August 23 marks the start of National Bowling Week. That's right: It's time for a weeklong bowling tour. Start by paying your respects at the International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame (111 Stadium Plaza; 314-231-6340 or www.bowlingmuseum.com). Then and hit up Saratoga Lanes in Maplewood (2725 Sutton Boulevard; 314-645-5308); it's reportedly the oldest bowling alley west of the Mississippi.
What would summer be without cinema? If you're looking for something to do in August — or any month this summer, for that matter — you can catch 200 free movies presented by Frontyard Features (www.fyfstl.com). The FYF project began in May and seeks to merge great films with great neighborhoods. August features include A Streetcar Named Desire in Tower Grove Park, Caddyshack at Soulard Market Park and Be Kind Rewind in Gravois Park. Films begin after sunset; check the Web site for dozens of dates and films not listed here.
The Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival runs from Friday, September 5, through Sunday, September 7, at World War Memorial Park (Market and 14th Street). This three-day celebration is a great cap to a long summer, where you can feel free to sit, relax, dance like crazy, listen to mariachi bands and sip cold cervezas in the sun. It's free, except for the food and cervezas. See www.hispanicfestivalstl.com for more information.
We finish our tour just in time to see the end of the Tour of Missouri, a world-class cycling event now in its second year. The final stage of the race is in St. Louis on Sunday, September 14; last year Alberto Contador competed, fresh from his yellow-jersey win at the Tour de France. American George Hincapie — a former lieutenant to some guy named Lance Armstrong — won last year's inaugural run. Will he repeat? Will another armadillo sabotage the event? Stay tuned to www.tourofmissouri.com for details.