What to do in St. Louis this weekend

    From First Friday to a Fabulous night at the Fox, St. Louis has lots to offer this weekend.

    Friday, Feb. 2

    First Fridays in Grand Center

    Every first Friday in Grand Center museums and galleries are free until 9 p.m.

    Sound of Music at the Fabulous Fox

    The hills are alive! A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC is coming to the Fox. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.


    Saturday, Feb. 3 & Sunday, Feb. 4

    Taste of Soulard

    This self-guided tasting and pub crawl allows you to choose your own adventure from the many Cajun flavors that you will find throughout Soulard. Each purchase includes one drink voucher and six food vouchers that can be redeemed at any of the participating establishments. On Saturday, the world-famous Soulard Trolley Trams will be shuttling merrymakers to restaurants throughout the neighborhood.

    Sunday, Feb. 4

    Beggin’ Pet Parade

    At the world’s largest costumed pet parade, all the fun of Mardi Gras is combined with all the AWWWWs that the most adorable parade participants deserve. It is free to watch and easy to head straight to the Taste of Soulard or Wiener Dog Derby after the parade wraps up.

    If you have a precious pet who belongs in the parade, register your furry friend beforehand online or on the day of the event at 12th and Allen so you both can strut your stuff in style. The best dressed pets will be selected as members of the Court of the Mystical Krewe of Barkus and will be invited to the Coronation Pageant at Soulard Market Park where the King and Queen of Barkus will be crowned. All proceeds from the Beggin’ Pet Parade will go to benefit Open Door Animal Sanctuary.


    Bud, Not Buddy 

    Bud, Not Buddy follows ten-year-old Bud as he sets off on an epic adventure to find his father who he believes is leading a traveling jazz band. Set in 1930s America, Bud’s odyssey is filled with the joy of finding family and plenty of live jazz music.

    Based on the Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award-winning novel, this play combines actors with a 13-piece jazz band performing an original score composed by five-time, Grammy-winning jazz artist Terence Blanchard to tell the story of a boy who finds a home and a passion for music. Bud, Not Buddy is perfect for the whole family!


    Other Current Exhibits

    St. Louis Symphony: 50 Years at Powell Hall at the Saint Louis Public Library

    The St. Louis Public Library presents another amazing exhibit showcasing an iconic staple of St. Louis. The STL Symphony is celebrating 50 years in their home at Powell Hall, and Maureen Byrne of the STL Symphony and Cathy Heimberger of SLPL give HEC-TV an in-depth look at the new exhibit celebrating this milestone. With artifacts and reproductions on display at the Library’s central location, this presentation is both historically and culturally intriguing. STL Symphony: 50 Years at Powell Hall continues at SLPL through March 17th. For more information please visit www.slpl.org.

    All Colors at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild

    The Portfolio Gallery presents “All Colors” at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild. Founder of Portfolio Gallery and Education Center Robert Allen Powell provides insights into what Portfolio does and how this exhibition can help support artists. All Colors continues at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild through February 28th. For more information please visit www.portfoliogallerystl.org and www.stlouisartistsguild.org.

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