City of Cape Girardeau What to Do in Cape: August 2023

Every Thursday All Month: Cape Farmer's Market

Come to the farmer's market at the Mall! Find the freshest local produce and food made to order!
Located: West Park Mall Parking Lot: Mount Auburn Rd Entrance
10am - 3pm

Friday 8/4: First Friday

Every first Friday of the month, Cape celebrates the arts by putting on special events and staying open past regular hours! There are multiple events happening and many forms of art on display!


The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri will be unveiling their new monthly exhibit, featuring oil paintings by Lesley Eby, works inspired by Pablo Picasso, and more! The opening reception will be from 5pm to 8pm.


Jason Heeter & Ghost Signals will be performing at Ebb & Flow Fermentations from 7pm to 10pm.

The Southeast Missouri State Marching Band presents an evening of jazz by the Southeast Missouri Regional Jazz Orchestra. Founded in 2000 and comprising of area music educators, professional musicians, and talented high school and college students. This orchestra performs throughout the region and are thrilled to be performing this concert to support the Southeast Marching Band. All proceeds will help send the Southeast Marching Band to the Band America Super Regionals in Indianapolis, IN.
Get tickets here!

Tunes At Twilight begins its fall season! Every Friday at the Ivers Square Gazebo there will be free music! Bring a lawn chair!
See the schedule here!


Yoga East Healing Arts Studio will be doing a free yoga session to celebrate the arts from 5-6pm!
Register Here!

Friday 8/4: Meet K-9 Agent Tex - Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center

Corporal Alan Lamb and K-9 Tex are one of nine K-9/handler teams within the Missouri Department of Conservation. They're tasked with enforcing laws related to conservation and public safety, assisting with search and rescue operations, and of course meeting Missouri's citizens. This is your opportunity to learn more about K-9 Tex, his amazing abilities, and how he and Cpl. Lamb protect our fish, forests, and wildlife.
6pm - 7pm
Free, registration not required

Saturday 8/5: Osage Centre Garage Sale

The Osage Centre hosts four garage sales a year in which citizens can rent a space to sell their goods! You never know what you will find!
7am - 11am
To see a preview, watch the video of our last garage sale by clicking the image below!

Every Saturday All Month: Cape Riverfront Market

Old Town Cape hosts the City's downtown local Farmer's Market! Fresh produce, art, music, and local food made to order!
Located: 35 St. Spanish Street Parking Lot
8am - 12:00pm

Saturday 8/5: Army Corps of Engineers Motor Vessel Mississippi Open House

The Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District will host an open house of Motor Vessel MISSISSIPPI on August 5. The vessel is the largest diesel towboat on the Mississippi River. The open house will provide information about the importance of the Mississippi River System and the diversity of uses and users along the waterway.
Located: Cape River Wall
1pm - 4:30pm

Saturday 8/5: Cape Catfish vs Alton River Dragons

Come watch the Catfish play their final game of the season! It will feature music, drink specials, Catfish gear discounts and more. The Cape Catfish are a part of the Prospect League, a league of collegiate baseball players created to bring family-friendly and affordable baseball to communities in the midwest. You can buy tickets here or at the park.
$9 General Admission, $12 Reserved Seating

Monday 8/7: Adult Coloring - Cape Girardeau Public Library

Join us for a casual adult coloring session where we provide the pages, colored pencils, and a fun atmosphere to color and socialize.
Located: Praxair Program Room
1pm - 3pm
Free, Registration Not Required

Tuesday 8/8: Here. Literary Magazine Launch Party - Arts Council of Southeast Missouri

Come celebrate the release of Issue 03 of Here. Literary Magazine, the magazine where high school students from Southeast Missouri publish their writing and artwork! Attendees at the launch party will be the first to see the published issue. Young writers will read their work that is published in the magazine, and the artists' art that is published in the magazine will be on display in the gallery. Hors d'oeuvres will also be served. The event is FREE but you have to grab a ticket here!
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Wednesday 8/9: Hunger Games Trivia Night - Marcus Cape West Cinema

Bring a team of up to 4 people and compete in the Hunger Games Trivia Night! Free and no registration required.
Located: Cape West Cinema Take 5 Lounge

Thursday 8/10: Wildlife Feeding Frenzy - Cape Nature Center

Discover the importance of Missouri reptiles and amphibians and see what it takes to keep our education animals happy and healthy. Bring your family and watch as we introduce and feed several different reptiles and amphibians.
Free, Registration not Required

Thursday 8/10: August Health & Wellness Seminar: Meals on the Go! - Cape Parks and Recreation

Join us for this interactive cooking demo as we go over our fitness specialist Christine Jaeger's favorite dishes for in a rush and still eating healthy!

Thursday 8/10: Nature Center Game Night

Come join the boardgame club for nature lovers! This monthly program will begin with a short program highlighting a different nature-themed board game and how it relates to Missouri’s mission to have world class fish, forests, and wildlife. Then let the games begin!
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Free, No registration required

Saturday 8/12: Little Acorns: Something Fishy - Cape Nature Center

Little Acorns programs are designed to help children ages 3-6 learn about the natural world through hands on experiences, crafts, and focused free-play activities. Missouri is home to over 200 species of fish! The Cape Nature Center will explore the special features of these slimy swimmers, learn how to identify some, and discover how they survive in their aquatic habitats.
Free, Registration Required
Register for the 9am class here or the 10am class here!

