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Friday, March 4, 2016

6 Super Fun Things to Do This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Mar 4, 2016 at 6:00 AM

click to enlarge FestivAle brings more than 25 breweries together to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. - PHOTO BY THEO WELLING
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  • FestivAle brings more than 25 breweries together to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Oysters at Schlafly Tap Room! A beer festival on Cherokee! This weekend is full of great events; some of them are even free.

Here are our picks for six amazing things to do. Looking for art openings? We've got a separate list of those highlights.

1. Enjoy a steampunk crowd at the Science Center
Steampunk is not just elaborate top hats and goggles. It's a school of science fiction that imagines a world in which steam power is the peak technology. The base aesthetic is usually Victorian or vaguely nineteenth century, which is where the hats come in. If you love the idea and want to exult in further explorations, or have never heard of it but are interested, First Friday: Steampunk Science at the Saint Louis Science Center (5050 Oakland Avenue; 314-289-4400 or has you covered. Antiquarian Couture, The Countess and AVA Goldworks will be there with steampunk crafts, art and accessories. A dress-up area and screenings of footage from Brass Engine Productions' Steamworks and Shadows series are also on offer. Author Brad R. Cook discusses "Inventions of Fantasy: The Real Science of Steampunk," and at 10 p.m., League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the less-than-successful film based on the amazing Alan Moore/Kevin O'Neill comic book, will be shown for free. First Friday starts at 6 p.m. and admission is free, although some events require a nominal fee.

2. Eat oysters and indulge in stouts at the Tap Room
Are you bivalve curious? Fifty-thousand fresh oysters are going to be shucked at Schlafly's Stout & Oyster Festival this weekend, if that's your thing. Seasoned shuckers from both coasts make the trip to show off their skills in a rapid-fire competition, which ensures you get 'em while they're still fresh. Wash them down with your stout of choice (Schlafly will have five on tap), while Scandaleros, Boudin Brothers Band and Big Sam's Funky Nation provide the soundtrack. The event takes place from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday (March 4 and 5) at the Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust Street; 314-241-2337 or Admission is free, but you'll need money for food and drink.

3. See opera live in Forest Park
Giacomo Puccini's Manon Lescaut is a tale of tragic love and passion bordering on madness. Manon is a country girl who can't choose between handsome young student des Grieux or the older chevalier Lescaut. She becomes Lescaut's courtesan, but longs to escape with her dashing young lover. It is this indecision that dooms her; well, that and her passion. The Metropolitan Opera presents Manon Lescaut via live simulcast at 11:55 a.m. Saturday at the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park (314-721-0072 or Tickets are $18 to $24.

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