January in St. Louis: Events, Festivals, and Weather

Cityscape of St Louis
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Although the holidays are over and the cold weather has settled in, there is still plenty to do in St. Louis in January like attending special events and festivals or taking part in winter weather activities—even tourist attractions like the Gateway Arch and the City Museum are great this time of year when visitors can expect smaller crowds and shorter lines.

Due to its central location in the United States, St. Louis' weather often remains between a high of the mid-40s and a low of the mid-20s, with snow blanketing much of the region most of the winter months making for excellent opportunities to play in a winter wonderland on a mildly chilly day.

From the Soulard Mardi Gras celebration to a unique food and wine experience at the Chase Park Plaza and just kicking back in nature with family, St. Louis has something for everyone this January, so explore the following list and plan your winter getaway to St. Louis. 

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Soulard Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras in Soulard, St. Louis, Missouri
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The Grand Parade isn't until February, but some events for this year's Soulard Mardi Gras celebration are happening in January. This year, the festivities start out with a Twelfth Night event on January 6 where residents of Soulard gather together to decide whether or not to produce Mardis Gras that year then march through the streets after making a decision. Other events in January include the Snowman Softball Tournament on January 13 and 14, the Family Winter Carnival on Jan 20, and the Wine, Beer, and Whiskey Taste on January 26.

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Watching the Eagles

Bald Eagle in Flight
Getty / Todd Ryburn

Hundreds of bald eagles spend their winter along the banks of the Mississippi River in Alton and Grafton, and January is a great time to go eagle watching. The Alton Visitors Center has events all month long including ​"Eagle Meet and Greets" on Saturdays in January. Then, take one of the guided tours or drive yourself along the Great River Road for some prime eagle spotting.

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Cabin Fever: Winter Beer Festival

Schlafly Beer
Deborah O'Brien

Schlafly's "Cabin Fever: Winter Beer Festival" is a good way to spend a cold afternoon in January, but remember to dress warmly because the festival is held outside in the Bottleworks Biergarten in Maplewood, IL. Dates for the annual beer-tasting event in 2018 will be announced on the website linked above closer to the weekend of January 14, when the event usually takes place.

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St. Louis Food & Wine Experience

The 15th annual "St. Louis Food & Wine Experience" gives foodies a chance to enjoy some of the best culinary offerings from local and national chefs, wineries, and restaurants on January 26 to 28, 2018, at the Chase Park Plaza in St Louis' Central West End. There will be hundreds of selections from dozens of winemakers, plus cooking demonstrations and food from top restaurants.

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Cardinals Winter Warm-Up

Cardinal Winter Warmup Event

Spring training is still more than a month away, but baseball fans can see their favorite Cardinals players at the annual "Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up," which takes place each year over Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. This three-day event includes autograph sessions, baseball clinics, and a sports memorabilia show, and money from the event goes to Cardinals Care, the team's charity to help children in the community. In 2018, the event takes place at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown St. Louis from January ​13 through 15.​

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"School of Rock, The Musical" at the Fox

School of Rock the Musical
Fox Theatre 

The Fabulous Fox Theatre in downtown St. Louis always hosts a smash hit musical in January each year, and in 2018 "School of Rock, the Musical" comes to the stage January 16 through 28. Based on the hit Jack Black film of the same name, this musical takes the audience on a hilarious journey with Dewey Finn, an aspiring rock musician who becomes a substitute teacher. Featuring 14 songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber, this show is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

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St. Louis Auto Show

Highlight of the 2017 St. Louis Auto Show
St. Louis Auto Show

Check out the newest cars, trucks and SUV's at the 2018 St. Louis Auto Show, happening from January 25 through 28. ​America's Center and Edward Jones Dome will be filled with hundreds of new vehicles from more than 25 manufacturers, and tickets go on sale in early January for the event.

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St Louis Magazine's "Unveiled: The Bridal Event:

If you're planning a wedding in 2018, you'll want to make plans to attend the St. Louis Magazine's "​Unveiled Bridal Show" on January 21 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Clayton, Missouri. The event brings together the area's top bridal specialists to help you plan the perfect day. There's a wedding dress fashion show, plus hors-d'oeuvres, desserts, and champagne.

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"Kinky Boots" and "Paw Patrol Live!" at the Peabody

Kinky Boots National Touring Company
Matthew Murphy

Whether you're traveling with or without children, there's a great show to see coming in January to the Peabody Opera House in downtown St. Louis. This year, the Broadway Tour of "Kinky Boots," a show with lyrics by Cyndi Lauper about a drag queen who inherits a shoe company in England, makes a stop for two nights from January 13 to 14, and for a more family-friendly event, Paw Patrol Live presents "The Great Pirate Adventure" on January 20 and 21.

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Clayton Restaurant Week

Crispy Fish Bao from The Bao
 The Bao

While you're in Clayton on January 22 through 28, 2018, why not enjoy some of the best food the city has to offer at a fraction of the price? This year, Clayton Restaurant Week features some of the best local spots around, where guests can get three-course meals by some of the area's top chefs for less than $30 per person!

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