7 Things To Do This Month: August

 In Culture

1.Experience the World


Photo by Wayne Crosslin of the International Institute

Looking for a multicultural weekend right here in St. Louis? The International Institute’s Festival of Nations on Aug. 29-30 gives St. Louis residents the opportunity to immerse themselves in the food, dance, music and art of cultures across the world. The festival, located in Tower Grove Park, will feature 40 booths, an international bazaar and an arts and crafts area.

2. Flip a Burger


Photo by Chris Gibbons/ALIVE Scene Team

…or 10 at the second annual Budwiser Burger Battle Produced By ALIVE, when 10 area chefs from top burger locations gather to battle it out at Kaufmann Park in the ultimate cook-off. While our esteemed panel of judges deliberates the winner, check out the competition-friendly Yelp game zone. As you make your way through the slider options, wash them down with a cool drink mixed with Jim Beam Devil’s Cut or an ice-cold Bud.

3. Dance the Night Away

Mark your calendars now for British pop star Charli XCX’s get-up-and-dance concert on Aug. 9 at The Pageant. After peaking
 at No. 6 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100, Charli XCX’s hit, “Boom Clap,” will get audiences on their feet. Co-headliner Bleachers, fronted by fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, will open the show with lively summer anthems “I Wanna Get Better” and “Roller Coaster.” A sit-down concert, this is not.

4. Glow in the Dark

The Glo Run, a rave-meets-race event, returns on Aug. 21 with a safari theme that promises to pull out all the stops, making it the biggest Glo Run yet. Grab a team of five or more and sign up for a glow-in-the-dark 5K though Forest Park. It’s packed with festivities ranging from a live DJ dropping beats to a costume contest, all while raising money for Special Olympics Missouri.

5. Get a Soulful Fix

Soulful crooner Sam Smith’s July 30 stop at the Chaifetz Arena is one of summer’s biggest must-sees. The four-time Grammy award-winner (in 2014 alone) will perform an emotional show of from-the-heart, timeless hits including “Stay With Me,” “Like I Can” and “Money on My Mind.”

6. Dine Downtown

Head to the heart of the city Aug. 3-9 for the 11th annual Downtown Restaurant Week. This year, participating restaurants will create special three-course meals that in-the-know diners can order for $25. In the past, the event
has attracted 15,000 visitors to Downtown, so reservations are key to sampling the special menus 

7. Prep for “I Do”

ALIVE Wedding: Best Day Ever is unlike any other wedding show: Specializing in the nontraditional, fashion-forward and fun, this expo at Boo Cat Club on Aug. 27 curates top vendors, food and fashion—including a fashion presentation from Style My Aisle—to help your big day be, well, the best one ever.


This story ran in the August 2015 issue.



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