at several seasonal community events. We’ve rounded up the happenings in the arts, craft beer and holiday shopping for local and handmade goods.

We’re getting in on the action this week. We at GUIDED: St. Louis and ALIVE Magazine are collaborating with several local creative outposts to present PARTI: an evening of music, mingling, food, drink and conversation at the Centro showroom. Head to the Central West End to taste delicious bites from Brennan’s and seasonal beverages from 4 Hands Brewing, live music, and to shop the gorgeous goods of Kansas City’s Finefolk Boutique. Stay for the panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. to hear from Liz Gardner and Josef Harris of Bodega, Leslie Fraley of Finefolk, Maurice Blanks of Blu Dot and Kevin McCoy of Work/Play. Don’t forget to RSVP!

When: Dec. 6 from 5-8 p.m.
Where: Centro Modern Furnishings
Price: Free

Bowood Bonfire
Bowood Farms has channeled energy and heart into its community events lately, and we couldn’t be happier. Huddle around the bonfire on Thursday evening for s’mores, hot apple cider and extended holiday shopping hours. Meanwhile, kids can take advantage of free winter-themed activities.

When: Dec. 6 from 5-7 p.m.
Where: Bowood Farms
Price: Drinks and food for purchase

Image courtesy of Ethan Hu.

Image courtesy of Ethan Hu.

First Fridays in Grand Center
It’s hard to believe we’re already sailing into the first Friday in December. Take a self-guided tour of the Grand Center Arts District’s many institutions participating in First Friday. Get an inside look at the incredible wire sculptures and installations comprising “Ruth Asawa: Life’s Work” at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation with a curatorial tour from 6-7 p.m.

When: Dec. 7 until 9 p.m.
Where: Grand Center Arts District
Price: Free

Kristin Fleischmann Brewer: ‘Ravel’
Monaco, one of our favorite contemporary art hubs in the city, presents “Ravel,” a new solo exhibition by local artist Kristin Fleischmann Brewer running through December 29. “Ravel” showcases the artist’s recent work, including painted and sewn objects whose forms make reference to physical labor and material process. Mingle and see the work for the first time this Friday during the opening reception at the Cherokee Street gallery.

When: Dec. 7 from 7-10 p.m.
Where: Monaco
Price: Free

May’s Night Market
May’s Place is back with another local shopping event at The Ready Room in The Grove this Friday night. All evening, shop St. Louis’ best vendors in skincare, home goods, vintage clothing and more, including Hello Juice & Smoothie, Future Ancestor and Lark Skin Co. Draft drink specials and original cocktails will be provided by 4 Hands.

When: Dec. 7 from 6-11 p.m.
Where: The Ready Room
Price: Free entry

Loop Holiday Farmers Market & Bazaar
The 5th Annual Holiday Farmers’ Market & Bazaar in The Delmar Loop features local handcrafted goods and gifts for all tastes. Escape the chill in the Big Top Tent, and gather around the fire for roasted chestnuts, hot cider and cocoa.

When: Dec. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Delmar Loop
Price: Free entry

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Image courtesy of Lee Wallace.

Schlafly Beer Release: Variant II
Schlafly presents its rarest beer release of the year this Saturday at its Downtown location, the Tap Room: Variant II, the highly anticipated follow-up to the Variant I from last spring. Aged in both brandy barrels and with tart cherries, the Variant II offers a twist on the Variant’s port barrel-aged stout. ““We were blown away with the response to The Variant, so we wanted to be sure that the next variation was something special,” says lead brewer Jared Williamson. “We started kicking around ideas about flavors inspired by classic cocktails like an Old Fashioned or Manhattan. The combination of the brandy barrels and cherries was the perfect blend to evoke those flavor profiles with our base Imperial Stout.” Don’t miss this latest release in the Ibex Rare series, an exhibition of the Schlafly brewmasters’ creativity and artistry.

When: Dec. 8 at 11 a.m.
Where: Schlafly Tap Room
Price: Free entry, Variant II bottles are $30 each (limit three per customer)

Window Walk in the Central West End
The CWE’s annual Window Walk continues this Saturday—and every Saturday in December—with festive window displays, free and delicious treats, and exclusive discounts at local businesses. This Saturday’s itinerary includes the Central West End Holiday Market, running from 1-5 p.m. Enjoy complimentary Holiday Peanut Butter Balls at Rush Bowls, decorate Christmas cookies at Straub’s and go on a blind date with a book at Left Bank Books.

When: Every Saturday in December
Where: Central West End
Price: Drinks and goods for purchase

Holiday Market on the Plaza
For the second year in a row, Lafayette Square hosts their own Holiday Market in the park, complete with handmade goods, local treats, visits with Santa and raffles. Shop from neighborhood vendors like Square One Brewery, SqWires Restaurant, Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Creamery, The Golden Fig Resale and more.

When: Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Lafayette Square Fountain Park Plaza
Price: Free entry

Featured image courtesy of Leon Contreras.

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