Blues at the Arch photo courtesy Gateway Arch Park Foundation

WHAT: Blues at the Arch

WHERE: Gateway Arch National Park

WHEN: Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 24

Every Friday in August, you’ll find free blues music at the Gateway Arch, thanks to a partnership between the Gateway Arch Park Foundation, the National Blues Museum and the National Park Service. Each Friday performance features two acts, beginning at 6 p.m. Little Dylan and Zac Harmon kick off the series on Aug. 3; followed by Keesha Pratt and Marquise Knox (Aug. 10); Skeet Rodgers and the Inner City Blues Band, and Dexter Allen (Aug. 17); and Jeremiah Johnson and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram (Aug. 24). Bring a cooler and lawn chair—even your doggie (must be leashed); food and drink vendors, as well as family-friendly activities,  will also be on-site. Free;

Jammin’ at the Zoo photo by Diane Anderson

WHAT: Jammin’ at the Zoo

WHERE: Saint Louis Zoo

WHEN: 6 p.m., Aug. 22

For the young at heart, the Saint Louis Zoo’s celebration of wine, beer and music is one of the best ways to celebrate summer in the city. Beer and wine tasting from a number of wineries and microbrews, as well as live entertainment by Dirty Muggs with Johnny Henry, and food and drink for purchase from food trucks and booths, are available at this casual, 21-and-older event. The best part? Proceeds benefit the zoo and its efforts to save endangered species here and around the world. $22.95 ($12.95 for members);

photo courtesy of Earth Wind & Fire

WHAT: Earth Wind & Fire

WHERE: Peabody Opera House

WHEN: 8 p.m., Aug. 24

Earth Wind & Fire’s signature sound continues to enthrall music lovers of all ages with “a groove as deep as the soul of the planet.” The band’s chart-topping single and Double Platinum albums has made Earth Wind & Fire one of the best-selling musical acts of all time. Boogie to “September,” “Let’s Groove” and all the hits—you know you want to! $37.50 to $223; 

photo courtesy of The Muny

WHAT: Meet Me in St. Louis

WHERE: The Muny

WHEN: 8:15 p.m., Aug. 4 to 12

What better way to put an exclamation point on The Muny’s sensational 100th season? The classic story of a St. Louis family at the turn of the century awaiting the 1904 World’s Fair is sure to bring the hometown crowd to its feet! Meet us at The Muny for this end-of-the-season showstopper! $15 to $100;