Top Things to Do in August in St. Louis

Ways to Enjoy the Final Days of Summer

August is here and that means summer will soon be over. But there are still some great events and activities to check out this month. Here's information on things to do in August in the St. Louis area.
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    The Muny in Forest Park wraps up its 2017 season with "A Chorus Line" and "Newsies." It's your last chance this summer to see a musical at the nation's oldest and largest outdoor theater. The shows start each night at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are still available through Metrotix, or skip the tickets, bring your binoculars and sit in the free seats.
    A Chorus Line: July 29 - August 4, 2017
    Newsies: August 7-13, 2017
    Muny Opera, Forest Park

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    Make the trip to Washington, Missouri, for the annual Town and Country Fair. The five day event has plenty of traditional fair activities like carnival rides, fried food and livestock shows. But there's also big time entertainment from performers like Lonestar, George Thorogood and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Daily tickets range from $15 to $25.
    August 2-6, 2017
    Washington, MO

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    The World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park hosts a unique free concert series on Thursday nights in August. Each concert begins with children's music from the Sanctuary's in-house band, "The Raptor Project" while birds fly just overhead. Then, local favorites like Javier Mendoza, Fowl Play and others take the stage.
    August 3, 10, 17, 24, 2017
    World Bird Sanctuary


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    Bargain hunters will be shopping this month during Missouri's annual sales tax holiday. For three days, shoppers can buy clothes, computers and school supplies without paying state sales tax. Some communities also waive their local taxes for even bigger savings.
    August 4-6, 2017
    Various Locations


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    ••• View from Monks Mound at Cahokia. Photo by David O'Brien

    Learn about the history of Cahokia Mounds at Archeology Day in early August. The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and includes demonstrations on basket making, fire building and more. There are also spear throwing contests and other ancient games.
    August 5, 2017
    Cahokia Mounds, Collinsville


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    For more than 50 years, cyclists have filled the streets of St. Louis on the Saturday night in August closest to the full moon. Organizers brag that the Moonlight Ramble is the world's original nighttime bicycle ride. The ride begins just after midnight with plenty of family-friendly activities before and after. Registration is $50 for premier riders, $25 for adults and $10 for children.
    August 5, 2017
    Ballpark Village
    , Downtown St. Louis

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    Sauce Magazine hosts Food Truck Friday once a month during warmer weather in Tower Grove Park. Some two dozen local food trucks line up along the park's Southwest Drive to serve Mexican, BBQ, Italian and many other dishes. There's also live music and craft beer. The event runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    August 11, 2017
    Tower Grove Park, South St. Louis

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    One of the best craft fairs in the St. Louis area is the Festival of the Little Hills in St. Charles. Historic Main Street and Frontier Park are filled with booths selling everything from jewelry and art, to kids clothes and holiday decorations. More than 300 vendors from 30 states set up shop during the three day event. Shopping isn't the only attraction though. There's live music, kids activities and some of the best festival food around.
    August 18-20, 2017
    Historic Main Street & Frontier Park, St. Charles

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    The World's Fare Heritage Festival is a three day celebration in Forest Park. It pays tribute to the 1904 World's Fair held in St. Louis. The festival includes live music, food vendors, an artist's village, kids area and business expo.
    August 18-20, 2017
    World's Fair Pavilion, Forest Park


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    For thousands of book lovers, August means it's time for the St. Louis YMCA Book Fair. It's one of the largest used book sales in the area, with more than 60 categories of books, as well as magazines, records and CDs. The event has a new location this year at the Greensfelder Recreation Complex in Queeny Park. Admission for the first day of the sale is $10, but it's free the rest of the week. Prices start at $.50 for paperbacks and $1 for hardcovers.
    August 18-22, 2017
    Queeny Park, Ballwin

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    The Young Zoo Friends are hosting a party at the St. Louis Zoo with music, entertainment, food and drinks. Admission is $10 for Zoo Friends members and $20 for non-members. Admission includes a wine and beer tasting. Free parking is available for everyone.
    August 23, 2017
    St. Louis Zoo

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    The Festival of Nations is your chance to experience the beauty of dozens of different world cultures without leaving St. Louis. The two day event is filled with food, music and entertainment from around the globe. There are dozens of food booths featuring favorite dishes from Bosnia, Brazil, Ethiopia and more. Shoppers will find items like Indian saris, Mexican glassware and Israeli jewelry, just to name just a few. Admission is free and a free shuttle service is also available.
    August 26-27, 2017
    Tower Grove Park, South St. Louis