Stuff to do: August 2016
Wicked Wine Run
Aug. 13 – 6 to 9 p.m., Cedar Lake Cellars, 11008 Schreckengast Road, Wright City, 636.745.9500, wickedwinerun.com
Loosen up those hammies and get ready to run for your wine. Participants can fly through a 5K and celebrate with a glass of riesling or Fire Truck (a sweet red wine) at the finish line, or they can proceed slow and steady through the leisurely 1K walk and wine tasting. Four stops along the route offer tastings of Cedar Lake wines like pinot gris and ‘57 Chevy, a blended Missouri red. Cool down at the after-party and enjoy wood-fired pizza, smoked pork or chicken sandwiches and live music. Register online.
Grub & Groove
Aug. 13 – 3:30 to 10 p.m.,
Francis Park, 5400 Donovan Ave., St. Louis, grubandgroovestl.com
Grab your picnic blankets and dance your way to St. Louis Hills for Grub & Groove. Wander through 10 food stalls featuring picnic fare for sale from neighborhood favorites like J McArthur’s, Adam’s Smokehouse, Onesto Pizza & Trattoria, Russell’s on Macklind and Mama’s on The Hill. Leave the coolers at home and grab a glass of suds onsite.
Aug. 14 – noon to 6 p.m., Iron Barley, 5510 Virginia Ave., St. Louis, 314.351.4500,
Celebrate the T in BLT at Iron Barley. Enjoy an afternoon dedicated to the summer staple and sample produce from local vendors, view tomato-inspired arts and crafts, and enter contests for the most unusual looking tomato and the best bloody mary featuring concoctions from pros and amateurs alike. While you’re there, snack on Iron Barley’s BLTs and fire-grilled pizzas. Proceeds benefit Lift for Life Gym.
Rock the Hops
Aug. 20 – 2 to 8 p.m., Downtown Alton, rockthehops2016.bpt.me
Brews and tunes come together in downtown Alton. Pick up your commemorative glass, then hop on the shuttle and visit six area venues to sample more than 25 beer styles from breweries including 4204 Main Street Brewing Co., Kirkwood Station Brewing Co., Peel Brewing Co., The Old Bakery Beer Co. and Perennial Artisan Ales. While you sip, check out more than 30 local artists and 25 live bands all afternoon. Tickets available online.
UCBC Blues & Que
Aug. 20 – noon to 6 p.m., UCBC Midtown Brewery & Biergarten, 3229 Washington Ave., St. Louis, 314.222.0143, urbanchestnut.com
Catch the final summer installment of Urban Chestnut’s festival of all things St. Louis: beer, blues and barbecue. Get a half-liter, liter or stein filled with UCBC favorites and seasonal brews, and load your plate with smoky, sauced of-the-moment food from chef Andy Fair, then take in the tunes in the Biergarten.
International Institute’s Festival of Nations
Aug. 27 – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Aug. 28 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
Tower Grove Park, 4256 Magnolia Ave., St. Louis, festivalofnationsstl.org
Eat, shop and experience St. Louis diversity at the International Institute’s Festival of Nations. Choose from more than 40 food vendors cooking up fare like Mexican tamales, Filipino kebabs and sweet baklava. Take in performances like Spanish flamenco and Vietnamese dragon dancing, then peruse vendor stalls featuring African drums, Russian nesting dolls and jewelry. Purchase a copy of the Festival of Nations cookbook featuring a recipe from each of this year’s food vendors.