What to Do in St. Louis This Weekend
Two of the area’s most beautiful holiday attractions—Winterfest on Kiener Plaza and the Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden—light up this weekend. Indoors, there’s beauty in the form of poetry readings, art exhibits, concerts and a community game night.
Winter Market at Winterfest
Starting this weekend, Kiener Plaza is Downtown’s holiday destination. Activities at Winterfest Saturday and Sunday include a European-style Winter Market curated by The Women’s Creative, where you can shop for unique gifts, local swag and artisan items, plus rentable igloo-shaped warming tents for group outings. Best of all, the outdoor rink is ready for free ice skating, sponsored by the Gateway Arch Park Foundation. (Skate rentals are $12 for adults and $7 for children ages 3 to 15.) Visitors on Saturday, Nov. 23, can experience onstage entertainment and a tree-lighting ceremony at 4 p.m., with a fireworks finale at 8 p.m.
When: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23-24, and other dates through January
Where: Kiener Plaza
Price: Free admission
‘Beauty’ musical program
The Contemporary Art Museum poses the question “Who gets to decide what’s beautiful, and why?” through a musical program presented by the Chamber Project St. Louis on Friday, Nov. 22. From the classical traditions of Brahms to the new, pop-infused, multicultural sounds of Dinuk Wijeratne, the music on this program will give you new ways to hear old sounds. It includes:
• Commissioned work by local composer Syna So Pro (also known as Syrhea Conaway)
• Dinuk Wijeratne’s “Two Pop Songs on Antique Poems”
• Johannes Brahms’ “Sextet In G Major”
Image courtesy of Sukanya Mani.
‘Micro and Macro: Artwork of Sukanya Mani’
The Gallery at The Kranzberg’s new exhibition, “Micro and Macro: Artwork of Sukanya Mani,” continues its yearlong series on the theme “chaos”—in this case, chaos as it manifests in the smallest and largest of cosmic elements. Mani, an interdisciplinary artist with a passion for science, philosophy and anthropology, creates imagined abstractions using papercut in artworks informed by materials, location and the installation process. The exhibition runs from Nov. 22 through Dec. 31.
When: Opening reception Friday, Nov. 22, from 6-9 p.m.
Where: The Gallery at The Kranzberg
Neighborhood: Grand Center
The Missouri Botanical Garden’s Seventh Annual Garden Glow, presented by Wells Fargo Advisors, opens nightly from Nov. 23 to Jan. 4, featuring more than 1 million lights, photo opportunities, food, drinks, music and more. New this year is a holiday-themed animated show on Tower Grove House’s exterior. Inside its cozy walls, don’t miss the holiday decorations inspired by the Victorian era. As always, Garden Glow evening admission includes the holiday flower and train show in the conservatory through Jan. 1.
When: Nov. 23-Jan. 4, from 5-10 p.m.
Where: Missouri Botanical Garden
‘100 Boots: Tarfia Faizullah and Tiana Clark‘
The “100 Boots” series presents readings by emerging and established writers from St. Louis and across the U.S. The second event of the season features readings by poets Tarfia Faizullah and Tiana Clark, who teaches in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s innovative creative writing MFA program. Seating is limited; early arrival is encouraged.
When: 9 p.m.
Where: Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Neighborhood: Grand Center
Game night in Clayton
Take on family, friends or colleagues in Scrabble, Monopoly, checkers and chess—or more than 30 original Nintendo NES games in the video game room—during the City of Clayton’s first-ever game night on Thursday, Nov. 21, at Kingside Diner. There will also be space for card games, dominoes and outdoor games like yard Jenga and cornhole.
When: Thursday, Nov. 21, from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Kingside Diner
Not So Quiet! music series
The one-of-a-kind professional ukelele group Flea Bitten Dawgs brings its fun-filled mix of classic, jazz and modern tunes to the St. Louis Public Library’s Downtown branch this Thursday for the next installment of the Not So Quiet! concert series. Admission to the all-ages concert in the Central Library’s auditorium is free.
When: Thursday, Nov. 21, from 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Central Library
Featured image courtesy of Victoria Heath.