15 Things to Do this August in St. Louis
Summer fun continues this August in St. Louis with can’t-miss events and activities, including free outdoor concerts, new exhibits and even a midnight bike ride.
St. Louis Riverfront Cruise | Ongoing
Journey to a time when steamboats ruled the Mississippi River on a riverboat cruise departing from the landing at the base of the Gateway Arch. Daily one-hour cruises are narrated by the riverboat captain or a National Park Service ranger, highlighting the river’s role in St. Louis’ past and present, while exploring famous St. Louis landmarks and architecture. Skyline dinner cruises are also available as well as unique specialty cruises, offering everything from live blues to brunch.
Golf the Galleries | Through Aug. 28
Play a round at Golf the Galleries, a unique artist-designed mini-golf exhibit at The Sheldon. In its fifth year, each hole in the course is designed by different artists as well as local organizations, like World Chess Hall of Fame and City Museum. Themes include A Day at City Museum, Journey Through Space, Brick Grove and Childhood Revisited, making this course a gimmie.
In The Heights – STAGES St. Louis | Through Aug. 21
Get ready to sing your heart out! In the Heights, the award-winning musical from the creator of Hamilton, is playing at The Ross Family Theatre at the Kirkwood Performing Arts Center. The musical is melds Lin-Manuel Miranda’s experience growing up in the neighborhood of Washington Heights with the book by Quiara Alegria Hudes.
The Muny | Through Aug. 18
The Muny’s 104th season is underway, but there’s still time to secure a seat under the stars before the summer fades into fall. The Color Purple, a Muny debut, runs from Aug. 3 to 9 and fan-favorite Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be on the famous Muny stage Aug. 12 through 18.
Robert Classic French Film Festival | Weekends, Aug. 5 to 21
The 14th annual Robert Classic French Film Festival celebrates St. Louis’ Gallic heritage and France’s extraordinary cinematic legacy, with films ranging from 1972’s “deliciously satiric” The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeosie to 1927’s Siren of the Tropics, starring none other than St. Louis native Josephine Baker. Films will be shown at Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium.
Blues at the Arch Festival | Aug. 12 to 14
Grab a blanket and head to the seventh annual Blues at the Arch, presented by Gateway Arch Park Foundation in partnership with the National Blues Museum and the National Park Service. The festival showcases the talents of national and local entertainers including Jeremiah Johnson, Marcia Ball, Keesha Bratt Band and more, along with food trucks, a market and after parties.
Moonlight Ramble | Aug. 13
Grab your bicycle and head on a bike ride adventure under the light of the moon! Now in its 58th year, this unique event draws thousands of riders. The event includes a leisurely bike ride through the streets of St. Louis, a festival area and live entertainment. Plus, riders receive a commemorative event shirt along with a post-ride party including snacks and drinks.
Grub and Groove | Aug. 14
Visit Francis Park for the annual Grub & Groove, a free event full of fun for the entire family. Enjoy food and drink from local vendors, let the kids play in the Azar Orhodontics Kids Zone, peruse the wares in the retail village or just enjoy the afternoon listening to local musicians.
Tennessee Williams Festival | Aug. 18 to 28
Now in its seventh year, the Tennessee Williams Festival presents The Rose Tattoo. Directed by David Kaplan, the play set in an immigrant Sicilian community in the 1940s. Serafina, the play’s heroine, is staged with circus performers, live animals and music, perfectly fitting to reflect the play’s Big Top setting.
Bommarito Automotive Group 500 | Aug. 19 and 20
The sixth annual Bommarito Automotive Group 500 NTT IndyCar Series kicks off with Coors Light Pole Night on Friday, with the qualifying round beginning at 6:15 p.m and the USAC Silver Crown Series Gatewey 100 at 9:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 begins at 5 p.m., with music and other events held throughout the day.
Pig & Whiskey | Aug. 19 to 21
The Riverfront Times and Schlafly Beer are partnering for the inaugural Pig & Whiskey Festival in Maplewood. The free, family-friendly festival features some of the area’s most beloved barbecue joints, national and local bands, local beer, whiskey and even bull riding!
Coloring STL | Aug. 20 through Feb. 2024
St. Louis is a “kaleidoscope of architecture, filled with structures of every age, shape and size.” At the Missouri History newest exhibit, Coloring STL, visitors will be able to immerse themselves in St. Louis’ iconic built environment by coloring our city’s famous buildings, right on the walls.
Brewed Arts Festival | Aug. 20
The inaugural Brewed Arts Festival will fill every corner of Cherokee Street with great beer and local art. Saint Louis Hop Shop will curate festival goers’ beverage experience, pairing unique brews with the neighborhood’s shops, galleries and bars. Visitors can also expect live music, painting and performances, indoors and out.
Festival of Nations | August 27 and 28
After two years, Festival of Nations returns to Tower Grove Park! From Spanish flamenco to a Vietnamese lion dance, from thundering drums to Irish harp, this international festival celebrates inclusion. Visitors will enjoy over 40 ethnic food booths, dancing, music, arts and gifts from around the world.
2022 Sinquefield Cup | Sept. 1 to 13
Held in St. Louis, which is America’s chess capital, the Sinquefield Cup is the last stop on the Grand Chess Tour circuit. This elite international event features 10 of the strongest chess players in the world. Organized as a 10-player round robin, competitors will battle for the coveted title of 2022 Sinquefield Cup Champion.
For more events, festivals and things to do in St. Louis, check out our events calendar.