5 Things To Do This Weekend in St. Louis | May 11 – 13

Thursday May 10, 2018

Happy Friday! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss this weekend in St. Louis including Art Fair at Laumeier, Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis, Phantom of the Opera and more.

Art Fair at Laumeier | May 11–13

St. Louis’ favorite Mother’s Day weekend tradition features local food and beverage vendors, hands-on activities for kids, live music and up to 150 juried artists from across the country. Rain or shine; no pets or outside food and beverage allowed. Event proceeds support Laumeier’s presentation of education programs, temporary exhibitions and public events.

The Phantom of the Opera | May 9–20

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera returns to the Fox as part of a brand new North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before.” The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score – with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade”—will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this Phantom one of the largest productions now on tour.

Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis | May 10–19

Subtitled “Tennessee Williams: The French Quarter Years,” the third annual festival pays homage to the playwright and St. Louis native with a weekend of plays, parades, panels, and a “Stella!” shouting contest.  The centerpiece of this year’s festival is the classic A Streetcar Named Desire, with performances May 10–13, May 16–17, and May 19 (with a break on May 18 to celebrate the Muny’s 100th anniversary). The “Stella”-shouting contest will follow the May 13 performance. Actor Jacob Storms will perform his one-man show, Tennessee Rising, May 11–13 at .ZACK, and Tennessee Williams scholars David Kaplan and Henry Schvey will moderate two discussion panels, Tennessee Williams: The French Quarter Years and A Streetcar Named Desire at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on May 12 at The Grandel. On May 19, University of Illinois theatre department head Tom Mitchell will direct Williams’ one-act precursor to Streetcar, called Interior: Panic, at The Grandel Theatre.

Trevor Noah at the Peabody Opera House | May 11

Trevor Noah is the most successful comedian in Africa and is the host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show on Comedy Central. This year The Daily Show has been nominated for a Writers Guild Award (Comedy/Variety Series). Noah joined The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in 2014 as a contributor.

An American In Paris | May 12 – 13

Winner of six Academy Awards – including Best Picture – and one of the American Film Institute’s Top 10 Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time, An American in Paris, stars Leslie Caron and Gene Kelly and features the timeless original music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin. Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with the musical film on the big screen while the SLSO performs the score live!

We hope you enjoy your weekend in St. Louis. Make sure to share your St. Louis photos with us using #ExploreStLouis, you could be featured on our social page here.  For more events, festivals and things to do in St. Louis, check out our events calendar.

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