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Top Things to Do in August 2014

Ways to Enjoy the Final Days of Summer in St. Louis

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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 2014 in the St. Louis area.

Tax Free Shopping

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 1 - 3, 2014

Final Weeks at the Muny

The Muny in Forest Park wraps up its 2014 season with "Grease" and "Hello, Dolly" 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.
Grease: August 1 - 8, 2014
Hello, Dolly: August 11-17, 2014
Muny Opera, Forest Park

Moonlight Ramble

Photo courtesy HI-USA Gateway Council

For 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 $40 for premier riders, $25 for adults and $10 for children. Proceeds benefit Cardinals Care and the Gateway Council of Hostelling International.
August 9, 2014
Busch Stadium, Downtown St. Louis

Birds in Concert

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 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014
World Bird Sanctuary

Downtown Restaurant Week

The restaurants of downtown St. Louis extend a special invitation to dine with them this month. Twenty downtown establishments are offering three-course meals for $25 a person during Downtown Restaurant Week. Some of the area's most popular restaurants are participating. You don't need coupons or tickets, but reservations are highly recommended.
August 11 - 17, 2014
Downtown St. Louis

Festival of the Little Hills

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 jewerly 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 15 - 17, 2014
Historic Main Street & Frontier Park, St. Charles

Carondelet Book Fair

Photo courtesy Carondelet Family YMCA

For thousands of book lovers, August means it's time for the Carondelet 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 grown so big that it's moved to the Kennedy Recreation Center (Near Meramec Bottom Road & I-55). 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 15 - 20, 2014
Kennedy Recreation Center, 6050 Wells Road

Festival of Nations

Photo courtesy International Institute

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 more than 30 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 23 - 24, 2014
Tower Grove Park

Jammin' at the Zoo

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 from 6 pm. to 8 p.m. Free parking is available for everyone.
August 27, 2014
St. Louis Zoo

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