Dance St. Louis presents the 16th annual Emerson SPRING TO DANCE festival.

5 Things to Do in St. Louis This Weekend | May 23 to 26

Monday May 20, 2024

By Rachel Huffman

Exuberant, extravagant and electrifying – our list of 5 things to do in St. Louis this weekend is a riot of festivities.

If you’re looking for more activities to fill the long weekend, check out our events calendar.

Until June 9

Opulent beyond man’s dreams, travelers died crossing the Sahara Desert in search of Timbuktu! Set against this exotic locale, the St. Louis Black Repertory Company presents the story of the Poet; his beautiful daughter, Marsinah; an evil Wazir of Police; his restless Wife of Wives, Lundanda; and The Mania of Mali, Bobo. While wandering incognito, Bobo meets Marsinah and instantly falls in love. Still, the twisted twine of fate must unravel in many thrilling and exciting ways before the two lovers can finally tie the knot.

May 24 and 25

Organizing the Midwest region’s most celebrated dance festival, Dance St. Louis draws nationally touring professional companies from coast to coast to bestow their artistry on the Gateway City. SPRING TO DANCE is an unmatched buffet of dance, featuring two days of nonstop movement from a wide array of companies, including powerhouses, breakout stars and up-and-comers. The must-see festival has something for everyone, from ballet to modern and contemporary to flamenco, with a distinct, dynamic program each night.

May 25

If you don’t have tickets to see St. Louis CITY SC take on Seattle Sounders FC at CITYPARK on Saturday, you can still join the party. Free and open to the public, the CITY Block Party will feature live performances by Juliet Ivy, Hazmat and Lexodus, along with local food and beverage vendors, all-ages activities and fan giveaways. The game will also show on a big-screen TV in Lou Fusz Plaza – kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

May 25 to 27

The St. Louis African Arts Festival aims to increase awareness of the global contributions that African people and people of African descent have made through artistic, cultural and educational programs. In its 33rd year, the festival is held at the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park, drawing locals and visitors together to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of African and African American people. Attendees can enjoy the African marketplace with arts and crafts, clothing and jewelry, alongside cultural demonstrations, traditional foods and African films.

May 25 to June 29

Take a romp through a world of high notes, high jinks and hair-raising escapades when Opera Theatre of Saint Louis performs Gioachino Rossini’s comedic masterpiece, The Barber of Seville. Figaro, a razor-sharp barber, might be a master mischief-maker, but his favorite role is that of matchmaker. When he meets Count Almaviva, a dashing but naïve nobleman, he promises to help him win the heart of the beautiful Rosina. A comedy of mistaken identities, cunning disguises and laugh-out-loud antics ensues as the love-struck Almaviva attempts to outwit Rosina’s guardian. From unforgettable arias to uproarious ensembles, The Barber of Seville is a hilarious symphony of laughter and love. Come for the romance, stay for the slapstick – this is one show you won’t want to miss! Note that the opera will be sung in English and accompanied by the Grammy Award-winning St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

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