Regardless of what you’ve heard, January in St. Louis isn’t just about cold weather and cozy nights. It’s a lively month with a variety of activities for everyone. From Mardi Gras celebrations to the St. Louis Auto Show, there’s no shortage of events. In this guide, we’ll explore the top 10 fun things to do in St. Louis this January. So, bundle up and get ready for an adventure in the Gateway City!

#1. Mardi Gras (January 6 to February 13)

Mardi Gras in St. Louis is a festive experience that rivals even the famous New Orleans celebrations. Running from January 6 to February 13, the city comes alive with a series of events leading up to Fat Tuesday. Here, the streets of Soulard, one of the oldest neighborhoods in St. Louis, transform into a vibrant hub of parades, live music, and authentic Cajun cuisine. 

Revel in the colorful parades featuring elaborate floats and costumed performers, or indulge in the taste of New Orleans with beignets and jambalaya from local vendors. Mardi Gras in St. Louis is more than just a party; it’s a cultural experience that brings together the community in a spirited celebration.

#2. St. Louis Auto Show (January 18 to 21)

Rev up for the St. Louis Auto Show, the city’s premier auto event from January 18-21. Showcasing nearly 400 cars, it’s a dream for vehicle buffs. The 2024 show features the latest models, high-end vehicles, and innovative safety tech. Enjoy hands-on experiences like Stellantis ride & drives, a kids zone, and thrilling drifting demos. Plus, there are pet adoptions, making it a fun outing for everyone!

#3. The Loop Ice Carnival (January 20)

Experience winter magic at the Loop Ice Carnival on January 20. This enchanting event in University City boasts over 40 ice sculptures, a treasure hunt with coins in ice, and live ice carving. Enjoy whimsical attractions like ice ballerinas, stilt walkers, and a strolling magician. With free face painting, live music, and fire performances, it’s a frosty wonderland of fun!

#4. Monster Jam (January 27 and 28)

Get ready for Monster Jam, the exhilarating motorsports spectacle, at The Dome at America’s Center on January 27 and 28. Watch as world-class driver athletes command the most iconic trucks, showcasing their incredible skills in high-speed races and gravity-defying stunts. It’s a thrilling display of power and prowess that will leave you on the edge of your seat!

#5. Orchid Show (January 27 to February 25)

From January 27 to February 25, immerse yourself in the beauty of blooming orchids at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show. Held in the Emerson Conservatory, this event showcases over 6,000 plants, including rare and endangered species. Constantly evolving, the show offers a unique experience with different orchids blooming throughout the event. Surrounded by diverse Mediterranean climate plantings, it’s a botanical delight included with garden admission.

#6. 41st Annual Pat Strawhun Memorial Bluegrass Festival (January 5)

Celebrate traditional bluegrass music at the 41st Annual Pat Strawhun Memorial Bluegrass Festival on January 5. This festival honors the legacy of Pat Strawhun, a renowned figure in the bluegrass community. Enjoy a day filled with lively performances by talented musicians, showcasing the rich heritage and vibrant spirit of bluegrass. It’s a must-attend event for music lovers and an authentic cultural experience.

#7. The St. Louis Winter Wedding Show (January 5 to 7)

Join the biggest and best wedding extravaganza of the year from January 5-7. The St. Louis Winter Wedding Show kicks off with a Friday evening Social Mixer featuring signature cocktails, complimentary appetizers, and a $1000 drawing. The weekend continues with a bustling exhibit floor, 18 insightful wedding seminars, and a spectacular runway fashion show with over 50 models. Meet more than 100 top wedding professionals, enter for a chance to win a grand prize honeymoon worth $3,000 or a rehearsal dinner prize of $2,000, and every bride will receive a $200 gift, making it the ultimate wedding planning weekend!

#8. Jagged Little Pill (January 21)

“Jagged Little Pill,” the Broadway sensation based on Alanis Morissette’s iconic music, comes to The Fabulous Fox on January 21. Directed by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus, this electrifying musical explores the life of an imperfect American family with a blend of joy, love, and catharsis. The Guardian praises it for vaulting audiences to their feet. A story of human experiences set to a Grammy-winning score, it’s a must-see for theater enthusiasts and Morissette fans alike.

#9. Catch a St. Louis Blues Game

Experience the thrill of NHL hockey by catching a St. Louis Blues game this January. Feel the electric atmosphere as the Blues take to the ice, showcasing skill, speed, and teamwork. Whether you’re a die-hard hockey fan or new to the sport, a Blues game is an unforgettable way to spend an evening in St. Louis, filled with excitement, cheering fans, and fast-paced action on the ice.

#10. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: King For a Day! (January 21)

Get ready for a delightful experience with “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: King For a Day!” on January 21. This popular musical, based on the beloved PBS KIDS TV series, brings Daniel Tiger and friends from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe to life on stage. Join Daniel, O the Owl, and others in a new adventure full of songs, magical moments, and surprise guests. It’s a heartwarming show that teaches kindness and friendship, perfect for little tigers and their families.

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