When: 5 to 9 p.m.
Why Go: Get in the spirit of Mardi Gras with the artful event. Art receptions will feature live paintings, face painting and book signings.
When: Play begins Thursday evening and continues through Sunday. Check the tournament schedule for game times.
Where: Scotttrade Center, 1401 Clark Ave. St. Louis, MO
Why Go: Get in the spirit for March Madness by taking in the Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Championship. This is the 21st year the tournament has been held in St. Louis, making it the second-longest running conference tournament in the U.S. at a neutral site.
Cost: $10 to $150
When: General admission cocktails begin at 7 p.m. Friday
Where: St. Louis City Hall, 1200 Market St., St. Louis, MO
Why Go: Celebrate the magic and merriment of Mardi Gras by joining Mayor Francis Slay in a masquerade and parade celebration. The event features a catered dinner, open bar, and live entertainment. Guests are encouraged to don masks; attire is creative black tie.
Cost: Tickets range from $100 to $500 for this charitable event
When: 11 a.m. Saturday
Where: Soulard; Route runs from Busch Stadium, 100 S. 4th St., St. Louis, MO, and ends at Anheuser Busch, 12th and Lynch streets, St. Louis, MO
Route Ends at Anheuser Busch
Why Go: See one of the largest parades in the Midwest. It will feature more than 130 units, big and small, this year. Be sure to get there early to get a great spot on the route; the parade is typically the most well-attended event in St. Louis.
When: 12 to 1:30 p.m Saturday and March 12
Why Go: Learn how to make beautiful and unique fine silver jewelry in this two-day workshop.
When: 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday all month
Why go: To see 3,000 big blue butterflies fluttering all around you in the amazing tropical conservatory.
Cost: $6 General admission/$4.50 Seniors (65+)/$4 Children 3-12/Free for children 2 and under/Free for Missouri Botanical Garden members.