The weekend is upon us and there is so much to do this weekend, St. Louis. Something for everyone hits the streets of the city, whether it’s for music lovers, anime enthusiasts, or those who want to make the Earth a better place. These are our best options for the weekend, and don’t miss our options for the rest of the week.
Funny Chelsea Handler’s horny and vaccinated tour lands in St. Louis nearly a year after COVID-19 vaccines became widely accessible to the public. The tour is Handler’s way of bringing people together after years of separation, he said. Variety last summer. Plus, it’s a way for everyone to know that she’s turned on and horny. On previous tours, Handler used her comedic chops to talk about her journey in therapy, topics like race and sexual harassment, and white privilege. Handler arrives at the Stifel Theater (1400 Market Street, 314-499-7600, stifeltheatre.com/events/detail/chelsea-handler) on Friday, April 22. Tickets start at $46.50.
all day anime
This week, the “Largest Anime Convention in St. Louis” will fill St. Charles with people dressed in fan gear from their favorite anime, along with people in full cosplay. The 17th Annual Anime St.Louis will include dubbing actors from series such as sailor moon, One Punch Man, Cells in action!, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, attack on titan and more. The convention will also offer an Artist Alley, where you can purchase handcrafted artwork related to your favorite shows; a photo booth; and fight with sleeping samurai foam weapons. The St. Charles Convention Center (1 Convention Center Plaza, 636-669-3000, animestl.net) will host the 17th Annual Anime St. Louis from Friday, April 22 through Sunday, April 24. 10:00 p.m. on Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets range from $35 to $55. —Cassidy Waigand
Mother nature’s back
After the COVID-19 pandemic caused a hiatus, the earth day festival is back at Muny Grounds. Read more here.
flea the city
If you are looking for a weekend adventure, the Riverside Flea Market could be. Located in Grafton, the flea market is about an hour’s drive from St. Louis, making it a day trip and scavenger hunt all in one. Described as “one of the largest flea markets in the region,” visitors can find jewelry, antiques, furniture, candles, and more from more than 60 different vendors. The Riverside Flea Market will take place from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 at the Loading Dock (400 Front Street, 618-556-7951, draftonloadingdock.com/flea-market). —Cassidy Waigand
dancing in the streets
record store day it returns this year after the COVID-19 pandemic forced most stores to drop the party and focus more on music in the last two years. Unfortunately, Record Store Day itself has faced some controversy due to supply chain issues and smaller bands not printing their records. But we can still have fun while the music industry fixes itself. A good place to start is Euclid Records (19 N Gore Avenue, 314-961-8978, euclidrecords.com), which has a party planned for Saturday, April 23, with food from Layla and complimentary beer from 4 Hands Brewing Company. Logboat. Brewing Company and Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., as well as live music returning throughout the day from 12:30 to 4:30 pm Other record stores also plan to participate. Visit the Record Store Day website (recordstoreday.com) for more details.
the two T’s
Tacos and tequila will flow through the streets of Soulard as the third annual Taco and tequila route, organized by Bar Crawl USA, takes over. With more than 10 neighborhood bars, the tour will have four exclusive tacos; discounted drink specials for margaritas, beer, and tequila drinks; DJs at multiple stops; and a photo booth on the deck. The Taco and Tequila Crawl (eventvesta.com/events/14481-taco-tequila-crawl-soulard-st-louis) begins on Saturday, April 23. A map will be provided so guests can stop wherever they want. Participating bars and restaurants include Great Grizzly Bear (1027 Geyer Avenue, 314-256-1457), Molly’s (816 Geyer Avenue, 314-241-6200) and more, but the organization says these may be subject to change. Tickets start at $22.50.
There is an old saying that “two is better than one”. And St. Louis is proving that to be true with two emerging markets over the weekend. The city foundry is organizing its supply market, featuring women-owned businesses. More than 40 local vendors are expected. And if you miss it this weekend, it happens on the last Sunday of every month. In the meantime, 9 Mile Garden Mother’s Day Market, in association with Pop Up STL, will also be underway. Shop over 20 vendors to find a gift for mom and enjoy a sampling of food trucks. Prints, jewelry, candles and other gifts await you; the event is dog friendly, in case you can’t leave the pup behind. Admission is free for both events. It’s Sunday April 24. Mother’s Day Market at 9 Mile Garden (9375 Gravois Road, 314-390-2806, 9milegarden.com) runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Procure Market at City Foundry (3730 Foundry Way, cityfoundrystl.com) starts at noon and it lasts until 4 pm