5 Things to Do This Weekend in the CWE: March 8-10

In need of weekend plans? The Central West End has you covered! This weekend, a variety of events are happening throughout the neighborhood. From a special shopping pop-up to artists talks to Afrobeats dancing, there’s something different for everyone! So, whether you’re looking for an exciting event to attend or just want to explore local shops and restaurants, the CWE is the place to be.

Shop a Pop-Up| East • West

Interested in attending an exclusive event? This Friday from 4-9 p.m., East • West will host Bonicel, a denim company. You’ll get to browse Bonicel’s impressive, quality collection and if you make a purchase, you’re eligible for an in-person custom embossing. While you shop you’ll also enjoy complimentary drinks from Rockwell Beer. This is an exclusive event that you won’t want to miss!

Enjoy Free Dancing| Club Viva

This Friday is International Women’s Day and Club Viva is celebrating! Women will have free entry that day until 10 p.m. Get a group of your favorite ladies together and head over to Club Viva for an evening of dancing. On Fridays they play Afrobeats, reggae and dancehall music. You can also enjoy drinks and food including curry and jerk chicken with sides from Teranga Grill. For those wanting a night out that’s unparalleled, visit Club Viva.

Attend an Artist Talk| Houska Gallery

On Saturday at 1 p.m., join the Houska Gallery for an artist talk with Cbabi Bayoc and Zina Al-Shukri. Listen to them discuss their exhibitions and after, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions. Cbabi Bayoc is an internationally renowned St. Louis-based artists whose subject matter includes family, children, music and battling prejudice. Zina Al-Shukri is an Arkansas-based painter whose themes cover life, death, war, love, spirituality and more. This is definitely a unique opportunity that you’ll want to participate in.

Try Thai| Thai 202

If it’s been a while since you’ve had Thai food, head to Thai 202 this weekend. Whether you’re just in the neighborhood for a stroll or need a break between browsing the retailers and galleries, Thai 202 is the perfect place to pop in for lunch. Their stir-fried dishes are a savory combination of textures and tastes, including proteins and vegetables. You can try their pad kaprow, traditionally done with ground chicken or try their pad eggplant, one of many vegetarian and vegan options. Additionally, they offer stir-fried noodles, curry, soups and a host of delicious appetizers. Stop by and try what may become your new go-to lunch spot.

Dine Out| Bar Italia

Looking to dine out on Saturday or Sunday night? Enjoy an upscale evening at Bar Italia. Their menu includes antipasti appetizers, salads, soup, pasta and piatti entrees. Whether you have a big appetite and are craving tortellini or rigatoni, or would prefer something smaller like their beet and walnut salad or the daily soup, you’ll find an authentic Italian dish to satisfy you. Cap off the night with a drink from their impressive collection of wine and more.