Art in Bloom at the Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the top 15 things to do in St. Louis this March.

15 Things to Do in St. Louis This March

Wednesday February 7, 2024

By Rachel Huffman

Featuring beauty, color, movement, merriment, madness, passion and more, the events in St. Louis this March will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Until April 14

Be amazed. Better yet, be amazing! Across the globe, people push themselves to achieve extraordinary feats. From the world’s longest mustache (14 feet) to the most drumbeats in 60 seconds (more than 2,100 beats, or 35 per second) to the most consecutive pinky pull-ups (36), the world is full of fascinating individuals with strange skills. Now, for the first time ever, you can examine the science behind these mesmerizing accomplishments. The Science of Guinness World Records, a new exhibition at City Museum, spotlights the world’s greatest record holders and what it took for them to cement their names in the history books. The exhibition challenges you to set records, too!

March 1 and 2

Back by popular demand, Dance St. Louis presents Ailey II, which will bring their off-the-charts energy to the Touhill Performing Arts Center on March 1 and 2. Indefatigable, virtuosic and relentlessly sexy, Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and vitality of the country’s best early-career dance talent with the passion and artistry of today’s most outstanding choreographers. Since its founding in 1974, Ailey II has flourished into one of the most sought-after dance companies in the country, combining a rigorous touring schedule with extensive community outreach programs.

March 1 to 3

Art in Bloom, the Saint Louis Art Museum’s annual celebration of flowers and fine art, remains one of the most arresting signature events in the region. With every iteration, dozens of works from the museum’s collection are imaginatively interpreted through floral designs by the area’s most talented florists. In addition to the lush displays, the festival includes special ticketed events, family activities, dining and shopping.

March 2

Drifting is a sport. There is a definable objective, a list of rules and plenty of action. See it for yourself at World Wide Technology Raceway on March 2.

March 2 and 16

Join a master guide at Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum on a two-hour trolley tour during Women’s History Month. You’ll see highlights of the grounds, learn about the organization’s horticulture and “meet” intriguing historical figures with ties to St. Louis.

March 7 to 10

Looking for a slam dunk on your St. Louis itinerary? The State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Championship – affectionately known as Arch Madness – is a spectacular showcase for the league. Held in the Gateway City for more than 32 seasons in a row, the games feature rip-roaring competition that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Make plans to attend the event at Enterprise Center, as all 12 teams will be battling for a trip to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.

March 8 and 9

For 25 years, brewmasters, shuckers and musicians have converged on St. Louis for the Schlafly Stout & Oyster Festival. Bringing more than 40,000 oysters, as well, it’s the largest festival of its kind in the Midwest – and one that you shouldn’t miss! Head to Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood for the tasty event, when 20 professional shuckers promise to put on a show. There will also be more than 10 stouts on tap to pair with your oysters and live music in the background.

March 8 to Aug. 4

Colombian artist Delcy Morelos creates art that calls attention to connections between people and the environment. Using natural materials such as textiles and fibers, clay and soil, her work asks us to consider earth as a living entity rather than a territory to be owned. Morelos’ exhibition at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation features paintings, sculptures and installations made throughout her career, including several works never before seen in the U.S. In addition, Morelos will create a monumental, immersive sculpture made from local soil specifically for the Pulitzer’s galleries.

March 8 to Aug. 11

In 2009, following a decade of artmaking, New York-based artist, writer and publisher Paul Chan embarked on a self-imposed break, turning his attention to experimental publishing and the economics of information, founding the press Badlands Unlimited. Taking the notion of a “breather” as its organizing principle, Paul Chan: Breathers surveys Chan’s activities since his voluntary break from that point to the present. The exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis opens with Nonprojections and Arguments, two series that explore the possibilities of the moving image beyond its primary place of the screen. Language, design and networks of circulation are examined through the radical publications produced by Badlands Unlimited, which include paperbacks, e-books, zines, GIFs and books on stone tablets in genres such as erotic fiction, artists’ writings and poetry. The exhibition also showcases a new series of kinetic sculptures entitled Breathers. These fan-powered, billowing, fabric bodies, which move in a free-form choreography in the gallery, are described by Chan as “animated by breath.”

March 12

Olivia Rodrigo’s sophomore album is out, and as promised, it’s full of potent one-liners that capture the anxieties and affairs of a teenage girl’s heart. On March 12, the young singer-songwriter will bring her GUTS World Tour to Enterprise Center in St. Louis with special guest Chappell Roan.

March 13 to 31

This month, The St. Louis Black Repertory Company will stage Wedding Band by American novelist and playwright Alice Childress. Following the romance between Julia, a Black seamstress, and Herman, her white lover, the unforgettable drama searingly addresses prejudice and ignorance in early 20th-century America. Set in the Deep South at the end of World War I during the flu epidemic, Wedding Band traces the couple’s confrontations with anti-miscegenation laws, family racism, community disapproval and their own long-buried feelings.

March 16 and 17

The scores of two classic ballets – Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite and Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet – will receive a new St. Louis collaboration at this event at Stifel Theatre. As Stéphane Denève conducts the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, The Big Muddy Dance Company, choreographed by Kirven Douthit-Boyd, will dance to the music.

March 29

The 16th Annual Gateway Blues Festival, featuring Tucka, King George, Pokey Bear, West Love, J-Wonn and Theodis Ealey, comes to Stifel Theatre on March 29.

March 30

Get down and dirty with AMA Supercross, which comes to The Dome at America’s Center on March 30. A newer version of motocross, the sport’s original form, Supercross is an indoor dirt bike racing championship. The event in St. Louis will also include Supercross FanFest, where you can get an insider look at teams as they prepare, practice and qualify for the main event!

March 30

Counting four decades’ worth of roles in more than 70 films, Hollywood icon John Cusack has enjoyed a varied and noteworthy career. At Stifel Theatre, join him for a screening of Say Anything, followed by a live conversation regarding his career and the making of the film. Fans will get the opportunity to experience a moderated discussion, with Cusack answering audience questions, as well.