What to Do in St. Louis This Weekend

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Happy Pride Weekend! This weekend is bursting with cultural events, including celebrations of Make Music Day across the city, a smoky barbecue competition, a three-day community arts festival, a vintage market, and—of course—PrideFest.

The Wiz
The Muny is back with its 100th season of outdoor musical theatre in Forest Park. This week, they tackle the Tony- and Grammy Award-winning show “The Wiz,” one of the most-watched live television musicals of all time. Fans of the movie will remember Diana Ross’ sparkling vocals as Dorothy and Michael Jackson’s iconic movements as the Scarecrow. With tickets starting at just $15, The Muny makes musical theater more accessible to the public throughout the summer.

When: June 19-25 at 8:15 p.m.
Where: The Muny in Forest Park
Price: Tickets starting at $15

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Image courtesy of Consuming Kinetics Dance Company.

Third Annual St. Louis Barre Crawl
Whether you’re a veteran ballerina, a krumper, an aerial gymnast, or a novice, come groove with Consuming Kinetics Dance Company during their annual St. Louis Barre Crawl, a weekend of dance and movement classes across all genres in partnership with a variety of companies around the city. From Latin steps to pole dance, get out of your comfort zone in CKDC’s welcoming space.

When: June 22-24
Where: Consuming Kinetics Dance Company
Price: $60

Loop Arts Festival
Starting on the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, the Loop Arts Festival takes over University City to celebrate and honor the local arts community with three days of visual art, music, dance, and culinary events. Make Music Day falls on June 21 and features a litany of free concerts from local musicians, both professional and amateur. The following day, wander along Delmar during the Celebration of Literary and Visual Arts, including an art and literary walk from 5 to 8 p.m. Chalk The Loop rounds out the weekend as professional artists and beginners create chalk masterpieces next to Chuck Berry Plaza.

When: June 21-23
Where: Delmar Loop
Price: Free

Crab Fest at Broadway Oyster Bar
Broadway Oyster Bar is a local hub for live music and seafood, and this weekend, they host a feast of over 10 crab-inspired specialty dishes from their team of chefs. Entry is free, and you can request a seat online to cut down on wait times.

When: Friday, June 22nd-6 p.m. till 11 p.m., and Saturday, June 23rd- 11 a.m. till 11 p.m. or a menu item sells out
Where: Broadway Oyster Bar
Price: Food for purchase

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Pig & Swig BBQ Festival
On Saturday, head to Ball Park Village in Downtown St. Louis for seven hours of live music, six local barbecue vendors, including Salt + Smoke, Sugarfire, and Bogart’s, whiskey tastings, a kid zone, and more. Forty additional vendors go head-to-head in an on-site barbecue competition across five categories starting at 5 p.m.

When: June 23 from 12-7 p.m.
Where: Ballpark Village
Price: Free entry, food and drink for purchase

PrideFest, Tower Grove Pride
June is Pride Month, representing weeks of celebrations of LGBTQIA+ identity across the country. St. Louis’ annual Pride Festival takes place all afternoon on Saturday and Sunday in Downtown St. Louis at the Soldier’s Memorial. This year’s theme is “Remember. Rise. Respect.” On Sunday, come show your respect, support, and pride at the Pride Parade down Market Street between North 15th Street and North Tucker, beginning at noon.

When: June 23-24 starting at 11 a.m.
Where: Soldiers Memorial in Downtown
Price: Free

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Image courtesy of Pride St. Louis.

Vintage Bliss Market at Westport Plaza
Lovers of all things vintage and retro, this one’s for you—Westport Plaza hosts the Vintage Bliss Market this weekend, a two-day shopping event featuring more than 70 vendors of vintage, antique, handmade and re-purposed goods. Enjoy live music, workshops, giveaways, and kids’ activities as you browse the stock of decorative items, home goods, jewelry, clothing, art, and more. Food and drink will be available for purchase from local vendors and Westport Plaza’s restaurants.

When: June 23-24 at 10 a.m.
Where: Westport Plaza
Price: Free entry

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