The International Institute's Festival of Nations is a summer standard at this point. You haven't completed your summer checklist until you've spent a day stuffing yourself with food from around the world in the leafy environs of Tower Grove Park (4256 Magnolia Avenue; www.festivalofnationsstl.org). But there's a new wrinkle at this year's fest, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (August 24 and 25): The first-ever Festival of Nations cookbook is now a reality, and it includes one recipe from every participating food vendor. Game changer. And don't forget the world of entertainment that populates the four stages. This year's performers includes Soorya Performing Arts (representing India), DJ Ranx Dubtronixreggae 2014 playing the sounds of the Caribbean, the Afro-Mexican music of Guadalupe Sounds and St. Louis Spelmannsag presenting some Scandinavian folk. Get out there and live it up on one last summer weekend. Admission is free.
Sat., Aug. 24; Sun., Aug. 25, 2013