7 Things You Must Do This Month


1/ Catch a Grenade

Get your dose of soulful pop and funk Aug. 8 as Bruno Mars visits Scottrade Center on his Moonshine Jungle tour. Known for songs like “Just the Way You Are” and “Locked Out of Heaven,” Mars brings these fan favorites to the stage, as well as the latest hits from his second album, “Unorthodox Jukebox.” Opening the show during this leg of Mars’ 87-stop tour is English pop sensation Ellie Goulding.
For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.

 2/ Sing the Blues

Celebrate local blues culture Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at the Big Muddy Blues Festival on Laclede’s Landing. This festival touts 17 years of tradition with more than 30 blues artists performing over 20 hours of live music on three stages. On the impressive lineup this year are The Reverend Horton Heat, Anthony Gomes and David Clayton-Thomas,along with local favorites like Aaron Kamm and The One Drops and Miss Jubilee & The Humdingers.
For more info, visit bigmuddybluesfestival.com.

 3/ Crown a Chef

Cheer on your favorite local chefs on Aug. 18 at Circa Properties for Top Chef, presented by ALIVE Magazine and Sauce Magazine. Enjoy live entertainment and beverages from Jim Beam and Miller Lite as you taste and judge mini-burgers from six area chefs—Zach Rice, John Roman, Mike Johnson, Eric Brenner, Ian Craig and Matt Galati—each battling it out at the grill for the title of Top Chef.
For more info, visit topchef2013.eventbrite.com.

4/ Think Globally

Get cultured at the International Institute’s Festival of Nations in Tower Grove Park, Aug. 24-25. Admission to this vibrant celebration of culture is free, but be sure to bring some cash to sample global cuisine provided by more than 40 different ethnic food vendors. Catch cultural dance and music performances, shop gifts from around the world at the bazaar or get your hands dirty with a variety of crafts.
For more info, visit festivalofnationsstl.org.

5/ Appreciate the Arts

The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis join forces for Contemporary Night Out on Aug. 2. Guests meet in the Kemper Art Museum lobby and are led from venue to venue for a series of presentations about contemporary art.
For tickets, visit camstl.org.

6/ Ramble On

Break out your bicycle for the Moonlight Ramble on Aug. 17, starting at Busch Stadium parking lot C. Take a leisurely cruise along a top-secret route under the full moon, then stick around for the afterride party celebrating 50 years of “the world’s original nighttime bike ride” with midnight snacks and live entertainment.
For more info, visit moonlightramble.com.

7/ Find a New Outlet

Be among the first to explore the new Taubman Prestige Outlets, a high-end fashion outlet mall in the heart of Chesterfield. The Grand Opening Celebration, Aug. 2-4, features musical entertainment, activities and savings for the whole family. Plan to be there when the gates open at 9:15am, because the first 1,000 shoppers in line will receive a $25 gift card.
For more info, visit taubmanprestigeoutlets.com.



Bruno Mars photo courtesy of Scottrade Center.


Festival of Nations photo courtesy of Festival of Nations.


Photo credit: Bruno Mars photo courtesy of Scottrade Center, Festival of Nations photo courtesy of Festival of Nations

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