16 Things to Do this August in St. Louis

Tuesday July 27, 2021

The summer fun continues this August in St. Louis with can’t-miss events and activities, including free outdoor concerts, new exhibits and so much more.

St. Louis Riverfront Cruise

Journey to a time when steamboats ruled the Mississippi River on a St. Louis Riverfront Cruise on the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch. Narrated by the riverboat captain or a National Park Service ranger, this one-hour cruise highlights the river’s role in St. Louis’ past and present, and explores famous St. Louis landmarks and architecture.

Origami in the Garden | Through October 10

Head to the Missouri Botanical Garden for OrigamiintheGarden: A Monumental Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. Families can explore 18 awe-inspiring large-scale sculptures including a majestic tower of 1000 cranes, flying birds, painted ponies, emerging butterflies, floating boats, and more. The Exhibition is included with Garden admission.

Architectural Photography Exhibit | Through January 2022

The Architectural Photography from the Collection, 1850-2000 is open for art lovers to see! Head to the Saint Louis Art Museum to explore the many reasons why photographers were attracted to architectural subjects. Photographic prints and illustrated books by European and American artists are featured in the exhibit.

Mummies of the World The Exhibition | Through September 6

Embark on a journey into the extraordinary world of mummies and mummification at Mummies of the World: The Exhibition at the Saint Louis Science Center. The exhibition features 40 real human and animal mummies and 85 rare artifacts from across the globe. This compelling collection includes mummies from South America, Europe and ancient Egypt, dating as far back as 4,500 years.

Pawns & Passports: Chess Sets from Around the Globe | Through January 2022

Featuring over 1200 sets from over 30 countries, the World Chess Hall of Fame has amassed one of the largest and most diverse chess set collections in the world. From beautiful decorative antique chess sets made from luxury materials to mass-produced sets celebrating the popular culture of different regions, the collection demonstrates how chess has captured the imagination of people around the world.

Jason Mraz “Look For The Good Live!” Tour | August 4

Farmer, philanthropist, and Grammy-winning musician Jason Mraz today is bringing his 2021 tour to the Saint Louis Music Park. Mraz and his 13-piece reggae band will hit the stage, featuring many of the performers from his latest album, Look For The Good.  The unique setlist each night will feature songs from that album plus re-imagined Mraz classics and never-before-heard new compositions.

The Muny | Through September 5

The Muny postponed its 2020 season due to the pandemic – a first in its history! Now the Forest Park institution is under way with it’s lineup. Included is Smokey Joe’s Cafe (July 26–August 1), The Sound of Music (August 3–9), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (August 12–18), On Your Feet (August 21–27), and Chicago (August 30–September 5)

Blues at the Arch | August 6, 13, 20, and 27

The Gateway Arch Park Foundation concert series Blues at the Arch, presented by Emerson, returns for its sixth year as a series of online shows, with new performances every Friday in August. This popular end-of-summer celebration pays tribute to St. Louis’ storied blues history and showcases the talents of local and national artists including The Lady J Huston Show, Jontavious Willis, Toronzo Cannon and The Chicago Way, and Mz. Sha.

Bicentennial ArtFest and Ice Cream Social | August 7

Happy Birthday Missouri! August 10, 2021 is the 200th anniversary of statehood. StL Arts Chamber, artists and arts organizations are throwing a party. Join them for the ArtFest and Ice Cream Social on August 7th from 10AM to 2PM from Grand Center through the Hodiamont Greenway to the Delmar Loop for art, performance and ICE CREAM!

13th Classic French Film Festival | August 13 – 29

The 13th Annual Robert Classic French Film Festival celebrates St. Louis’ Gallic heritage and France’s extraordinary cinematic legacy, offering a revealing overview of French cinema. Films will be shown at Washington University Brown Hall Auditorium and Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium.

Grub and Groove | August 14

Visit Francis Park for the 10th Annual Grub & Groove, a free event full of fun for the entire family. Eat food from 13 local restaurant vendors, visit the 4 Hands Brewing Company Draft Experience, play in the Planet Fitness family obstacle course, or just enjoy the afternoon listening to local musicians.

2021 Sinquefield Cup | August 16 – 28

Catch the last classical stop of the Grand Chess Tour! The 2021 Sinquefield Cup is an elite international event, featuring 12 of the strongest chess players in the world. Over the course of eleven rounds, these competitors will battle for the coveted title of 2021 Sinquefield Cup Champion.

Maroon 5 | August 18

The pop band Maroon 5 is back in St. Louis at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre for it’s 2021 Tour.

2021 Moonlight Ramble | August 21

Grab your bicycle and head on an bike ride adventure under the light of the moon! Attracting thousands of riders each year, the event includes a leisurely bike ride through the streets of St. Louis, a Festival area, live entertainment, a commemorative event shirt along with with a post-ride party including snacks and drinks.

Nascar & IndyCar Weekend  | August 20 – 21

The eighth annual Gateway Truck Series event will take place on Friday, August 20, 2021. The fifth annual Bommarito Automotive Group 500 for the NTT IndyCar Series will be held on Saturday, August 21, 2021. Fans will be treated to two action-packed days and Worldwide Technology Raceway will be providing entertaining content both on and off the track all weekend long.

Pride is Alive | August 27 – 29

“Pride is Alive” is an outdoor event that is free to the public featuring live entertainment on Mastercard Main Stage, a vendor fair, sponsorship row, table reservations, and VIP Experience and more at Ballpark Village St. Louis

Be sure to share your St. Louis photos with us using #ExploreStLouis. You could be featured on our social page here.  For more events, festivals and things to do in St. Louis, check out our events calendar.

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