On Saturday, September 21, 2013, revelers amass along Saint Louis's historic riverfront to kick off the fall with Laclede Landing's Oktoberfest. As live music permeates the air, guests munch on traditional German-style pretzels and fill 1-liter mugs with festive autumnal beers.
No Name Comix was founded in late 2012 by Marquise Moore, Jack Merrywell, H.D. Reeves, and Ben Flug––a quartet of local comedians looking for a new outlet to spread good cheer and bad puns. No Name Comix directs the limelight at neighborhood talent during open mics on every Thursday night, as well as weekend shows that typically feature headliners from right around the corner. Bespeaking the founders’ can-do attitude, the club is furnished with an array of up-cycled materials, including car seats repurposed into normal chairs.
Improv Trick's goal is to make Improv more accessible. Yes, you can learn how! It's a lot of fun and even if you never want to perform improv, you'll learn memory tricks, teamwork skills, and confidence-building techniques used by professional improvisers.
Internationally known burlesque star Lola van Ella captains VanElla Studios, home of burlesque-infused dance and cardio classes that are “pure fun,” according to St. Louis Magazine. Clients can build confidence and performance repertoires in a panoply of body-positive classes, such as Burlesque Basics 1, which covers moves such as the shimmy, the bump-and-grind, and boa-wielding, which teaches guests how to seductively fashion a lasso out of a boa constrictor to reach coconuts for survival. For a higher-octane workout, rug-cutters with some dance experience can enroll in the hip-hop sequence, whose fast-paced choreography matches a soundtrack of rap and R & B tracks. In each class, an average of 10 students follow in the footsteps of instructors with professional dance experience.
Live music fills the air as revelers quaff cold, frothy beer and snack on traditional German food at Soulard Oktoberfest. The action takes place beneath a German-style tent across from the Soulard Market on 7th Street. There, frauleins fill bottomless mugs to flowing from a plethora of taps that minimize the wait in lines. In between mingling with friends, guests can appease their appetites with German pretzels as they listen to live musical acts, including the Dorfrockers and the Steve Ewing Band.
Brew in the Lou is for more than just beer aficionados?the four-hour festival fills Concordia Seminary's Koburg Hall with handcrafted spirits, wine, coffee, and gourmet foods, too. A fundraiser that benefits the Lutheran Elementary School Association, Brew in the Lou will include sips and bites from more than 40 vendors. Guests can also have unlimited refills in a Brew in the Lou commemorative glass while sampling stouts and ales from large national breweries such as Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company and Goose Island Beer Co., whose "forward-thinking" new brewer recently spoke with the Groupon Guide. Or, they can keep things local with sips of local suds from Morgan Street Brewery, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, Heavy Riff Brewing Company, Excel Brewing, and other St. Louis standards. Stringbean Coffee and Ski Soda will also be offering their refreshments.
Official Brew in the Lou bratwurst from Swiss Meat & Sausage Co. and barbecue meats from BBQ ASAP and Gobble Stop Smokehouse will also be available to pair with drinks. Throughout the afternoon festival, attendees can also peruse crafts made by local artisans and enjoy music from Waterloo German Band.