Saturday 8/12: Sensory Craft Time: Chalkboard Door Signs - Cape Public Library

Our sensory craft times specialize in making crafts accessible and available to adults with mental disabilities. All are welcome to join, however, this session has been structured for adults with mental, behavioral, or physical disabilities. This month, we are making chalkboard door signs!
Located: Praxair Program Room
12pm - 1:30pm
Free, Registration Required
Register Here!

Saturday 8/12: Craftapalooza - Cape Public Library

Bring your creativity and help us clean out our supply closet! We will have the craft supplies and instructions for several crafts and a selection of mismatched craft supplies for you to make into anything you can imagine!
Located: Praxair Program Room
2pm - 4pm
Free, No Registration Required

Saturday 8/12: Aquatics: Sensory Saturday - Cape Nature Center

Find out who lives in the water by participating in several sensory-friendly activities. These child-directed activities are designed to provide many tactile opportunities through hands-on exploration. Feel free to come and go as you like. This program is designed to be inclusive to children of all ages and abilities. 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Free, Registration not Required
There will be 30 minutes of quiet time at 2pm. Register Here!

Saturday 8/12: Mississippi Mingle

Join CCSOMO from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturday, August 12, 2023, in Cape Girardeau on the banks of the mighty Mississippi for a day filled with activities for the whole family. Enjoy the Knights’ famous barbecue, fare from local food trucks, adult beverages, inflatables for the kids, live entertainment, games, and more. While Mississippi Mingle is an event full of fun, it is also an opportunity to support your local community through the programs of CCSOMO. Proceeds from Mississippi Mingle will help change the lives of the most vulnerable among us right here in southern Missouri.
Get Tickets Here!

Wednesday 8/16: Cape G Rocks Historic Porch Session at the Red House

Cape G Rocks Historic Porch Sessions returns on August 16 at The Red House Interpretive Center in Cape Girardeau. The concert will feature blues/soul musicians Ivas John and Jeremy Short.
This innovative concert series supports culturally significant historic homes and area musicians. Attendees are encouraged to bring snacks and drinks, as well as lawn chairs or blankets.
Gate opens at 6pm
Ivas John 7pm
Jeremy Short 8pm
Located: Red House Interpretive Center
Get Tickets Here!

Friday 8/18: SEMO Marching Band Performance

User submitted photos of the SEMO marching band both in uniform and at practice

Watch the Southeast Missouri State University Marching Band perform! Free and open to all members of the community.
7pm - 8pm
River Campus Quad - 518 S Fountain St

Saturday 8/19: Stay Craftinated! - Arts Council of Southeast Missouri

This FREE program encourages kids to create! Director Kelly Downes will be helping students create "Spiritual Graffiti" during August’s program. She will teach them the impact of positive words through all forms of literacy. Stay Craftinated! is FREE for kids of all ages! Parents are welcomed in our Visual Arts Cooperative Gallery where they can relax and enjoy free coffee.
11am - 1pm

Saturday 8/19: Free Skin Cancer Screening

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U. S. and worldwide. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70, but when detected early, many skin cancers can be cured. The free skin cancer screening will be held on Saturday, August 19, from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Southeast Cancer Center in Cape Girardeau. Space is limited and registration is required.
Register Here!

Saturday 8/19: French Heritage Corridor Presentation - Cape River Heritage Museum

Guest speaker and Missouri Ambassador of the French Heritage Corridor, Tandy Thompson, will share information about the corridor and Cape Girardeau’s French origins.
11am - 1pm

Monday 8/21: Healthy Cooking Class: Snacks the Pack a Powerful Punch - SoutheastHEALTH

Registered Dietitian and Nutritional Services Coordinator, Laura Vollink, will share which foods can create the winning combination of nutritious, delicious, and filling snacks. Kid- and adult-approved recipes will be provided.
Located: HealthPoint Fitness
6pm - 7:15pm
Register Here!

Friday 8/25: Safe House of Missouri Grand Opening

The Safe House of Southeast Missouri will host a grand opening of its new Outreach Office and Thrift Shop location on August 25.
The grand opening will feature a ribbon cutting followed by an open house, facility tours, giveaways, and raffles. Food trucks will be onsite, as well.
Located: 2350 Independence St
11am - 1pm

Saturday 8/26: Cherry & Jerry Ragtime at Ebb & Flow Fermentations

Ebb and Flow are excited to welcome Cherry & Jerry from St. Louis! They are a percussion/piano duo that play ragtime, early blues, and jazz standards. Join them for this FREE concert and enjoy some wonderful music!
12pm - 3pm

Saturday 8/26: Cookies and Crafts with Rosie's Bake Shoppe - Board and Brush

Cookies and crafts?! Name a better duo! Join us for a Make & Take workshop with the owner of Rosie's Bake Shoppe, April Zamudio! We provide all the materials and instruct you step-by-step to create a beautiful piece for your home or for a gift. Rosie's Bake Shoppe will provide each guest 3 cookies to decorate. All items will be provided and participants will learn from April the ins and outs of creating beautiful cookies!
6pm - 8pm
Register Here!

Saturday 8/26: WWE Supershow - Show Me Center

Monday Night RAW & Friday Night SmackDown Superstars return to Cape Girardeau at the Show Me Center! VIP Experiences are also available!
Doors open at 6pm, event begins at 7pm
More info and tickets here!

8/29: The Elephant and the Swan - SEMO River Campus

A recital by Dr. Sara Edgerton, Dr. Shane Mizicko, and Paul Thompson. Featuring low strings works by Saint-Saens' with piano and percussion accompaniment.
$15, $5 for students
Get tickets here!

There is never a boring day in Cape Girardeau!


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